For many of us, 2020 was a year postponed. While we were focused on coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, we lost ground on other critical issues, including plastic pollution and climate change. It may have gone unnoticed, but the waste management and recycling value chain in South and Southeast Asia has ground to a halt while the use of single-use and virgin plastics has soared. The situation is untenable for the long run and the environmental impact is sobering. As we inch closer to the promise of mass vaccination and kick off 2021 in the Year of the Ox, it is time to adjust our perspective: these crises present incredible prospects for economic recovery and growth, and are not just environmental issues for the dinner table.
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The high freight costs due to global shipping problems coupled by the lower supply from exporting countries may derail the country’s 60,000-metric ton (MT) small pelagic fish importation, industry players said. Industry players warned that the approved import volume may not be maximized since prevailing landed cost for small pelagic fish like galunggong is now ranging from P90 per kilogram to P100 per kilogram, higher than the government’s required wholesale price of P88 per kilogram.
EuroCommerce, the body that represents the retail sector in Europe, has organised a major conference to discuss how retail and wholesale businesses can work together w…
Who drives the European food sector towards more sustainability in the future? This is the key question of our new study within the EU-Horizon-2020 project “FOX – Processing food in a box”. The study develops “3 scenarios for Europes food sector in 2035”. This video presents the first scenario “Policy secures sustainability” and imagines a future world where the states own agricultural land, produce food suited to local conditions and care for the well-being of its citizens.
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing an excessive waste problem around the world with an increase in the use of plastic bags, delivery packages, and takeout containers. According to Bloomberg, single-use plastics such as polystyrene (the material used to make Styrofoam™) are experiencing a renewed demand due to the pandemic. Plastic waste is increasing in the restaurant industry due to the rise in takeout and delivery orders (essential to keeping the industry afloat), and the proliferation of all these disposable containers.