Environment

How forests improve kids’ diets

A first-of-its-kind global study shows that children in 27 developing countries have better nutrition — when they live near forests. The results turn on its head the common assumption that improving nutrition in poorer countries requires clearing forests for more farmland — and, instead, suggest that forest conservation could be an important tool for aid…

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Environment

Soil bugs munch on plastics

Thin mulch films made of polyethylene are used in agriculture in numerous countries, where they cause extensive soil contamination. Researchers have now identified an alternative: films made of the polymer PBAT biodegrade in soils. Our world is drowning in a flood of plastic. Eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year.…

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Food

Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety

Approach for cultivation of strawberry and tomato varieties with reduced allergy potential Strawberries and tomatoes are among the most widely consumed fruits and vegetables worldwide. However, many people are allergic to them, especially if they have been diagnosed with birch pollen allergy. A team has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties contain fewer allergens than…

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Farming

We can feed the world if we change our ways

Current crop yields could provide nutritious food for the projected 2050 global population, but only if we make radical changes to our dietary choices, a new study shows. Researchers from Lancaster University have analysed global and regional food supplies to reveal the flows of calories, protein and vital micro-nutrients from production through to human consumption,…

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