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Just do something! Start somewhere!

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
WHAT CAN GOVERNMENTS DO?
WHAT CAN PRIVATE SECTOR DO?
WHAT CAN FARMERS DO?
WHAT CAN ACADEMIA DO?
WHAT CAN CIVIL SOCIETY DO?

Nature works tirelessly on our behalf providing us with our essential needs - water, food, clean air, medicine, and materials for shelter. But the way we produce, consume and waste food is putting unnecessary pressure on natural resources, the environment and climate. It’s time for us to learn from nature and work with it, not against it.
Agri-food systems are like ecosystems in that everything is connected but we need to make choices and actions that help them develop a better synergy. People from all walks of life, their livelihoods, our health and that of our planet need nurturing to thrive.

 large PosterWFD2021 print ENCelebrating World Food Day on October 16, 2021

Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life

By Roger Rodrigo

Three billion people don’t have a healthy diet. In other words, they’re eating less nutritious food. On the other hand, two billion people are fat. In other words, they’re eating too much or consuming the wrong food.

So what’s wrong with the above? Everything. It means we have two large sets of people on opposite ends of the rating scale, neither have found the right way to treat or approach food issues.

Why are we’re so dull? That’s because we take food for granted. Or we could rank among the unfortunate for whom having food was not a given. Where we had to beg, borrow, lie or steal to get food. And yet they say money is the root of all evil.

Let’s face it. We’re all guilty of bingeing, wasting or mishandling food. Food, either cooked or raw is precious. Let’s remember that. It takes a hell of a lot of effort and expense to get it to our plates.

Let’s put on a new hat, throw away the old habits and learn to treat food as it should, with respect, remembering there are others to whom having a scrap may be a gift from God.

And yes, let’s celebrate World Food Day on October 16, 2021, with a new, refreshing attitude.

With the theme "Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life." 


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THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY LARVAE AS A MAJOR FOOD SUPPLY

By the editors

Before you say ‘yuch’ these slimy fellas may soon hold the answer to food waste and food security.

Introducing BLACK SOLDIER FLY LARVAE (BSFL) – 42% protein with high calcium and other nutrients and 29% fat - a sustainable food source used as farm feed, pet food, aquaculture, and human nutrition.

The larvae are eating machines, and can process any sort of organic matter and turn it into this rich source of protein, calcium, essential fats and amino acids. They only eat organic and they love to recycle. In addition to being a good source of oil and protein for animal feed, black soldier fly larvae have the potential of improving organic waste into a rich fertilizer.

While most Western countries don’t typically include insects in their diet, more than two billion people across the world do, according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Indeed it may be time to accept fly proteins as a major food supply.

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Malaysia’s seaweed industry dips below the horizon

By Roger Rodrigo

Sabah which used to produce more than 600 tonnes of seaweed per month, the highest in Malaysia has virtually dropped out of sight.

According to a report in Daily Express not only has production levels dropped off but the number of seaweed farmers in Semporna, Lahad Datu and Tawau have declined. The pandemic is being blamed as the catalyst in falling prices but other factors have also played a part in the general decline of the industry.

Moss and stem root disease besides turtles and bad weather have had a detrimental impact on production levels. The lower prices have seen a shift in livelihood as farmers and their families move to fishing and other occupations.

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