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New patent-free Covid-19 vaccine could be pandemic game changer

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The world now has a new Covid-19 vaccine in its arsenal, and at a fraction of the cost per dose. Two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has seen over 314 million infections and over 5.5 million deaths worldwide. Approximately 60% of the world population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. But there is still a glaring and alarming gap in global access to these vaccines. As a virologist who has followed this pandemic closely, Maureen Ferran contends that this vaccine inequity should be of grave concern to everyone.Read More »New patent-free Covid-19 vaccine could be pandemic game changer

You will have the same results year on year if the root cause of a problem is never addressed. Here correct postharvest technology proves a superior quality product. Image credit: Jan Lievens | UTE

Activating knowledge

By Jan Lievens | postharvest specialist

Confucius said many moons ago that the man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. Socrates also once said: “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”. This is exactly what we have been trying to do for 25 years now.Read More »Activating knowledge

Product sustainability ranks highly as a key factor in making purchasing decisions for consumers today. Image credit: Andrew Molyneaux | Unsplash

Consumer survey reveals positive signals for SA pork industry

According to PwC’s December 2021 Global Consumer Insights Pulse Survey, more than half of the 9,370 individuals surveyed reported that they were more eco-friendly than six months ago. But of these respondents, 68% of in-store shoppers reported that they continue to actively seek the best deal compared with 42% who actively search for eco-friendly and sustainable products.Read More »Consumer survey reveals positive signals for SA pork industry

airy was the only sub-index to increase in December owing to lower milk production in Western Europe and Oceania. Image credit: Daniel Albany | Pixabay

FAO index shows global food price dip in December

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World food prices fell slightly in December as international prices for vegetable oils and sugar fell significantly from lofty levels, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations reported early in January of this year. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 133.7 points in December, a 0.9% decline from November but still up 23.1% from December 2020. The index tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly traded food commodities.Read More »FAO index shows global food price dip in December

Over a 20-year period, the various fluorinated gases’ global warming potential ranges from 460 – 16 300 times greater than that of CO₂. Image credit: Martin Eklund | Pixabay

How do greenhouse gases actually warm the planet?

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Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – the atmospheric gases responsible for causing global warming and climatic change – are critical to understanding and addressing the climate crisis. Despite an initial dip in global GHG emissions due to Covid-19, the United Nations Environment Programme’s latest Emissions Gap Report (EGR) expects a strong rebound, when emissions are expected to be only slightly lower than the record levels of 2019.

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With this certification, participants are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on workers, customers, suppliers, community members and the environment. Image credit: Tabeajaichhalt | Pixabay

Becoming the change: Faithful to Nature is SA’s first retailer to get B Corp certified

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Faithful to Nature is the first retailer in South Africa to become B Corp certified, for its commitment to social and environmental sustainability. With innovations like product transparency, sustainable packaging and carbon neutral delivery, the brand has been instrumental in introducing South African consumers to more natural, ethical, and sustainable products and practices, and they continue to pioneer this movement in the country.Read More »Becoming the change: Faithful to Nature is SA’s first retailer to get B Corp certified

This expansion is aimed at meeting soaring demand in markets such as pharma & healthcare, and perishables. Image credit: Kuehne+Nagel

Kuehne+Nagel significantly expands footprint in Africa

Kuehne+Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics providers, has significantly expanded its network of offices in Africa. These offices are managed and supported by a control tower in Durban, South Africa – a single point of customer contact responsible for a compliant, high quality and easy-to-access network across Africa. It allows for complete visibility across the network, including remote locations, while ensuring Kuehne+Nagel’s global service standards; supervising data quality, enabling shipment visibility and managing cargo flow.Read More »Kuehne+Nagel significantly expands footprint in Africa