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  • FLOATING FARMS CAN HELP GLOBAL FOOD STORAGE

    This new concept is becoming potentially a reality: an architect suggested building floating gardens offering endless food supplies.

    Without a doubt, global population is rising and so is a food production as well. How do we fight the hungry demands that are growing?

    Many architects are interested in this problem and trying to come up with more new ideas. One caught our eyes: Javier Ponce from Forward Thinking Architecture designed a floating farm.

    As Ponce said: “One subject which caught my attention was food risk and the current trend of importing massive amounts of food from one place to another causing a huge environmental problem.” He was inspired by floating farms created by Mayan agriculture.

    Those floating gardens are built over freshwater lakes by layers with a cycle of decomposition and irrigation. Each layer is used in a different way: the first one for fishing operations. The second uses treated water for growing plants and crops, without needing any rain. And finally at the top floor, there are solar plants and irrigation tools.

    Even if the project is ambitious, it can be done for some expert and can help solving hungry demands that is doomed to grow.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    POREEN project

    Wednesday, 17 June 2015

    (Source: Vice)

     

    This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.

     

  • CHEESE PRODUCTION AND A MILK POWDER

    In Italy, there is a law regulation from 1974 that prohibited making cheese with the use of substitutes. EU Commission sent an injunction for “stopping this ban on possession anduse of a milk powder, condensed milk and reconstituted milk in the manufacture of dairy products”.

    Some organizations criticize Brussels for giving the green light on lower quality standards on food products: chocolate without cocoa, wine without grapes and weaken meat. Maurizio Martina (Italian ministry of Agriculture) made an informal reject on the EU suggestion.

    The Italian law regulation from April 1974 is strict, but the ratio is to safeguard consumers' expectations about the authenticity of Italian products.

    According to Italian, the EU has a different approach. The Commission thinks that the law is a restriction of free movement of goods, as a milk powder and condensed milk used widely throughout Europe.

    This decision has three simple consequences according to Italians: to get lower medium quality of Italian cheese and yoghurt; to damage the reputation of “Made in Italy”mark; and finally to get lower the import of the milk powder and the condensed milk, causing a decrease to the income of livestock.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    POREEN project

    Tuesday, 30 June 2015

    (Source: La Stampa)

     

    This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.

     

  • WILL THE NEW TRADE DEAL IMPACT THE IMPORTED SHRIMPS MARKET?

    The problem has being raised, because in someimported shrimps banned antibiotics and food borne pathogens were founded. Members of the US shrimp industry are becoming more concerned about the trade since it can influence US regulators rejecting unsafe seafood imports.

    Since 2005, countries throughout the Asia Pacific region are trying to negotiation a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regarding many issues, such as agriculture, intellectual property and many others.

    There is another concern of US shrimpers: an unfair market disadvantages. The Trans-Pacific Partnership can weaken the possibility to refuse unsafe seafood imports, advantaging other countries towards USA.

    In the US, 90% of the shrimps are imported from different countries, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected just 3.7% of the traded shrimps, and tested 0.7% of the total volume.

    Many people are not sure if FDA can enforce the rules settled down, especially for inspections at the border.

    Not everyone agrees, as vice president of communications for the National Fisheries Institute Gavin Gibbons said: “The suggestion by anti-trade voices that imported shrimp poses a food safety risk is part of a protectionist-driven, fake food safety scare”

    He also pointed out that all seafood imports are subject to FDA’s Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). Its duty is to analyze and control the biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, a distribution and a consumption of the finished product.

    However, most of the US shrimpers accept the trade, they do not want “to give the rest of the world carte blanche permission to do whatever they want to do to the food they send here,”as David Veal (executive director of Wild American Shrimp) said.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    POREEN project

    Tuesday, 16 June 2015

    (Source: Food safety news)

     

    This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.

     

  • HAM SCAM FOUND BY ITALY’S FOOD POLICE

    Near Naples, the police found an illegal laboratory where the meat from Poland was re-labeled as Italian.

    Inside an illegal underground laboratory, a couple (both 50 years old) were found and charged with food fraud and violating health and safety regulations governingpublic food. The Polish ham was repackaged and issued with counterfeit labels of some Italian companies, such as Parma producers.

    It is unknown where the meat was going to be distributed and sold.

    This story is no news to Italy, in the last years food fraud has been a growing problem: the “Made in Italy” label is worldwide recognise and as such comes at a premium. The consequence is a high attraction to fraudsters. As Italian farmers association stated: “the meat sector is very vulnerable”and for Italian fraud squad (NAS) the value of seizures of fraudulent meat made in the last year was equal to €143.7 million.

    Europe needs new policy to fight this problem, especially food labeling. In Italy, most of the pork meat comes from Denmark, France, Germany and Spain, without even knowing it because the information is not disclosed on the label. 

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    POREEN project

    Tuesday, 30 June 2015

    (Source: Huffington Post.it)

     

    This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.

     

  • “WE SHOULD STOP EATING NUTELLA”

    French ecology minister Ségolène Royal rose against the Italian company Ferrero, accusing that Nutella is contributing on deforestation and global warming by using oil palm.

    During an interview with Canal+ (a French television station), she stated: “We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it's made with palm oil. Oil palms have replaced trees, and therefore caused considerable damage to the environment

    Over the years oil palm is used for food products, detergents, cosmetics and especially biofuel; the demand is predicted to more than double by 2030 and to triple by 2050.

    In 2012, some French senators presented the so-called “Nutella amendment”trying to impose a 300%  tax on products made from palm oil. As well-known production of the oil is causing lots of environmental issues such as deforestation. The provision didn’t see the light and Nutella is still a legal product in France.

    The Italian environment minister responded to the French minister’s comment, by saying “leave Italian products alone”. And Ferrero stated that the company is using responsible palm oil: 80% from Malesia and the rest from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Brazil.

    In 2015, the Italian company reached its target of using 100% sustainable palm oil, following what was decided with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. 

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    POREEN project

    Tuesday, 16 June 2015

    (Source: The Post International)

     

    This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.

     

  • US SENATORS PROPOSE A SINGLE FOOD AGENCY

    Three senators introduced bills, proposing to create just one US single food agency completely independent from any federal departments. At the moment there are 15 different agencies from three departments which task is to oversight. 

    It’s not a new project President Obama proposed the “consolidation of the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety components into a new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services”.

    The senators stated the urge this transformation, because as the Government Accountability Office (GAO) also reported the system is inefficient and many federal oversight of food safety have been made.

    For those reasons, GAO researched food agencies over the world, trying to improve the effectiveness. The common challenges faced from every country with this transformation are the costs and a temporary reduction in the quantity of food safety activities performed. Adjusting to a new reality can also create challenges to the employees, trying to work in a new system.

    The lawmakers are asking for different options: underlining the costa and benefits of each one for domestic options. Already in 1999, GAO’s director of food and agriculture described the urgent need of a single agency.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    POREEN project

    Monday, 29 June 2015

    (Source: Food safety news)

     

    This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.