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How palm oil became the world's most hated, most used fat source

Palm oil is everywhere today: in food, soap, lipstick, even newspaper ink. It's been called the world's most hated crop because of its association with deforestation in Southeast Asia. But despite boycott campaigns, the world uses more palm oil than any other vegetable oil - over 73 million tons in 2020.

By Jonathan E. Robins 1 day ago

Port disruptions, cyber attack pose potential threat to SA's food security
Port disruptions, cyber attack pose potential threat to SA's food security

According to the South African Meat Processors Association (Sampa) and the South African Association of Meat Importers & Exporters (AMIE SA), an urgent action plan by government is needed to ensure imported perishable food containers are re-routed to inland cold storage facilities, as KwaZulu Natal facilities have been severely impacted by the recent unrest.

2 days ago

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The cost of SA's alcohol bans and their impact on consumer behaviour

According to a new NielsenIQ report, South Africa's latest liquor ban equated to a loss of R7,6bn during the four weeks it lasted (based on average sales - 13 weeks to end of May 2021 of R1,9bn per week).

2 days ago

Senegalese plant circular gardens in Green Wall defence against desert
Senegalese plant circular gardens in Green Wall defence against desert

Every night Moussa Kamara works at his bakery preparing hundreds of loaves but at sunrise, instead of going home to sleep, he now starts a second back-breaking job - hoeing the earth and tending newly sown seeds in a specially designed circular garden.

By Christophe Van Der Perre and Cooper Inveen 2 days ago

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'Upcycling' promises to turn food waste into your next meal

How would you like to dig into a "recycled" snack? Or take a swig of juice with "reprocessed" ingredients made from other food byproducts? Without the right marketing, these don't sound like the most appetising options.

By Rodney Holcomb and Danielle Bellmer 3 days ago

Local potato industry appeals for support amidst EU dumping threats
Local potato industry appeals for support amidst EU dumping threats

With the recent lapse of anti-dumping duty protection, there is a significant risk that the increased volume of below-cost frozen French fries that land on South Africa's shores from the Netherlands and Belgium will cripple South African farmers and producers.

3 days ago

Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 open for entry
Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 open for entry

Entries for the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 Competition are now open. According to Sauvignon Blanc SA chair, RJ Botha, this annual competition plays an important role in promoting the image of Sauvignon Blanc.

"The Top 10 competition not only offers the opportunity to producers to compare their wines against other Sauvignon Blanc in the country, but also to be awarded for excellence with a Top 10 award."

27 Jul 2021




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