Food Shocks, A Growing Threat

The term ‘food shock’ refers to the loss of a harvest or livestock as a result of a sudden, extreme climate event or a geopolitical crisis. A recent study carried out by the University of Tasmania and published by Nature Sustainability confirms what was already seen in many quarters as an evident phenomenon: The frequency of food shocks is increasing decade by decade. The data resulting from the study’s analysis of 53 years of agri-food production in 134 countries confirm, in fact, that food shocks have become more frequent with the passing…

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Lifestyle not under threat, says Erdogan

Istanbul, Jan. 4 (Reuters): Turkey has established the identity of the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day, its foreign minister said today, as police rounded up more suspected accomplices. President Tayyip Erdogan said the attack, which targeted a club popular with local celebrities and moneyed foreigners, was being exploited to try to divide the largely Sunni Muslim nation and that the state never meddled in how people lived. “There is no point trying to blame the Ortakoy attack on differences in lifestyles,” he…

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Australia facing health threat from GPs ‘over-prescribing antibiotics’

The world is facing a growing resistance to antibiotics that is an immediate health threat, according to the World Health Organisation. Australian National University Microbiology professor Peter Collignon said recent research revealed antimicrobial resistance (AMR) had become a severe problem in Australia. “Antimicrobial resistance causes people to die,” he said. “If you don’t have an effective antibiotic to treat somebody with a serious infection, you can have two or three times the rate of infection than if you have an antibiotic that works.” The federal government has committed a $9.4 million from the…

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