Sandwiches for the homeless

Thousands of tonnes of food that might otherwise have gone to waste could now become available for feeding the homeless, vulnerable and needy in society following an agreement between the British Sandwich & Food to Go Association (BSA) and Government agencies (Food Standards Agency and the Department of Food & Rural Affairs) [7]

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 14:27

Recycling plastic packaging

The New Plastics Economy initiative launched its latest report in January 2017 at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Endorsed by more than 40 industry leaders, it provides a global action plan to transition towards a plastics system aligned with the principles of the circular economy.

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 14:21

‘Gene-silencing’ for crop protection

Researchers at the University of Surrey and University of Queensland have developed a revolutionary new crop protection technique [5]. They have found that by combining clay nanoparticles with design ‘RNAs’ (molecules with essential roles in gene biology), it is possible to silence certain genes within plants. The spray they have developed – known as BioClay – has been shown to give plants virus protection for at least 20 days following a single application.

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 14:06

Hidden dangers of supplements

A team of specialists, including Emeritus Professor Duncan Burns, a forensically experienced analytical chemist from Queen’s University Belfast’s Institute for Global Food Security, Dr Michael Walker from the Government Chemist Programme at LGC and Professor Declan Naughton from Kingston University, has been examining the detection of illegal ingredients in herbal dietary supplements [4].

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 14:02
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