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Can Gene Drive Technology Help Address Health and Environmental Challenges?

The European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development will host the webinar “Research and innovation: What role for gene drive?” on October 29. The event aims to support internal EU discussions on the new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, as well as to help define the EU’s position for the CBD COP-15.

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Protein Industries Canada Optimistic about Canada’s Future in Plant-Protein Sector

The plant-protein market is growing. A recent study by JP Morgan estimated that the market will be worth $100 billion by 2030. Although this represents a seemingly small portion of the entire global protein market, it presents an opportunity for growth in the plant-protein sector. What this invariably means is more people are moving to plant-based diets and looking for plant-based sources of proteins. As a result, stakeholders in the food supply chain such as processors, retailers, and restaurants are also finding innovative ways to introduce and incorporate these options so as to meet changing consumer demands.

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The 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Week: The General Assembly without the General Assembly

What makes up a General Assembly High-Level Week (HLW)? Is it just the delegates and representatives sitting in the General Assembly hall and the Statements by the Heads of State? For those of us who have experienced and dare I say, survived a General Assembly HLW, there is a lot that comes with it. It includes months of long preparation, the many logistical arrangements, Secretariat staff, snipers on the Secretariat building, sniffer dogs, long security lines at various UN entrances,  NYPD officers in their numbers, the not-so-secret secret service protecting the dignitaries, traffic jams and street closures and of course the Heads of State, High-Level dignitaries and representatives from Capital. Oh, and did I mention the numerous, countless hours of work and very little sleep? Yes, these and much more, are all the things that make up a General Assembly High-Level Week.

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Keeping Track of Malaria in the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

The story of the fight against malaria since the early 2000s has been one of success. The number of global deaths from the disease, which rose to 1 million in the year 2000, has now been halved. A child has a better chance of being diagnosed with malaria, receiving effective treatment and fully recovering today than at any other time in history. 

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Digital Sequence Information: Finding Balance Between Open Access & Fair Benefit-Sharing

Digital sequence information (DSI) on genetic resources provides critical information for health and environmental research. It contributes to the development of new tools and products that can benefit all of us - from medicines and the cure of diseases to more efficient conservation methods. 

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Racing to Safeguard Agrobiodiversity

On September 25th, the “Global Day of Action” for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, I joined a line-up of chefs, farmers, seed savers, educators, policymakers and consumers in an immersive experience designed to raise awareness of the importance of crop diversity and its connection to healthy soils and resilient, sustainable agricultural systems. Discussions focused on what the future of food could be like if we conserve and use the amazing diversity of our foods.

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The Global Outlook for Biodiversity, and for Food and Agriculture

On September 15th the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) unveiled the fifth edition of its Global Biodiversity Outlook, taking stock of the world’s efforts towards conservation and environmental sustainability. And the outlook is not good. The report was partially intended as an appraisal of the international community’s progress towards achieving the Aichi Targets, the set of goals and indicators that have underpinned global efforts to reduce and reverse biodiversity loss for the last ten years, and whose deadline is 2020. If we accept the “report card” analogy used in the official press release, world leaders have earned themselves a solid suite of failing grades.

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Is 2020 still a Super Year for Nature?

Before COVID-19 appeared in everyone's life, 2020 was declared to be a super year for nature. World leaders and environmental activists had many expectations for the several international conferences that were supposed to give decisive political direction for slowing the climate breakdown and reversing biodiversity loss. The postponement of many of these critical conferences to 2021 has undoubtedly lowered the expectations, but many observers believe that the spirit of a super year for nature is still alive.

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The WTO Agreement on Agriculture Celebrates a Quarter of a Century

In 1995 the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture came into force, providing a framework for long term reform of trade in agriculture and domestic policies covering market access, domestic support and export competition and was seen as an important step towards making world agricultural trade fairer and more competitive.

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Celebrating World Mosquito Day

Forget about sharks, crocodiles, snakes, or even humans. The deadliest animal on earth is the mosquito. These creatures have been taking millions of lives every year, as they transmit numerous diseases; zika, yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, and malaria are just some of them.

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