GM crops to cushion food security (31-03-2009) By Thu Hien Farmers in Le Loi District, Kon Tum Province harvest maize. The plan to introduce genetically modified crops in 2015 is expected to boost consumer choice. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Le Lam HA NOI — The expected introduction of genetically modified plants into the Vietnamese market in 2015 will give consumers more choice, says director of the Agricultural Genetics Institute Associate Professor Le Huy Ham. Vietnamese scientists officially began studying genetically modified (GM) plants in 2006 with the Government’s decision on the national biological technology programme. Prior to the official start, however, scientists had been making preparations for years. "Creation of a GM plant takes a minimum of seven to 10 years and on average costs at least US$50-100 million," says Ham. Some of the current GM plants that have been grown in country’s laboratories include the GM papaya, developed at the Biological … [Read more...] about GM crops to cushion food security
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Vietnamese food is delicious and it is often cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. To make sure that this was true, we spoke to Antoine Yvon, the head nutritionist at CMI hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. You will finally know if all those banh mi sandwiches are good for you, if you should drink the broth of your pho or not, and the name of Vietnam's only superfruit. The interview was translated from French. What is your general professional opinion about Vietnamese food? Is it as healthy as people think it is? Antoine Yvon: Vietnamese food is one of the most healthy and balanced in the world. As a professional, I have seen that dishes and ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine can cover all the dietary needs on protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals because there is a great natural diversity of agricultural products. It is this diversity and variety that are the foundations of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Eating with chopsticks, using multiple … [Read more...] about Is Vietnamese food really healthy?
The Group of 20 major economies have endorsed a package of measures to tackle corporate tax avoidance, but questions remain about whether countries will follow through on the plans or leave loopholes multinationals can exploit. G20 finance ministers agreed to back proposals drawn up by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which aim to shake up rules dating back almost a century that govern taxation of profits from international commerce. The ministers reached the agreement against a backdrop of concern about weak economic growth, tight government finances and media reports on the tax structuring used by companies including Starbucks and Google that have spurred public anger in Europe and the United States in recent years over tax avoidance. "This is a reaction of people who cannot stand anymore that they pay their fair share of taxes, that they contribute to fiscal consolidation while companies, especially multinationals, can avoid tax," European Economic … [Read more...] about Leading economies agree plan to fight corporate tax avoidance
Contrary to popular belief that a diagnosis of cancer means a death penalty, experts have asserted otherwise. The cancer burden would be significantly eased by adopting a comprehensive preventative model, made possible with competent agencies’ effective administrative role and improved awareness. Dr. Nguyen Chan Hung, chair of the Cancer Association of Vietnam, warned that diets rich in animal fat and meat, tainted food, dried salty fish or pickled vegetables, or insufficient vegetables and fruits are among the contributory factors of different types of cancer. Those who smoke or drink heavily, and lead a sedentary lifestyle, also stand higher risks of contracting the illness. According to Dr. Tran Thi Anh Tuong, vice head of the Nutrition Department of Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, all cancers start because abnormal cells grow out of control. Cancerous cell growth is different from normal cell growth. Instead of dying, cancerous cells continue to grow and form new, … [Read more...] about Cancer burden in Vietnam – Conclusion: Avoidable consequences
Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers to write in with their experiences of street food in Viet Nam and suggestions to turn it into a genuine tourist attraction. Here are a selection of the replies... One of the delights of visiting Viet Nam is its amazing cuisine. Food is generally superbly prepared and reasonably priced. Due to this, Viet Nam has one of the best street food scenes an overseas traveller can hope for, and a trip to Viet Nam just isn't complete without tasting the street food. I think street food shops can be turned into an important tourist attraction. With increasing immigration and globalisation, many Vietnamese street food dishes have become popular favourites around the world. And with more publicity tourists will try to avoid expensive restaurants in favour of having a street food experience. However, street food vendors are often poor, uneducated and lack appreciation for hygiene and safe food handling. Consequently, street food is perceived to be a major … [Read more...] about Street food offers unique cultural experience to tourists