Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (JAKIM) and environment management companies have called on local people to avoid food wastage during the month of Ramadan. Public awareness on food wastage in the month of Ramadan should be given high attention due to the daily increase in solid waste collection recorded almost every year during the fasting month, they said. JAKIM said that it would work with relevant agencies to improve public awareness about food wastage during Ramadan. The Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association urged the citizens to practise meal planning during Ramadan to help curb the growing problem of food wastage in the country. Its president Datuk Nadzim Johan said people in the country need to realise the real purpose of fasting and plan their meal on the holy month accordingly to avoid food wastage culture. Last year, Alam Flora, a leading environment company in Malaysia, recorded daily increases in total solid waste … [Read more...] about Malaysia calls on people to avoid food wastage in Ramadan
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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
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
Banana can treat Asthma, Hypertension, Ulcer,Cancer, Infertility, diarrhoea, Constipation,Cataract, heart problem, Insomnia, etc. Banana has been traditionally and scientifically discovered as healing remedy for various kind of diseases. Birds and animals including monkeys found this natural food as a special meal. Banana is generally regarded as food and medicine. Banana can be used as natural remedy for many diseases including asthma, hypertension, ulcer, cancer, diarrhoea, constipation, cataract etc. especially if it is used with other herbs. Banana is grown without the aid of fertilizers that interfere with the nutrients in fruits. There is no special skill required in the cultivation of banana farm and it can withstand hard condition. Though it does very well during the raining period and in the rain forest region in Africa and other continents, it can also develop and produce abundantly during the dry season. Some people both in the rural and urban areas cultivate banana farm … [Read more...] about How to use banana to treat deadly diseases