UK A group of volunteers stand in the FareShare depot in Deptford, south-east London, as shift coordinator James Souteriou calls out items. They are putting together grocery orders to be delivered to organisations across London – to a branch of the homelessness charity Thames Reach, to the Holborn Community Association and a local nursery and infants’ school. “Can I get a tray of pineapples? A tray of chicken madras? Three boxes of porridge?” James calls and the volunteers scurry off in their hi-vis vests and steel-capped boots to fetch the items from towering piles of food. The quantity of food in the depot is overwhelming. In the centre of one of the aisles is a delivery from a supermarket of about 500 jars of pasta sauce. Boxes of rice are stacked on shelves to the roof and the walk-in dairy fridge is so full that somewhere else has to be found to store excess yoghurt. The volunteers collect trays of pork sausages, potatoes, stir fry sauces, bread, … [Read more...] about Fighting food waste: four stories from around the world
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Hold the guacamole. Hipsters and Mexican food fans will have to dig deep for their smashed avocados this summer because poor harvests and soaring demand from China have sent prices soaring. After the great lettuce and courgette shortage of January, which was caused by rain and snow in Spain, there is now an upheaval underway in avocados for British consumers. Wholesale prices of the fruit in the UK have surged more than 50% since the beginning of this year, according to data consultancy Mintec. Supplies have tightened after a late harvest in Mexico, flooding in Peru and drought in California. In Mexico, which accounts for up 70% of global avocado production, strikes by workers have added to the problems. Also 2017 is a “down year” for the crop: avocados naturally alternate between good and poor years for harvest yields. Wholesale prices of medium-sized Hass avocados from Mexico have nearly tripled in the past year to $56.25 a 11kg (25lb) box at the end of April. Morrisons … [Read more...] about Holy guacamole! Avocado fans in UK face further price rises
For decades, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have lived in Rakhine State, near Myanmar's border with Bangladesh. Long denied citizenship and freedom of movement by the government of Myanmar (also known as Burma), shocking images have emerged in recent weeks showing hundreds of Rohingya migrants drifting at sea in fishing boats, as part of a failed attempt to leave for Malaysia. Thailand, which was being used as a smuggling route by people traffickers, has cracked down on the trade and a senior Thai officer has been charged in connection with trafficking. And the Dalai Lama has joined other international voices calling on Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out about their plight. Four experts discuss with the BBC World Service Inquiry programme who can and will help the Rohingya.Tun Khin: Burma needs democracyTun Khin is president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK."My grandfather was a parliamentary secretary but I'm not a citizen. Your grandfather's … [Read more...] about Will anyone help the Rohingya people?
Video PlayerClose URUMQI, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Having grown up in the old town area of Kashgar, Xinjiang, Abdureshit is accustomed to having morning tea in a 100-year-old teahouse after finishing his prayers in the Id Kah Mosque at dawn. On cold winter mornings, coppersmiths who get up early have begun to make pots or plates. Amid the tinkles and clangs, residents begin to wake up, have breakfast, sweep their courtyards and go to work. Located in the downtown area of Kashgar, an ancient Silk Road city with a history of over 2,000 years, the old town is home to the world's largest earth architectural complex. Labyrinthine, narrow lanes and crowded dwellings with elaborately carved doors and windows give a glimpse of the glory of the thriving old town along the Silk Road. Its exotic charm appeals to tourists from home and abroad. The town becomes busier in the morning as tourists bustle around. Many visitors flock to the time-honored teahouse that Abdureshit always goes to, sipping on … [Read more...] about Feature: Tourism rejuvenates old Silk Road town
Vietjet has launched direct flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to New Delhi, India. With these new routes, Viejet is the first airline connecting the two biggest hubs of Vietnam with the capital of India, the no-frills carrier said in a news release on Monday. On the inaugural flights, passengers received surprise gifts. The Ho Chi Minh City – New Delhi route operates four return flights per week every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, starting from December 6. The flight departs from Ho Chi Minh City at 7:00 pm and arrives in New Delhi at 10:50 pm. The return flight takes off from New Delhi at 11:50 pm and lands in Ho Chi Minh City at 6:10 am. Vietjet operates three return flights per week on the Hanoi – New Delhi route every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, starting from December 7. The flight departs from Hanoi at 7:10 pm and arrives in New Delhi at 10:50 pm. The return flight takes off from New Delhi at 11:50 pm and lands in Hanoi at 5:20 am. India is famous … [Read more...] about Vietjet operates direct flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to New Delhi