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North Korea cuts food rations to just 300g per person, per day

North Korea cuts food rations to just 300g per person, per day

World
North Korea has cut official rations down to 300g per person, per day after the isolated state suffered its worst harvest in a decade.The United Nations says 40% of the population - about 10.1 million people - are chronically short of food and do not have enough supplies to last until the next harvest. An investigation by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) found that many families only consume protein a few times a year. Image: Outdated equipment is one of the problems holding back North Korean agriculture, illustrated by this farmer outside Pyongyang WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel described the current situation as "very serious" - and warned the country could face a famine within a matter of months or years.A famine in the mid-1990s i...
Bird extinctions 'driven' by global food trade

Bird extinctions 'driven' by global food trade

Science
About 100 bird species are predicted to go extinct based on current farming and forestry practices, according to a new global analysis. This number has increased by 7% over the first ten years of this century alone, say scientists.They say the biggest factor is cattle farming, but the impact of oil seed crops like palm and soy is growing fast. By comparison, an estimated 140 birds have been lost over the past 400 years.International researchers used bird extinction as a measure of the loss of biodiversity - the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat - linked with international trade in food and timber.Five key things about the extinction crisisWhy we may soon have no bananas (again)Mass extinctio...
Investors rip M&S as it bags Ocado food delivery deal

Investors rip M&S as it bags Ocado food delivery deal

Business
By James Sillars, business reporter Marks and Spencer (M&S) is facing a backlash from investors following confirmation of a deal with Ocado that will see the retailer's food delivered to homes for the first time.The companies announced the joint venture less than 24 hours after it admitted that talks were taking place, prompting sharp increases in their respective share prices. But M&S shares tanked by almost 10% when the market opened on Wednesday after it became clear shareholders were being asked to fund the bulk of the £750m investment and take a dividend hit.Ocado's market value rose by more than 3%.M&S said it was paying for a 50% share of Ocado's UK retail arm, which would trade as Ocado.com from September 2020 at the latest. ...