Brazilian Cerrado savanna: miners descend on Indigenous reserve

The Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous reserve in Brazil’s Roraima state covers 1.75 million hectares (4.32 million acres) along the nation’s border with Venezuela and Guyana. It is home to 26,705 Indigenous people.

The territory has been under pressure from invaders for decades, even after being demarcated in 2005. But illegal incursions are reaching a new peak now, with an estimated 2,000 to 5,000 gold miners operating in the reserve.
Incendiary speeches by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have emboldened the miners, say experts, while attempts to crackdown on wildcat mining in the Yanomami Territory in the Amazon rainforest may have pushed illegal miners operating there into the Cerrado savanna where most of Raposa Serra do Sol is located.
— Read on news.mongabay.com/2021/04/brazilian-cerrado-savanna-wildcat-miners-descend-on-indigenous-reserve/

Everything You Need To Know About Blue Java Banana That Tastes Like Vanilla Ice Cream

Apart from the regular yellow banana and the raw green banana, chances are you have come across the red banana. But have you ever seen a blue banana? No, right? Well, you might find this bizarre, but a blue banana actually exists and it apparently tastes like vanilla ice cream!

— Read on www.idiva.com/lifestyle/food/everything-you-need-to-know-about-blue-java-banana-that-tastes-like-vanilla-ice-cream/18019238

Taiwan goes bananas over its favorite fresh fruit | Taiwan News | 2021/04/16

GO BANANAS is hosted by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI) in collaboration with Taiwan Sugar Corporation, NAN ART, and the Cultural & Creativity Development Foundation. Founded in 1970 and based in Jiuru Township, Pingtung County, the TBRI is dedicated to promoting Taiwan’s banana industry.

The TBRI is known for developing six disease-resistant varieties. It has helped numerous local farmers mass-produce disease-resistant banana trees.

Taiwan’s world-leading banana expertise has led to many collaborations with other countries, such as Australia. Once called the “pride of Taiwan,” the nation’s bananas were world-famous during the golden era of the banana industry in the 1960s and ’70s.
— Read on www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4179153

Malawi farmers begin to bounce back after banana blight

Masauko Maulidi looks out on his banana fields, content that he is finally back in action as a banana farmer after the shock of the devastating Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) that devastated Malawi’s…
— Read on www.rfi.fr/en/africa/20210416-malawi-farmers-begin-to-bounce-back-after-banana-blight

This Vegan Chain Isn’t Waiting for the Government to Raise Minimum Wage to $15. It Just Doubled Employee Earnings

While the government drags its feet on implementing a $15 federal minimum wage, vegan chain HipCityVeg commits to doubling its wages to support workers and families hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Read on vegnews.com/2021/4/vegan-hipcityveg-raise-minimum-wage-to-15

Only 3 percent of Earth’s land hasn’t been marred by humans | Science News

Only 3 percent of Earth’s land hasn’t been marred by humans | Science News
— Read on www.sciencenews.org/article/earth-land-ecosystems-ecology-intact-species

A Spotlight on the History of Infant Nutrition | USDA

Nutrition plays a key role in helping infants to grow into healthy children and adults. Since the early 1900s, USDA has provided resources for breastfeeding, introducing first foods, building lasting healthy eating habits, and more. Explore how infant nutrition advice has changed over the decades with these resources from the Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection.
— Read on www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/04/13/spotlight-history-infant-nutrition

Beyond Meat Inc. stock outperforms market on strong trading day – MarketWatch

Shares of Beyond Meat Inc. rose 1.45% to $132.26 Monday, on what proved to be an all-around grim trading session for the stock market, with the NASDAQ…
— Read on www.marketwatch.com/story/beyond-meat-inc-stock-outperforms-market-on-strong-trading-day-01618260127-700eddba9ea3

Beyond Meat Products Enter More Retailers | Progressive Grocer

Plant-based brand increases existing in-store presence at 5K stores across U.S.
— Read on progressivegrocer.com/beyond-meat-products-enter-more-retailers

Next generation of plant-based meat alternatives satisfies clean-label demands | Food Dive

Food industry news, voices and jobs. Optimized for your mobile phone.
— Read on www.fooddive.com/spons/next-generation-of-plant-based-meat-alternatives-satisfies-clean-label-dema/597812/

Plant based diet is a huge investment opportunity.