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Fresh virus outbreak hinders Beijing's return to normal

Bejing - A fresh coronavirus outbreak in Beijing has hampered the Chinese capital's hesitant return to normality, rekindling fears for the economy as some businesses grind to a halt and consumers stay away.

Virus 'hunger pandemic' threatens Latin America: UN

Geneva - The coronavirus crisis is pushing 40 million people into food insecurity in South and Central America and the Caribbean, the UN warned Tuesday, calling for urgent action to avert a "hunger pandemic".

UN chief warns pandemic could spark global food emergency

New York - The world is facing an "impending global food emergency" that could impact hundreds of millions of people as the coronavirus pandemic threatens already strained supply chains, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday.

Essential Science: Eating fatty food affects concentration

New research suggests that consuming fatty foods affects our ability to concentrate. The inability to focus appears greater after a person has recently consumed a meal composed of fatty foods.

Russia seizes 40 tonnes of embargoed European cheeses

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday seized 40 tonnes of European cheeses smuggled into the country in breach of an embargo on EU food imports, the customs service said.

Indian drones pursue locusts as swarms destroy swathes of crops

New Delhi - Huge swarms of desert locusts are destroying crops across western and central India, prompting authorities Tuesday to step up their response to the country's worst plague in nearly three decades.

Melon-aires not required as Japan premium fruit prices plunge

Apo - A pair of premium Japanese melons sold Monday for just a slice of the five million yen ($46,000) reached at auction last year, as the coronavirus bites hard.

Criss Angel donates food, tickets to Las Vegas families in need

On May 14, Greek-American superstar magician Criss Angel has donated $250,000 worth of food to Las Vegas families in need.

Lithuania capital embraces al fresco dining as lockdown eases

Vilnius - Just over a week after open-air dining was allowed to resume in the Lithuanian capital, a public square named after a doctor and independence activist was hopping with diners at several dozen tables.

Coronavirus 'takes flavour out of Ramadan' in North Africa

Alger - North Africans say they are missing the taste of Ramadan, as coronavirus restrictions deprive them of traditional mealtime gatherings, evening outings and beloved sweets during the Muslim holy month.

Violence and looting point to food crisis in S.Africa lockdown

Cape Town - "Mr President we are in the middle of a food crisis. It's war out here," warned Joanie Fredericks, a community leader in Mitchells Plain township in Cape Town.

Hungry S.Africans clash with police over food aid in Cape Town

Cape Town - South African police on Tuesday fired rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with Cape Town township residents protesting over access to food aid during a coronavirus lockdown.

Italy commune bans mixed-sex shopping to stem virus

Lombardia - Men and women have the same rights in the small municipality of Canonica d'Adda in Italy's north - except when it comes to shopping for food.

Bali's miracle: turning wine into hand sanitiser

Bali - Pharmacists on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are tackling a shortage of anti-coronavirus hand sanitiser by making their own unique, tropical version -- from thousands of litres of fermented palm wine.

Deep learning provides dietary advice during COVID-19 isolation Special

The coronavirus triggered quarantine is a stressful period and the lack of physical activity, combined with more snacking, can lead to weight gain. Yann Harstein, dietitian at Foodvisor provides some tips, based on a deep learning app.

Stress, snacks equal more pounds in Italy's virus lockdown

Rome - Stress, boredom and a natural appreciation for culinary pleasures is sending millions of Italians under home confinement to the same place -- the fridge.

Q&A: The tech entrepreneur saving meal delivery Special

Food delivery is increasingly popular and yet many delivery startups are not turning a profit. Plus, there is a consumer trend to go directly to the restaurant. How can technology help address this issue?

In starving South Sudan, peace is no guarantee of a meal

Rumbek - The villagers hear the distant roar of jet engines before a cargo plane makes a deafening pass over Mogok, dropping sacks of grain from its hold to the marooned dust bowl below.There is no other way to get food to this starving hamlet in South Sudan.

'No one cares': Locked-in Wuhan residents adapt to find food

Bejing - The lockdown of Guo Jing's neighbourhood in Wuhan –- the city at the heart of China's new coronavirus epidemic –- came suddenly and without warning.

Research: Is your coffee habit putting you at a health risk?

Some foods and drinks are good for you, others less so. But why are some people affected and not others? To investigate the factors, a research group have identified nine gene groups connected with different foods and disease risks.

New study signals health concerns with the 'keto diet'

New research raises concerns with so-called ketogenic diets, which are diets where most energy is derived from fats and very little from carbohydrates. The research suggests that the diet should not be extended for more than one week.

Essential Science: Gut bacteria affect how the colon moves

A research study, looking at the microbiome of the human gut, shows how gut bacteria influence how the colon moves, and with this how digestion is controlled along with reasons for poor digestive health.

Q&A: The plant-based battle is in your supply chain Special

For the food industry, whether it's seafood, meat or produce, plant-based alternatives are offering a unique challenge for supply chains to operate in a complex market. Joe Scioscia looks at the issues.

Australian woman dies in cake-eating contest

Sydney - A woman died while taking part in a cake-eating competition to celebrate Australia Day, local media reported Monday.Paramedics were called to a pub in the state of Queensland on Sunday afternoon after a woman was involved in a "medical incident".

Volunteer-run grocery revives rural French village

Sauxillanges - Like so many villages tucked in the folds of the French countryside, the centre of Sauxillanges faced a near-certain death.

Improving the costs and yields of lab-grown meat

Investment in lab-grown meet continues, with the search for the type of product that will taste more realistic to ‘real meat’ and which can also be produced to scale. Researchers have put forward a new process that could deliver a consistent product.

Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya: govt

Nairobi - Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister said Friday.

Japan 'Tuna King' buys new year catch for $1.8 million

Apo - A celebrated Japanese sushi businessman, nicknamed "Tuna King", paid $1.8 million for a giant tuna at New Year's auction at Tokyo's main fish market on Sunday.Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs a successful sushi restaurant chain, paid 193 million yen ($1.

French chef fails in Michelin lawsuit over lost star

Nterre - A French court on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit brought by a star chef seeking to force the prestigious Michelin restaurant guide to hand over its reasons for stripping his restaurant of a third star, just a year after he won it.

Saudis resist 'throwaway' culture of food waste

Apo - The plate is designed to make a meal look bigger -- a gastronomic illusion and an innovative way to tame Saudi Arabia's pervasive throwaway culture which results in colossal food waste.
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