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Meat, eggs and milk are an important source of nutrients, especially among the needy, according to the FAO


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Rome, April 25, 2023  – Meat, eggs and milk provide essential nutrients that cannot easily be replaced from plant sources – reads a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Decision-makers should promote food from land animals, taking into account the environmental and other impacts of livestock farming. ©FAO/Victor Sokolowitz

This is particularly important in certain stages of life, such as pregnancy and breastfeeding, during childhood, adolescence and old age, according to the   study entitled The contribution of food from terrestrial animals to a healthy diet for better nutrition and health .

The publication is the most comprehensive analysis of the benefits and risks of consuming animal-based foods, using more than 500 scientific journals and 250 policy documents.

Meat, eggs and milk contain many important macronutrients, including protein, fats and carbohydrates, as well as micronutrients, which are difficult to provide in the required quality and quantity from plant-based food, the report reads. High-quality protein, countless essential fatty acids, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, vitamin B12, choline and other bioactive compounds such as carnitine, creatine and taurine can be found in foods of animal origin, whose role in health and development is indisputable.

Iron and vitamin A deficiency are among the most common deficiency diseases worldwide, mainly affecting children and pregnant women. Globally, every second child under the age of 5 (372 million) and 1.2 billion women of childbearing age  suffer from at least one of the iron, vitamin A and zinc deficiency diseases . Three quarters of these children live in South and East Asia, the Pacific Ocean and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Unsurprisingly, the analysis states, the consumption of food from land animals (including milk, eggs and meat) varies worldwide . On average, a Congolese consumes only 160 grams of milk per year, while a Montenegrin consumes up to 338 kilograms. In the case of eggs, the average annual consumption for a South Sudanese is just under 2 grams, compared to the 25 kg annual amount for Hong Kongers. An average person in Burundi consumes no more than 3 kg of meat, while in Hong Kong the average annual meat consumption is 136 kg.

Aspect of sustainability goals

As part of an appropriate diet, animal-derived foods can contribute to the  achievement of the nutrition-related goals adopted by the World Health Assembly  and the  Sustainable Development Goals  , which are for the proper development and birth weight of children under five years of age, as well as for anemia in women of reproductive age, adult obesity and they relate to the reduction of infectious diseases.

At the same time, the farm animal sector “must play a role in solving many challenges”, emphasizes the FAO Deputy Director General, Maria Helena Semedo, and her Chief Economist, Maximo Torero Cullen, in the foreword of the volume.

“These are environmental challenges (e.g. deforestation, changes in land use, greenhouse gas emissions, unsustainable water and soil management, pollution, competition between fodder and food), animal husbandry systems (e.g. low productivity, overgrazing, insufficient animal welfare), animal health problems (e.g. diseases, antimicrobial resistance), matters arising from the human-animal relationship (e.g. zoonoses or foodborne diseases), and social issues (e.g. equality).”


Regarding the risks associated with the consumption of foods of animal origin, the analysis states that the consumption of even small amounts of processed red meat increases the risk of death and chronic diseases (including cardiovascular diseases and rectal cancer). However, the consumption of unprocessed red meat in moderate amounts (between 9 and 71 grams per day) has a minimal risk, but can be said to be safe in terms of chronic diseases.

However, the evidence for causal relationships between the consumption of milk, eggs and poultry in healthy adults and some diseases (e.g. heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure) is inconclusive (for milk) or insignificant (for eggs and poultry) .

The FAO Subcommittee on Farm Animals, which is under the Committee on Agriculture, recently held its first meeting, encouraging governments to update national dietary recommendations, if necessary, regarding the nutritional benefits of consuming meat, eggs and milk.

Source: FAO

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LOOKOUT: Serbia – The 90th International Agricultural Fair opened in Novi Sad – GALLERY

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The International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad celebrated its 90th anniversary this year



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István Pásztor, the President of the Assembly of the Vojvodina Autonomous Region, visited the jubilee 90th International Agricultural Fair yesterday and viewed the stands of the institutions located in the “Master” hall of KITE Kft. and the Hungarian exhibitors in the 2nd hall, who was received by Slobodan Cvetković, CEO of Novosadski Sajam.

From left, CEO Slobodan Cvetković, CEO of Novosadski Sajam, and István Pásztor, President of the Assembly of the Autonomous Region of Vojvodina.

István Pásztor put it this way: “I personally consider these May fair days very important, because I like to come to the Agricultural Fair, especially since important jubilees are being celebrated this year – the Újvidéki Fair is 100 years old and the 90th Agricultural Fair. These anniversaries are a commitment and a legacy for us and for future generations as well!”

CEO Slobodan Cvetković is the CEO of Novosadski Sajam.

The International Agricultural Fair gives so much to agriculture not only in Serbia, but also in the region, which means that it is valuable and deserves to be held year after year. This event presents the latest trends in agriculture, helps producers and business people get to know what’s new in many areas, and is also a place where supply meets demand, where business people meet, where relationships are built…

Breeding survey in Újvidék.

The Újvidéki Vásár offers comprehensive and varied programs and presents all current trends in agriculture, including mechanization, animal husbandry, and new technologies. You can get to know the latest and best innovations in Novi Sad.

The exhibition offered a meaningful program even for the youngest. Orientation of children is one of the priority tasks in Serbia.

The continuity of this event is important, so that what is exhibited today reaches those who are targeted tomorrow: they are the farmers. This is how this very important economic branch will develop and develop. That is why all relevant state institutions are represented here – the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Affairs, provincial secretariats, organizations supporting farmers – which means that continuity is ensured and the event is of a particularly high standard.

World-class conference hall in Novi Sad, in the area of ​​Novosadski Sajam, in the heart of the city.

The CEO of the Újvidéki Fair, Slobodan Cvetković, emphasized that exhibitors from 26 countries, including Hungary, came to this year’s International Agricultural Fair. He informed István Pásztor that he was satisfied with the business side of the Fair, because many agreements were reached and business relations were established.

From the left, István Pászor, the President of the Assembly of the Vojvodina Autonomous Region, arrives in the company of Slobodan Cvetković, the CEO of Novosadski Sajam.

The cooperation with the Hungarian exhibitors is extremely long and fruitful, which is also proven by the fact that 26 companies that offer products and services in various fields have arrived in hall 2. I am sure that this cooperation will be even more extensive in the future, to mutual satisfaction and benefit, informed Slobodan Cvetković, CEO of Novosadski Sajam in Újvisék.

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There can be serious demand for printed fish fillets

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The first laboratory fish fillet is being developed by an Israeli-based company



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The first laboratory fish fillet is being developed by an Israeli-based company. Due to the dwindling fish population and high environmental taxes, laboratory-grown fish foods may come to the fore, writes  Euronews . The author refers to a study by Dalhousie University, according to which fish may practically disappear from the oceans by 2048, which, in addition to high environmental taxes, is expected to generate even more demand. The first fish fillet produced in laboratory conditions and printed using 3D technology may be on the market in Singapore next year.

The photo is an illustration. Photo: Pixabay

It is also true for this product that cell culture is still a very expensive process, so the production costs are still uncompetitive compared to products made from traditional raw materials.

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Steakholder Foods believes that their printed meats are more sustainable food, and the company supports forward-thinking and sustainable people, companies, organizations and countries. They believe that cultured meat will play a crucial role in significantly reducing the meat industry’s carbon footprint, reducing water and farmland use, and making meat safer and more accessible. We should have no illusions about the  technology  : it can be seen on the company’s website that the selected stem cells are obtained by sampling. If you scroll down, you can also learn about the concept of “bio-ink”, from which the meat slices are born in the incubator at the end of the process.

In the  TIME article  , you can read more interesting facts about how Israel became the global center of alternative meat technology. They also write about the fact that they appeared at the Food Tech Israel exhibition with amazing products such as reduced-sugar sugar, protein bar with all the positive properties of breast milk, caviar made from modified lake green algae, cheese made from microalgae, roast beef made from fermented vegetable proteins, and we could go on and on. The only animal-based product at the event was a single liter of cow’s milk hidden behind the plant-based drinks offered in the cafe.

It’s an interesting new world, given that Israel is second only to the United States in startups and investment in alternative protein companies, and has the highest per capita consumption of poultry. At the same time, it ranks fourth in red meat consumption, while the largest number of vegans in the world also live there.

Source: Krisztina Pető – NAK

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National ice damage mitigation system – two-week summary 24.04.2023. – 05.07.

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NAK issued a statement on the results of the National Ice Damage Mitigation System



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Presentation of thunderstorm days from April 24 to May 7, 2023 in terms of generator activation and meteorological conditions

Figure 1: The average switch-on time of the generators by county between April 24 and May 7. (Figure: NAK)

The weather between April 24 and May 7 was different from the average, as in previous weeks. In the given period, the distribution of precipitation was extreme, as larger amounts of precipitation fell in several areas, while larger areas remained dry.

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Overall, the period was drier in most of the Great Plain, while it was wetter in Transdanubia and the northern part of the country. The last week of April was several degrees colder than usual.
Unusually for the weather of the period, several ice-threatening thunderstorms and four supercells formed in the country, so the ground generators were switched on for 8 days.

The affected ground generators were switched on according to the arrival and formation of ice-threatening thunderstorms.

Image 2: Ice damage hazard map between April 24 and May 7. (Figure: NAK)

The following maps show how much the generators had to be operated on average per county during the examined period  (image 1) ,  as well as to what extent the thunderstorms that developed were dangerous and which areas were affected  (image 2) .

More details can be found on the NAK website here.

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