All posts tagged weather conditions

The healthiest cereals are laden with cancer-causing chemicals

The unexpected role of the insurance industry in reducing harmful chemicals in the food supply

muesli packs

Raw rolled oats and grains, fruits, seeds or nuts… On the face of it, muesli is the ultimate healthy breakfast choice, enough to make one positively smug about one’s clean living. But take a closer look, and that Instagram-worthy dish may in fact be a lethal cocktail of cancer-causing endocrine disruptors, no matter that the box guarantees 100% natural ingredients. In the fight to safeguard your health, could it be that risk managers are the unlikely champions that agri-business needs to safeguard your health?

According to a recent study, the majority of (non-organic) packaged muesli cereals, touted for being high fibre, low calorie and rich in antioxidants, protein and omega-3 fatty acids, are far from being the healthy start to the day they claim to be. Rather, the French environmental group “Generations Futures”, recently conducted a study of popular muesli cereals sold at supermarkets under reputable brand names to ascertain whether they contained any traces of chemic products. Taking 15 non-organic and 5 organic muesli cereals to their laboratory, the results were shocking: 100% of non-organic muesli samples contained pesticide residuals.

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Are you the predator or the prey in the perilous world of climate change?

Effects of climate change mean unexpected new winners, and losers, in finance.

Spinifex hopping mice

In what may be viewed as a fable for the times, scientists are looking to climate data to explain how traditional safe burrows have become hunting grounds and food chains have been upended. Risk managers are struggling with the same, confronted with the unexpected new threats, and opportunities, arising from the effects of climate change.

In a shocking twist that is baffling scientists, the cat is not only getting the mice, but the catfish is too. Whilst the hunt of mice by cats has become an idiom for the constant pursuit of one’s prey, it was hardly to be expected that this cartoonish relationship would one day extend to catfish too. Yet, in an article recently published by the scientific journal “Journal of Arid Environments”, Australian researchers have the grisly evidence, having discovered the bodies of Notomys alexis, or Spinifex hopping mice, in the stomachs of almost half of the lesser salmon cat-fish sampled in the Ashburton River of Northwest Australia.

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Winter is coming

dzud

The coming seasons will hit their lands the hardest, the extreme weather brought on by climate change placing them in a state of warning and constant vigilance. For millions of smallholder farmers in the developing world, the dire warning “Winter is Coming”, from the imaginative mind of the writer of Game of Thrones, is that which they must accept as their harsh reality, as natural forces are increasingly disrupted, disruptive and extreme.

They call it the dzud.

The harsh and unsettling name is suggestive of the reality it describes: a drought followed by a very heavy winter snow, winds and brutal cold temperatures. Cattle will die, food security will worsen, livelihoods will be put in jeopardy, the poorest of the poor will be hit the hardest.

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