Public concerns over food security have increased in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which initially saw panic-buying and shortages in locked-down cities. Worries have been compounded by severe floods that have devastated vast swathes of farmland in the Yangtze river delta — where around half of China’s agricultural production takes place — disrupting harvests and leading to a rise in food prices. State media and online platforms have also begun to wage war on food waste. Popular livestreaming platforms Douyin and Kuaishou said they would shut down accounts of people who gorge themselves on excessive levels of food, sometimes until they vomit — a viral video practice known as “mukbang”.But some social media users were dubious about the food waste drive.”First of all we should change our national tradition of loving to keep up appearances, we always feel that ordering one dish between two people is shameful,” wrote one user on Weibo. “This is insane,” wrote another. “In future, do I have to use half a piece of toilet paper when I use the bathroom?” Chinese diners are being told to order less food as part of a campaign by President Xi Jinping to tackle waste and embrace thrift.”Operation empty plate” aims to overturn the ingrained cultural habit of ordering extra food for group meals.”As for the phenomenon of food waste… Shocking and distressing,” Xi was quoted as saying Tuesday in state media, adding it was “necessary to maintain crisis awareness regarding food security”. “This year’s impact of the coronavirus pandemic has further sounded the alarm for us.” Catering groups responded to Xi’s call by embracing a so-called “N-1 policy” — urging groups of customers to order one dish fewer than the number of diners at a table. The campaign also suggests restaurants serve smaller or half-portions for lone diners. A 2018 report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences claimed the average restaurant diner wasted 93 grams (3 ounces) of food every meal, contributing to the 18 million tons of food large cities throw away every year. Topics :
July 17, 2017Cosanti CoPresident Jeff Stein AIA was in Melbourne, Australia this past week, representing Arcosanti at the World EcoCity Summit 2017.This was the 12th in the series of the world renowned EcoCity Summits, started in 1990 in Berkeley, California, by Arcosanti alumnus Richard Register.The Summits, occurring every two years, have now taken place on all 6 inhabited continents. Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of the organization that Register created, EcoCity Builders, that governs the meetings.(photos and text by Jeff Stein)This year some 600 delegates from around the world, private citizens, planners, NGO representatives, and local and regional government officials (though only a few of them from the US) came together to address the way we humans build our home: our cities, towns and villages.Former Vice President Al Gore began the conference with a new slideshow and talk about climate change. And as usual, the work of Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti, the ideal of a car-free, 3-dimensional town… these things were at the center of many of the discussions throughout the week.EcoCity Builders describes the Summit this way: “It focuses on key actions that cities and citizens can take to rebuild our human habitat in balance with living systems. We are concerned to slow down and even reverse global heating, biodiversity collapse, loss of wilderness, habitat, agricultural lands and open space, and social and environmental injustices.”Melbourne, Australia, of course, has been voted the World’s Most Livable City for 6 years in a row. But even there, at a conference celebrating the myriad projects humans are undertaking world-wide to bring about a new way of living in cities on the planet, we realize the tremendous work that awaits us all. The fact that we do realize this is partly due to Arcosanti’s presence in the world, a reminder of what could be, based on what takes place here every day.
Online video streaming service Netflix is to launch in Sweden and across the Nordic region, as first revealed by DTVE sister publication TBI in May. This move will mark the latest international launch for the service, which has already launched across Latin America, in Canada and in the UK and Ireland. The service will launch in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland by the end of 2012. It will be available on PCs, Macs, smart TVs, games consoles, Blu-ray disc players, smartphones and tablets.TBI revealed in May that the company, run by CEO Reed Hastings, was planning to launch in Scandinavia by the end of the year and was in talks with local content partners and international distributors to secure programming.Netflix had previously put its international expansion plans on hold in order to return to profitability in the US and had planned to roll out in Spain before pulling the launch.
Gábor Mátrai, the vice-president of communications at Hungarian media and telecom regulator the NMHH is to leave the organisation by mutual consent.Mátrai’s departure follows the appointment by Hungarian premier Viktor Orbán of Mónika Karas as president of the NMHH, following the death of the previous president Annamárai Szalai.Mátrai was last year named as vice-president of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), the body set up to facilitate the exchange of information between European national telecom regulators and to advise the EC.
The BBC’s commercial arm has selected six new start-ups to take part in its BBC Worldwide Labs project, covering business areas including audience research, video search and advertising.BBCWW kicked off its Labs scheme in 2012 to offer new companies guidance from industry experts and mentors from around the business, securing commercial partnerships without taking an equity state in the companies.The six startups chosen this year include: Seenit, an app that lets brands launch video-filming campaigns; Rezonence, an ad format that allows publishers to monetise digital content by asking consumers to engage; and CrowdEmotion, a software firm that analyses facial expressions to measure emotions.The other three start-ups are: video and audio search firm OP3NVoice; real-time ad and e-commerce system Verticly; and Buddy Bounce, a platform designed to let celebrities and brands better connect with their fans.BBCWW said that this year’s new start-ups have been selected based on their “natural alignment” with Worldwide’s existing business units and international brands, and their potential global reach.