Day: May 25, 2020

Implementing Europe-wide food labelling when each country prefers a personalised flavour

The European Commission’s long-awaited ‘Farm to Fork’ (F2F) strategy is finally, after months of delays, being unveiled this week.

As announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen late last year, the F2F strategy is a key element in the “European Green Deal” and is supposed to showcase a cross-continental commitment to biodiversity and sustainability.

By shaping how the European food supply is produced, delivered, and consumed, the plan is supposed to have a major impact on the agricultural and retail sectors, as well as on Europe’s carbon footprint.

Not everyone, however, will be pleased to see the final product. The F2F was expected to include a bloc-wide blueprint for front-of-pack (FOP) nutritional labelling, and some MEPs and civil society groups have been lobbying hard for particular systems.

However, at a meeting with the agriculture committee (COMAGRI) earlier this month, Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides revealed the

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit postpones first space launch

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit postponed its first space launch on Sunday, due to a technical problem.

The company said one sensor was “acting up” and fuel was being offloaded from the rocket in Mojave, California, to address what it termed a minor issue.

“This means we are scrubbed for today,” it said in its social media post.

A backup launch window was available on Monday morning but the company did not immediately announce its revised plan for the inaugural use of its air launch system.

Virgin Orbit, based in Long Beach, California, is a sister company to Virgin Galactic, Branson’s space tourism company which is preparing to carry passengers on suborbital flights over New Mexico.

Virgin Orbit’s rocket will be carried beneath the wing of a Boeing 747 that will take off from Mojave Air and Space Port in the desert north of Los Angeles and fly out over the

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Aust shares rise 2.2%, hit 11-week high


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Baig, former USA Today tech columnist, starts blog

Ed Baig

Ed Baig, a longtime USA Today tech columnist before being laid off earlier this year, has started a blog where he reviews products.

His first post is on an outdoor television.

Baig was the long-time personal tech columnist at USA Today where he reviewed every important new tech product to emerge during the past two decades, from the original iPhone to the Amazon Kindle.

He also has weighed in on emerging tech trends and industry news, covering  the culture of tech, the impact of artificial intelligence on society, 5G, ambient computing, robotics, family tech, senior tech, privacy and security.

Prior to joining USA TODAY, Baig was on the editorial staffs of Business Week, US News & World Report and Fortune.  He has also most recently started contributing to AARP.

He has authored Macs For Dummies (Wiley), Palm Pre: The Missing Manual (OReilly Media) and co-authored iPhone

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