Mexico’s Senate increased a proposed levy on junk food today as it passed a tax bill that reduces the nation’s dependence on oil revenue and promotes growth, according to President Pena Nieto’s administration.
Mexico is turning to its tax system to tackle the highest obesity levels in North America or Europe, with plans to raise levies on the fatty foods and sugary sodas that contribute to more deaths than drug violence.
Amado Kafando tilted his head back, smiled and pumped his fists into the west African sky. “We praised God, and said, ‘At last!’” said Kafando, 45, standing amid the mud huts where he lives with 11 children and no electricity.
Crop-damaging cassava brown streak disease may expand from eastern to western Africa, threatening to destabilize food security for 135 million people, the Food and Agriculture Organization and European Union said.
African cashew-nut producers could triple revenue from exports in the next seven years by increasing processing capacity and adding value to the crop, according to the African Cashew Alliance, an industry group.
People streamed into the central square in Celendin, a small city in the Peruvian Andes, the morning of July 3, 2012. They were protesting the government’s support for Newmont Mining Corp.’s plan to take control of four lakes to make way for a new gold and copper mine. By midday, there were 3,000.