Compiled: 05/04/2021


Topic: Rates of Parkinson’s disease are exploding. A common chemical may be to blame.

Researchers believe a factor is a chemical used in drycleaning and household products, such as shoe polishes and carpet cleaners in the U.S. When asked about the future of Parkinson’s disease in the U.S., Dr Ray Dorsey says, “we’re on the tip of an iceberg.” Dorsey, a neurologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center and author of “Ending Parkinson’s disease, believes a Parkinson’s epidemic is on the horizon. Parkinson’s is already the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world; in the U.S. the number of people with Parkinson’s has increased 35% over the last 10 years, says Dorsey, and “We think over the next 25 years it will double again,”


Topic: CowCredits: Firm behind low methane cattle feed launches CO2 offsetting scheme

A British-Swiss firm behind cattle food which reduces a cow’s methane emissions by 30% has begun selling carbon credits to allow companies to offset their CO2 footprint. Mootral has developed the special feed at their laboratories in Abertillery in the Welsh Valleys. It works by using an extract of garlic in a special formulated food supplement for cattle, which removes microorganisms in a cow’s stomach that create methane. Now the firm wants companies and individuals to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing so-called “CowCredits” for around £60 – equivalent to one tonne of CO2.


Topic: Grains-corn hits 8 year high as dry weather in Brazil raises supply concerns.

Chicago corn futures rose for a third consecutive session on Monday to hit their highest since March 2013 as dry weather in Brazil raised concerns about global supplies.

Wheat extended gains, while soybeans rose for a second straight session.

“There are big issues for Brazil’s corn crop which is suffering due to lack of rains,” a Singapore-based feed grains trader said. “Wheat is tracking gains in corn as it is used as a substitute for corn in animal feed.”