As 2018 kicks off, some of us are hoping to make changes. Maybe we want to earn more, get fit, do something to better our health, or even (for crazies like yours truly) hope to change the world. For sure, it takes more than waving a wand to effect personal change. Motivation matters. But even willpower alone may not suffice. What can be surprisingly powerful is studying the data – tracking goals over time to measure progress. Ideally, you should do this for at least three months (the time… Read more
Vegetable-forward is becoming a modern philosophy. It’s a concept that appeals to meat-eaters, healthy food and sustainable farming advocates alike as it fits their interests. In cities like London and New York, there has been a rise in the number of restaurants that are making vegetables the star of their menus. It couldn’t have been an easy sell – after all, vegetables have long been considered simply the garnish to make the steak in the center of the plate look good. But many chefs… Read more
1 January 2018
With the nation constantly being ranked as the most obese country in South-East Asia, Malaysians are increasingly taking health warnings seriously. Many urbanites have turned to digital content, mobile health, and tech wearables to motivate themselves to have healthier lifestyles. PurelyB co-founder and chief executive officer Jesrina Arshad said 2017 was an instrumental year when wellness started to become a focus in people’s lives. “Wellness and health have started to become… Read more
Large food and beverage companies that have come under scrutiny for using the guise of corporate philanthropy to manipulate nutrition research in the U.S. have exported the practice abroad to developing countries. Nestlé, along with Kellogg, PepsiCo and Tate & Lyle, a high-fructose corn syrup manufacturer, funded the research of Dr. Tee E. Siong, who heads the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, the New York Times recently reported. Like the U.S., Malaysia, now the fattest… Read more
17 January 2018
Rapid urbanization and dramatic socio-economic advances in Malaysia since Independence has brought about marked changes to the lifestyle of the population. This has resulted in significant changes in the nutrition scene, with the existence of the paradoxical double burden of malnutrition. Various strategies and action plans have been put in place to promote healthy nutrition and active lifestyles for the prevention of these diet-related nutrition problems. Dr Tee E Siong, president of the… Read more
23 November 2017
Malaysia's chicken producers must team up to boost production and intensify exports to become a global player as well as strengthen national food security. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia is a net exporter of chicken, churning 1.5 million chickens a day worth RM10 billion a year, but only 7 percent is exported. "Malaysia's chicken production already has a self-sufficiency of 182 percent and yet the chicken producers are not exporting enough. "I want all… Read more
21 September 2017
CULTURAL masters from the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia the Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) have gathered for a five-day festival to showcase their rich heritage and foster greater friendship and harmony among the region’s diverse peoples. Hundreds of artists and performers are turning out for the inaugural Budayaw 2017 – the BIMP-EAGA Festival on Culture and Arts, which kicked off on Wednesday in the city of General Santos on the southern Philippine island… Read more
By Ainun Jaabi5 September 2017
WHEN the country gained its independence, agriculture, in particular rubber, was one of the twin pillars of the economy.   From the 1960s to the 1980s, the agricultural sector, which consisted largely of commercial crops such as rubber, cocoa and oil palm, contributed about 20 per cent of our gross domestic product (GDP), while its share of employment stood at 30 per cent. The availability of vast tracts of arable land, abundant labour, improvements in agricultural infrastructure such… Read more
31 July 2017
TERENGGANU is not the rice bowl of Malaysia, with the state contributing just 3.8 per cent to the country’s production area of nearly 700,000ha. The total land under padi cultivation in Terengganu measures less than 20,000ha, with a production volume of about 17,000 tonnes for local consumption. Although there are plans to open another 24,000ha to enable the state to achieve self-sufficiency, they are not expected to become a reality anytime soon. With the state’s population… Read more
14 July 2016
KUCHING - A team of students and lecturers under Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus’ Biotechnology Club went to SMK St Teresa here recently to share knowledge on future farming techniques. “Future farming is a revolution in the agriculture sector that can provide food security for the ever-growing human population,” said Swinburne Sarawak Research, Consultancy and Future Projects associate director Dr Ng Sing Muk. “It shifts from conventional farming… Read more
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