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We are delighted to inform you that Pino Calcagni and the Besana Group have today, at a meeting held in Singapore, become founder members of the GLOBAL AGRI-BUSINESS ALLIANCE (GAA).

Please see attached an article from today’s Financial Times announcing the launch of this important initiative. 

We consider our invitation to participate as a founder member of the GAA a great honour and testament to the strength of our company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, the environment and positive ethical development.
The Global Agri-Business Alliance (GAA) is a voluntary CEO-led, pre-competitive coalition of agri-business companies from the private sector. The GAA will be focused on tackling sustainability, environmental and social challenges which will help to improve the resilience of all participants in the global agricultural sector.
The GAA’s mission is to address sustainability, social, labour and environmental issues where the agricultural sector is seen to have a shared responsibility.
Through a co-ordinated sector level approach we will look to collaboratively improve rural livelihoods, mitigate the impact of climate change, sustainably manage natural capital, contribute to global food and nutrition security, and accelerate progress towards achieving the prioritised UN ‘Sustainable Development Goals’.
The GAA, through its network benefits, thought leadership, practical insights and effective advocacy, will develop actionable solutions to tackle the major developmental challenges facing the global agri-business sector.
The GAA will also work with other multilateral institutions and the plural sector to be the voice of the agri-business community.

The GAA, through its members, will pursue five types of activities:
Set goals and targets to be jointly undertaken by members to support sustainable development. Specific focus areas will be decided collectively by members, and could include areas such as improving water-use efficiency in agriculture, reducing post-harvest food losses, strengthening sustainable land-use practices, enhancing labour standards and improving smallholder productivity and livelihoods, among others.
Establish workgroups that provide mutual support to achieving the goals approved by the Council, maximising the sharing of best practice and innovation.
Develop tools and other resources that build member capacity to successfully pursue these goals.
Agree on measurement and reporting methodology
Engage decision-makers to remove structural and policy barriers that prevent the agri-business sector from fully contributing towards the achievement of the SDGs.
Through these activities, the GAA will highlight the work of its member companies in order to inspire others to act, share best practices, and demonstrate the agri-business sector’s contribution to the SDGs at the sector level. The specific focus of GAA activities will be decided by the members collectively.
The GAA will emphasise the spirit of partnership and will seek opportunities for collaboration with other stakeholders in the design, execution and delivery of its activities.

We hope that you will share in our delight at the creation of and our participation in this Alliance whose joint efforts will positively impact on this planet and so the lives of both current and future generations.

New evidence that eating nuts decreases prostate cancer mortality

by Christina Hwang , Staff Reporter , June 16, 2016
Eating tree nuts — such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts — five or more times a week reduced the overall risk of mortality for prostate cancer patients, a large prospective study has shown.
The researchers, led by Dr. Ying Bao, ScD, from the department of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, followed 47,299 men from 1986-2012, where every two to four years, the men reported on their diet and lifestyle. 

During the 26 years of follow up, 6,810 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 4,346 of those men had non-metastatic cancer, cancer that has not spread from the place where it started to other places in the body. 

“In the first part of the study, we asked the questions whether consuming more nuts prevents getting cancer,” Dr. Bao told HCB News. “We did not observe an association. In the second part of the study, we asked the question whether consuming more nuts reduces death rates among non-metastatic prostate cancer patients.” 

The team found that non-metastatic prostate cancer patients who consumed nuts five or more times per week after diagnosis had a 34 percent lower rate of mortality when compared to those who ate nuts less than once a month. 

Only about 10 percent of the 4,346 men died from prostate cancer and approximately one third of the patients died from cardiovascular disease and the rest from other causes. 

“Large studies have consistently shown that increased nut consumption was associated with reduced cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality,” Bao said. “Nuts are dense in nutrients and bioactive compounds that may confer cardio-protective, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.” 

“Nuts are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and replacement of carbohydrates and animal fat with either unsaturated fats have been shown to reduce all-cause mortality and lethal outcomes among men with non-metastatic prostate cancer,” she said. 

She said that the common perception is that eating nuts may increase someone’s weight but they did not observe this in their study, and other large cohort studies did not observe this either. Additionally, even though nuts are high in fats, they mostly consist of unsaturated fats, which are considered healthy.

Maureen Ternus, M.S., R.D.

Executive Director

International Tree Nut Council

Nutrition Research & Education Foundation

2413 Anza Avenue

Davis, CA  95616

Ph: 530-297-5895


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Consumers Of Tree Nuts More Likely To Eat Healthier


A new study* , in the open access journal Nutrients, compares the nutrient adequacy and diet quality of those who consume tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts), and non-tree nut consumers in a nationally representative population. Tree nut consumption was associated with better nutrient adequacy for most nutrients that are lacking in the diets of many Americans, and with better diet quality.

Researchers looked at 14,386 adults, 19+ years of age, participating in the 2005-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). Usual intake was derived from two separate 24-hour recalls. The difference between this study and previous research is that this one uses usual intake and compares nutrient adequacy versus nutrient intake. The latter simply looks at the amount of a particular nutrient an individual consumes. Nutrient adequacy, on the other hand, measures how much of a particular nutrient is consumed in relation to the recommend amount for that nutrient.

Tree nut consumers accounted for approximately 6% of the population and their mean usual intake was 44 grams (or approximately 1.5 ounces) per day. Compare this to the per capita intake of just 3.3 grams of tree nuts per day. When it comes to nutrient adequacy for most nutrients, tree nut consumers fared better than non-consumers. The data showed that, compared to non-consumers, tree nut consumers had a lower percentage of the population consuming usual intakes of nutrients below the recommended levels of vitamins A (22 ± 5 vs. 49 ± 1), E (38 ± 4 vs. 94 ± 0.4) and C (17 ± 4 vs. 44 ± 1);folate (2.5 ± 1.5 vs. 12 ± 0.6); calcium (26 ± 3 vs. 44 ± 1); iron (3 ± 0.6 vs. 9 ± 0.4); magnesium (8 ± 1 vs. 60 ± 1); and zinc (1.5 ± 1 vs. 13 ± 1). Tree nut consumers had a higher percentage (p < 0.0001) of the population over the recommendation for adequate intake for dietary fiber (33 ± 3 vs. 4 ± 0.3) and potassium (12 ± 3 mg vs. 2 ± 0.2 mg). The Healthy Eating Index-2005, an objective measure of diet quality, was significantly higher (p < 0.0001) in tree nut consumers (61 ± 0.7 vs. 52 ± 0.3) than non-consumers.

“Consumption of tree nuts should be encouraged, as part of a healthy diet, by health professionals to improve diet quality and nutrient adequacy,” according to Carol O’Neil, Ph.D., MPH, RD, lead author on the paper and Professor at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. The authors also stressed the need for nutrition education programs that increase awareness and consumption of tree nuts.

“This new research further supports the need to encourage people to eat tree nuts for overall health,” states Maureen Ternus, M.S., R.D., Executive Director of the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF). “In 2003, FDA (in its qualified health claim for nuts and heart disease) recommended that people eat 1.5 ounces of nuts per day–well above current consumption levels–so we need to encourage people to grab a handful of nuts every day.”


The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF) represents the research and education arm of the International Tree Nut Council (INC). INC is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to supporting nutrition research and education for consumers and health professionals throughout the world and promoting new product development for tree nut products. Members include those associations and organizations that represent the nine tree nuts (almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts) in more than 40 producing countries.

*O’Neil, C.E., T.A. Nicklas, V.L. Fulgoni III, 2015. Tree Nut Consumption Is Associated with Better Nutrient Adequacy and Diet Quality in Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005–2010. Nutrients. 7:595-607. doi:10.3390/nu7010595


Posted on April 25, 2016 by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs
Posted in Consumers Of Tree Nuts More Likely To Eat Healthier, Uncategorized
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The Buzzati  Room in the premises of the Italian newspaper ‘Corriere della Sera’ was the particular venue chosen to host the ‘Packaging Day’ organized by the Italian Packaging Institute (Istituto Italiano Imballaggio) and CONAI (Italian packaging consortium supervising the eco-sustainability of packaging) under the umbrella of Altroconsumo (Italian association for consumer health), Ipack-ima (one of the major international packaging exhibitions) and the Polytechnic University.


The event culminated in the award ceremony for “Best Packaging 2016 – Where design and environment walk together”.


The Besana Group, thanks to the new ‘Smile Lite’ solution applied onto an attractive square tray packaging, has been awarded with the Oscar of Packaging 2016 for the BEST PACKAGING 2016 in the special OVER ALL section of the jury.


It is not the first time that the Besana Group is recognized for its ongoing innovation activity. In almost 100 years of company history, Besana has always been a pioneer in improved solutions for products and industrial processes, with a particular eye towards ever more reduced  environmental impact.


This prestigious prize has been received by Riccardo Calcagni, Managing Director, and Gianpaolo Gentile, Packaging Manager of Besana Group.



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