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The real Hunger Games – food commodity speculation

| 01/04/2012 | 1 Reply
The real Hunger Games – food commodity speculation

Speculation in food commodities by banks and hedge funds has risen from $65bn to $126bn (£41bn to £79bn) in the past five years, helping to push prices to 30-year highs and causing sharp price fluctuations that have little to do with the actual supply of food

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Europe: Swiss concerned with potential backlash in Muslim markets

| 29/03/2012 | 1 Reply
Europe: Swiss concerned with potential backlash in Muslim markets

Switzerland’s economy minister said on Wednesday that the Swiss government is concerned with a possible boycott of Swiss products overseas because xenophobic tendencies have found more ground in the wealthy European country.

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UK: Halal Meat Training Academy Opens in Norfolk

| 24/03/2012 | Reply
UK: Halal Meat Training Academy Opens in Norfolk

A New Halal Meat Training Academy & Product Development Centre is now fully operational & open for business at the European Halal Food Park in Banham, Norfolk. The Halal Meat Academy, is the first of its kind in the UK, and is perfectly located to offer specialised training courses and workshops for all sectors of […]

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Malaysia: No double standards in Halal applications

| 23/03/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: No double standards in Halal applications

There is no element of double standard in the approval of the application for halal certificate from big companies or small and medium industry, according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

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France: Halal meat drama enters election campaign

| 11/03/2012 | 1 Reply
France: Halal meat drama enters election campaign

The confrontation between traditional Muslim ways and Europe’s Christian heritage has erupted in several European countries as the number of Muslims increases across the continent because of continuing immigration and the customary large families of Muslim immigrants. But it is particularly raw in France. This is true in part because it has emerged as an issue in the election campaign.

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French politicians urge scrapping kosher, halal

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
French politicians urge scrapping kosher, halal

In an effort to woo the far-right, French politicians continue to oppose traditional Abrahamic religions by suggesting that Muslims and Jews put an end to Halal and Kosher food laws.

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World’s First Muslim Model Agency Opens in New York

| 19/02/2012 | 1 Reply
World’s First Muslim Model Agency Opens in New York

The launch of the world’s first Muslim model agency, in New York’s fashionable Tribeca district, offered an interesting alternative to the options presented at New York Fashion Week a few blocks uptown. A coming-together of a particularly stylish segment of the Islamic community in this cosmopolitan city, the event on Saturday night played host to everyone from a fully veiled woman in black abaya to dramatically coiffed fashionistas (and fashionistos) curious about a groundbreaking project.

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The future of ritual slaughter in the U.S.

| 13/01/2012 | Reply
The future of ritual slaughter in the U.S.

‘Meatingplace’ contacted Joe M. Regenstein, professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, to discuss recent issues and the future of ritual slaughter in the United States.

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Opinion: Blessed Meat

| 27/12/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Blessed Meat

Ali Berlow Editor, ‘Edible Vineyard’ It was truly blessed meat. Over every animal held in arms and slaughtered, a prayer was said as the swift, sharp deed of taking life in sacrifice was made. There is no denying the gravity of these transforming moments when man, animal, prayer, blade and blood meet. Life is messy […]

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Arab world needs $144bn to meet food needs

| 23/12/2011 | Reply
Arab world needs $144bn to meet food needs

Arab countries need to invest $144 billion in agriculture between now and 2030 to meet the demand for food for their growing populations, said an Arab official.

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An RFID-Based Validation System for Halal Food

| 19/12/2011 | Reply
An RFID-Based Validation System for Halal Food

This article, reproduced from the International Arab Journal of Information Technology, examines the viability of using Radio frequency identification technology to protect against fake Halal logos and certificates.

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Scientific Report on the Bleeding of Lambs during Halal Slaughter is released.

| 27/11/2011 | Reply
Scientific Report on the Bleeding of Lambs during Halal Slaughter is released.

The document reviews the effect of different slaughter practices on the bleeding of lambs at slaughter. It makes up part of a postgraduate dissertation submitted by Mr Rizvan Khalid for his MSc in Meat Science and Technology from the University of Bristol.

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Turkey: OIC Chief Identifies Key Issues To Unlock Intra-Islamic Trade And Travel Potential

| 22/10/2011 | Reply
Turkey: OIC Chief Identifies Key Issues To Unlock Intra-Islamic Trade And Travel Potential

Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has outlined a number of issues that are restricting the growth of economic development and business/trade potential in the Islamic countries. Here is an edited text of his speech:

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The Mainstreaming Of Fair Trade

| 20/10/2011 | Reply
The Mainstreaming Of Fair Trade

Consumer awareness of Fair Trade in the U.S. is around 34%–not as high as awareness of organic products, but it’s a large number considering that Fair Trade has been around in this country for less than two decades. Organic certification in the U.S. has existed since the early 1970s.

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UK: New Range of Halal Stocks available for caterers

| 18/10/2011 | Reply
UK: New Range of Halal Stocks available for caterers

Essential Cuisine has launched a chef-inspired range of halal-approved stocks to give caterers complete peace of mind when creating dishes in today’s ethnically-diverse society. The specialist has developed chicken, vegetable, beef and lamb flavoured stocks that meet Halal Food Agency guidelines and give Muslims more choice in what they can eat out. Nigel Crane, Dorchester-trained chef and […]

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Saudi Arabia pharma: Pfizzing

| 13/10/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia pharma: Pfizzing

Pfizer has become the first multinational pharma investor to set up a wholly owned subsidiary. It is all part of the Saudi efforts to expand the healthcare sector. Because of restrictions on foreign-ownership of businesses, foreign investments in Saudi Arabia’s pharma sector have traditionally been limited to joint ventures with domestic firms. Now the development of economic “free zones” is changing that, and Pfizer of the US is one company taking advantage.

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USA: New Muslim Market Study to be released at AMCC

| 06/10/2011 | Reply
USA: New Muslim Market Study to be released at AMCC

Attendees at this year’s American Muslim Consumer Conference (AMCC), which will be held on October 29th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ, will get an exclusive offer for DinarStandard’s in depth study titled, “American Muslim Market: Business Landscape & Consumer Needs”. DinarStandard is a prominent global Muslim market research and advisory firm specializing in the emerging Muslim markets.

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Return of the Editor: Why Human Filters are the Future of the Web

| 05/10/2011 | Reply
Return of the Editor: Why Human Filters are the Future of the Web

Before news aggregators, content curators, and Google’s omnipotent algorithm, the world’s information was sorted by real human beings. In the web’s next phase, argues The IdeaLists’ Karyn Campbell, the old-fashioned editor is poised for a comeback.

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Branding Halal – The Rise of the young Muslim consumer

| 05/10/2011 | Reply
Branding Halal – The Rise of the young Muslim consumer

The Arab Spring is turning the Muslim world upside down, opening a whole new frontier for brands and marketers. The emerging Muslim consumer is young, tech-savvy and ready to engage, reports Ogilvy Noor’s Shelina Janmohamed and Nazia Du Bois.

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Let Them Eat Ethanol and Cash

| 23/09/2011 | Reply
Let Them Eat Ethanol and Cash

By Greg Lindsay Why have global food prices spiked not once, but twice in the last three years, raising the specter of famine and triggering worldwide food riots–including the Arab Spring? [1] Many explanations have been floated, including climate change-related droughts in Australia, volatile oil prices, “food security” export restrictions, and last but not least, […]

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