Driving Sustainability

A Special Interview with Datuk Dr. Sharif Haron, the Director General of MARDI on the Future of Agro-ecology.

Shakespeare once wrote: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. This timeless phrase, we (loosely, with artistic license!) compare to chocolatiers’ iconic chocolate blocks – lovely, a joy to work with, and so beautifully temperate. After all, the art of tempering chocolate is synonymous with a fine finish. Gloss is not over-rated.

Crisp and crunchy or soft and fork-tender; the honeydew is a melon most beloved. In appearance it is humble. Golden yellow or pale green, the melon, when sliced, displays a heartful of tiny seeds. Scrape them away and furnish yourself with a spoon – your melon is ready to be eaten.

Hazrul Amry Mohd Noor, Corporate Communication and Quality Centre, MARDI.

Today, breeding is increasingly caught up in the flux of development and modernisation. This is a trend not to be taken lightly as it concerns standards of national food safety. The unceasing march of progress has forced the breeding industry to change in order to ensure public demand for livestock-based food sources remains consistent and attainable at reasonable prices.

Palm oil is rich in natural chemical compounds important for health and nutrition. Among others, it is a natural source of Carotenoids & Vitamin E, as well as supplying fatty acids and other important fat-soluble micronutrients. It also supplies an abundance of calories that gives us much-needed energy for our daily life.

About a decade ago, plenty of hot fuss was kicked up in the wake of a rather entertaining campaign for dairy products. This campaign, born in sunny California in the United States of America, promoted the concept of happy cows, which in turn gave rise to great dairy produce. Last year, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed their final appeal in a decade-long lawsuit against the California Milk Advisory Board in the Californian Supreme Court. PETA’s beef (no pun intended) with the ads? That Californian cows were, in fact, terribly unhappy as opposed to the widely advertised claim. PETA lost the suit.

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