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Greenwashed shopping: behind organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free products



Shopping for health products proves challenging

Studies continue to find that contaminants are being found in a wide range of products, including food, consumer goods, and even personal care products. For example, a study published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology found that microplastics (plastic particles smaller than 5mm) were present in 93% of bottled water tested.

Other research has found that toxic chemicals such as phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) are commonly found in food packaging and personal care products. These findings highlight the challenges of finding truly environmentally-friendly products and the need for more stringent regulations and oversight to ensure that these contaminants are not present in consumer goods.

The ROOT Brands founder and CEO The Clayton Thomas unpacks how we need to get down to the root causes of our problems to make lasting change.

The Green Edition is presented by The ROOT Brands.

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Global food security requires Phosphorus production to play key role



Food demand set to rise as a result of population growth, urbanization, and rising incomes.

As Australia begins the production of one of the few known high-grade phosphate rock deposits which is expected to help improve food security.

Centrex Limited (CXM) CEO, Robert Mencel outlines the importance of Phosphorus as an essential nutrient for plant growth and how it is used to improve crop yields.

By developing this deposit, Australia looks to increase its domestic production of the critical resource and reduce dependence on imports in the years ahead.

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Micro fulfilment centers enhancing the retail sector



Nimble fulfilment options become increasingly popular for retail industry leads

In an ever-competitive market streamlining the supply chain and getting products to customers faster should be top priority for any retailer.

Micro Fulfilment centers present a great opportunity to do so. These small-scale warehouses are generally located closer to consumers, often within city limits, and are designed to handle online orders for same-day or next-day delivery.

One company that is embracing this concept is Vicinity Centres, an Australian retail property group that owns and manages shopping centers across the country.

They are using their existing shopping centers as locations for micro fulfillment centers, which allows them to make the most of their existing infrastructure while also providing a new service to retailers.

This clever idea is beneficial for traditional retail customers as well. With the use of micro fulfilment centers, retailers are able to offer a wider range of products, as well as faster delivery times. This means that customers can enjoy a more convenient shopping experience, with the ability to order products online and have them delivered to their door quickly. Additionally, these centers are also able to handle online returns, which helps to reduce the amount of time customers spend on the return process.

Overall, micro fulfilment centers are changing the way we look at shopping centers, delivery services and the retail experience on the whole.

By embracing this new concept, retailers are getting products to customers faster while also providing a new service to the traditional retail customer.

The future of retail is moving towards this model with Vicinity Centres committed to utilising the idea to share unique experiences that enhance the point of sale and delivery experience into the future.

Ben Watson explains the potential and future of the space ahead of the Unified Summit 2023 which will unpack the best of Technology, Supply Chain and Retail at Federation Square in Melbourne on February 21st 2023.

Supply Chain Insights is sponsored by Manhattan Associates learn more here.

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Cancer research innovation advancing detection and treatments



Cancer research is continually developing, and the most recent innovations have the potential to revolutionise cancer detection and treatment.

The field has significantly advanced over the last two decades, but there’s always more that can be done.

Technological and pharmaceutical innovations impact research as much as clinical trials do.

“I feel that the more we can do, the more we can have on the back end to help translate to from the bench to the bedside,” Cure Brain Cancer Foundation CEO Lance Kawaguchi recently revealed.

“I’ve pretty much been on a mission the last two years to really try to support collaborations globally, and really try to invest as much as possible in early stage biotechs, but also on the newest innovations, like liquid biopsies, like some of the immunotherapies.”

Johns Hopkins Medical Oncologist Dr. Matthias Holdhoff has been researching in the industry, and has seen how things have quickly evolved in that time – as well as the “targeted therapy” approach required for cancer patients.

“For cancer, it’s not one size fits all,” he outlines. “We are pursuing individualised treatment for patients with cancer.

“We are now thinking more of a disease or pathway-based approach.”

One roadblock in the industry has been obtaining enough data and information to allow these technologies and therapies to be used daily.

“We need clinical trials. And one of the challenges here in the United States or worldwide is the very low percentage of individuals who have aggressive cancers, participating in clinical trials,” Neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Dr. Chetan Bettegowda says.

“While there are opportunities, I think we as the oncology community, need to do better with outreach, having these trials available locally and diffusely.

“So that we can allow these novel technologies to be tested rigorously and comprehensively and allow them to reach far more people than they do today.

I think huge initiatives need to be enhanced, in order to allow these technologies to go from just a concept, just an idea into a reality that helps human beings with cancer.”

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