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Interview: Sanaa Iqbal Pirani on Food Waste Management in the Hospitality Industry in Abu Dhabi

Most of the food in Abu Dhabi’s tourist sector is imported. At the large scale that is needed for all of the hotels’ operations, it is difficult to get it locally. Still, a lot of food goes to waste. Sanaa Iqbal Pirani, a researcher on food waste management at the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, talks about the ways to change that.

Sustainable Development and Water: Desalination in the Arab World

It is common knowledge that we are unsustainable consumers of water resources. Agricultural, household and industrial use deplete the Earth’s freshwater and experts state that water shortages will cause the next wars. One of the most water sensitive regions of the world is the Middle East. Rich in fossil fuels, but water-poor, the Arab world is already facing the cruel reality of insufficient water resources from unsustainable use and losses due to old and broken water infrastructure. These concerns were extensively discussed during the World Water Forum 6.

“The Mediterranean Diet is Not Simply a Diet” and Wastewater is Not Simply Wastewater

Southern Europe is not known for its endless rain nor its snowy winters.  Instead, the land constantly experiences a long, dry summer, followed by intermittent rain during its winter season.  This is the weather that creates the rolling fields of olive and fruit trees, green vegetables, and legumes which are hailed for their anti-oxidant properties and health benefits.  These foods spurred the Mediterranean Diet, which as people who live in the Mediterranean will tell you, is a way of life. It has fostered the unique and popular history, culture, economy, environment, health and nutrition of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean.