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Today I’ll start off with bits and bobs of more serious news and then I’ll see how it goes.The Independent Scientists have discovered that more than 75% of British-grown oysters contain something called a norovirus; a study was conducted on behalf of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and this infectious little bug was discovered. Bloomberg One of the world’s biggest agricultural companies, Minneapolis-based Cargill Inc., has recently donated 10,000 metric tones of rice to the Horn of Africa; it’s the largest food contribution ever from a USA company. Not only did they buy the rice, they also arranged for transport from Mobasa to wherever it was needed. Way to go guys! Alertnet Things aren’t going to well in the Caribbean because local farmers are struggling to keep up the production of key crops and that includes bananas and veggies and since the weather doesn’t look as if it’s really going to ease up, things just may deteriorate. Huffington Post “Popular legend has it that victorious Roman invaders, as they secured their conquest of Carthage in 146 B.C., further devastated the city by scattering salt over the land. Their actions sought to prevent their Phoenician enemies from rebuilding their metropolis. Salting the earth was used to curse the city, its inhabitants and their fertile soils”. Huffington Post. Luckily the Mo Ibrahim Foundation seems to have decided to talk about it now and, poetically, on the same soil that the Romans once salted. Just-food The British R&R Ice Cream is eyeing the German rival company Durigon Gelato for which they’ve, no doubt, paid a handsome amount; however the German competition watchdog still has to clear it. R&R is definitely on the acquisition trail because they just bought French Pilpa in September. nknews The World Food Program will supply more than 32-thousand tons of food aid to Brother Leader’s North Korea at some point this month; it will be the largest consignment ever sent to them in a one month period & should feed about 35,000 people.