Hungarian Roma designer fights stereotypes with fashion

Hungarian Roma fashion designer and founder of ‘Romani Design’ Erika Varga looks at her creations at her workshop on March 6, 2019 in Budapest. (AFP/Attila Kisbenedek) Hungarian Roma fashion designer Erika Varga says her label is about stitching together cultural traditions and snipping through stereotypes as much as it’s about dressmaking. “Fashion is a branch of art that interests and connects people, non-Roma and Roma,” the founder of Romani Design said. Often blamed for petty crime, the Roma, Hungary’s largest ethnic minority, face widespread discrimination, poverty and exclusion from mainstream…

Read More

Insight: Nutella Maker Fights Back on Palm Oil After Cancer Risk Study

The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella. Italian confectionery firm Ferrero has taken a public stand in defence of an ingredient that some other food companies in the country are boycotting. It has launched an advertising campaign to assure the public about the safety of Nutella, its flagship product which makes up about a fifth of its sales. The hazelnut and chocolate spread, one…

Read More

Ducks Gassed in Thousands as France Fights Bird Flu Virus

Workers wearing masks and protective clothes gassed thousands of ducks in southwest France on Friday, in a massive cull that was ordered in an attempt to prevent a spread of the H5N8 bird flu virus. At one farm in the village of Latrille, in the heartland of duck and geese rearing country, 8,000 ducks were taken by hand and put in coloured metal containers where carbon dioxide was piped in to kill them, normally within seconds. In scenes reminiscent of apocalypse-themed movies, workers clad in head-to-toe protective suits, face-visors and…

Read More