Last week Việt Nam News asked readers if Việt Nam should only allow advertisers to promote formula for infants under one-year-old, rather than maintain its current four-year policy of allowing such advertising for toddlers up to two years old. Here are some comments we received: Andrew Burden, Canadian, Hà Nội Nothing's better for a newborn and mother than breastfeeding. This life- and intelligence-giving activity should be exclusive for six months. Only then should solid food be introduced. No one - no government, no corporation and certainly no non-governmental agency such as UNICEF - should be messing around with this. Mother Nature knows and produces best. Breast-fed kids grow up healthier and smarter. Problems such as not producing enough milk and the inexperience of mothers can be successfully addressed. Society really should not drop the ball (or teat) on this important human development topic. It is well known that companies provide free samples of formula at hospitals … [Read more...] about Should formula only be promoted for babies?
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Rubber trees are now viewed as multi-purpose trees, not merely industrial trees grown on agricultural land, according to a decision by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development. Under this decision, rubber trees can be used for both agricultural and forestry purposes. This is seen as a solution to help the ministry, the Vietnam Rubber Group and municipal authorities simplify the formalities required to grow rubber trees on land currently used to grow trees of low economic efficiency. The decision was signed by the minister Cao Duc Phat. Of the 24 countries that grow rubber trees, 23 consider them to be forestry trees. The only exception is Myanmar. … [Read more...] about Rubber Trees Can Be Used for Forestry
An Australian town pulled all bottled water from its shelves Saturday and replaced it with refillable bottles in what is believed to be a world-first ban. Hundreds of people marched through the picturesque rural town of Bundanoon to mark the first day of its bottled water ban by unveiling a series of new public drinking fountains, said campaign spokesman John Dee. Shopkeepers ceremoniously removed the last bottles of water from their shelves and replaced them with reusable bottles that can be filled from fountains inside the town's shops or at water stations in the street. "Every bottle today was taken off shelf and out of the fridges so you can only now buy refillable bottles in shops in Bundanoon," Dee told AFP. The tiny town, two hours south of Sydney, voted in July to ban bottled water after a drinks company moved to tap into a local aquifer for its bottled water business. "In the process of the campaign against that the local people became educated about the environmental impact … [Read more...] about Australian town in ‘world-first’ bottled water ban
Vietnam's National Assembly on Thursday passed the Advertisement Law, banning advertisements of diary products for under 12-month old children, as an effort to promote breastfeeding habit. Other products banned from advertisements include tobacco, wine with at least 15 percent of alcohol, medicine that needs to be used with care, aphrodisiacs, guns and bullets and sports weapons. … [Read more...] about Vietnam passes law banning ads for baby formula, tobacco
The Ministry of Finance will put a ceiling on wholesale prices of milk products for children under six starting next month in Vietnam, the ministry announced Thursday. The inspected businesses include: Vinamilk, Nestlé Vietnam, Mead Johnson Vietnam, Friesland Campina Vietnam, and 3A Nutrition Vietnam, the authorized distributor of Abbott products in the Southeast Asian country. … [Read more...] about Vietnam to cap prices for baby formula in June