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December 8, 2017 | ecns.cn

Innovation Makes Poor Land Green

A breakthrough proposed by China's "father of hybrid rice" Yuan Longping has increased rice yields by nearly 20 percent on land considered too saline for crops.
December 8, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Can Technology Get Slavery Out of Food Supply Chains?

Some established players are working to shine at a light at the bottom of the food supply chain.
December 8, 2017 | futurity.org

Can This Pesticide Kill Pests but Spare the Bees?

Molecular tweaks to a known pesticide may make it effective at killing pests while keeping beneficial bugs safe.
December 6, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Indigo Ag Closes $203M Series D

The Boston-based microbial crop technology startup develops microbial seed coatings for corn, soy, wheat, and cotton.
December 6, 2017 | acs.org

Bioelectronic 'Nose' Can Detect Food Spoilage

A new bioelectronic "nose" can specifically detect a key decay compound at low levels.
December 5, 2017 | fruitnet.com

New Ventilated Potato Sack Helps Stop the Rot

A new jute bag with 'ventilated striping' could help potato exporters minimise bacteria.
December 5, 2017 | precisionag.com

10 New Mobile Apps for Precision Agriculture

An evaluation of the newest precision ag apps available.
December 4, 2017 | oliveoiltimes.com

Natural Olive Oil Preservative as Effective as Synthetic Ones

New research reveals oleoresin's antioxidant properties.
December 4, 2017 | perishablenews.com

California Supreme Court Rules for Farmworkers, and Upholds Binding Mediation

Farmers may have a labor contract imposed on them if negotiations with a union fail.
December 1, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Pre-Cut Melon Linked to Outbreak in the Pacific Northwest

At least 18 people are sick with salmonella infections linked to pre-cut watermelon and cantaloupe.
December 1, 2017 | freshplaza.com

New Pest Threatens New York Apples, Grapes, Cherries and Other Crops

The spotted lanternfly, native to Asia, has been threatening US crops.
December 1, 2017 | precisionag.com

Understanding Precision Farming and Soil Morphology

Soil morphology affects crop selection and production.
November 30, 2017 | thepacker.com

USDA Approves Imports of Mangoes from Vietnam

Fresh mangoes from Vietnam must comply with a set of pest safeguards.
November 30, 2017 | freshfruitportal.com

APHIS Expands HLB Quarantine Areas in California

Authorities are expanding the area quarantined for citrus greening disease.
November 30, 2017 | acs.org

Chemists Engineer Bacteria to Make Unnatural Proteins

Living microorganisms transcribe and translate DNA with six bases.
November 28, 2017 | theguardian.com

Common Pesticide Can Make Migrating Birds Lose Their Way

A new study is the first to directly show harm to songbirds.
November 28, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Glyphosate Gets EU Greenlight for Five More Years

The European Union voted to extend the license for the best-selling pesticide in the world.
November 27, 2017 | agfundernews.com

The Yield Expands into Agriculture

The Yield now offers an end-to-end microclimate sensing and predictions service.
November 27, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Rise of Technology in Food Safety

A review of advancements the food industry has seen in the last 20 years.
November 27, 2017 | freshplaza.com

Lemon Numbers Down in California

Growers say the heat earlier this year has been to blame for the reduced crop.
November 27, 2017 | agriculture.com

Food, Feed, and Industrial Demand Boost Grain Usage to a Record High

World grain consumption will exceed 2.1 billion tons during 2017/18.
November 27, 2017 | freshfruitportal.com

First-Ever Containers of Chinese Pears Arrive in Chile

China offers new fruit varieties for Chilean consumers.
November 26, 2017 | kticradio.com

GAO: USDA Should Increase Checkoff Program Oversight

The Government Accountability Office says the USDA's AMS needs revised operating procedures and better assessment criteria.
November 25, 2017 | mauinews.com

Study: Common Food Preservative Harms "Good" Gut Bacteria

A common food preservative kills or inhibits beneficial bacteria found in fermented foods.
November 24, 2017 | fruitnet.com

Flevo Berry Unveils Magnus

A Dutch breeding company has a new, tougher strawberry variety.
November 22, 2017 | seasonalfoodguide.org

New Seasonal Fruit Guide Facilitates Local Produce Purchases

Local produce is fresher as well as more economical and ecologically-friendly.
November 22, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Ag Biotech Market Map

A map of 245 startups using biology & chemistry to revolutionize agriculture.
November 21, 2017 | thepacker.com

PMA's Trellis Designed to Ease Exchange of Audit Data

PMA and Purdue University have created a tool to enable easier sharing of food safety audit data.
November 20, 2017 | geneticliteracyproject.org

Designer Fruit Is the Future

Genetic engineering adds "tangible benefits" for consumers.
November 20, 2017 | freshfruitportal.org

Colombia Develops Biostimulant to Accelerate Banana Growth

A new product can accelerate the growing period by four to six weeks.
November 20, 2017 | metro.us

Lab Food Could Change the Way We Eat

Projects indicate that food grown in labs is a sustainable practice.
November 19, 2017 | npr.org

"The Bad Food Bible" Says Your Eating Might Not Be So Sinful after All

There might be less evidence against some notoriously bad foods than we think.
November 18, 2017 | forbes.com

Fruits and Vegetables: How to Get Kids to Eat More

90% of American adults fall short of fruit and vegetable recommendations.
November 17, 2017 | thepacker.com

New Channels Emerging for Avocados

Avocados are turning up in a plethora of new places.
November 17, 2017 | foodnavigator.org

Calcium Sorbate to be Banned in EU

The preservative is to be banned due to a lack of safety data.
November 17, 2017 | sciencemag.org

GM Banana Shows Promise against Deadly Fungus Strain

Genetically modified banana trees can resist the deadly fungus that causes Panama disease.
November 17, 2017 | thepacker.com

Branding Survey Shows Advocacy Matters

Many shoppers will accept or reject a brand based on the causes or practices that brand champions.
November 16, 2017 | agriculture.com

2017 US Ag Exports Reach 3rd Highest Level Ever

China, Canada, Mexico and Japan were the United States' largest customers.
November 16, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Guacamole Recalled because of Listeria Risk

Casa Sanchez guacamole is among the many foods recalled due to listeria contamination.
November 16, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

New Discovery Shows Humans Have Been Growing Grapes for Wine for 8,000 Years

Traces of chemical compounds from wine were found in earthenware jars.
November 16, 2017 | thepacker.com

Produce Performing Better for Target

New initiatives in the works include same-day delivery and a drive-up pickup option.
November 14, 2017 | agfundernews.com

22 Most "Investible" Post-Harvest Food Waste Technologies

A report by YieldWise and the Global Knowledge Initiative evaluates new innovations in the food system.
November 10, 2017 | gizmodo.com

The USDA Is Scrapping Terrible, Nonsense GMO Rules

The USDA will overhaul regulation of genetically engineered organisms for the first time in 30 years.
November 10, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban Backed by the UK

Scientific review confirms that honeybee health is harmed by the pesticides.
November 10, 2017 | foodnavigator.com

Population Growth "a Threat to Food Quality"

Global population growth means that food production needs to increase by 70% by 2050, placing pressure on food quality standards.
November 10, 2017 | foodnavigator.com

Scientists "Teleport" Lemonade by Sending Flavour and Color Online

The technology could be used to tackle the double burden of over and under nutrition.
November 9, 2017 | agriculture.com

Bayer Launches New Digital Farming Brand Xarvio

Bayer's program has over 250,000 users in more than 60 countries.
November 8, 2017 | un.org

UN Launches Banana Farming Handbook to Improve Safety

Bananas are the most exported fresh fruit in the world, and banana plantations use large amounts of pesticides.
November 8, 2017 | agfundernews.com

IKEA Wants "Radical Change" for its Food Business to Promote Sustainability

IKEA sells $2.3 billion of food per year and serves 650 million customers.
November 8, 2017 | acs.org

New "Sugar-Glass" Film Uses Viruses to Kill Harmful Bacteria in Food

Bacteriophages, also known as "phages," are viruses that infect and kill bacteria.
November 7, 2017 | fruitnet.com

Carton Pack's Friendly PET

Carton Pack is offering a more sustainable alternative to standard PET containers for fresh produce.
November 7, 2017 | freshfruitportal.com

First Australian Blueberries Hit Indian Market

India was fifth-largest agricultural export market in 2016-17.
November 6, 2017 | fruitnet.com

USDA Predicts RSA Topfruit, Grape Fall

Export of South African apples, pears and table grapes is expected to decrease significantly.
November 5, 2017 | ozy.com

How These Men Might Solve Hunger Using Fruit Flies

It's not rice, it's larvae.
November 4, 2017 | forbes.com

It's Called Vertical Farming, and It Could Be the Future of Agriculture

California company Plenty claims vertical farming can achieve 350 times greater yield.
November 3, 2017 | iptv.com

Fruit Industry Teams up to Introduce New Apple Variety

WSU's WA 38 apples, known as Cosmic Crisp, are a cross between Enterprise and Honeycrisp.
November 3, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Six Deadliest US Foodborne Outbreaks

Some of the foods most commonly consumed in America have resulted in tragedy.
November 3, 2017 | freshplaza.com

44% of Fruit and Veg Go to Waste in the US, but Better Packaging Could Help

Much food waste is fresh food purchased for home use.
November 2, 2017 | cointelegraph.com

How to Use Blockchain in Agriculture

The problem of food quality has three parts: production, delivery and sale.
November 2, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Fully-Compostable Food Packaging Startup TIPA Raises $11m Series B

New packaging will decompose within 180 days.
November 2, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Hydroponic Can Be Organic

NOSB has ruled that hydroponic and container gardens will remain eligible for organic certification.
October 31, 2017 | foodnavigator.com

"Label-Invisible" Live Cultures Can Banish Artificial Preservatives and Cut Food Waste

Second-generation cultures can replace artificial preservatives from yogurt and cheese.
October 30, 2017 | newsweek.com

Fertility: Pesticides Decrease the Chance of Having a Baby, Study Suggests

Pesticides on fruits and vegetables could affect a couple's fertility.
October 28, 2017 | journalstar.com

Sucking It up - How Systemic Pesticides Work

Systemic pesticides are absorbed by the plant.
October 28, 2017 | usda.gov

USDA Requests Comments on Organic Imports Regulations

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is soliciting comments on an interim instruction document.
October 27, 2017 | fmi.org

US Grocery Industry Economic Impact

FMI has released a report that breaks down the $363 billion industry's economic impact.
October 27, 2017 | agfundernews.com

AeroFarms Brings in IKEA and David Chang to Close $40m Series D

AeroFarms grows leafy greens using aeroponics in a misting environment without soil.
October 27, 2017 | freshplaza.com

Positive Outlook for California Organic Mandarin Season

With yields looking steady, high demand is expected to drive a strong market.
October 26, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

USDA Officially Nixes Farmer Fair Practices Rules

The GIPSA rule was designed to level the playing field between farmers and agribusiness.
October 25, 2017 | popsci.com

How to Actually Remove Pesticides from Your Fruit

Sodium bicarbonate and water can remove more pesticides than water alone.
October 25, 2017 | thepacker.com

Artificial Intelligence Could Help Google Cut Food Waste

Google has been tracking waste in its massive food program for employees.
October 24, 2017 | nytimes.com

How Beets Became Beet-Red

Beets evolved a different way of turning red than other red things in the plant kingdom.
October 23, 2017 | forbes.com

The Blockchain of Food

Ripe.io is at the forefront of a blockchain solution for our food system.
October 23, 2017 | phys.org

3-D Crop Imaging Helps Agriculture Estimate Plant Height

A new imaging technology helps determine if growing methods are consistent, repeatable and accurate.

October 20, 2017 | freshplaza.com

Fresh Cut Vegetables Recalled across North America

A Salinas, California producer is recalling multiple brands of cut vegetable products due to listeria contamination.

October 19, 2017 | forbes.com

Apeel's Invisible Coating Could Be a Game-Changer

With products now approved for organic and traditional produce, Apeel is gearing up to roll out with partners globally.

October 19, 2017 | foodnavigator.com

The Future of Food: Europe Focuses on Circular Economy Solutions

Researchers are focusing on circular-economy solutions toward health and climate change.

October 19, 2017 | acs.org

Single-Molecule Experiment Reveals Polymer Growth Spurts

Researchers have achieved the first real-time visualization of single polymer chain growth.

October 18, 2017 | sciencemag.com

Germany's Insects Are Disappearing

Over 75% of insects have disappeared in less than three decades.

October 16, 2017 | wastedive.com

California Governor Signs Bill to Reduce Food Waste

A new law encourages manufacturers to clarify the difference between a "quality date" and a "safety date."

October 16, 2017 | metro.co.uk

World Food Day: How to Prevent Food Waste at Home

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day on October 16 each year.

October 16, 2017 | khmertimeskh.com

Deal on Agricultural Input Confirmed

AgraBurstPRO improves the ability of plants to efficiently access nutrients in fertilizers, resulting in the need for less fertilizer.

October 16, 2017 | medicalxpress.com

An In-Depth Look at Food-Borne Illnesses

Bacteria in food are more likely to affect children, senior adults and those with compromised immune systems.

October 16, 2017 | acs.org

Engineered Bacteria Build Microstructures on Their Own

Microbe-built domes coated with gold nanoparticles can serve as simple pressure sensors.

October 13, 2017 | agriculture.com

EPA and Dicamba Manufacturers Agree on Label Changes

The EPA will decide whether to allow the continued over-the-top use of dicamba pesticides.

October 13, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

The Florida Orange Crop Looks to Be Lowest in More than 70 Years

Florida orange crops suffered devastation by Hurricane Irma.

October 13, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Ag Industry Brief: GrubHub Buys Eat24 for $288M

GrubHub announced that it will buy competitor Eat24 from review site Yelp.

October 13, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Evidence Mounts that Monsanto's Dicamba Is Killing Trees, Too

Dicamba is highly toxic to broad-leaf plants.

October 12, 2017 | thepacker.com

Costco Expands Delivery Options

Instacart delivery is now available for fresh groceries from 376 Costco locations.

October 7, 2017 | washingtonpost.com

Bananapocalypse: The Race to Save the World's Most Popular Fruit

Cavendish bananas represent 99 percent of all bananas sold in the US.

October 6, 2017 | thepacker.com

Six Key Trends to Increase Produce Sales

Consumption of fresh produce grew about 1.3% annually between 2011 and 2016.

October 5, 2017 | theverge.com

Three-Quarters of All Honey on Earth Has Pesticides in It

Scientists analyzed 198 honey samples from all continents and found no safe place for pollinators.

October 4, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Are Foodborne Illnesses on the Rise?

Most Americans are surprised to learn how common outbreaks are in our hygiene-obsessed society.

October 4, 2017 | agriculture.com

Brookside Agra Introduces Multipurpose Drying Agent

A new drying agent can be sprayed or blown on any surface, including animals.

October 4, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

Cool Microscopy Takes 2017 Chemistry Nobel

The new method makes it possible to see the molecules of life in atomic resolution.

October 3, 2017 | medgadget.com

Food Preservative Market Projected to Amplify by 2020

North America is the largest market for food preservatives, followed by Asia-Pacific and Europe.

October 2, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Horticulture Will Dominate Agtech Innovation in India

Horticulture production in India exceeded food grains production for the fifth consecutive year.

September 29, 2017 | cbc.ca

Preservatives Might Be Messing with Our Eating Habits

A new study links the chemicals in our food to appetite control.

September 28, 2017 | techcrunch.com

This Edible Sensor Could Help Keep Food Fresh

A Swiss research team has created a biodegradable temperature sensor.

September 28, 2017 | thepacker.com

UC Riverside Plans Avocado Variety Development

Currently, there are only a few types of avocado grown for food.

September 28, 2017 | phys.org

Global Methane Emissions from Agriculture Larger than Reported

Global livestock methane emissions are much higher than previous estimates.

September 27, 2017 | thepacker.com

Fresh Produce Price Outlook Flat

Fresh fruits will be flat for 2017 and increase 2% to 3% in 2018, according to a new government forecast.

September 27, 2017 | acs.org

Olive Mill Wastewater Transformed: From Pollutant to Bio-Fertilizer, Biofuel

Producing olive oil creates a vast stream of wastewater.

September 26, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Indigo Ag Raises $156m Series D for Expansion

The funding round takes the ag startup's total funding to over $300 million.

September 26, 2017 | organicauthority.com

Far-Reaching Dangers of Agricultural Pesticides Emphasized in New Research

Agricultural pesticides are even more harmful than previously feared.

September 25, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Using Data to Unlock Opportunity from Food Waste

Supply chain food waste occurs when unsold inventory is sent to landfill or other outlets.

September 25, 2017 | acs.org

Recycling CO2 into Fuel

A new catalyst converts carbon dioxide to ethanol and propanol.

September 24, 2017 | reuters.com

Britain's Deliveroo Raises $385M for Food Fight

Deliveroo operates in more than 150 cities in 12 countries.

September 22, 2017 | theguardian.com

Government Scientist: Assumed Safety of Pesticide Use Is False

One of the UK's chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored pesticide impacts.

September 21, 2017 | thepacker.com

Albertsons Acquires Plated

Albertsons has purchased the meal-kit company Plated.

September 21, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Crops That Can Fertilize Themselves

Bayer has partnered with a company that designs "custom microbes."

September 20, 2017 | agfundernews.com

How Convoy Aims to Revolutionize the Trucking Industry

The US depends on an intensely complicated, decentralized network of drivers, brokers and commercial fleets.

September 20, 2017 | acs.org

Ensuring Broccoli Sprouts Retain Cancer-Fighting Compounds

Treating broccoli sprouts with high pressure instead of heat could help preserve their health-promoting compounds.

September 20, 2017 | patch.com

Pesticide-Tainted Produce: Should You Worry?

An analysis finds 20 different pesticides on a single sample of strawberries.

September 20, 2017 | grubstreet.com

USDA Warns of Millions of Pounds of Fake "Organic" Imports

The Agricultural Marketing Service can't prove that foreign suppliers follow the USDA's organic standards.

September 18, 2017 | nanalyze.com

14 of the Top-Funded AgTech Startups

Apeel Sciences appears on another list of top ag-related startup companies.

September 18, 2017 | agfundernews.com

The 5 Food Production Risks Digital Ag Can Solve

Fundamentally, agriculture is about supplying safe and nutritious food at an affordable price.

September 15, 2017 | fastcompany.com

America Can't Make Progress On The Fight Against Food Insecurity

Tens of millions of Americans continue to go hungry.

September 14, 2017 | thepacker.com

CPS Requests Food Safety Research Proposals

The Center for Produce Safety will fund research projects on food safety in produce.

September 14, 2017 | thepacker.com

Organic Growth Projected as More Millennials Become Parents

Millennial parents are now the biggest group of organic buyers in America.

September 14, 2017 | newfoodeconomy.com

Let's Just Start Tattooing Our Fruit

Consumers are increasingly worried about wasteful packaging and traceability.

September 14, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Farm Technology Startups Raise $1.13B in H1-2017

Farm technology startups constitute a major part of the AgriFood Tech landscape.

September 14, 2017 | agriculture.com

Serious Damage to Florida Citrus Crop

Hurricane Irma arrived as the fruit was nearing maturity.

September 13, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Why We Need to Revitalize Organic Seed Farming

Genetic diversity has been sacrificed in favor of efficiency and yield

September 13, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Greenlight Biosciences Raises $18m Series D for RNAi Biopesticide

Greenlight's technology targets pests' RNA.

September 12, 2017 | reuters.com

Moms Exposed to Pesticides More Likely to Have Preterm Babies

Women exposed agricultural pesticides are at heightened risk.

September 12, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Benson Hill Launches CRISPR 3.0

A new gene editing tool will provide an alternative to existing tools.

September 11, 2017 | agfundernews.com

The Commodity Business in Food and Agriculture is over

The days of blind commodity decisions are over courtesy of prescriptive analytics.

September 11, 2017 | uconn.edu

UConn Lab Identifies Way to Reduce Salmonella Outbreaks

A University of Connecticut lab tested the efficacy of disinfectants used to avoid contamination.

September 11, 2017 | freshfruitportal.com

Autogrow Announces Hackathon to Grow Crops on Mars

Teams will compete to design solutions for growing crops on Mars.

September 11, 2017 | ocj.com

Reducing Pesticide Spray Drift Using a Universal Computational Model

Technology can reduce safety, health, and environmental concerns.

September 11, 2017 | thepacker.com

Florida Citrus Acreage Slips

Citrus acreage in Florida is at its lowest level since surveys began in 1966.

September 8, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

New Startup Lets Farmers Sell Directly to Customers

WildKale enables farmers to sell directly to customers up to 300 miles from the farms.

September 8, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Israeli No-Waste Plant-Based Yogurt Yofix Raises $2M Series A

Yofix makes a non-dairy seed and lentil-based yogurt product.

September 7, 2017 | agfundernews.com

What is Agriculture Biotechnology?

Ag biotech is a broad category involving many different types of technology and science.

September 7, 2017 | agfundernews.com

NewLeaf Closes $30M Series C for Next-Gen Biologicals

NewLeaf's first product will come to market for the 2018 planting season.

September 6, 2017 | techcrunch.com

Keychain-Size Detector Quickly Alerts You of Allergens in Food

The integrated exogenous antigen testing system fits on a keychain.

September 5, 2017 | theguardian.com

Free School Fruit Contains Multiple Pesticides, UK Report Shows

The British School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme reaches about 2.3 million children.

September 3, 2017 | plantbasednews.com

How a Plant-Based Diet Could Help Solve Food Waste

Food waste is the single largest component going into municipal landfills.

September 2, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Hundreds Sickened from Salmonella Poisoning

Outbreaks traced to papayas from Mexico has topped 200 victims, with more farms implicated.





August 31, 2017 | agriculture.com

US Farm Income Noses upward after Three Years of Declines

Producers are sending more crops and livestock to market than initially expected.

August 31, 2017 | agprofessional.com

Dow/DuPont Close Historic Merger

Dow and DuPont closed the merger valued at $130 billion.

August 31, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

An Absolute Acidity Scale for Solvents

A new pH scale is based on the measured molecular acidities of compounds.

August 30, 2017 | apeelsciences.com

Apeel's Time Machine

How Apeel Sciences automated food decay time-lapse experiments.

August 30, 2017 | washingtonpost.com

The Raging Legal Battle over What Makes Food "Natural"

As consumers sue, the FDA has yet to provide any guidance.

August 29, 2017 | popsci.com

12,000 Tons of Food Waste Transformed a Barren Landscape

Scientists are devising new ways to use food waste.

August 28, 2017 | greenbiz.com

Bite into These 12 Food Waste Startups

Apeel is one of a dozen companies featured that are innovating food waste solutions.

August 28, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Bacteria, Undeclared Milk Top Causes for Recalls in Q2

Bacterial contamination was the reason behind 86.6% of food recalls.

August 28, 2017 | freshfruitportal.com

California Strawberry Industry Awarded $8.8M to Manage Diseases

Two research grants are awarded help strawberry farms manage soil disease.

August 28, 2017 | stratfor.com

Growing Agriculture Through Nuclear Solutions

Nuclear irradiation can help preserve fresh produce.

August 26, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

Google's AlphaGo Beats Chemists at Their Own Game

A new computer program can sift through millions of chemical reactions to plan a synthesis in a matter of seconds.

August 25, 2017 | thepacker.com

USDA Invests in Specialty Crop Projects

Twelve universities received $35 million from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

August 25, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Farmers Say It's Nearly Impossible to Follow Monsanto's Dicamba Directions

The herbicide comes with a long list of directions.

August 23, 2017 | acs.org

Spinning Plant Waste into Carbon Fiber for Cars, Planes

Leftover lignin can be transformed into carbon fiber strong enough to build aircraft parts.

August 23, 2017 | apnlive.com

Scientists Find Natural Food Preservative from Bacteria

Indian scientists have found a bacterial protein in chicken intestines that can help prevent food poisoning.

August 21, 2017 | eurekalert.com

Clay-Based Antimicrobial Packaging Keeps Food Fresh

A new packaging film is coated with clay nanotubes packed with an antibacterial essential oil.

August 21, 2017 | mentalfloss.com

Smart Fridge Camera Will Warn You when Your Food Is Going Bad

American families could each save about $1500 a year if they just ate all the food they bought.

August 21, 2017 | phys.org

Smart Label Could One Day Let You Know when to Toss Food and Cosmetics

Nanostructures catch and bind to compounds that indicate spoilage.

August 19, 2017 | mercurynews.com

California's Farm Communities Mobilize to Ban Pesticide

Chlorpyrifos can induce tremors and dizziness in adults and developmental delays in children.

August 18, 2017 | capitalpress.com

Western Innovator: New Way to Keep Produce Fresh

A natural protective sheen on produce helps keep it fresh.

August 18, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

The Perils of Pesticide Drift

Chemical spraying misses its mark with alarming frequency.

August 17, 2017 | capitalpress.com

Biodynamic: A Different Kind of Farming

This organic farming method predates the national organic program by 70 years.

August 17, 2017 | agriculture.com

Crop Protection: Biologicals Integrated with Chemicals

Biologicals are best suited to be integrated into pest management and crop production programs.

August 15, 2017 | agfundernews.com

What Is AgriFood Tech?

This growing segment is aiming to disrupt global food and agriculture.

August 14, 2017 | philly.com

Spotted Lanternfly Spreads, Threatens PA Fruit and Timber Crops

Scientists are working with various pesticides, predators, and parasitoids.

August 14, 2017 | washingtonpost.com

6 Foods Marketers Want You to Think Are Healthy

Sometimes it's hard to tell what's real because of the way foods are marketed.

August 13, 2017 | sfchronicle.com

What's in My Food? DNA Sequencing, Blockchain Provide Closer Look

DNA sequencing can determine exactly what is and isn't in a food sample.

August 12, 2017 | nypost.com

The FDA Won't Call This $80M Veggie Burger Safe

The FDA declined to say that Impossible Burger's lab-produced "meat" is safe for human consumption.

August 11, 2017 | sacbee.com

Why Your Avocados Are about to Get Much More Expensive

The California crop of avocados fell short of expectations.

August 11, 2017 | genengnews.com

Does a Common Food Preservative Trigger Obesity?

Mounting evidence suggests that environmental chemicals can affect normal homeostatic control mechanisms.

August 8, 2017 | acs.org

Kavli Lectures: Artificial Photosynthesis, New Materials

Artificial photosynthesis and liquid-filled nanostructured materials are highlighted at this year's ACS Expo.

August 8, 2017 | slate.com

USDA Staffers Discouraged from Using the Term 'Climate Change'

The Trump administration has impacted the language.

August 8, 2017 | npr.org

Is Sugar from Fruit the Same as Sugar from Candy?

No, sugar in fruit and added sugar are not the same thing.

August 5, 2017 | news-press.com

How to Ripen an Avocado Fast

Use science to get those avocados ripe ASAP.

August 4, 2017 | techcrunch.com

3D-Printed Fruit Will Help Your Real Apples Taste Better

Fake fruit tracks temperatures, motion and shocks during transport.

August 4, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Sacramento is Making Moves to Become an Agtech Hub

The Greater Sacramento Economic Council is attempting to carve out a piece of the tech scene.

August 4, 2017 | cattlenetwork.com

Beefing Up Africa's Food Security

South Africa has the potential to feed a growing population with cattle.

August 3, 2017 | thepacker.com

Wal-Mart Aims for Efficiency Gains with New Delivery Requirements

Wal-Mart suppliers will be fined 3 percent of the value of items late or missing.

August 3, 2017| agriculture.com

China's Foreign Food & Ag Acquisitions Set to Increase

The challenge of feeding China's 1.4 billion people has been leading to gigantic business deals.

August 3, 2017 | thepacker.com

Blueberries Rising in Peru

Peruvian blueberry farms are still expanding rapidly.

August 2, 2017 | willistonherald.com

Farm Bioreactor Will Filter Nitrate from Water

A trench filled with wood chips converts nitrate into nitrogen gas.

August 2, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

The Future of Fertilizer: Insanely Precise Drones

Excess nitrogen fertilizer can have serious environmental effects.

July 31, 2017 | nytimes.com

Discovery to Buy Scripps, Owner of Food Network and HGTV

Sealing the $11.9 billion deal meant placating Scripps family shareholders.

July 31, 2017 | acs.org

Liquid Metals Catalyze Industrial Reactions

Gallium-palladium droplets drive alkane dehydrogenation with high selectivity.

July 30, 2017 | kivitv.com

Connecting Backyard Gardeners with Harvesters

The idea came to a couple when they saw an unused apricot tree.

July 30, 2017 | nydailynews.com

Schumer Calls for Investigation into Fast Food Packaging

Phthalates are present in burger wrappers, soda cups and French fry cartons.

July 29, 2017 | qz.com

How to Make Food from Electricity

A team of researchers in Finland has successfully created food using electricity.

July 27, 2017 | washingtonpost.com

How the Climate Crisis Could Become a Food Crisis

A fragile network feeds Earth's 7 billion people.

July 27, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Untreated Wastewater is Used to Irrigate Crops Way More than Previously Thought

Urban water carries diseases that can end up in the fruits and vegetables.

July 26, 2017 | agfundernews.com

NYC Hosts First Food Waste Fair

The fair brings together city officials, chefs, investors, and food waste startups.

July 25, 2017 | chicagobusiness.com

This Startup Can Keep Fruit Fresh for Weeks Longer

The time-release sachet contains an ethylene blocker that enables two to three times longer shelf life.

July 24, 2017 | ilnews.org

Farmers Must Adapt to Changing Weed Species

Weeds have changed due to farming practices.

July 24, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Cow Had 8,000% the Legal Limit of Drug

A US farm failed badly on levels of oxytetracycline, desfuroylceftiofur and flunixin.

July 24, 2017 | washingtonpost.com

10 Mega Myths about Farming

People spend less of their income on food today, and most farms are family owned.

July 24, 2017 | greenbiz.com

IKEA's 7 Imperatives for Scrapping Food Waste

Food now represents 5 percent of IKEA's revenue.

July 24, 2017 | sfchronicle.com

MeWe Digitizes Food Safety Inspections

MeWe's software expedites food safety and compliance checks.

July 22, 2017 | thepacker.com

CDC Targets Yellow Maradol Papayas in Deadly Outbreak

Dozens of people have became infected with deadly Salmonella Kiambu.

July 21, 2017 | thepacker.com

Indoor Farming Company Receives $200 Million

San Francisco-based Plenty has raised $200M in funding led by Softbank.

July 21, 2017 | agdaily.com

USDA Unveiled 244 Made-in-America Inventions in 2016

Made-in-America research excelled in 2016.

July 21, 2017 | thepacker.com

Investing in Safe Food

The FDA is awarding $30.9 million to help 43 states become compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

July 20, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Crop Protection: Biologicals vs Chemicals?

Chemical pesticides are under increasing scrutiny from consumers and regulators.

July 19, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Real-Life Plague of Katydids Hits the American West

A Mormon Cricket swarm can destroy entire crops.

July 18, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

A Modern Farmer Review of Turnkey Aquaponics Systems

Aquaponics is just beginning to take off at a commercial level.

July 17, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

3D Printed Flower Blooms when the Sun Comes out

Scientists created photoresponsive device using shape memory composites.

July 17, 2017 | peoriapublicradio.org

RIPE Program Aims to Combat Effects of Climate Change

RIPE is engineering plants to more efficiently turn the sun's energy into food.

July 17, 2017 | acs.org

The Hidden Chemistry in Heterogeneous Catalysts

More than 80 percent of large-scale chemical processes depend on solid catalysts.

July 17, 2017 | acs.org

Periodic Graphics: The Chemistry of Frozen Desserts

The differences between ice cream, gelato, sorbet and frozen yogurt.

July 17, 2017 | producereport.com

Fresh Opportunities in New Technology

Avocados exemplify how innovation drives consumption.

July 16, 2017 | produceretailer.com

Five Tips for a Better Specialty Produce Program

How many once-specialty items became modern staples.

July 14, 2017 | thepacker.com

Avocados See Record Fourth of July Sales

Sales far surpassed the projection for Independence Day.

July 14, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Commercial Grasshopper Farm Raises Seed Capital

Grasshoppers are difficult to cultivate at scale due to their lengthy incubation period and seasonal breeding.

July 12, 2017 | produceretailer.com

Blue Apron IPO Fizzles — and the Future of Meal Kits

Blue Apron's stock is valued at half what it hoped prior to the IPO.

July 10, 2017 | civileats.com

Should 'Regenerative' Agriculture Get Its Own Label?

Would a new eco-conscious label create more market confusion?

July 9, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Butter Recalled Because of Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled several brands of butter due to contamination by deadly Listeria monocytogenes.

July 7, 2017 | acs.org

Plants Inspire Exceptionally Strong and Elastic Graphene Aerogels

The new superlight, conductive materials could make better flexible electronics.

July 7, 2017 | miamiherald.com

Missouri Ag Department Orders Temporary Halt to Dicamba Use

A new order immediately ends the use and sales of the herbicide dicamba.

July 7, 2017 | sciencealert.com

How You Smell Food Could Change How You Gain Weight

Smelling food before eating can increase weight gain.

July 7, 2017 | thepacker.com

Food Waste Estimates Miss the Mark?

A paper published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics says food waste figures are overstated.

July 6, 2017 | californiaagtoday.com

Napolitano Says Ag Needs Technology

UC President Janet Napolitano mentions Apeel in her discourse on Agtech.

July 6, 2017 | thepacker.com

Study Reveals Shifting Avocado Marketplace

The rise of the fresh perimeter and cross-channel shopping are fueling a new trend.

July 5, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Vinegar — A New Way for Crops to Fight Drought?

A new study finds that vinegar might help plants survive in drought-like conditions.

July 3, 2017 | agdaily.com

5 Tips for Finding and Landing Your Dream Job in Agriculture

Internships are worth much more than college credit.

July 3, 2017 | ndtv.com

What Do Those Fruit Stickers Tell Us about the Fruits We Buy?

A five-digit number beginning with 8 implies that your fruit was grown with genetic modification.

July 2, 2017 | usatoday.com

More Than a Third of Food Is Wasted

Why the US throws away $218 billion worth of food while 1 in 7 Americans are food-insecure.

July 1, 2017 | cnbc.com

Food Safety Measures Face Cuts in Trump Budget

The Trump new budget calls for regulatory reform at the FDA.

June 29, 2017 | acs.org

How Plants Release Their Fragrant Molecules

Plants actively release volatile organic compounds via protein transporters in cell membranes.

June 29, 2017 | sciencemag.org

Study: Controversial Pesticides Can Decimate Honey Bees

Neonicotinoids find their way into pollen and nectar, posing a threat to pollinators.

June 28, 2017 | thepacker.com

Del Monte to Launch Retail Outlets in the US

New Del Monte stores will offer ready-to-eat products like salads, sandwiches, juices and smoothies.

June 28, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Three Ways Amazon Is Changing the Grocery Game

Now you can order groceries from your refrigerator.

June 28, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

EPA Chief Met with Dow CEO before Deciding Not to Ban Dow's Pesticide

The decision not to ban chlorpyrifos has aroused anger and fear.

June 26, 2017 | freshplaza.com

Walmart Testing Large Kiosks to House Fresh Produce

Wal-Mart's new 24-Hour Online Grocery Pickup fills orders in 60 seconds without human service.

June 26, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Contaminated Food Recalls: Nuts, Chicken, Ravioli and Chick Peas

This week's contaminants include Listeria, E. coli and foreign material.

June 26, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

DDT Surprises with Discovery of Overlooked Form

DDT and other contact insecticides have long been thought to exist in just one crystal form.

June 25, 2017 | consumerreports.org

Forget the Juice and Eat the Whole Fruit Instead

Juicing removes most of the fiber and its health benefits.

June 24, 2017 | washingtonpost.com

This Quiet Agricultural 'Moonshot' Could Change the Future of Food

How do you tackle the problem of feeding 9 billion people by 2050?

June 21, 2017 | agriculture.com

Nearly 40% of Rural Americans Lack Access to High-Speed Internet

In much of America's farmland, four of every 10 people cannot get broadband.

June 21, 2017 | thepacker.com

Wal-Mart Reports 'Encouraging' Results in Blockchain Pilot

Wal-Mart is working with IBM on Blockchain food traceability.

June 20, 2017 | acs.org

Polymer Network Captures Drinking Water Contaminant

Cross-linked cyclodextrin removes 99% of the perfluorinated chemical PFOA.

June 20, 2017 | phys.org

Could 'Saline Agriculture' Be the Future of Coastal Farming?

Adapting farming techniques to salted soils is a new area of focus for researchers.

June 18, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

Purest Silicon Sphere Ever Created Will Redefine the Kilogram

The kilogram is the only unit still based on a physical object.

June 17, 2017 | pbs.org

Lead Detected in 20 Percent of Baby Food Samples

Food is the major source of lead exposure in two-thirds of toddlers.

June 16, 2017 | latimes.com

Workers Pilfered $300,000 Worth of Avocados

Employees of Mission Produce were caught stealing and selling avocados to unsuspecting customers.

June 16, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Blue Apron: Why IPO and What Does it Mean for Meal Kit Competitors?

Intense competition has led to expensive marketing efforts.

June 16, 2017 | france24.com

Modern-Day Slaves: Europe's Fruit Pickers

In Italy, many farm workers are taking orders from the Mafia.

June 15, 2017 | thepacker.com

Brian Kocher Honored as Produce Man of the Year

Castellini Group CEO Brian Kocher has long been involved in advocating for the industry.

June 14, 2017 | acs.org

First CRISPR Crop Could Debut in 2020

Some hurdles remain before more CRISPR products become available.

June 14, 2017 | sciencealert.com

6 Things a Food-Poisoning Expert Refuses to Eat

Bill Marler simply doesn't eat certain foods anymore.

June 12, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Tons of Food Recalled for Listeria and E. Coli Contamination

Salads, flour, beef and other foods have been recalled due to contamination.

June 11, 2017 | bbc.com

Ethiopia's Emergency Food Aid to Run out Next Month

Ethiopia will soon run out of emergency food aid for 7.8 million people.

June 11, 2017 | salon.com

What If Several of the World's Biggest Food Crops Failed at the Same Time?

Examining the effects of major crop losses.

June 10, 2017 | reason.com

To Reduce Food Waste, Government Must Get out of the Way

Government waste is still fashionable.

June 9, 2017 | freshplaza.com

An Overview of the Global Banana Market

A status summary of the banana republics.

June 8, 2017 | washingtonpost.com

How to Protect against Food Fraud

Food fraud costs the industry billions every year.

June 8, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Freight Farms Raises Series B Round for Shipping Container Tech

Freight Farms has already deployed 100 farms using automation and hydroponic technology.

June 5, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Food Recalls: Contaminated Beef, Tuna, Turkey and Nuts

Found in food: Erectile disfunction drugs, as well as the usual suspects — E. coli, Hepatitis A and Listeria.

June 5, 2017 | agfundernews.com

The 4 Shocking Consequences of Food Waste

Fruits and vegetables are the most wasted category of food, with 52% going to waste.

June 5, 2017 | acs.org

Organic Acids Grow on the Farm

Short-chain organic acids could replace growth-promoting antibiotics.

June 2, 2017 | thepacker.com

Ethylene Filters Help Shippers, Retailers Cut Waste

The filter slows the maturation process, extends shelf life and reduces waste.

June 2, 2017 | telegraph.co.uk

Organic Foods Backed by Landmark Report

A new European Parliament report warns that pesticides are far more dangerous than previously thought.

June 1, 2017 | thepacker.com

Organic Produce Sales Gain 8.4%

Organic fruit and vegetable sales increased to $15.6 billion in 2016.

June 1, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

California Attempts to Grow Coffee

Coffee grows best in subtropical and tropical areas.

May 27, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Listeria Claims Organic Nuts, Sausage, Egg Rolls

Numerous products were found to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes this week.

May 26, 2017 | usda.gov

Gypsy Moths Want to Devour Your Favorite Destinations

Gypsy moth caterpillars can defoliate, weaken and kill more than 300 different species of trees and shrubs.

May 26, 2017 | thepacker.com

Wal-Mart Sees Massive Growth in Online Sales

The world's largest retailer now has more than 50 million items for sale at walmart.com.

May 26, 2017 | thepacker.com

Sunshine State Avocado Season Looks Promising

15 varieties of Florida avocados are packed under the SlimCado brand.

May 25, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Five Startups Win Accelerator Backing to Fight Food Insecurity

Five startups won backing for solutions that can help reshape our food system.

May 24, 2017 | usnews.com

House Approves Bill Seeking to Upend EPA Pesticide Rule

The measure eliminates the need for permits to spray near rivers and lakes.

May 24, 2017 | acs.org

Sorghum Health Food Sweetener and Now Clothing Dye

New sorghum dyes hold colorfastness even when washed, rubbed and ironed.

May 22, 2017 | acs.org

New Role in Cells Suggested for ATP

Known as an energy carrier, adenosine triphosphate can also solubilize proteins.

May 20, 2017 | chicagotribune.com

Why Kale Is Everywhere

How food trends are born.

May 20, 2017 | sfgate.com

VCs Hunt for Food Delivery Business That's Sustainable

Many meal-delivery businesses have recently closed their doors or cut workers.

May 19, 2017 | cnn.com

This App Is Fighting Food Waste and Offering Free Meals

American households throw food worth $165 billion in the trash each year.

May 19, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

You're Not Going to Believe What's in Your Pet's Food

Many pet foods are chock full of heavy metals, antibiotics and pesticide residues.

May 18, 2017 | agprofessional.com

Report Says Pests and Pathogens Cost Agriculture Billions

A new report notes that 1,730 new plant species were discovered in the past year.

May 17, 2017 | thepacker.com

Kroger Testing New Convenience Store Format

Fresh Eats Market is a new convenience store concept.

May 17, 2017 | sciencemag.org

A Gut Bacterial View of Micronutrient Deficiency

Vitamin and mineral (micronutrient) deficiencies afflict 2 billion people. (Abstract)

May 15, 2017 | acs.org

Natural Product Analysis Offers Insight on Compound Discovery Trends

The number of natural products discovered has plateaued since the 1990s.

May 13, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Food Recalls: Listeria, Staphylococcus and Antibiotic Residue

Turkey, ham, waffles, bagged spinach and frozen burritos were contaminated.

May 12, 2017 | thepacker.com

Food Safety Challenges Loom Large, Experts Say

Some regulations are complicated for growers.

May 12, 2017 | agprofessional.com

EPA Reopens Comment Period for Pyrethroids

The insecticides are in the EPA registration review process that is required every 15 years.

May 10, 2017 | agfundernews.com

How Large Food & Beverage Companies Can Engage with Disruptive Technology

For companies that wish to survive, change is not an option.

May 9, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

New Farming Venture Tweaks Veggies to Suit Needs

A new indoor hydroponic farm is offering 'bespoke' produce.

May 6, 2017 | fortune.com

Aunt Jemima Products Recalled over Listeria Contamination

Frozen pancakes, waffles, and French toast packages are being recalled.

May 5, 2017 | popsci.com

Learning to Farm on Mars Could Actually Save Agriculture on Earth

The fourth planet has no known sources of ready water.

May 5, 2017 | thepacker.com

Volumes Increasing for South African Citrus

Volumes imported into the US have grown to record shipments of more than 60,000 metric tons.

May 5, 2017 | nationalreview.com

How College Students Are Being Misled about 'Sustainable' Agriculture

Sustainability is a reasonable goal, but organic agriculture is no way to achieve it.

May 5, 2017 | thepacker.com

SEC Filing by Dole Reveals Recall Costs

The 2015-16 listeria outbreak cost Dole, which recently announced its intention to go public, more than $80 million.

May 4, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Can Hydroponic Farming Be Organic?

The battle over the future of "Organic" is getting heated.

May 3, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Abundant Robotics Raises $10m Series A for Apple Picking Robot

Abundant will use the proceeds to commercialize its first product.

May 3, 2017 | mit.edu

Funding Solutions for Pressing Food and Agriculture Issues

Teams tackling crop spoilage, pesticide pollution, and farming efficiency win MIT's Food and Agribusiness Innovation prizes.

May 2, 2017 | sciencedaily.com

Agriculture Is Good for Honey Bees, Scientists Say

Hive health is positively correlated to the presence of agriculture.

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