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March 26, 2017 | fastcompany.com

This Ice Cream Is Made from Food Waste

A new series of flavors is crafted exclusively from food that otherwise would have ended up in the trash.

March 24, 2017 | npr.org

Nobody Wants to Drop Food from a Plane. But It's Happening.

Food from the sky can make the difference between sustenance and starvation.

March 24, 2017 | thepacker.com

United Fresh Offers Food Safety Tool for Produce Wholesalers

The produce association's new guide will assist wholesalers and distributors develop food safety plans.

March 23, 2017 | phys.org

Wastewater Cleaned with New Material Made from Fruit Peels

Heavy metals and organic pollutants can be removed from water using the peels of oranges and grapefruits.

March 23, 2017 | agfundernews.com

The Biochar Product That's Increasing Crop Yields 14.9%

Cool Planet, the biofuel-turned-biological ag products company, has raised $19.3 million to commercialize.

March 22, 2017 | freshfruitportal.com

JV to Begin Planting New Australian-Bred Jumbo Blueberries

Among the new BerryCo cultivars to be planted is the Eureka, a high-yielding fruit with 18mm berries.

March 20, 2017 | science.com

Watching Plants Grow Has Never Been This Exciting

A new program allows scientists to watch cells growing and splitting in 3D.

March 20, 2017 | agday.org

National Ag Day: Tuesday, March 21

This Tuesday is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

March 20, 2017 | indiatimes.com

India: No Imports of Food with Less than 60% Shelf Life

Imported food items with less than 60 percent of shelf life left will not be allowed to enter Indian market as per the new regulations issued by regulator FSSAI.

March 20, 2017 | acs.org

Database of Hazardous Reactions Launched

Chemists can use the Chemical Safety Library to share information about hazardous chemical reactions.

March 18, 2017 | reuters.com

Unilever Prepares Sale of Food Brands

The Anglo-Dutch company is planning to sell Flora margarine and Stork butter brands.

March 17, 2017 | sacbee.com

Company Recalls 21,000 Pounds of Pizza Sold in CA, NE, UT, WA

Frozen pizzas sold in western US states are being recalled over listeria concerns.

March 16, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Finding Out What Bees Like Might Be the Key to Saving Them

Bees seem to overwhelmingly prefer pollen from agricultural areas.

March 16, 2017 | thepacker.com

Convenience Continues to Drive Fresh-Cut, Value-Added

In 2016, sales of value-added vegetables increased 9%, just behind value-added fruit at 11% and avocados at 10%.

March 15, 2017 | agprofessional.com

Organic Claims Miss Bigger Picture, Study Says

Benefits of organic production compared to conventional agriculture depend on factors most previous research has overlooked.

March 13, 2017 | civileats.com

New UN Report: Pesticides Don't Feed the World

Experts call for a global treaty to reduce pesticide use.

March 13, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Clean Seed's Wireless Smart Seeder Is Set to Disrupt Agriculture

A new crop seeder can deliver different products independently at different rates.

March 13, 2017 | qz.com

African-Made Low-Tech Cooling Units

Innovative cooling units could potentially save billions of dollars of food from waste.

March 13, 2017 | apeelsciences.com

California Caviar: Making Finger Limes Stay Fresh Longer

Finger limes provide an intriguing garnish for food dishes and drinks.

March 13, 2017 | fruitnet.com

Tesco Launches New Food Waste Hotline

A new service will provide another link to help flag up food waste hotspots.

March 13, 2017 | acs.org

Bumblebees Leave Foot Odor on Flowers

Chemical signatures enable bees to remember prior landings and distinguish other bees.

March 11, 2017 | npr.org

World Faces Largest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945

Currently more than 20 million people are at immediate risk of starvation.

March 11, 2017 | salon.com

Famines in the 21st Century? It's Not for Lack of Food

What explains the rapid rise in the number of people who need emergency food assistance?

March 10, 2017 | scientificamerican.com

Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Help Probe Mysteries of Evolution

To work out how the genome evolved, bioengineers are recreating it.

March 08, 2017 | ewg.org

Strawberries Top the Dirty Dozen List Again

The new Guide to Pesticides in Produce lists the top 48 items with the most pesticide residue.

March 07, 2017 | freshfruitportal.com

Innovation: Edipeel Prolongs Fruit Shelf Life, Reduces Spoilage

Apeel Sciences' new product provides a useful alternative to fungicides, waxes and chemical preservatives.

March 06, 2017 | hoosieragtoday.com

Why Consumers Don't Understand Agriculture

Teaching consumers how their food is produced will not bring them any closer to understanding farmers.

March 04, 2017 | qz.com

The Simplest Way to Improve the World's Food Systems Requires No New Science

45 percent of harvested produce is wasted.

March 04, 2017 | reason.com

New Study Blames Instagram for Food Waste

Instagramers are most likely to try unusual recipes involving exotic ingredients that are harder to reuse.

March 03, 2017 | bbc.com

Why Tomato Is the World's Favoured Fruit

More tomatoes are produced globally than any other fruit.

March 02, 2017 | phys.org

A Salt Added to Pesticides Helps Reduce Waste

Adding a certain type of salt to liquid pesticides greatly reduces waste due to splashing.

March 02, 2017 | agriculture.com

FarmLogs Launches On-Farm Research Network

The program conducts unbiased research and independent analysis to improve recommendations for growers.

February 27, 2017 | fastcompany.com

The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Food 2017

Ten companies that are changing the way we eat.

February 27, 2017 | phys.org

New Tool Gives Apple Farms Hope in Fight against Spring Freezes

The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions has developed a new Apple Freeze Risk decision tool.

February 24, 2017 | sciencemag.org

Researchers Guilty of Misconduct Won $100M in NIH Grants

For many US researchers judged to have misbehaved, there is such a thing as a second chance.

February 24, 2017 | thepacker.com

Wet Winter Slowing California Harvests

California rains are delaying harvest of some strawberries and citrus.

February 24, 2017 | acs.org

Computers Predict Molecules' Scent from Their Structures

Machine-learning algorithms sniff out compounds' aroma profiles.

February 24, 2017 | sciencemag.org

Biologists Propose to Sequence the DNA of All Life on Earth

A small group of researchers have upped the ante on deciphering genomes.

February 23, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

7 Secrets to Perfect Compost

Good composting will yield rich, crumbly, earthy-smelling black gold.

February 20, 2017 | kcbx.com

Cal Poly: Seeking a Solution to Food Waste

A new research team was awarded a USDA grant to find food waste solutions from farmers to consumers.

February 20, 2017 | agfundernews.com

The Challenges for Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture

Even within a single field, conditions are always changing from one section to the next.

February 20, 2017 | compoundchem.com

A Brief Guide to the Twenty Common Amino Acids

Of the 500 amino acids found in nature, the human genetic code only directly codes for 20.

February 20, 2017 | curbed.com

Food Waste-Fueled Delivery Trucks

Cheaper than diesel fuel, food-based gas emits around 70 percent less carbon dioxide.

February 20, 2017 | foxnews.com

The Common Food Additive that May Be Upsetting Your Stomach

Chronic exposure to titanium dioxide changes digestive cells' structure and function.

February 19, 2017 | sciencemag.com

Variety of Bee Species Leads to Juicier Fruits

A variety of pollinators can boost crop yields and naturally control pests.

February 18, 2017 | mic.com

GMOs Aren't Scary — Pesticides Are

Chemicals stay in soil and groundwater for decades, potentially endangering generations to come.

February 13, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Sara Lee, Sargento Cheese Listeria Contamination Recall

A warning was issued in 2010 about Listeria monocytogenes in the facility.

February 13, 2017 | businessinsider.com

Whole Foods' Dream Transformed into Its Worst Nightmare

Customers are abandoning Whole Foods as Kroger and Walmart ramp up their organic food offerings.

February 13, 2017 | thefederalist.com

How a 'Farm Bust' Could Help Renew American Agriculture

Soon there will be fewer than two million farms in America.

February 10, 2017 | medicalnewstoday.com

Fruits, Vegetables Boost Psychological Well-Being in 2 Weeks

The benefits of eating fresh produce are not limited to physical health.

February 9, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

China Moves To Implement Sustainable Ag Practices

China's plans include organic production, biogas digesters and reducing water usage.

February 9, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Why Funding Food and Drink Startups Is So Difficult

Potential investors find it hard to grasp food companies' business propositions.

February 9, 2017 | sciencedaily.com

New Material Cools with Zero Energy Consumption

A new metamaterial can act as a kind of air conditioning system for structures.

February 7, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

Synthetic Cells Pass Turing Test

Artificial cells have been created that can 'talk' to bacteria.

February 6, 2017 | dw.com

German Supermarket Sells Waste Food Only

Saving a quarter of wasted food could feed almost 900 million people.

February 5, 2017 | allafrica.com

Is Africa Really Undergoing a Smallholder Agricultural Revolution?

While overall production in Africa has increased, there's been little at the smallholder level.

February 3, 2017 | sciencemag.org

USDA Blacks out Animal Welfare Information

The USDA has removed public access to tens of thousands of reports.

February 2, 2017 | thepacker.com

Wonderful Citrus Acquires DNE

California-based Wonderful Citrus has acquired DNE World Fruit, DNE International, and the assets of World Pack Cold Storage.

February 1, 2017 | bbc.com

Australian Scientists Use Soybean Oil to Create Graphene

Australian scientists have turned ordinary cooking oil into graphene.

January 31, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

The Power of Produce Prescriptions

Some families are now receiving produce prescriptions from their doctor.

January 30, 2017 | agprofessional.com

AgPro Readers Name the 2016 Product of the Year

The Nutrio microbial product line was launched 2016.

January 28, 2017 | agprofessional.com

Chile's GMO Paradox

"We are going to see drastic changes in agricultural conditions in Chile, that's inevitable."

January 27, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Megacities May Devour More than 86 Million Acres of Farmland

A study predicts that sprawling mega-cities will squeeze out a lot of farms.

January 26, 2017 | thepacker.com

School Nutrition Standards Targeted

House Republicans would like to repeal Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines.

January 26, 2017 | scientificamerican.com

Doubts Cloud Claims of Metallic Hydrogen

Two physicists say that they have used immense pressures to turn hydrogen gas into shiny metal.

January 25, 2017 | cnn.com

Gates Foundation's Latest Giveaway: $279 Million

A large award was given to the University of Washington for a human health tracking project.

January 23, 2017 | phys.org

New Research Debunks Honey Bee Pesticide Study

A new study concluded that there was only a low risk to honey bees.

January 20, 2017 | agprofessional.com

4 AgTech Trends You Shouldn't Ignore

There are several agtech trends playing out right now that farmers should watch closely.

January 20, 2017 | medicalnewsbulletin.com

A Potential New, Safe Preservative

Lippia origanoides essential oil has promise to be an alternative to synthetic preservatives.

January 19, 2017 | agfundernews.com

AgFunder Innovation Awards 2016 Winners Announced

New companies that have the potential to revolutionize the food industry.

January 19, 2017 | thepacker.com

Fewer California Avocados Expected This Year

2017 California avocado volume will come in at a little more than half of 2016 production.

January 18, 2017 | ecowatch.com

97% of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Pesticides

EPA releases its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides.

January 19, 2017 | sciencemag.org

Hundreds of Elusive Protein Structures Pinned down from Genome Data

New research is called "a major step forward" in determining how proteins fold.

January 19, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Sonny Perdue Nominated as USDA Secretary

The former Georgia governor is somewhat of a hero to Bible Belt farmers.

January 18, 2017 | washingtonpost.com

A Diet Rich in Fruits and Vegetables Outweighs the Risks of Pesticides

The "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean 15" lists may be doing more harm than good.

January 18, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Food-X Reveals the 8 Startups Taking Part in Its Latest Cohort

The New York accelerator selected these eight startups from over 500 applications.

January 13, 2017 | thepacker.com

Produce Companies Get Creative in Quest for Zero Waste

One company is diverting 100% of the waste generated from its fresh-cut operation from the landfill.

January 13, 2017 | agweb.com

China Creates Agriculture Giant with Merger

China National Cotton Reserves' merger with Sinograin will create new company with combined assets $213 billion.

January 12, 2017 | thepacker.com

UC Davis Creates Produce App

A new iPhone app called Produce Facts is available from UC Davis Postharvest Technology.

January 12, 2017 | sciencemag.com

Scientists Tie Tightest Knot Ever

A new knot has been made that measures only 20 nanometers long and contains a total of 192 atoms.

January 12, 2017 | usda.gov

USDA Report: Greenhouse Gas Balance of Ethanol

Corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline.

January 11, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

Metal-Guzzling Plants Harvested to Make Nanomaterials

A new method turns this vegetation into nanoparticles and nanotubes.

January 9, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Too Much Information Can Cause Food Waste

Information about the destination of uneaten food can lead to more food waste.

January 9, 2017 | sciencemag.com

Feds: US Should Pursue Geoengineering Research

For the first time, the US Government is recommending geoengineering studies.

January 6, 2017 | thepacker.com

Millennials Lead the Way in Attitudes toward Organics

18- to 34-year-olds are buying organic for their whole family.

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