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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.

April 30, 2017 | star2.com

The Food Additives That Are in Your Meals

A food additive can be any substance, natural or artificial, that is added to food.

April 28, 2017 | agprofessional.com

EPA Reviews Put Popular Pesticides under the Magnifying Glass

The EPA reviews each registered pesticide at least every 15 years.

April 28, 2017 | thepacker.com

Hass Avocado Board Study Reveals Top Spenders

One-quarter of retail grocery shoppers account for 73% of avocado purchases.

April 27, 2017 | winknews.com

Food Insecurity Can Affect Your Mental Health

A large worldwide survey points to a link.

April 26, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

Perovskite Quantum Dots Boost Artificial Photosynthesis

Perovskite and graphene oxide combined to enhance photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide.

April 26, 2017 | capradio.com

Bill Aims to Give Minority Farmers a Greater Say in Agriculture

A new bill could significantly alter the way the California Department of Food and Agriculture works with farmers of color.

April 25, 2017 | agriculture.com

BASF Set to Acquire ZedX

ZedX develops agronomic weather, crop, and pest models.

April 25, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Report: Investing in Small-Scale Agriculture Is 3x More Effective at Reducing Poverty

About 70 percent of people globally get their food from small-scale farmers.

April 23, 2017 | winknews.com

Food Recalled Due to Extraneous Golf Ball Materials

Almost anything can end up in your food package.

April 22, 2017 | agprofessional.com

Vomitoxin Makes Nasty Appearance for US Farm Sector

Vomitoxin produced by fungi is affecting corn, creating headaches for ethanol, pork and poultry markets.

April 21, 2017 | washingtonpost.com

USDA Scientists Say Their Work Has Been Tampered with

Nearly 10 percent OF USDA scientists surveyed said their research has been tampered with or altered by superiors.

April 20, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Wasteless Raises $400k Seed for "Internet of Groceries" Technology

The Israeli startup is creating a real-time tracking solution to help fight food waste.

April 20, 2017 | usatoday.com

Dow Chemical Urges Trump Administration to Ignore Pesticide Findings

Scientists say widely used pesticides are harmful to 1,800 species.

April 20, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Frozen Vegetables Are Sometimes More Nutritious than Fresh

A study tested nutrient amounts in fruits vegetables stored three different ways.

April 20, 2017 | thepacker.com

Pest Problem Expands for Avocado Growers

Additional pests have been shown to transmit the laurel wilt pathogen to avocado groves.

April 20, 2017 | agprofessional.com

Wal-Mart Seeks Farm Nitrogen Reductions

Powerhouse produce retailer Wal-Mart issued a challenge to US farmers: cut carbon emissions by 1 gigaton.

April 19, 2017 | acs.org

Neonicotinoids Detected in Drinking Water in Agricultural Area

Studies find neonicotinoids in rivers and streams.

April 19, 2017 | usda.gov

2016 Count of Certified Organic Operations Shows Continued Growth

We now have 24,650 certified organic operations in the US and 37,032 globally.

April 18, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

Carbon Puts New Nanostructure under Its Belt

The first carbon nanobelt comprising 12 edge-sharing benzene rings has been made by Japanese researchers.

April 16, 2017 | nhregister.com

Quantum Biopower Turns Food Waste into Energy

The Quantum bio-fuel plant in Southington turns food waste into electricity via methane.

April 14, 2017 | agprofessional.com

10 Herbicide-Resistant Weed Management Strategies

Two weed scientists published a paper ranking their weed management strategies.

April 14, 2017 | nbcnews.com

Tiny 'Organ Chips' Promise Big Boost to Testing of Food, Drugs

Each chip is designed to mimic the natural physiology of an organ.

April 14, 2017 | foodandwine.com

What to Do If Your Food Goes Bad

Not all gone-bad food is for the trash.

April 13, 2017 | eater.com

How Coachella Changed the Way Music Festivals Think about Food

Coachella has changed the concert food model.

April 13, 2017 | newyorker.com

A Russian Fast-Food Chain Tries Its Luck in America

In any Russian stolovaya, one can find an array of blini.

April 12, 2017 | agfundernews.com

Full Harvest Raises $2m Seed Round for Food Waste Reduction

The mission is to repurpose produce wasted at the farm level.

April 10, 2017 | modernfarmer.com

Why Even Small Farmers Should Make Space for Refuge Crops

The basic idea of refuge crops is all about bug sex.

April 9, 2017 | etfdailynews.com

Agriculture Sector Looks to Finally Bottom

The agricultural index GKX (Wheat, Corn, Sugar, Soybean, Coffee, Cocoa, Cotton) is back in its bearish area.

April 7, 2017 | thepacker.com

USDA to Analyze GE Virus Effect on Greening, Environment

A genetically engineered virus designed to help combat citrus greening will be reviewed.

April 7, 2017 | chemistryworld.com

An End to Incorrect NMR Structures?

An adapted protein NMR technique reveals whether molecular structures are correct.

April 6, 2017 | sciencemag.org

Hunger Amplifies Infectious Diseases for Millions Fleeing Boko Haram

Without treatment, 75,000 more children will die by June.

April 6, 2017 | sciencemag.org

Giant Viruses Found in Austria May Be a Fourth Domain of Life

A sewage treatment plant yielded a genome that appears to be from the most cell-like viruses yet.

April 5, 2017 | thepacker.com

Vida Fresh Launches Tasti-Lee Tomato Baskets

Morro Bay, Calif.-based Vida Fresh is the exclusive West Coast grower-packer-shipper of the new vine-ripe packages.

April 5, 2017 | scientificamerican.com

3 Big Myths about Modern Agriculture

Myths get in the way of our ability to restore degraded soils that can feed the world using fewer chemicals.

April 5, 2017 | agfundernews.com

InspiraFarms Plans Cold Storage and Processing in Africa and Central America

The company raised 1.65M Pounds Series A for Cold Storage and Processing Tech.

April 5, 2017 | agprofessional.com

The Pest Triangle

Pests must be present and the environment must allow it to reach a damaging level before treatment is justified.

April 3, 2017 | phys.com

A "Bionic Leaf" Could Help Feed the World

A new kind of leaf uses bacteria, sunlight, water and air to make its own fertilizer.

April 3, 2017 | foodsafetynews.com

Food Recalls: Salmonella, Listeria and E. Coli

Recalls in the past week include ice cream, chili, soy butter, milk and frozen burritos.

April 2, 2017 | sciencenews.org

Food Odors Are More Enticing to Sleep-Deprived Brains

Sleep deprivation seems to increase the brain's sensitivity to food smells.

April 1, 2017 | medscape.com

Common Pesticides Speed up Puberty

Researchers have found evidence that exposure to pyrethroids speeds up puberty in boys.

March 31, 2017 | agprofessional.com

BASF Reaches a Global Licensing Agreement for CRISPR-Cas9

BASF has reached a licensing agreement with MIT and Harvard.

March 30, 2017 | agprofessional.com

EPA Denies Petition to Cancel Chlorpyrifos

The insecticide is used on dozens of crops in nearly 100 countries.

March 29, 2017 | freshfruitportal.com

Peru: Sierra Farmers to Take Far Greater Share of Avocado Exports

Peru's Sierra region will expand from 3,000 hectares to 17,000 hectares.

March 27, 2017 | sciencemag.org

Eating Fruit Fuels Bigger Brains in Primates

Primates that eat fruit show greater brain development than their leaf-eating cousins.

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.

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