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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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