Food and Agriculture

Cell cultured meat replacing traditional animal farms; the growth of urban vertical and smart farms next-gen GMO plants and animals—this page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of food and agriculture.

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https://www.plantbasednews.org/news/millennials-going-vegan-biggest-threat-burger-joints
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The number of millennials ditching meat means eateries must offer veggie options
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https://www.npr.org/2018/12/16/677157694/lab-grown-meat-draws-big-investors-and-big-opposition
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Tech startups are using animal stem cells to grow meat. Big meat companies, including Tyson and Cargill, are investing in the technology, while livestock producers are trying to fight it.
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https://arstechnica.com/science/2015/11/fda-approves-first-gmo-food-animal-atlantic-salmon/
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https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/b-c-forest-industry-facing-uncertain-future-as-mills-close-and-layoffs-mount-1.4710244
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It seems barely a day goes by without an announcement about layoffs, temporary closures or permanent mill shut downs in British Columbia's struggling forest industry.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y027yLT2QY0&feature=youtu.be
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Get an exclusive inside look at our progress by signing up here: www.memphismeats.com/updatesThe meat industry is long overdue for innovation. We're developi...
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https://www.acsh.org/news/2019/02/11/gmo-cassava-can-provide-iron-zinc-malnourished-african-children-13805
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One wonders how the anti-GMO movement could oppose something like this. But given its hostility to Golden Rice, which has been genetically modified to contain a vitamin A precursor to prevent blindness, it usually finds a way.
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https://now.tufts.edu/articles/bacteria-help-make-low-calorie-sugar
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Tufts engineers have developed an efficient way to biomanufacturer tagatose, a natural sugar that is superior in many ways to traditional table sugar and sugar substitutes. Tagatose is lower in calories, doesn’t cause cavities, and is safe for diabetics.
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https://www.sfchronicle.com/food/article/Plant-based-burger-battle-heats-up-as-Impossible-13596414.php
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The competition between the nation’s two highest-profile plant-based burgers has...
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https://marker.medium.com/why-its-so-hard-to-order-groceries-online-right-now-ec70c3269510
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In New York, Amanda Wood has been waiting more than two weeks for an Amazon Fresh delivery slot. Her order includes bread, eggs, toilet rolls, and diapers. “Diapers are the priority,” says Wood, who…
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https://www.aspenideas.org/articles/how-can-we-fix-our-broken-food-system
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https://financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/from-oil-roughneck-to-cowboy-alberta-workers-consider-career-change
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(Bloomberg) — One month ago, nobody responded to Nicki Murray’s help-wanted ad for truckers to unload goods at Alberta’s feedlots. Now, she’s getting half a…
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https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/07/fish-replacement-may-be-the-next-big-wave-in-alternative-protein-development/
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Fish make up 16% of animal protein consumed globally, and demand is set to rise. But overfishing is hugely problematic -- and it’s not sustainable to continue with the way things are.
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https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-017-0390-5
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Food production dominates land, water and fertilizer use and is a greenhouse gas source. In the United States, beef production is the main agricultural resource user overall, as well as per kcal or g of protein. Here, we offer a possible, non-unique, definition of ‘sustainable’ beef as that subsisting exclusively on grass and by-products, and quantify its expected US production as a fu
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https://cleantechnica.com/2019/12/02/lab-grown-meat-in-supermarkets-is-closer-than-you-think-thanks-to-growth-medium-breakthrough/
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https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/a14518441/this-robot-picks-tomatoes-as-well-as-you-ever-could/
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The robot uses advanced sensors and artificial intelligence to maximize its tomato-picking speed.
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https://newatlas.com/science/genetically-enginneered-tomato-urban-farming/
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A team of scientists, led by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Professor and HHMI Investigator Zach Lippman, has come up with a genetically-engineered tomato plant that is more a bush than a vine, with fruits that grow like a bunch of grapes.
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https://www.nrn.com/quick-service/mcdonald-s-deploys-700-ai-powered-menu-boards
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Bacon and Donut Sticks boost U.S. same-store sales
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhgaJI3sOMA
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A third of the world's food goes to waste, but France is attempting to do something about it. Since 2016, large grocery stores in the country have been banne...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0hjMfoUpcY
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Perumal Gandhi (Co-founder) and Ryan Pandya (Co-founder and CEO) from Perfect Day talking about non-dairy dairy products at Slush 2017.--In 2017, Slush broug...
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https://www.fastcompany.com/90372330/would-you-eat-a-burger-made-out-of-co2-captured-from-the-air
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It may sound strange, but a startup called Solar Foods is transforming CO2 into food they want to bring to grocery stores as an “alternative” protein in the next couple of years.
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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lab-grown-meat/
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Beef for dinner—without killing animals or the environment