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US (CA): Southeast Asian farmers on trend with new ‘superfood’

Farmer Vang Thao has been managing a successful farm south of Fresno for nearly 30 years, producing a spectacular array of vegetables – heirloom tomatoes, purple bell peppers, water spinach, bitter melon, Thai eggplant and dozens of others.Every weekend the family traverses the Grape Vine to set up a visual.....

Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety

Strawberries and tomatoes are among the most widely consumed fruits and vegetables worldwide. However, many people are allergic to them, especially if they have been diagnosed with birch pollen allergy. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties.....

US: Food companies launch Sustainable Food Policy Alliance

Four of the largest food companies in the US have launched the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, a new organization focused on driving progress in public policies that shape what people eat and how it impacts their health, communities, and the planet. Founding member companies include Danone North America;.....

UK government promotes fruit and vegetable consumption

On Monday 9 July The Fruit and Vegetable Alliance launched in Parliament to mark the beginning of a coordinated drive to boost production and consumption of fruit and vegetables in the UK in order to improve public health.To follow Government dietary guidelines on fruit and vegetable consumption (seven.....

Rob Baan looking for help: urban greenhouse should become health centre

Two years after its founding, the urban greenhouse in The Hague went bankrupt last week. Rob Baan thinks it’s no surprise, he never understood the project. “Why would you commercially grow vegetables on a surface less than 1,000 square metres, while just in the Westland and Bleiswijk vegetables are grown.....

US (OH): Creating incentives for better food choices

Encouraging people to choose cucumbers over, say, potato chips or milk instead of soda can be a hard sell. Federal legislators are considering ways to do that.Both the U.S. Senate’s and the House of Representatives’ versions of the federal farm bill include funding to measure how effectively financial.....

"School food policies have potential to improve health"

Providing free fruits and vegetables and limiting sugary drinks in schools could have positive health effects in both the short- and long-term, finds a new Food-PRICE study led by researchers from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.Childhood is a key time to develop.....

EU: Call for best practices on healthy and sustainable food systems

The European Commission has announced a joint initiative of the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety and the Austrian Presidency to collect and promote best practices on "healthy and sustainable food systems". All stakeholders are invited to submit evaluated best practice examples that contribute.....
Brussels sprouts’ drama

CAN (QC): Father sentenced over uneaten vegetables

A man from Gatineau, Quebec, was sentenced earlier this year after forcing his eight-year-old daughter to sit at the dinner table for 13 hours over an uneaten plate of Brussels sprouts. The man had pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful confinement and was sentenced to four months to be served in the.....

Broccoli lattes could be a thing

Nutrient-rich coffees may be on the horizon after researchers have developed a powder that is made from imperfect-looking broccoli that would have been cast aside during processing.Being delivered through Hort Innovation for Australian vegetable growers and led by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO,.....