Wageningen University & Research study:

COVID teaches valuable lessons for encouraging sustainable, healthy eating behaviour

COVID-19 has made the eating behaviour of certain groups in the Dutch population either healthier and more sustainable or the exact opposite. This came to light in a study by Wageningen University & Research for the ministry of agriculture, nature and food quality. The study explored the impact of the…

Low vegetable consumption possible cause of thousands of UK deaths

Adults and children in the UK are falling well short of eating the recommended amount of vegetables each day. A new report by the Food Foundation found diets low in vegetables…

Pastry chefs are artists

Edible crate

A work of art made by pastry chefs of the Auchan hypermarket of Melun (Seine-et-Marne). The crate is made of shortbread cookies, with a cream filling and seasonal fruits. Source: linkedin.com 

Internal vaccination rate at over 50

German substrate supplier vaccinates against COVID-19

The Klasmann-Deilmann Group has launched its own vaccination campaign. In the course of the first round, more than 100 employees received the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. The aim is to achieve the highest possible vaccination rate. Weeks ago, Klasmann-Deilmann's Corona Crisis Team had already prepared…

Experts urge caution in interpreting the research

‘Eating two mushrooms a day could lower cancer risk by 45 percent’

A new study suggests that eating 18 grams of mushrooms a day could lower the risk of cancer. People who eat two medium-sized mushrooms daily are said to have a 45 percent…

You are what you eat

These fruits and vegetables have a medicinal effect on specific organs or parts of your body. Draw your own conclusion. Click to enlarge

FDA

FDA releases results of FY20-FY21 romaine lettuce sampling assignment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing the findings of a sampling assignment that tested raw agricultural commodity romaine lettuce mostly at facilities and on farms in the Salinas, California, and Yuma, Arizona, growing regions for the presence of pathogens that have been linked to outbreaks…

Kutch district, Gujarat

New breed of mushroom costs Rs 150,000 per kg

A new mushroom species is touted to be of medicinal value, which has led to prices of no less than Rs 150,000 per kg (€1.650). The cordyceps militaris is presented as a new…

Could prescriptions for fruit and veg instead of pills help prevent diet-related disease?

The first wide-ranging study to look at whether healthy food prescriptions lead to better diets and healthier patients suggests there could be some truth to the saying ‘an…

How much time do we spend eating and drinking?

As can be seen below, the differences per country are significant. French people set the record, spending 2 hours and 11 minutes on their food and drink. The Belgians come 12th with 1 hour and 32 minutes and the Dutch have gained the last position with only 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Photograph: Encarni Pindado/The Guardian

Guardian puts agriculture workers in the spotlight: "vital workers, but poor"

In the piercing midday heat of southern Texas, farmhand Linda Villarreal moves methodically to weed row after row of parsley, rising only occasionally to stretch her achy back and nibble on sugary biscuits she keeps in her pockets. In the distance, a green and white border patrol truck drives along the…

Two Tanzanians take ‘smart’ hydroponics closer to homes

Two Tanzanian youth, who viewed horticultural challenges as a business opportunity started exploring and customizing soil-less farming by using modern technologies. Based on their idea, the two young men won $5000 (about Sh11 million) from the Royal Danish Embassy and Sahara Ventures in 2019 – a sum…

Seattle-King County area, Washington

US investigators identify organic produce as possible E. coli outbreak source

Organic produce could possibly be behind an E. coli O157 outbreak that has affected children in Washington’s Seattle-King County area. Seven patients were reported between…

New AgSafe resources address slip, trip, and fall hazards in B.C. agricultural workplaces

"Make sure your workers don't slip in the greenhouse"

Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of injury in agricultural workplaces. A new series of safety awareness videos and a workplace knowledge quiz released by AgSafe address some common slipping, tripping, and falling hazards and how to reduce the risk of injury. The videos are an introductory…

Almost half of the world’s population does not eat enough fruits and vegetables

Many people in low- and middle-income countries do not get enough nutrients because there are shortages of fruit and vegetables, and supply is one sided and not always affordable. New policies are needed to increase production in a sustainable way, and there is a need for research into how to diversify…

Moroccan tomato exports to France, the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Netherlands increase, while exports to Russia fall

Morocco exported a total of 596.72 million kilos of tomatoes in 2020, i.e. 13.68% more than five years earlier, according to data prepared by Hortoinfo. In this period, the…

TAMU

'Food as medicine should play a larger role in society's health'

Although Lisette Templin has long understood the benefits of healthy living, she immersed herself into local food production after a family illness highlighted the importance of micronutrients and macronutrients in fresh produce. Lisette, an instructional assistant professor in the Department of Health…

From yellowed broccoli to mushy avocados: scientists use AI to cut food waste

If you have ever brought home seemingly fresh produce from the grocery story only to find it wilted and moldering a few days later, Tie Liu feels your pain. “Everybody has this problem: Which of these vegetables or fruits should I use first? Guess wrong, and you end up throwing out the food,” said Liu, a…

USDA invests $92.2 million in grants for Local food producers affected by pandemic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on 5 May announced the availability of $92.2 million in competitive grant funding under the 2018 Farm Bill’s Local Agriculture Market…

USDA to incentivize purchase of fruits and vegetables

Participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may soon see a temporary increase to…

Singapore shows what serious urban farming looks like

From what was once Singapore’s largest prison complex, an 8,000 square meter urban farm, Edible Garden City (EGC), now bursts with colorful vegetables and fragrant herbs. Co-founded by local resident Bjorn Low in 2012, EGC is one of Singapore’s first urban farming initiatives and is located inside the…

ToBRFV found again in Poland

Tomato brown rugose fruit virus was first detected in Poland in March 2020 and eradicated. Since then, the virus has been found again in three provinces. ToBRFV was found in the province of…

Vegetable compound might reduce diabetes-related kidney damage

New research conducted suggests a compound that gives some cruciferous vegetables their pungent taste could help to reverse diabetes-associated kidney problems. Experts…

Ontario greenhouse vegetable growers take up the call

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) have heard the call to action. "Our farmers – along with everyone in Ontario – are in an emergency situation and our collective…

Permanent residency to be granted to temporary foreign workers

Kairos Canada responds to federal plan

The federal government’s plan to grant permanent residency to more than 90,000 temporary foreign workers and graduated international students is long-awaited welcome news. This move will help safeguard the safety and security of migrant workers who are invaluable to Canada, especially during the…

United Fresh statement on USDA ending Food Box Program

On behalf of the millions of Americans who gained access to healthy fresh produce throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are deeply disappointed in USDA’s decision to end the…

Neutral solution to keep the workplace virus-free

Pace Solutions has received a virucide designation from Health Canada for one of the company’s most popular disinfectants, Chemprocide. It is a non-corrosive hospital-grade disinfectant, fungicide, deodorizer, and now virucide used in a wide range of industries from schools to food production and…

New University of Michigan study

Fruits and vegetables could help young adults improve sleep

Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables could help young adults sleep better, especially young women, a new University of Michigan study shows. Young adults who reported consuming less than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day reported a high prevalence of chronic insomnia symptoms,…

US: Measuring greenhouse workers' welfare

Our food supply is typically very stable. Rain or shine, field and packinghouse workers harvest and process food for the American people. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has…

Ontario helps farmers and agri-food operators keep workers safe

The Ontario government is providing $10 million to allow more farmers and agri-food operators to purchase personal protective equipment, enhance cleaning and disinfection and…


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