Health

Scientists show how a polyphenolic compound derived from blueberry can treat inflammatory bowel disease

New compound from blueberries could treat inflammatory disorders

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), caused by chronic inflammation in the digestive tract linings, can be debilitating and life threatening. Therapeutic options include…

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Healthy or sick? The tomato knows what to do

Lycopene is one of the best-known ingredients of tomatoes and a lot of research has already been done into the health effects of this nutrient. Hidde van Steenwijk, researcher at Maastricht University, has studied the health effects of lycopene in the context of the Top Sector Project The Value (s) of…

AU: Government ‘calculating’ if fruit and vegetables are healthy

A review of the current Health Star Rating system for Australian food products has led the Commonwealth Department of Health to propose using a ‘calculator’ to determine if…

Australian town took in backpackers amidst pandemic

In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, very strict border restrictions were put in place in Western Australia. This meant that the region was cut off from the rest of…

Australian government to 'calculate' if fruit and vegetables are healthy

A review of the current Health Star Rating system for Australian food products has led the Commonwealth Department of Health to propose using a ‘calculator’ to determine if fresh fruit and vegetables are healthy. Current dietary guidelines from the same Department encourage Australians to ‘enjoy plenty…

D'Arrigo California celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As of 1999, D’Arrigo California has donated over $2 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® to fund innovative breast cancer research. To raise awareness, a pink ribbon adorns the packaging and cartons of D’Arrigo California products under the Andy Boy® label that you find in grocery stores and…

US (FL): COVID-19 risk factors vary, need for tailored measures

As laborers return to the fields this fall in Florida, both unauthorized workers and those authorized to plant and pick crops through a guest worker visa are vulnerable to the…

Indian hydroponic farm opened just before COVID-19 lockdown

The rows of lettuce, microgreens and herbs that Himanshu Aggarwal and his mother grow in an enclosed room in a busy New Delhi market began flourishing six months ago, just…

Biosecurity microcredential short course

Primary ITO with the Horticulture Capability Group have developed a biosecurity micro-credential to enhance industry capability. The programme is designed to give business…

National Hurricane Center

USDA reminder: prepare for storm Beta

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Tropical Storm Beta that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to…

Model study shows that some US metro areas could feed themselves

A modeling study by Tufts University, published in Environmental Science & Technology, found that some but not all US metro areas could grow all the food they need within 155 miles. The study considered 378 metropolitan areas across the country, and found that metro centers in the Northwest and interior…

September 17 and September 30

Webinar on implementing COVID-19 safety measures on farms

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) is offering a webinar session for growers feeling overwhelmed or simply frustrated trying to get clear, practical information about COVID-19 practices for their farm business. Speakers from WSPS, WSIB and the Ministry of Labour Training and Skills…

US (CA): Ten things being done to ensure leafy greens safety this fall

In a year of unparalleled tragedies stemming from the pandemic to California wildfires, lettuce farmers in California and Arizona are taking action to prevent foodborne…

Greenhouse, outdoor, or indoor: Which kale is healthiest?

Urban populations have plenty of access to calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods. In order to move to a healthier diet, however, they need access to vegetables and other micronutrient-dense foods, according to Danish economist Per Pinstrup-Andersen, who says it's time to take vertical indoor farming…

US (CA): Ag and farm worker organisations team with state to distribute face masks

The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) and California Farmworker Foundation (CFF) are pleased to announce they have distributed over 50,000 N-95 masks and single-use…

23 and 24 September; registration now open

Hackathon for developing technological solutions to COVID-19 related problems

Registration is now open for an agri-tech hackathon aimed at developing technological solutions to problems posed by Covid-19. David Telford, Head of AgriFood and Lucy Mather, our expert in Livestock & Aquaculture, will sit on the judging panel which will decide which solutions will receive a year of…

Scottish vegetable growers prevented from using unlicensed labour

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has stopped a Scottish vegetable growing business from using workers provided to them by an unlicensed recruitment agency. A…

"This isn't because of chance, we have acted effectively"

Spain believes spread of coronavirus among seasonal workers is under control

The president of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has said during a press conference held after a Council of Ministers that he believes that the spreading of the coronavirus between seasonal workers in the agricultural sector is under control; an achievement that he has attributed to the…

Norway: Infection control in production of various fruits and vegetables

In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the disease Covid-19, there are extra stringent requirements for infection control among employees…

Preparing for the crop rotation

An important and busy period will soon start again for growers; the crop rotation. Crop rotation is necessary and very important to prevent diseases and pests, and to ensure that the nutrients are present in the soil. During the crop rotation, old plants are removed from greenhouses, and greenhouses are disinfected and…

CAN (ON): Greenhouse growers support calls for independent body to receive workplace complaints

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) are publicly supporting calls to create an independent body to receive and address workplace complaints from agri-food employees.…

6 tips for good hygiene in the greenhouse horticulture

With constantly emerging viruses, pests and diseases in the greenhouse horticulture, hygiene in the greenhouse is an important and much-discussed topic. Clean hands, clean machines and clean water ensure a clean greenhouse, and therefore also clean crops. Steenks Service provides some tips for hygienic…

The coronavirus puts Latino farmworkers in the US at risk

The expansion of the coronavirus in the US is strongly affecting the farmworker's safety in the country. The workers, mostly Latino, live in closed quarters, sleep in bunk beds, and share bathrooms and kitchens. They travel to the fields in crowded buses and often work in groups. Even though farm…

ScoringAg

"You have to sanitize everything"

Maintaining the integrity of the sanitation

“You have to sanitize everything,” says William Kanitz with ScoringAg. “If you don’t protect your product, the consumer gets sick.” The company sells and produces sanitizing equipment for fresh produce and its packaging. Due to the Coronavirus, things have changed. It’s increasingly important to reduce…


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