"Make fruit and vegetables cheaper," advised Dutch board

Introduce levies on added sugar, salt, and red meat in the Netherlands and make fruit and vegetables cheaper. That is what a report from the country's Scientific Council for…

Singaporean infectious disease experts:

‘Handling vegetables at market could have led to COVID-19 spread’

Experts claim that people who contracted COVID-19 at Bukit Merah View Market and Hawker Centre in June typically had three things in common: They were unvaccinated, did not…

Farmworkers in the US more likely to die from extreme heat

Many people will not know that in the US, extreme heat kills more people each year than floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. An average of 702 heat-related deaths takes place…

Salad probably caused 2019 E. coli outbreak in the UK

A recent study presumes that more than 30 people were part of an E. coli outbreak in the United Kingdom linked to salad in sandwiches in 2019. It was the first UK-wide…

"Assessing health benefits of tomatoes can only be reached with all players of the chain"

The health benefits of tomato, a vegetable consumed daily in human diets, have received great attention in the scientific community, and a great deal of experiments have…

Grower rid of Pythium in no time

Controlling algae, bacteria and fungi with ultrasonic transmitters

USAF ultrasonic transmitters are excellent at combating algae, something that can actually be seen with the human eye. However, this does not apply to fungi, and even PCR tests of water samples only show whether the DNA of a fungus is present, and not whether the fungus is functional or not. To know for…

Brazil startup focuses on tomato molecule to treat bad cholesterol

Researchers from the São Paulo startup Crop Biotecnologia have developed a platform to express peptides (amino acid molecules that make up proteins) in tomatoes for the…

Veg Power joins forces with Love British Food

Veg Power, the industry-backed not-for-profit alliance, which aims to increase vegetable consumption in the UK, has announced that it is joining forces with Love British Food…

ToBRFV found in France

The French Ministry of Agriculture and Food confirmed presence of ToBRFV in the the farm of the agricultural high school of Sainte Livrade sur Lot (47110) on July 29, 2021. Samples were taken and…

Organics response to Health Canada postponement of pesticide increases in food

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) is pleased, yet cautious, that Health Canada is postponing the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s consultation proposing to…

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Tomato consumption linked with lower mortality

Tomato and tomato products have been widely recognized as healthy foods because of their high content of lycopene. Human trials have shown the potential of dietary lycopene or lycopene supplement in reducing levels of proinflammatory mediators and oxidative stress (1), regulating cardiovascular variables…

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Study shows potential skin health benefits of tomato-based carotenoid ingredient

A recent pre-clinical study1 shows that Lumenato, an ingredient from Lycored (Beer-Sheva, Israel), may support skin health by preserving collagen levels in the skin. The ingredient is composed of of 0.55% lycopene, 24.06% phytoene, 6.75% phytofluene, 11.27% tocopherols, 0.61% b-carotene, 3.15%…

Dutch health department vaccinates workers on site

On Friday, July 16, a local Dutch health department (GGD Zeeland) vaccinated many international workers. That was in cooperation with Seasun. This greenhouse vegetable cultivation company had approached GGD Zeeland. A group of their international employees wanted to be immunized against COVID-19. More than…

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Freshfel Europe calls on EU to promote plant-based diet more

Fruits and vegetables as solution to climatic and health challenges

During the two-day conference of the European Commission on the Agri-food promotion policy review (12-13 July 2021), Freshfel Europe has called on European authorities to build on the momentum of the policy developments emerging from the Green Deal, the Farm to Fork Strategy, and the EU Beating Cancer…

Organix sector invited to submit feedback

Organic industry opposes new Canadian glyphosate proposal

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is proposing to increase the amount of glyphosate (e.g., Roundup®) permitted in Canadian food. Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) may…

Prevention, elimination, and subdivision in the war against ToBRFV

Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus contamination is on the rise across the globe. In the Netherlands, TuinbouwAlert has responded to this by updating its hygiene protocol. The…

New Zealand orchards seek labor bubble with Covid-free islands

New Zealand fruit growers are still stretched for labor. That is why they are desperately seeking a Pacific bubble for workers as demand for MIQ allocations outstrip supply.…


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