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…

Local farm focusses on sustainability and water conservation

“I don’t want chemicals on my food"

Ryan Willett’s passion for growing began as a child, helping his dad in their huge garden. Now, as an adult, he is digging deeper in order to follow his passion for sustainability and water conservation. “I still remember the first head of lettuce that we sold at a farmers market. The lady picked it up,…

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New research by Edith Cowan University:

‘Green leafy vegetables are essential for muscle strength’

According to new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research, eating just one cup of leafy green vegetables every day could boost muscle function. The study was published in the Journal of Nutrition; it found that people who consumed a nitrate-rich diet, predominantly from vegetables, had significantly better…

UK: Seasonal workers to receive free Covid-19 tests on farms

The government yesterday called on employers of seasonal agricultural workers to help keep the nation safe and restrict the spread of Covid-19 by registering for free…

Ontario government considering vaccinating migrant farm workers on arrival

Ontario would like to see migrant farm workers vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they arrive and is willing to take on the task if Ottawa doesn’t, a top provincial health…

CAN: New supports for agricultural employers for COVID testing

Important information about new supports being introduced for employers of temporary foreign workers in the agriculture, agri-food, fish and seafood sectors to support the…

School districts partner with Belton lettuce farm for school lunches

A little known farm in Belton is looking to put the city on the map as the lettuce capital of Texas. The True Harvest Farm sits in north Belton and produces more than a million heads of lettuce a year. A variety of lettuce are grown through automation in a greenhouse through a type of hydroponics process…

Why aren’t NY farm workers in the COVID-19 vaccine line?

The New York State Fairgrounds is one of the nation’s busiest COVID-19 vaccination clinics. But, so far, farmers and farm workers can’t get a shot there or anywhere else in…

Shipping seeds problem point in combatting ToBRFV

The European Plant Protection Organisation has published a list with violations in the field of plant health in a February update. It concerns virus findings or incomplete…

Aussie kids can be veggie kids

Strong development depends on healthy eating, but babies and children are still refusing to eat enough vegetables. Now nutrition and dietetics researchers have found some solutions. A new paper in…

Deadline March 23

US: Ag employers urged to submit survey to sign up for vaccinations for migrant farm workers

NJ Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher, per this attached memo, encourages farmers to participate in a brief online survey to sign up farmworkers for COVID-19 vaccinations.…

Concerns growing as 4,000 seasonal fruit pickers will arrive in Ireland over coming weeks

Experts are expressing their concerns about the possibility that the Irish government’s new quarantine system will come under serious pressure as fruit and vegetable pickers…

The right “5-a-day” mix is 2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings for longer life

Studies representing nearly 2 million adults worldwide show that eating about five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, in which 2 are fruits and 3 are vegetables, is…

Edible flowers dinner during COVID and snow

Jeff Bednar and his wife, Lee, founded Profound Microfarms as a hydroponic and aquaponic farm in 2014, where they grew rare culinary herbs, edible flowers, and microgreens for chefs in North Texas. A few years later, they started collaborating with other local farms, such as Cartermere Farms in Celina…

Ontario improves farm safety for agri-food workers with new measures

The Government of Ontario is providing up to $118,500 to develop specialized COVID-19 resources to better protect the health and safety of temporary foreign workers and others…

Dutch food education strengthened with new grant

The Food Education Platform is a public-private partnership in which WUR works together with the industry, government, education and social organisations to provide unbiased education about food and nutrition for children. The programme focusses on eating, tasting, feeling, smelling and seeing food.…

University of Reading, England

Blueberries might aid depression treatment

Three studies have come out that suggest an antidepressant potential for the humble blueberry. All three studies hail from a single group lead by Claire Williams at the…

Mushroom Council

Just add mushrooms: Making meals more nutritious

Researchers have identified another good reason to eat more mushrooms. New research , published in Food Science & Nutrition (January 2021) found that adding a mushroom serving…

HK entomologist lauds hydroponic gardening

An entomologist wants the local community to look into the potential of growing vegetables organically. Dr. Chao Hon Chiu worked for the Northern Marianas College Agricultural Research Program 30 years ago, and helped implement NMC’s cooperative extension service projects funded by the U.S. Department of…

New training programmes to boost horticulture industry in Wales

Campaigners have recently urged for three-quarters of the Welsh population's recommended daily intake of vegetables to be grown in Wales by 2030. Food Policy Alliance Cymru…

Spanish Minister of Agriculture visits Mercabarna

"The health crisis has highlighted the essential role of Mercabarna and the rest of Spanish markets"

The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, the Secretary of Agriculture and Food, Fernando Miranda and the Government Delegate in Catalonia, Teresa Cunillera, have visited Mercabarna. During the visit to this large market, he was accompanied by the first deputy mayor of the Barcelona City Council,…


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