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More vegetables, fewer takeaways

Covid-19 is changing consumption

Experts from the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast and St Angela’s College, Sligo (part of National University of Ireland, Galway) have quizzed 2,360 adults…

PMA welcomes new U.S. dietary guidelines

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) welcomed the publication of the new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Jointly published by the U.S. Departments of…

AG-industry helps with COVID vaccine storage

The U.S. AG-industry is doing its part to ensure COVID vaccines can be stored properly. Syngenta has donated three freezers from Thermo Scientific and Forma Scientific to…

Horticulture helps children with behavioral challenges

The Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Farm’s horticultural therapy services are enhancing an intensive treatment program for local children with behavioral challenges, helping kids ages 6-17 stay active outdoors with garden-based projects. “That’s been amazing for them,” said Rebecca Daffron,…

Veganuary taken up by rising number of people trying plant-based alternatives to meat

UK: Record 500,000 people pledge to eat only vegan food in January

A record 500,000 people have signed up to the Veganuary challenge to eat only plant-based foods for a month. The milestone is double the number who pledged to go vegan for January in 2019. People give a number of reasons for choosing to cut the amount of animal foods in their diets, from reducing animal…

Nearly 80,000 pounds of produce grown for food pantries statewide

Master Gardener Volunteers from across Ohio grew nearly 80,000 pounds of produce in 2020 statewide and donated it all to 101 food pantries in cities and towns across the state. The Master Gardener Volunteer program is a U.S.- and Canada-wide effort that in Ohio is run by Ohio State University Extension,…

Four new ToBRFV-infections in the Netherlands

The number of farms in the Netherlands infected with the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) rose to 23. Four new infections were found, while five growers were released.…

Canada wants rapid COVID-19 testing for international greenhouse workers

The Federal Conservatives are asking the government to bring in a rapid testing pilot project for international workers that are needed in Canadian greenhouses. Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food Lianne Rood and Quebec MP Richard Lehoux have issued a joint statement where they say the current…

2021: International year of fruits and vegetables - and growing media, of course

The FAO has just launched the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. Throughout 2021, several activities and events will be organized all over the world to raise awareness for the vital role of fruits and vegetables in healthy nutrition and food security, together with the importance of reducing…

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Australia: New permit system allows agricultural workers to travel

The Victorian Government has introduced a permit system that will allow agricultural workers to travel between NSW and Victoria despite the implementation of hard borders.…

Heat brings out antioxidants, increases red in tomatoes

Turn up the heat, and get more nutrition from your tomato

Turn up the heat, and get more nutrition from your tomato, University of Florida researchers say. Furthermore, when you buy a tomato, it will be about as red as it can be, thanks to the UF/IFAS methods deployed for the study. The findings are crucial to an industry in which Florida ranks second to…

Bringing hydroponics to Kenya

Traditional soil-grown crop production has worked well for thousands of years, but there is one fact that has placed strain on conventional agriculture: The human population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050. With that comes a demand that already stressed fields can not necessarily supply. For Peter Chege, founder and…

Tomatoes offer affordable source of Parkinson’s disease drug

Scientists have produced a tomato enriched in the Parkinson’s disease drug L-DOPA in what could become a new, affordable source of one of the world’s essential medicines. The…

Tomatoes offer affordable source of Parkinson’s disease drug

Scientists have produced a tomato enriched in the Parkinson’s disease drug L-DOPA in what could become a new, affordable source of one of the world’s essential medicines. The development of the genetically modified (GM) tomato has implications for developing nations where access to pharmaceutical drugs…

'Spirulina and its unique nutritive value'

"Spirulina is a kind of microalgae growing in alkaline lakes. It contains many nutrients that people can take as a dietary supplement. In recent years, the pursuit of natural and health grows day by day, which surged the demand for the product’s nutritive value. Consumers recognize spirulina for its…

Russia stops tomato imports from various countries

"Detection of Pepino Mosaic virus is due to vaccination of the seeds"

News has come out that Russia will not allow imports of tomatoes from Uzbekistan, Turkey, Armenia, Morocco and some other countries anymore due to detection of the pepino mosaic. Speaking with a Russian fruit specialist, it seems this is all true except for the Moroccon imports. They are not able to ship…

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Health benefits of green leafy vegetables, baby greens and microgreens

Vegetables are an essential component of our diet and not getting enough of them can have harmful effects on our health. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention…

New research provides insight into interaction of CCYV and CYSDV in cucumber

Cucurbit chlorotic yellows virus (CCYV) and cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus (CYSDV) are two closely related criniviruses that often coinfect cucurbits and are…

Orange capsicums on the menu for long-term eye health

A five-year cross-industry project, Naturally Nutritious is researching the development of innovative food products and varieties that are nutritious, delicious and visually appealing. Project Lead Dr Tim O’Hare provides an update, with the focus on developing orange capsicums. First it was carrots; now…

Eat a banana after a workout!

Eating a banana after your workout may help speed recovery, post-workout. Bananas are nutritious and particularly rich in water and carbs, both of which have consistently been shown to help improve…

New discovery by SMART allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome in plants

Researchers from the Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) have discovered a way to…

Temperature meter added for extra secured access control

Nowadays, you often can't just walk into a greenhouse or food processing company. First, you have to pass a turnstile or go through a hygiene sluice to get disinfected, and then you can access the company. LETS has added a new product to their hygiene equipment line: a body temperature meter. This…

Developed by people who hate tomatoes

Tomato yoghurt on sale in Japan

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Tomatoes? No? Well, maybe you'll have them within a few years. The Japanese company Morinaga Milk Industry has created tomato yoghurt. Fun fact: the product was created by people who dislike tomatoes. The company has found out that people who hate tomatoes have a better…

CAN (ON): Comprehensive new strategy designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The Ontario government, in partnership with the agri-food industry, has developed a comprehensive strategy to prevent COVID-19 transmission and protect workers and the…

Covid-free spaces and solutions for the fresh produce sector

The global fresh produce industry was not as badly hit by the pandemic as other sectors. Some companies have even experienced unparalleled growth, while the gastronomy has almost disappeared. However, the sector is still facing many challenges and is highly at risk during this new wave of infections and…

Research suggests that people who regularly eat chilli peppers live longer

A recent study proposes that eating chilli peppers regularly could provide previously unrecognised health benefits. It states that chilli eaters may have a ‘significantly…

La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post

Philippines: Vegetable trading post records 45 cases of Covid in the area

Workers at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post (LTVTP) were directed to strictly follow the safety and health protocols and wear their identification cards and uniforms…


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