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Advanced breeding paves the way for disease-resistant beans

11-Sep-2019

ETH researchers are involved in the development and implementation of a method to efficiently breed for disease-resistant beans in different regions of the world. Their work will help to improve the livelihood and food security of smallholders in developing countries. For many people in Africa ...

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Not all meat is created equal

How diet changes can sustain world's food production

10-Sep-2019

If you wanted to really mess with the world's food production, a good place to start would be in Morocco. They don't grow much here, but it is home to mines containing most of the world's known reserves of phosphate rock, the main source of the nutrient phosphorus. Most of us across the globe, ...

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Protein Industries Canada Issues Second Call for Proposals

27-Aug-2019

Protein Industries Canada will begin accepting Expressions of Interests (EOIs) for its second call for proposals on September 1, 2019. The call closes on September 13, 2019. "We are excited to issue our second call for proposals as we keep working to advance the value-added processing sector ...

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Banana industry on alert after disease arrives in Colombia

26-Aug-2019

It might not be obvious at the supermarket, but the banana industry is fighting to protect the most popular variety of the fruit from a destructive fungus. A disease that ravages banana crops has made its long-dreaded arrival in Latin America, the biggest exporter of the crop. That's reigniting ...

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Leader of largest US organic food fraud gets 10-year term

20-Aug-2019

A judge on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want. U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams said Randy Constant orchestrated a massive fraud that ...

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Global farming trends threaten food security

15-Jul-2019

Citrus fruits, coffee and avocados: The food on our tables has become more diverse in recent decades. However, global agriculture does not reflect this trend. Monocultures are increasing worldwide, taking up more land than ever. At the same time, many of the crops being grown rely on pollination ...

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Gene-edited food quietly arrives in restaurant cooking oil

14-Mar-2019

Somewhere in the Midwest, a restaurant is frying foods with oil made from gene-edited soybeans. That's according to the company making the oil, which says it's the first commercial use of a gene-edited food in the U.S.Calyxt said it can't reveal its first customer for competitive reasons, but CEO ...

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How to feed the world by 2050?

Recent breakthrough boosts plant growth by 40 percent

18-Feb-2019

One of the most significant challenges of the 21st Century is how to sustainably feed a growing and more affluent global population with less water and fertilizers on shrinking acreage, despite stagnating yields, threats of pests and disease, and a changing climate. Recent advances to address ...

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Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers buy?

15-Nov-2018

The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA "edited" are expected to ...

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Palm oil: Substitutes may make matters worse

ETH Zurich Zukunftsblog, author: Dr. Gabriele Manoli

12-Nov-2018

Palm oil is a highly controversial product. However, replacing it with other vegetable oils could endanger land and water resources, argues Gabriele Manoli. Palm oil stands at the centre of an intense and often polarised debate1. While the massive expansion of oil palm across the tropics has ...

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