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Food Navigator USA

While some shoppers have shared photos of empty meat cases next to fully-stocked shelves of plant-based meat on social media, the latest Nielsen data suggests that retail sales of meat alternatives increased significantly in March alongside their animal-based counterparts.


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The COVID-19 crisis has had a negative impact on almost all industries. However, the plant-based meat industry may continue to flourish, as Elaine Watson finds out.

Truthout

In Mississippian Richard Wright’s ferocious short story Hunger, an overworked, time-pressed mother sends her young son to the grocery story with a list, a basket and a few dollars.


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The Guardian

An unprecedented number of Americans have resorted to food banks for emergency supplies since the coronavirus pandemic triggered widespread layoffs across the country.


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Baltimore Magazine

On a 30-degree day in January, heads of butterhead, red oak, and tropicana green-leaf lettuce are soaking up the sun in a balmy 75-degree greenhouse so close to 695, it’s visible to drivers approaching the Francis Scott Key Bridge. “It’s pretty dreamy in here,” says Nicole Baum, director of partnerships at Gotham Greens, as a blue divider lifts and the aroma of fresh pesto welcomes us into the “basil room.”


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Just Food

Danger and deprivation concentrate the mind. It is when these unwelcome visitors come calling we truly appreciate what most matters to us – family, friends, our health – and what we really need in order to live.


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Food Ingredients First

Researchers have found freeze-drying technology could result in tastier ice cream that melts at a slower rate – offering food processors new opportunities, according to European Freeze Dry, a freeze-dried ingredients manufacturer.


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Euractiv

Thousands of seasonal workers have been left unable to reach the farms that rely on their labour just as the harvest season is beginning for many crops.


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Enterprise IoT Insights

The cost of IoT sensors has halved in the last 10 years and is still on a downward trend. Sensors can monitor the chemical composition and moisture content of the soil in each part of a farm as well as the rainfall and temperature. By combining this data with detailed weather forecast information and fertiliser recommendations, each farmer can improve yields through the effective deployment of expensive chemicals, and also reduce water usage.


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The Globe and Mail

There are a handful of common considerations that shape peoples’ food choices: nutrition, cost, accessibility, versatility. Now, ethical and environmental issues are becoming greater concerns as we learn more about the impact of how and what we eat.


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Plant-based meat comes from a lab, but eyes are also turning to more traditional sources of protein. Here Julie Van Rosendaal reports for the Globe and Mail on “pulses,” which you might not be familiar with.

University of Sydney

Ethanol from agave could be used for biofuels and hand sanitiser.


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Clean Technica

It has been widely speculated that the disease COVID 19 began in a meat market in Wuhan China. These markets are truly a sight to behold. I recently went to such a market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that went on for over a mile. I have seen numerous similar markets in Thailand, where my wife and I have a home.


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Crains New York

As co-founder and New York–based partner of venture capital firm Greycroft, Ian Sigalow helps manage a $1.5 billion portfolio. Investments he has led include payment platform Braintree, acquired by eBay for $800 million; same-day delivery service Shipt, which Target bought for $550 million; and meal-kit brand Plated, which grocery chain Albertsons purchased for an estimated $200 million. Greycroft and Albertsons have launched a venture fund of as much as $50 million that has led Sigalow to mull the future of food shopping.


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Food Ingredients First

UK-based food processing equipment company Baker Perkins has developed a twin-screw extrusion technology to process high moisture-fibrated, texturized vegetable protein (TVP) in various forms.


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Stuff

The effects of climate change will be felt the most by the people with the least resources to cope. Deena Coster reports.


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Straits Times

Even as the Government acts to safeguard the food supply in the current outbreak of Covid-19, individuals can also help to strengthen the country’s resilience against global supply shocks, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday.


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Macleans

As national lockdowns sowed economic chaos, several seed banks, garden centres and urban farming organizations reported spikes in website traffic and overwhelming digital orders.


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Mail & Guardian

In late February, farmers in central and northern Kenya began to breathe sighs of relief. The billions of desert locusts that had been decimating their crops — eating as much food a day as Kenya’s entire population — were beginning to die off, just in time for a new planting season. Many of the swarms were killed by pesticides sprayed from the air; others died of old age.


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LiveMint

NEW DELHI : It’s well past lunch hour, but 50-year-old Bitaiya is yet to step into her kitchen. Her meagre supply of wheat flour was scraped clean the night before. So, whether she — a daily wage earner whose husband died of tuberculosis a few years ago — and her two children, seven- and 16-year olds, will have anything to eat today will depend on the generosity of her neighbours.


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Associated Press

PHOENIX — Yvonne Knight, who has respiratory problems that make her especially vulnerable in the coronavirus pandemic, can’t buy groceries online with her food stamps — even though each trip to the store is now a risky endeavor.


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Voice of San Diego

Business is booming for grocery stores, but San Diego’s farmworkers, farmers and food distributors are experiencing the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic as hard as anyone else as they quickly shift to accommodate a changing marketplace.


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The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Delhi government may soon start delivering dry ration to a section of beneficiaries covered under National Food Security Act 2013 at their doorstep.


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One response through coronavirus has been making tweaks to rations, though there are other questions about implementation. Here the Times of India reports about potential changes.

Food Business News

Expect to see several emerging food and beverage trends change course as consumers cope with the coronavirus crisis in the United States, said Suzy Badaracco, president of Culinary Tides, Inc.


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The Spoon

There’s a new silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic: more of us can now get our hands on Impossible Foods’ plant-based beef. The startup announced today on Linkedin that the FDA will now allow all of Impossible’s restaurant partners to sell the Impossible Burger directly to customers in 5 lb. bricks, 1/4 lb. patties, and 1/3 lb. patties.


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Financial Post

Food and consumer goods manufacturers reported a surge in demand in the last two weeks of March as home-bound Canadians rushed to grocery stores to stock up for an indefinite period of self-isolation to combat the spread of COVID-19.


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Firstpost

New Delhi: The first progress report of sustainable development goals has some good news as well as challenges for the government for inclusive development. While there is considerable progress in achieving the target of zero hunger and malnutrition by 2030, there are certain areas like gender equality and health, which requires a cohesive response.


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