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  • Meat shortage in the US (#1)
  • Starbucks Beyond Meat in China (#13)
  • Fava bean research (#9)
  • The future of water (#22)


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USA Today

We have too much milk, may not have enough meat and could eventually run short on soup.


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Business Insider

Leading the effort is CIO Justin Kershaw, who told Business Insider he is changing the IT team to “be the growth of the company. Not just enable it, but actually be it.”


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The University of Vermont

Food insecurity in Vermont has increased by one-third during the coronavirus pandemic, from 18.3% to 24.3%, according to a statewide survey conducted by the University of Vermont at the end of March and announced in a series of briefs today.


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Adweek

Impossible Foods said today that its flagship product, the plant-based meat alternative, the Impossible Burger, will be available in 777 additional markets across California, Nevada and the greater Chicago area this week.


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Impossible Foods is among the leading players in the plant-based food industry and is still active during the pandemic. Kathryn Lundstrom reports about the company’s latest expansion plans, that will see its products reach 777 more supermarkets.

The Journal (Ireland)

Look our at your back yard or garden, if you have one. If you’re lucky enough to have a lawn, is it a nice lawn? It doesn’t feed you though. Could that lawn be put to better use?


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Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: From growing rice at sea to turning to microalgae as an alternative protein source – these are some of the ways Singapore could boost its homegrown food production in the future as it looks to improve its food security.


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Innovation Origins

Eating insects is a huge step for many people. But if it’s up to the Printec Bites student team, their product will make the consumption of insects a lot more appealing. After all, Printec Bites makes 3D-printed food products derived from insects that are not only sustainable and healthy, but also look delicious.


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Penn State University

Commercially prepared baby foods that purport to be loaded with dark green vegetables are sweetened with fruit puree and often don’t contain a high percentage of dark green vegetable content, according to a team of researchers.


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University of Copenhagen

The end of soy as a protein substitute? Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found a way to make protein powder using fava beans — a far more climate-friendly alternative.


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Reuters

DUBAI – As coronavirus lockdowns crush businesses around the world, high-tech farming projects in the United Arab Emirates are eyeing large growth as authorities plough funds into agritech projects.


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Euractiv

In the past weeks a 40 million litres surplus of milk production has been accumulated in France.


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Politico

ROME — The spring asparagus and strawberry crops are ripe in Italy’s fields, but the question of who will harvest them amid the coronavirus crisis is reigniting divisive debate on migration in Rome.


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A major side effect of the COVID-19 crisis has been the shortage of farm workers, which has been seen all over the world. Hannah Roberts provides the latest updates on the situation in Italy.

Reuters

Starbucks Corp said on Monday it would roll out a new plant-based lunch menu in China this week, launching Beyond Meat Inc’s products in a country where it is trying to recover from the novel coronavirus pandemic-led shutdown.


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Food Ingredients First

As the Easter festivities wind down, consumer focus tends to shift to BBQ season. According to Moguntia Food Group, outdoor grilling is not only about eating tasty food, but also about the story behind it, the preparation and the overall eating experience. Stefan Lehnen, Head of Export at the company tells FoodIngredientsFirst that BBQ chefs have become “concerned about the origin of their meat and attention is starting to focus on the quality of ingredients.”


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The Hill

Parents, even under shelter-in-place orders, will venture out to feed their children. But deteriorating economic conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made it even more difficult for many low-income households, including those with children, to afford groceries. Food insecurity is on the rise, heightened by school closures and the loss of free school meals that are the frontline of defense against childhood hunger.


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Politics Home

Administrative problems with Government schemes and gaps in coverage mean the poorest children are at risk of hunger and malnutrition.


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News 18

Ramesh Kumar, 33, had packed his bags on Monday night hoping he will be able to return home the next day. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised address to the country, extended the national lockdown till May 3, he broke down.


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SF Examiner

Election staffers aiding the homeless. City public works employees building new medical facilities. Librarians delivering food to the hungry.


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The News (Pakistan)

The coronavirus lockdown has forced a lot of people to restructure their dietary habits. Amid a ban on food deliveries, people have taken to social media to pour out their emotions, engaging in Twitter battles over which fast-food chain has the better burgers.


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Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Only eight souls live on the square-mile section where Jeff Hatfield farms south of Wichita: him, his wife, daughter, son-in-law, three grandchildren and a neighbor.


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Entrepreneur ($)

Burger King had a big announcement to make: It was removing artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives from its Whoppers. But the company was in a bind. The other burger chain had already, how shall we say, McDone the same thing. If Burger King simply ran ads pushing its fresh food, that wouldn’t have much impact. At worst, it would be seen as trailing its competitor.


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Food brands are constantly competing against each other in order to grab our eyeballs. Here, Liz Brody interviews Fernando Machado, the man who is keeping some fast-food brands relevant.

World Economic Forum

Although it is difficult today to divert attention from the dramatic situation we live in, it is even more important to get closer to our primary needs. Recently, we celebrated World Water Day, and the timing couldn’t have been more appropriate to give to all of us the chance to rethink priorities and draw some lessons.


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The Hill

A bipartisan group of senators are urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to support international food assistance programs amid concerns about the coronavirus’s impact on the supply chain and potential global food shortages.


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Fast Company

A proposed design for outdoor markets in Rotterdam would keep people apart while they buy their groceries.


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The Spoon

FanWide had a pretty good idea for a business. The Seattle-based startup’s platform connected fans of various sports teams to create game watching parties at more than 800 local sports bars across the country. But in this pandemic world there is no sports and sports bars are closed, so…. yeah. Time to pivot.


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