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Future of Food #22

  • Less seats, more deliveries
  • Monitoring plant diseases
  • 82% of avocado oil rancid
  • Foraging in London
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The Conversation

Why it’s so critical to continuously monitor and manage plant diseases

Most of us understand the critical importance of monitoring the spread of diseases. And it is as important for plant diseases as it is for humans.

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Editor’s Note:

The ongoing pandemic has made us realize the value of containing diseases at an early stage. This piece from researchers at University of Pretoria in The Conversation looks at plant diseases, which majorly impact food security, and how they could be stopped.

Nanyang Technological University

Consumers adverse to GM food may shun nano-enabled goods, researchers suggest

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that people who hold negative opinions of genetically-modified (GM) food are likely to feel the same about nano-enabled food – food with nano-additives to enhance flavour, nutrition or prolong shelf life.

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Food Navigator USA

Investing in the Future of Food: Patent protection is an essential first step ahead of fundraising

The high cost and opaque process of securing patents can be daunting for cash-strapped startups, but the CEO of the home hydroponic growing system GroPod advises entrepreneurs not give into the temptation to skip or delay this step until after fundraising.

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Associated Press

UN chief urges fast action to avoid `global food emergency’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for immediate action Tuesday to avoid a “global food emergency,” saying more than 820 million people are hungry, some 144 million children under 5-years-old are stunted, and the COVID-19 pandemic is making things worse.

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Less seats, more deliveries: The future of PH dining

MANILA – It’s just been over two months into the coronavirus lockdown, but dining at a restaurant already feels like a reality so far removed. (READ: With lockdowns in place, small restaurants worry about staying afloat).

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Editor’s Note:

Amidst the ongoing pandemic, there’s been a lot of debate around the future of restaurants and dining-in. Here, Steph Arnaldo assesses the situation in the Philippines and predicts that food deliveries will dominate in the years ahead.

University of California Davis

Study Finds 82 Percent of Avocado Oil Rancid or Mixed With Other Oils

Consumer demand is rising for all things avocado, including oil made from the fruit. Avocado oil is a great source of vitamins, minerals and the type of fats associated with reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But according to new research from food science experts at the University of California, Davis, the vast majority of avocado oil sold in the U.S. is of poor quality, mislabeled or adulterated with other oils.

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Inside Story

Smart harvest

Pacific islanders are responding to disruptions to food security with cultural solidarity and new technology.

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Deutsche Welle

Locked-down Londoners forage wild food

Escaping COVID-19 lockdown for their daily walk, urban foragers are connecting to nature via their taste buds. Understanding of what plants are edible is growing alongside an increasing appetite for wild food.

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Nutritional Outlook

Algae’s future in food

Algae has arrived. For many years, this emerald jewel of nutrition has been lauded for its robust nutrient profile and its planetary promise of sustainability. It has been the focus of multibillion-dollar companies seeking to harness its power as an alternative fuel source. And now food companies are taking notice.

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Editor’s Note:

Algae is considered to be an important component of the food chain, though often not for humans. Here Becky Wright writes about the widespread applications of this ‘jewel of nutrition’.

The Nation

How Red Meat Became the Red Pill for the Alt-Right

Nearly a billion pounds of beef move through the JBS processing plant in Grand Island, Neb., every year. Except this year: Over the last two months, the company has had to slow production as meatpacking plants around the country have been roiled by coronavirus outbreaks.

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