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Future of Food #27

  • Food waste in the US
  • The future of dining
  • Robot cooks in demand
  • Real-time rice farm tracking
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Delivery and the future of dining: ‘Convenience is eroding that little extra effort’

Less than two weeks after Scott Morrison gave states and territories the green light to loosen the one person per four-square-metre rule to two square metres, metropolitan Melbourne re-entered stage three lockdown. The city’s restaurants were able to serve dine-in customers for a little over five weeks before having to revert to takeaway and delivery only. But this time, many were ready.

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Food Dive

Branching out to a new plant-based ingredient made from wood

Arbiom’s SylPro, made from fermented wood pieces, just finished a proof-of-concept test showing it can replace more traditional soy, pea and wheat proteins in meat substitutes.

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Grit Daily News

Big Plates Equal Big Waste: A Guide to Food Waste In America

When it comes to food in the US, people have always gone big — and whether it’s a gargantuan shake or a 72-ounce steak, the culinary landscape is one of less-is-more. Unfortunately, with big plates comes big waste, and while large portion sizes are not the only reason for perfectly good produce going to the landfill, it’s no coincidence that America leads the world in food waste, too.

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Editor’s Note:

Despite increased awareness in recent times, food waste continues to be a major problem around the world. Here Shannon Bergstrom discusses the current state of affairs in the US and presents some solutions.

The Hindu Business Line

Dabbawalas turn to agriculture for survival

Thousands of dabbawalas who deliver home meals to working Mumbaikars have returned to their villages in search of work as the lockdown has crippled a century-old food supply chain. A majority of the dabbawalas are from Pune district and they now work in the fields. Agriculture has become refuge employer for thousands of the casually employed urban workers in cities.

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New York Times

The Business of Burps: Scientists Smell Profit in Cow Emissions

LANCASTER – Peaches, a brown-and-white Jersey cow weighing 1,200 pounds, was amiably following Edward Towers through a barn on a sunny March morning when the 6-year-old dug in her front hooves.

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Associated Press

Demand for robot cooks rises as kitchens combat Covid-19

Robots that can cook – from flipping burgers to baking bread – are in growing demand as virus-wary kitchens try to put some distance between workers and customers.

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Editor’s Note:

There has been a sharp increase in the demand for robot cooks around the world. Dee-Ann Durbin and Terence Chia write about how automation like this is helping kitchens in surviving the COVID-19 crisis.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Danforth Center scientist receives $1.4M grant to develop smart farm technology

The National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the National Science Foundation has awarded Nadia Shakoor, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a three-year, $1.4 million grant to develop FieldDock, an integrated smart farm system.

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Sydney University

Eyes in the sky: how real-time data will revolutionise rice farming

About 10 percent of the world’s arable land is dedicated to rice cultivation. Yet there is no consistent global monitoring of yields or greenhouse gas emissions. Working with international collaborators, Professor Budiman Minasny will change that with a real-time app to be called Paddy Watch.

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Editor’s Note:

Sydney University and Google Earth have announced a new partnership aimed at tracking rice farming on a real-time basis. This write up from Sydney highlights how the new partnership will benefit millions of people across Australia and Asia.

The New Daily

The booming industry that could deliver a big win for Australian business

Global demand for meat is expected to soar, potentially creating a multi-billion dollar secondary market for plant-based alternatives.

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Children eat wild plants to survive as hunger explodes

In Peddie in the Eastern Cape, children are eating wild plants to survive, as the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown take their toll. The number of households going hungry has doubled, according to new research.

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