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Channel News Asia

Ramesh Krish Kumar’s beverage company, Asmara, combines herbs and ingredients from different cultures in the region to make its line of drinks.


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Euractiv

The European People’s Party (EPP) group has called for another postponement of the planned Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F) until at least after the summer, citing the “crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic”, but its position has been met with criticism from some stakeholders.


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The New York Times

Since 2004, when David Chang helped to reconfigure the dining establishment’s ideas about what a great restaurant could be with Manhattan’s Momofuku Noodle Bar, he has opened more than a dozen restaurants around the world; hosted two seasons of his Netflix documentary series, “Ugly Delicious”; started a hit podcast, “The Dave Chang Show”; published the defunct, much-loved food magazine “Lucky Peach”; and now written a memoir, the forthcoming “Eat a Peach,” with a co-author, Gabe Ulla.


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Associated Press

Researchers have created a technique that uses textured soy protein to create an edible scaffold.


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MediaPost

As the head of the seven-store grocery chain Stew Leonard’s put it this week on a cable newscast: “I think the storm is over right now. Things have settled down.”


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The 2008 global financial crisis resulted in a dramatic shift in our food consumption habits that we are still going through. Here, Steve Ellwanger analyses whether the COVID-19 crisis could have an even greater impact on them as we continue through these odd times.

Food Ingredients First

High-protein bread is the next bold step for Finland-based start-up Solar Foods on its quest to disconnect protein production from agriculture.


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The Hill

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned of global food shortages caused by measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.


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Food Ingredients First

Nature’s Fynd, a food tech company producing a novel protein from a microbe originally discovered in the geothermal springs of Yellowstone’s ancient volcano, has raised US$80 million in Series B funding.


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Associated Press

“I didn’t think too much about it. I was driving away and had this whole idea in my head,” he said.


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Albany Advertiser

For those living in cities and towns, the restrictions on products at supermarkets could just mean they go to the shops more often.


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Al Jazeera

Let us thank front-line workers with more than just words – let us reward them with decent pay and conditions.


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Press Association

Workers at several companies have staged walkouts during the week in protest at how social distancing rules are applied.


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Many of the articles this week deal with what is essential amid the current crisis. You’ve probably gone to the grocery store and thought about what is going to be needed for the weeks ahead. Here the PA reports from Northern Ireland.

The Verge

Plant-based meat products are bigger than ever, with the fast-food industry, grocery stores, and upscale restaurants coming on board. A recent Nielsen report found that plant-based meat alternative purchases went up 279.8 percent last week after Americans were instructed to stay home during the novel coronavirus pandemic.


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LA Times

The U.S. State Department moved Thursday to ease a bottleneck caused by coronavirus precautions and allow more foreign agricultural guest workers to cross from Mexico to work fields in California and other states.


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NJ.com

Wondering how to disinfect your groceries from coronavirus? Leaving your groceries in your garage for three days in an effort to kill off the coronavirus is a very, very bad idea, experts at two New Jersey universities said.


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Indian Express

Agriculture and livestock sectors need separate action plans to protect the interests of producers and consumers during and after lockdown.


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The Daily Mail

The strawberry blossom has just started to appear on Christine Snell’s farm, turning her corner of Herefordshire into a riot of colour and heralding the arrival of spring.


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CBC

Nova Scotia’s provincial government has amended a sweeping emergency order to explicitly exempt fishing vessels from a ban on gatherings of five people or more.


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Just Security

As the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, news headlines are dominated by empty supermarket shelves, school closures, and rising death tolls. The plight of those most vulnerable in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) however, has largely gone unnoticed. Globally, countries are imposing drastic emergency measures, some unprecedented in peace-time. The effects of these measures on the fulfillment of State obligations under human rights and humanitarian law must be considered. For FCAS, who are also enduring conflict induced food-insecurity, particularly those dependent on humanitarian aid and with health systems already at the point of collapse, the combined impact of these measures and COVID-19 itself may be catastrophic.


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Independent (Nigeria)

Dr. Olatunde Oluwatola, a board member of the Consumer Advocacy for Food Safety and Nutrition Initiative (CAFSANI), an NGO, in this interview with David Audu, explains the mission of CAFSANI against the increasing incidences of food safety and nutrition in Nigeria.


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Indian Express

Haryana government Friday announced that it will procure wheat in a staggered manner to avoid crowd formation during the process in wake of the increasing spread of novel coronavirus across the country.


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PTI

NEW DELHI: To ensure sufficient supply during the lockdown, the government on Thursday decided to increase monthly quota of subsidized foodgrains by 2 kg to 7kg per person through ration shops for 80 crore beneficiaries.


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One measure to help alleviate problems from COVID is subsidizing larger amounts of food like rice and wheat. Here PTI reports from India about what the government is doing.

Find Biometrics

Cali Group has announced it is deploying biometric technology tools to its CaliBurger restaurants to help keep staff and customers safe from the spread of COVID-19.


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iPolitics

Agriculture producers are urging Canadians who have been laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic to look for work in farming or the agri-food field.


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CNET

Humans are hungry for fake meat. 2019 was pretty big for the faux meat world, with Impossible Foods partnering up with fast food giant Burger King and Beyond Meat unveiling a new burger and going public. The promise of alternative meats is a future where animals aren’t farmed to fill our stomachs and while companies like Impossible and Beyond look to plant-based meat substitutes to solve that ethical conundrum, scientists are hard at work growing beef in a lab — from just a handful of cells.


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