New age: Greenhouse, urban, & vertical farming

Consumers are increasingly interested in food that is locally grown, traceable, healthful and fresh tasting, price competitive, conveniently available, and environmentally responsible. Urban greenhouses may be a source for food that meets most or all these demands. Greenhouse technology depends on a transparent structure, [...]

Food prices up for first time since 2017

In July, FAO’s Food Price Index (deflated) saw its first YOY increase in 22 months. July’s Index was up 2.3 percent YOY, a considerable difference from the previous 12 months, which saw an average YOY decline of 6.4 percent. Looking at individual subindexes, both Meat and Sugar continued their [...]

China now second largest food & beverage economy

The Annual Report on Catering Industry Development of China 2019 (ARCIDC) released in June found that China is now the second largest food and beverage economy in the world by revenue, with the U.S. at number one. Before last year, food and beverage revenue [...]

Can we halve food waste by 2030?

Last year, USDA, FDA, and EPA set a goal to cut food waste loss (FWL) in half by 2030. Yet a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found limited progress by these three agencies. National Resource Defense Council 2017 data showed that [...]

Protein & ethanol sourced from the air we breathe

Can carbon compounds harvested from the air itself be used to manufacture protein and ethanol? Some companies are claiming that such carbon-based products are an environmentally sustainable and economically viable solution to growing consumer needs. Amino-acid proteins can be created via a fermentation process [...]

Hemp-based CBD oil is a lucrative ingredient & more

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound in the flowers and leaves of industrial hemp plants that can be extracted and then refined into edible or topical oils. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), derived from cannabis, CBD has no psychoactive effects—in other words, CBD will not get a [...]

U.S. East Coast sugar taxes update

For 2019, the sugar tax and other beverage regulations were the big story that wasn't. Instead, the two-cent-per-ounce tax, cup-size limits for food service, labeling requirement, etc. will have to wait till at least the next legislative session. This will shift attention—and intense lobbying [...]

Will meat alternatives lose to EU label literalism?

Just a few days after Nestlé announced the launch of plant-based Incredible Burger—under its Garden Gourmet brand—the European Parliament’s ag committee voted to block meat alternatives from using words like “steak,” “sausage,” “burger,” hamburger,” etc. The full parliament will vote on the ban after [...]