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Food and Agribusiness

Coffee, but not as you know it

In a world of alternatives – whether it’s oat ‘milk’, meatless ‘meat’, or elderberry flavoured tea, it should come as no surprise that an alternative ‘coffee bean’ has also emerged. Peanut coffee resembles traditional coffee in the way it smells, tastes and the way it is prepared. As peanuts are legumes much like coffee beans, mimicking […]

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Farmers: The Original Environmentalists

With increasing intention and intensity, farmers are being vilified by many—including those in the environmental, scientific and policymaking communities—as enemies of our planet, as indiscriminate polluters and wasters of our air, soil and water resources. However, for anyone who has ever walked a field with a multi-generational family farmer and seen the pride that comes […]

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Food and Agribusiness

What is oat milk?

Oat milk is milk made from oats — not a hard name to decipher. But there is something special about oat milk compared to other alternative milks: It’s actually thick and creamy like full-fat cow’s milk, but without the same amount of fat, calories and lactose in dairy milk. Other plant-based milks, such as almond and […]

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Food and Agribusiness

Grow local: Singapore’s ’30 by 30′ goal to produce 30 per cent of its nutritional needs locally by 2030

With global panic buying, some countries moving towards food protectionism and more nations going into lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, food security has been thrust into the spotlight. Local production helps mitigate reliance on imports and serves as a buffer during supply disruptions to import sources, which contributes to our food security. According to the […]

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Consumers should not wash fruits and vegetables with detergent or soap

Pre-soaking produce in soapy water or washing it with soap could lead to health problems, such as mild gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. That’s because produce is porous, so it can absorb soap. These products are not approved or labeled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on […]

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“Organic” an important agricultural trend in Germany

Organic agriculture aims to produce healthy food while protecting natural ecosystems. Almost 34,000 farms (which corresponds to 12.6 percent of all agricultural businesses) managed an area of ​​over 1.6 million hectares in Germany in 2019, and 10.1 percent more than a tenth German acreage according to the rules of organic farming. From 2008 to 2019, […]

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What Are Bioproducts?

Bioproducts are defined as naturally occurring living organisms (bacteria, fungi, nematodes, insects, plants, etc.) and extracts of living organisms, used to control pests and diseases, enhance growth of and protect plants and animals in indoor and outdoor environments. Bioproducts basically fall into two categories – Biocontrol agents (or products) and Biostimulants. Biological control – or […]

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Food and Agribusiness

Sustainable Inputs Drive South Africa’s Quest for Thriving Ag Market

Agriculture comprises 2.7% of South Africa’s GDP, employs 4.6% of its labor force of 22.2 million (of its 59-million-strong population), and is dominated by production of corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, and vegetables. Biopesticides, like in many developed ag economies, are in the nascent stage in South Africa and present untapped growth in Integrated Pest Management […]

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Changing the fate of tons of fruit waste

Reducing waste in the fruit industry and taking care of the environment has been a central goal of the industry worldwide, and Chile’s new biodegradable plastic has been developed to further those efforts. The innovation – called NatPol – was created through a fermentation process in which scientists transformed fruit residue into plastics. Using waste […]

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Food and Agribusiness

AGRICULTURE: A Guide to Alternative Delivery Systems for Local Producers

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts local food systems, local farmers and markets must adapt to ensure consumers can access fresh, nutritious food. There are numerous ways that local producers can offer products to consumers while practicing social distancing, and farmers’ markets can make adjustments to minimize community spread of COVID-19. Alternative delivery system options includes […]