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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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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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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 […]

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Pesticide Fear Is Ill-Founded and Harmful to Public Health

There is nothing inherently wrong with sharing information with the public about the presence of pesticide residues in food. Consumers are constantly asking for greater transparency about the food they eat. However, it is also critical to provide consumers with context for such information. Consumers should not be afraid of the food they eat. Instead […]

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What is food loss and food waste?

Food loss is the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by food suppliers in the chain, excluding retailers, food service providers and consumers. Food waste refers to the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by retailers, food service providers and consumers. Reducing food loss […]

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Indian govt exempts agriculture-farming, allied activities from Covid-19 lockdown

Government has granted relaxation in the nationwide lockdown for activities related to agriculture-farming and allied activities with a view to address problems being faced by the farming community. Categories exempted from the lockdown include agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, markets operated by the agriculture produce market committee, farming operations by farmers and farm workers […]

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Is factory farming to blame for coronavirus?

Starting in the 1990s, as part of its economic transformation, China ramped up its food production systems to industrial scale. One side effect of this was that smallholding farmers were undercut and pushed out of the livestock industry. Searching for a new way to earn a living, some of them turned to farming “wild” species […]

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Revolutionary Carbon Foam from Wood

Carbon foam — a stiff, porous structure formed from a web of carbon atoms — is the stuff of manufacturers’ dreams. The breakthrough material is strong but lightweight, non-flammable and able to maintain its performance at high temperatures, and capable of absorbing sound and radiation. This unique combination of traits means carbon foam is brimming […]

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Can cows be used to fight coronavirus?

Bovine plasma donors genetically engineered to produce human antibodies are in the front lines of the struggle against coronavirus. SAB Biotherapeutics, a biotechnology company injects cows with a noninfectious part of the virus, causing them to produce fully human antibodies that will actually neutralize and bind to the live virus. Since the cows are born […]

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Coronavirus measures could cause global food shortage, UN warns

Protectionist measures by national governments during the coronavirus crisis could provoke food shortages around the world. Empty shelves in supermarkets should not be much of a concern. It is not a supply problem – it is a logistics problem. There is enough supply for all, as long as everyone stays calm and stops hoarding. We […]

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Producers shouldn’t change planting plans

Livestock, grain and energy, mainly oil, prices and the stock market have dropped so dramatically because of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, and not because of a supply and demand issue. This situation is unprecedented, so people don’t know what to expect and tend to think of the worst-case scenario. Don’t change your plans […]

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Farming the Countryside: Talking Technology

If you’re looking for ways to better use technology on your farm, or you’re wanting to know what can bring return on investment (ROI), precision technology could be the ticket. As in the case of corn crop, the plants should come up within 48 hours of each other. If that last one comes up 64 […]

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Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

Things are far from business as usual in cities and towns across America this week. While many retailers are scaling back and temporarily closing for public health, agriculture remains on call 24/7. In the days, weeks and months ahead, agriculture will continue to depend on access to a skilled workforce to help with the work […]

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SMEs fight for their lives in face of coronavirus: ‘It is a nerve-wracking time’

Small and medium sized food brands who have benefited from the diversification of the grocery aisle in recent years are now feeling the squeeze as the unprecedented coronavirus crisis sweeps Europe – and the world. The average projected loss in revenue in 2020 plans, for those that felt capable to estimate at this stage, stood […]

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The Case for Food and Agriculture is Critical in Trying Times

Everyone needs to eat and drink. This point comes to the forefront, especially during times of crisis. That’s precisely why the Food and Agriculture industry is among the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors. Being designated as such can help ease uncertainties and possible roadblocks for industry stakeholders in the face of […]