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FoodTech Fruits and Vegetables Gene-Editing

Gene-editing to accelerate innovation in fruits and vegetables

Pairwise, a food tech company, stands at the forefront of breakthrough genome editing technologies to bring exciting new products to market that are more enticing, more convenient and more likely to end up in people’s grocery carts. The Pairwise team is one of the first to develop novel types of fruits and vegetables so that […]

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AgTech Food Security Policy

Vision to make the UAE a global AgTech hub

The AgriTech Sector Development Team – a team comprising public and private-sector stakeholders from the UAE’s growing agricultural technology sector – convened for a workshop to explore proposed interventions to promote the adoption of technology in agricultural sub-sectors, with the objective of ensuring food security for current and future generations in the UAE. The team […]

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AgTech Greenhouse

AgTech startup AppHarvest partners with Dutch government to create America’s AgTech capital

AppHarvest, a startup building North America’s largest greenhouse, announced it’s partnership with the the governments of the Netherlands, the state of Kentucky and several universities and private companies to create an AgTech capital in Appalachia. The venture will partner with local and international experts to help boost the state’s economy, while increasing the country’s food […]

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e-Commerce Supply Chain

Tanzanian agri-tech startup East Africa Fruits hopes to scale into new verticals

East Africa Fruits, after bagging a $3.1 million investment that comprises both equity and debt capital, has witnessed tremendous growth in its farm-to-market sector B2B e-commerce platform. The company aggregates demand and deliver a wide range of fresh produce directly from farms to retailers, wholesalers, local vendors, restaurants and cafés, hotels and exporters. Founded by […]

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Food Loss/Waste

10 most commonly produced products out of food waste

The idea of extracting valuable ingredients from waste products and processing by-products is not a new one but new extraction technologies and increasing demand for natural ingredients could open up new avenues for extracting value-added ingredients. Now-a-days, food wastes are considered as a cheap source of valuable components. Exploitation of the entire plant tissue could […]

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Food Safety Trade

India allows in-transit cold treatment for Australian Fruits

The Indian government has announced market improvements to allow in-transit cold treatment of Australian top fruit, summer fruit and table grapes. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says India’s approval of in-transit cold treatment of a variety of fruits is a major breakthrough for Australia’s growers. This approval to use in-transit cold treatment is expected to boost […]

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Food Security Investments

ADQ’s strategy to support the UAE’s agri-food ecosystem

Abu Dhabi’s, ADQ has agreed to acquire a 50 per cent stake to buy 50% stake in agri-food specialist Al Dahra Holding. Al Dahra is a prominent multinational leader in agribusiness, specializing in the cultivation, production and trading of animal feed and essential food commodities and end-to-end supply chain management. Serving a large customer base […]

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AgTech Food Loss/Waste

World Changing Ideas 2020 included Full Harvest and Food Rescue Hero

Full Harvest is the winner of the food category in Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards. It’s a B2B company, with a tech platform that allows buyers—online retailers, cafes and juice bars, and sellers—farmers—to connect over the imperfect foods that are “surplus” or “ugly”. Full Harvest’s method has increased some farms’ yields by up […]

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Trade

Similar to FedEx, Fruit Express shipping line launched

“Fruit express” shipping line for Southeast Asia was officially launched on April 27, 2020 at Dalian port in Liaoning province by China COSCO Shipping Corp. The first vessel for the Dalian route, the CSCL Santiago, unloaded 565 tons of dragon fruit imported from Vietnam at the Dalian container terminal. With the new route, various kinds […]

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Trade

European Commission warns against shift towards protectionism in agri-food sector

Uncertainty about food availability sparked a wave of export restrictions, creating a shortage on the global market. Countries across the EU are increasingly considering protectionist measures, promoting national agri-food products and discouraging imported products. There has been a sequel of instances across the EU, particularly in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Austria, Greece, where concerned […]

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Policy

European Commission announces exceptional measures to support the agri-food sector

The Commission is taking swift action and proposes additional exceptional measures to further support agricultural and food markets most affected. The package includes measures for private storage aid (PSA) in the dairy and meat sectors, the authorisation of self-organisation market measures by operators in hard hit sectors and flexibility in fruits and vegetables, wine and […]

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European vegetable producers are asking to open the Russian market for export

The Association of European Fruit and Vegetable Manufacturers (Eucofel) called on the European Commission to open export to the Russian market. An open letter asking to resume dialogue with Russia was signed by representatives of the fruit and vegetable sector of Spain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland and Portugal. In addition, producers of fruits and […]

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USDA Authorizes Importation of Fresh Citrus Fruit from China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is authorizing the importation of five types of commercially produced fresh citrus fruit from China into the continental United States. After thorough analysis, APHIS scientists determined that pummelo, Nanfeng honey mandarin, ponkan, sweet orange, and Satsuma mandarin fruit from China can be safely […]

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Romanian fruit pickers flown to UK amid crisis in farming sector

Romanian workers are being flown in to help feed Britain amid a continuing recruitment crisis in the agriculture sector. Special charter flights have started flying into the UK from Bucharest with desperately needed workers for British farms that risk losing their crop of early summer fruit and vegetables because of the coronavirus lockdown. All passengers […]

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Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic

With restaurants, hotels and schools closed, many of the nation’s largest farms are destroying millions of pounds of fresh goods that they can no longer sell. The waste has become especially severe in the dairy industry, where cows need to be milked multiple times a day, regardless of whether there are buyers. The nation’s largest […]

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Accredited ‘safe’ vegetables help Vietnamese farmers earn more

Farmers in Northwest Vietnam are accessing a new path to market for their vegetables—via an accreditation program—to help them sell into high-value modern retail markets in Hanoi. The region’s favourable climate and soil conditions are suitable for growing tropical, subtropical and some temperate vegetables. Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) provides guidelines on how to grow […]

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UAE agri-business firm Pure Harvest gets $100 million commitment from Kuwait’s Wafra

Abu Dhabi-based agri-business venture Pure Harvest Smart Farms on Monday said it has secured a $100 million multi-year funding commitment from Kuwait’s Wafra International Investment Company, the biggest agriculture technology investment in the region. Pure Harvest Smart Farms supplies tomatoes grown in an enclosed, environment-controlled farm to supermarkets – including Carrefour, Spinney’s and Waitrose – […]

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Half Your Plate

Ever thought, “Gee, I should eat more veggies, but I have no time!,” or “I have no clue how to cook a squash, I’ll just stick with salad” ? Then Half Your Plate was developed for you! Half Your Plate is a healthy living alternative empowering Canadians of all ages to more eat fruits and […]

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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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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 […]