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'The sheer size of this pepper greenhouse makes it a remarkable project'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 09:09

South Essex Fabricating is currently working on an innovative twenty-nine-hectare high-efficiency pepper greenhouse located in Leamington, Ontario.  "As the largest greenhouse construction project to date in North America, the design, planning, and delivery of this high-tech facility is a formidable challenge," says…

French fries enjoyed all over the world

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 09:06

Fries are among the world’s most famous foods. The nations of both France and Belgium are of course claiming that they invented the infamous french fry.  French fries are eaten in a variety of ways in countries across the world, with preparation methods, toppings and condiments differing – further emphasising…

Model study shows that some US metro areas could feed themselves

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:58

A modeling study by Tufts University, published in Environmental Science & Technology, found that some but not all US metro areas could grow all the food they need within 155 miles. The study considered 378 metropolitan areas across the country, and found that metro centers in the Northwest and interior…

FDA issues first injunction under Produce Safety Rule to Illinois-based food manufacturer

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:55

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Fortune Food Product, Inc., an Illinois-based processor of sprouts and soy products, has agreed to stop production until it, among other things, undertakes remedial action and complies with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The action…

Precision agriculture sowing the seeds for Canadian economic prosperity

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:47

Looking for inspiration on driving technology adoption and innovation? Look no further than Western Canada’s agriculture industry.

For those who don’t work in agriculture, the sector’s embrace of new technology and innovation may seem like a recent development. But as Wilson Acton points out, it’s been going on for generations.

“Farmers, out of necessity, have had to be rapid adopters of technology to survive tight margins as farms got bigger and bigger,” Acton told CollisionsYYC host Tyler Chisholm in a recent interview. [Tune in to 6:11 above]

Acton, who is Chief Commercial Officer at AgTech startup Verge, and Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & General Counsel at data services firm Whipcord, says other industries could learn a lot from Western Canada’s agricultural (aka “AG”) industry because many businesses are already managing vast amounts of data fed from machines connected to the web via sensors.

Precision Agriculture Software Market Is Booming Worldwide (2020-2027)

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-15 Tue 08:23

Precision Agriculture Software Market Is Booming Worldwide (2020-2027) | By Top Leading Players – CropMetrics, Deere & Company, Trimble, CropX, Valmont Industries, AGCO Corporation, Dickey-John  The Daily Chronicle

The fourth agricultural revolution is coming, but who will really benefit?

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-15 Tue 08:06

Depending on who you listen to, artificial intelligence may either free us from monotonous labour and unleash huge productivity gains, or create a dystopia of mass unemployment and automated oppression. In the case of farming, some researchers, business people and politicians think the effects of AI and other advanced technologies are so great they are spurring a "fourth agricultural revolution".

The History of Vegan Cheese

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-14 Mon 11:28

Plant-based cheese has come a long (read: loooong) way since it first became commercially available in what can only be best referred to as the Vegan Dark Ages (i.e., around the turn of the century). In fact, the vegan cheese of today barely resembles its early ancestors. From its humble beginnings of rubbery, dry textures […]

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CO₂ Correct wants to give fruit and vegetable sector access to CO₂ compensation

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:09

Stephan Schneider has worked as a marketer in the Dutch fruit and vegetable sector for a few years. This year, he started a company called CO₂ Correct. He intends to make CO₂ compensation accessible to the fruit and vegetable sector. 'I'm intentionally not referring to CO₂ neutral. Every trade stream…

Greenhouse, outdoor, or indoor: Which kale is healthiest?

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-08 Tue 10:12

Urban populations have plenty of access to calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods. In order to move to a healthier diet, however, they need access to vegetables and other micronutrient-dense foods, according to Danish economist Per Pinstrup-Andersen, who says it's time to take vertical indoor farming…

Bangladeshi carrot washing

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-07 Mon 13:45

500Foods shared this story from The video below shows a group of growers from Bangladesh cleaning hundreds of fresh carrots by pushing them back and forward on a tarpaulin. This method is a traditional way of cleaning in the region.

Plants Do Something Weird When They Grow Near Human Corpses, Scientists Say

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 12:16

It’s like an episode of “True Detective.”

How do you find human remains in a massive natural ecosystem like the Amazon rainforest? According to a new paper published in the journal Trends in Plant Science, tree and shrub canopies could guide search and rescue teams to find human remains, as CNN reports.

As they decompose, human remains create “cadaver decomposition islands,” the researchers write, altering the surrounding soil, roots and leaves. These changes could even be “detected remotely.”

“In smaller, open landscapes foot patrols could be effective to find someone missing, but in more forested or treacherous parts of the world like the Amazon, that’s not going to be possible at all,” explained senior author Neal Stewart Junior, a professor of plant sciences at the University of Tennessee, in a statement. “This led us to look into plants as indicators of human decomposition, which could lead to faster, and possibly safer body recovery.”

The researchers are planning to test their new cadaver discovering technique at the University of Tennessee’s “body farm,” more formally known as the Anthropology Research Facility, where they will assess changes in these cadaver decomposition islands including minute changes in the coloration and fluorescent signatures of individual leaves.

HVAC systems explained

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 08:23

Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling (HVAC) systems are designed to maintain optimal greenhouse growing conditions, which vary according to the crop grown, time of year, and local climate restrictions. The use of HVAC systems depends on the level of climate control desired by the greenhouse grower. Low-tech greenhouses may use…

Celebrate Mushroom Month with a #MushroomADay

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-03 Thu 14:10

With consumer demand for mushrooms high at grocery stores throughout the year, the Mushroom Council will encourage consumers to celebrate mushrooms every day of September, the 30th anniversary of National Mushroom Month, by enjoying a #MushroomADay.

At the beginning of each week in September, the Mushroom Council will spotlight a select variety, encouraging consumers to grab two packages at the grocery store. Then, throughout the week, the Mushroom Council’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages will share how consumers can make the most of their purchases with recipes and other inspiration from:

Social media personalities such as @TangledwithTaste, @champagneandcookies and @vindulge Cookbook author Andrea Slonecker Dietitians including Mia Syn, Molly Cleary and Vandana Sheth Fellow commodity boards and associations, California Walnuts and National Turkey Federation

The Mushroom Council will also feature home cooks who share their own mushroom-centric dishes featuring the #MusrhoomADay hashtag. Varieties in the spotlight will include:

Week 1, Sept. 1 -4: White Buttons Week 2, Sept. 7-11: Crimini Week 3, Sept. 14- 18: Portabella Week 4, Sept. 21-25: Specialties

'Both farmers and food distributors should focus on the productive and nutritional value of tomatoes'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-03 Thu 09:27

The tomato is one of the most popular vegetables of Romania and the product is still gaining ground. One producer is working on new varieties, tailored to the Romanian consumer. They have noticed the traditional means of selling produce is still the most effective one for the market in Romania. According…

Man breaks UK record for biggest tomato

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-03 Thu 09:26

A green-thumbed dad has broken the record for growing the United Kingdom’s biggest tomato – with the help of a pair of sheer tights. Douglas Smith, 42, spent more than two months carefully growing the giant tomato, which weighs a whopping 6.6 lbs. and is actually six regular beefsteak tomatoes fused into…

That's a huge pile of coconuts

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-02 Wed 11:14

This video shows a group of men in Kuwait. They're working with a massive heap of coconuts. They're deshelling the coconuts by hand. Surely there's a quicker, more innovative way to do this?

World's biggest rooftop greenhouse opens in Montreal

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-01 Tue 09:18

Building on a new hanging garden trend, a greenhouse atop a Montreal warehouse growing eggplants and tomatoes to meet demand for locally sourced foods has set a record as the largest in the world. It's not an obvious choice of location to cultivate organic vegetables -- in the heart of Canada's…

CFIA issues advisory on President's Choice gluten-free chicken strips

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-30 Sun 10:15

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a national consumer advisory on President's Choice gluten-free chicken strips for possible undeclared of gluten.

Giant 8kg-mushroom found in Greece

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 09:06

A giant mushroom was found by a resident of Argos Orestikos in western Macedonia. The rare mushroom, weighing more than 8kg, was found by local Michalis Lalos, when he visited the region. He simply stumbled across the mushroom and collected it. In total, the mushroom weighs 8kg and 150 grams. Michael…

The life cycle of a strawberry

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-24 Mon 09:39

Isn't a strawberry's life cycle amazing? Dutch farmers, ByBroersen, shared this beautiful photo on LinkedIn last week. It takes roughly two to three weeks from the first little blossom for the strawberry to become a lovely, red fruit.

Somalian MSc students break the heaviest tomato fruit record in Turkey

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-20 Thu 05:13

Despite the difficult conditions caused by the global pandemic, Somalian postgraduate students were able to continue their respective research studies in hydroponics, under the supervision of Professor Servet Varis at the Department of Horticulture at the Namik Kemal University in Tekirdag. Abubakar…