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Eat a banana after a workout!

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-24 Tue 12:22
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Eating a banana after your workout may help speed recovery, post-workout. Bananas are nutritious and particularly rich in water and carbs, both of which have consistently been shown to help improve exercise performance and recovery. Eating carb-rich foods after exercising promotes the release of the hormone insulin, which helps…

📺 Investing in research despite difficult times

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-24 Tue 12:21
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The best entrepreneurs are those who know how to allocate investments according to their availability and market conditions. The principle of not biting off more than you can chew is generally valid. A video below with the new gear "In this dramatic situation caused by the coronavirus, the economy has slowed…

Tomato: a top product in COVID-19 times

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-20 Fri 08:32
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Whether it is about maintaining good health or beating quarantine weight gain, these days consumers often choose healthy and low-calorie products when grocery shopping (online). Producers of these healthy alternatives stress the positive claims through marketing. Why does the fruit and vegetable industry…

How to snack smarter during screen time

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-18 Wed 10:02
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The average American adult spends more than 11 hours per day on screens, according to Nielsen, and while they are watching TV, shopping on their laptop, and texting, they also mindlessly reaching for snacks. Now a new study says consumers under-report how much they eat while distracted by multitasking on…

Dreams come true: here's a greenhouse for cats

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-10 Tue 12:27
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We've seen many different uses of greenhouses over the last years. If it is for stalling a caravan, for keeping cattle or for creating a COVID-proof restaurant experience - been there, done that. Yet this one is a new one on the list. A Thai couple has transformed their backyard into a luxurious…

Micro and nanoplastics not absorbed by plant cells, but do attach to the root cap

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-10 Tue 12:21
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500Foods shared this story from FP.com. Like a toxic Trojan horse, microplastics can act as hot pockets of contaminant transport. But, can microplastics get into plant cells? Recent research shows that they can't.  Over the last decade, scientists have been scrambling to understand the impacts of microplastics. With the breakdown of plastic bottles,…

UK: Brussels sprouts seem to be the new favourite vegetable

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-04 Wed 10:09
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At this point in time, more and more people seem to like Brussels sprouts than detest them, as they have been voted the nation's favourite green vegetable. According to a survey by Waitrose, they come out just ahead of broccoli. Sprouts were top, chosen by 27 per cent – just 1 per cent ahead of those…

Highly specialized production of cherry and plum tomatoes

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-03 Tue 07:40
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"Isolagrande" is one of the largest and most modern greenhouse companies on a national level that was planned in Milan but which was set up in the Vittoria area in Ragusa, Sicily. It truly feels like a Dutch company. Federico Baraldi FreshPlaza talked about it with CEO Federico Baraldi who, together with…

Research and indoor farming university network

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-30 Fri 13:15
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When the pioneering vertical farms were established around the world, comparatively basic first-generation technology used created relatively inefficient systems compared with today. Although these operations only enabled the most basic functions to occur, they demonstrated how feasible it was to grow…

Just how sweet can a tomato be?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-30 Fri 13:14
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When most people eat Florida-grown tomatoes, they’re usually adding it to a salad or sandwich. But to some people, they're apparently good enough to drink too. Sam Hutton is all about tomatoes. A tomato breeder in Hillsborough County, his tomato experience goes way back. “I was a little kid when i started being interested…

Leamington waits to follow Kingsville’s lead on ‘light pollution’ bylaw

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-30 Fri 13:13
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One day after Kingsville’s town council unanimously approved a bylaw to stop light pollution from greenhouses and odours from cannabis production, Leamington’s council voted unanimously to seek more information from growers and the public before considering a light pollution bylaw. Kingsville’s bylaw…

Growing tomatoes is not easy at the threshold of 2021

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-30 Fri 13:12
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After a dramatic summer, the price of tomatoes now seems to be favorable. However, operators in the sector are wondering how long will it last and, above all, if will it be enough to compensate the accumulated losses.  Salvatore Iozzia in a greenhouse with vine tomatoes Salvatore Iozzia, a producer from Vittoria (RG),…

These are three of the largest US growers

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-29 Thu 13:05
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The Land Report, the magazine of the American landowner, produces the definitive annual survey of the nation’s largest private landowners. Here are three of the biggest crop farms in the latest ranking.   Larsen Farms87,104 acres - potatoes, alfalfa: Odds are you’ve noshed on a spud from Larsen Farms. Maybe it…

FAO’s Statistical Yearbook offers largest trove of data on food and agriculture

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-20 Tue 09:44
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On the occasion of its 75th Anniversary and the 3rd World Statistics Day, FAO is publishing today its revamped Statistical Yearbook, which weighs in at 366 pages this year and also offers digital interactivity and downloadable data sets for the first time.

How the produce industry has proven to be resilient

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-15 Thu 12:48
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Resilience. It’s a word you often hear to describe the agriculture industry. The year 2020 has truly given the industry a chance to prove that resiliency. This was discussed at the PMA Fresh Summit session, Resilience and Rebound. Three industry leaders shared their thoughts on how the industry showed…

17 Butternut Squash Recipes of Your Dreams

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-13 Tue 14:02
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Nothing says fall is here quite like comfort food staples like warm bowls of soup and hearty casseroles. And while pumpkins typically steal the show this time of year, there are many other types of squash that are quintessential winter classics—particularly the butternut variety. What Is Butternut Squash? Butternut squash, also known as gramma or […]

‘More water than protein’: French consumer watchdog puts plant-based products under the microscope

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-13 Tue 12:37
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French consumer watchdog Consommation Logement Cadre de Vie (CLCV) has put the nutritional composition of 95 vegetarian and vegan products on French shelves to the test. The result? âMore water than vegetable proteinâ, the consumer group said.

New pineapple with pink flesh launched

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-13 Tue 12:15
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Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announced the launch of its newest product, the exclusive and luxurious Pinkglow™ Pineapple. The Pinkglow™ Pineapple is a novel pineapple with a pink interior, new and uniquely grown by Fresh Del Monte. This pink pineapple is unique to the market, will be available for…

New sweet-like-candy yellow tomato to be revealed at PMA Fresh Summit

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-13 Tue 12:13
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For weeks, Mastronardi Produce has been hinting at the news of a flavorful new product launch and promising to reveal the next one at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit. Now, the news is finally out. Introducing Lolli Bombs™, a sweet-like-candy yellow tomato on the vine and the 4th addition to the infamous…

Past and future of the banana industry

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-13 Tue 12:11
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It is green, yellow, white and brown, it grows on trees, it looks like a boomerang, it has been with us for thousands of years and you can find it all over the planet and in many forms. What is it? Right, the banana. 

Over the past few decades, the banana trade has experienced an important rise thanks to the improvements made in shipping and ripening. Freshly harvested, unripened perishable products are loaded into the container and cooled to a holding temperature in a range of from about 14 to 21 degrees Celsius.

Use of very low oxygen concentrations and minimal ethylene concentrations can produce a fruit whose pulp is riper than indicated by the color of its peel. In other words, they ripen during transportation to the place where they will be sold.

Indoor Plants: Top 10 Edible Plants that can be Grown Indoors

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-11 Sun 15:22
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The idea of developing your own food is getting well known in the urban living society as it gives natural harvest. Top 10 edible plants for indoor cultivation include Carrot, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Chilli, Beans, Sarso, Coriander, Garlic Greens. Radish and Herbs.

Great Bear Scallops winners of BC Sustainability Award

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-10 Sat 14:12
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Coastal Shellfish has always placed sustainability at the centre of their business plan, and now the northern-B.C. company can put it on their mantle as winners of the BC Food and Beverage 2020 Sustainability Award for its Great Bear Scallops.

“We’re in a remote corner of the province in Prince Rupert, here in the corner of the Great Bear Rainforest. It’s exciting to be on the edge of a burgeoning industry in shellfish aquaculture … but we never thought the kind of recognition we’d get was ever possible,” Michael Uehara, Coastal Shellfish CEO and president said.

“This is a First Nations — Indigenous-owned business whose mission it is to recreate an economy of inclusion on the coast. This award is a big shot in the arm. We’re quite pleased. We’re thrilled.”

This May Be the First Lab-Grown Meat to Actually Hit the Market

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-09 Fri 14:21
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For years, there’s been a crowded market of startups racing to bring the first lab-grown meat to market — think Aleph Farms, JUST, and the Bill Gates-funded Memphis Meats.

But bringing a product to supermarket shelves has remained elusive. To be fair, it continues to do so. But, according to a new feature in the Los Angeles Times, a Singaporean startup called Shiok Meats may be poised to be the first company in the world to actually sell a lab-grown meat.

High-flavor tomatoes to stand out from the crowd

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-09 Fri 13:33
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The number of highly-specialized tomato productions along the southern Sicily coast is increasing. They are often grown by medium-small businesses wanting to stand out from the commodities segment and maybe start commercializing with niche platforms or retailers in Italy and abroad. Gioacchino Russo…

Maersk Container Industry celebrates 25 years of refrigerated evolution

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-09 Fri 13:28
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25 years ago, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) introduced the company’s first refrigerated container, paving the way for two and a half decades of transportation of perishable goods across the world in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way than ever before. Today, MCI not only focuses on the…

Grapevines in a greenhouse

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-08 Thu 11:02
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Guillaume Grapevine Nursery is set up for ongoing success. Nursery Manager Simon Delbos reported that his ATI greenhouse is ready to perform at a high-level starting next year, he said. “The plan is to grow 150,000 wine grapevines in each turn, with potentially three turns every year depending on our orders.” Growing grapevines…

UK woman finds duck shaped tomato

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:42
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A woman from Yarnton has found a duck-shaped tomato in her garden. She alleged that it tasted ‘no different’ to a normal one. Juli Cohen sent photos of her find to the Oxford Mail. Mrs Cohen said: “Someone sent me the link on Facebook after we posted a picture of our duck tomato, suggesting that this was…

Adidas, Lululemon Say They Will Make Clothes Out of Mushroom Leather

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-06 Tue 14:22
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A startup called Bolt Threads is using a special kind of fiber made from mycelium, the thread-like roots of mushrooms, to create a vegan leather-like material called “Mylo,” The New York Times reports.

Some of the most prominent clothing brands in the world, including Adidas and Lululemon, announced that they will be partnering with Bolt, investing significant amounts of money in the company to eventually create hundreds of millions of square feet of the special material.

The first Mylo products are set to go on sale some time next year.

Duplicate Australia breaks world record for heaviest blueberry

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-06 Tue 12:35
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In September, the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that an Australian couple, who grew a blueberry that weighs 16.2 grams, are officially world record holders. Their names are David and Leasa Mazzardi. They are based in Western Australia and grow for Ozblu. Rfdtv.com quoted Ozblu's website as…