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📄 Innovative Controlled-Release Polyurethane-Coated Urea Could Reduce N Leaching in Tomato Crop in Comparison to Conventional and Stabilized Fertilizers

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-20 Fri 08:50
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Large amounts of fertilizers are being used in agriculture to sustain growing demands for food, especially in vegetable production systems. Soluble fertilizers can generally ensure high crop yields, but excessive leaching of nutrients, mainly as nitrate, can be a major cause of water pollution. Controlled-release fertilizers improve the nutrient use efficiency and lower the environmental hazard, usually without affecting the production. In this study, an innovative controlled-release coated urea fertilizer was compared to conventional nitrogen (N) fertilizers and a soluble ammonium-based fertilizer containing a nitrification inhibitor, in a round table tomato cultivation. Both the water and N balance were evaluated for each treatment, along with the yield and quality of the production. The experiment was repeated in three different seasons (spring, autumn and summer-autumn) in a glasshouse to prevent the effect of uncontrolled rainfall. The results indicated that N leaching decreased by increasing the percentage of coated urea. The application of at least 50% total N as coated urea strongly reduced N leaching and improved N agronomic efficiency in comparison with traditional fertilizers, ensuring at the same time a similar fruit production. Due to reduced leaching, the total N amount commonly applied by growers could be lowered by 25% without detrimental effects on commercial production.

CAN (BC): KPU researchers receive NSERC award for biopesticides

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-20 Fri 08:33
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A partnership between Kwantlen Polytechnic University researchers and an industry partner has won an innovation award for its work to create natural pesticides to support sustainable food production. Dr. Deborah Henderson and Michelle Franklin from KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Horticulture partnered…

VeggiTech inspires people to grow crops sustainably

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-20 Fri 08:32
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VeggiTech is an agro-tech organization focused on changing the agriculture industry to create sustainable and eco-friendly farms. Its tech-enabled solutions are: VeggiTech digital operating system (V-DOS) This is a scalable, repeatable set of solutions that are focused on the controlled environment…

How Important Is Recycling?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-15 Sun 13:35
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Recycling takes time, space, and effort. But even when it feels like your actions as an individual are a drop in the metaphorical (and literal) ocean, recycling makes a big difference to the planet. And National Recycling Day is as good a time as any to find out why. The History of Recycling Modern recycling […]

Ribena rolls out major packaging redesign to its most sustainable bottle yet

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-11 Wed 08:53
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500Foods shared this story from Retail Times.

Ribena, the number one juice drink in the UK, is unveiling an eye-catching new design that will make it the largest soft drinks brand with bottles that are made from 100% recycled plastic and are 100% bottle-to-bottle recyclable.

Saving costs and sustainability go hand in hand

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-11 Wed 08:40
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"Whoever says strawberries, says Hoogstraten. Rightly so, because Hoogstraten Cooperative grew out of strawberry cultivation. In the meantime, Hoogstraten is also known as the taste specialist in berries, tomatoes and peppers. Together with our producers, we ensure that customers can enjoy tasty fruit…

America is hungrier than ever for sustainable food systems

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-10 Tue 15:11
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🌎America is hungrier than ever for sustainable food systems. Can they build them?

In the spring of 2020, many small farms across the U.S. found themselves in a bittersweet predicament. Restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus were forcing restaurants — major buyers for the local farms that serve urban areas — to shut down. The loss of these key customers might have wiped out many of these local growers, if not for another COVID-19-induced phenomenon: individual shoppers started calling — and calling — and calling.

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A Way Too Efficient Pesticide

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-09 Mon 23:35
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Europol, the European police authority, estimates that up to 15% of pesticides are unapproved or counterfeit, resulting an annual impact of more than $6.5 billion on the legitimate pesticide industry. It is often unknown what ingredients are in these counterfeit products. Such substances, often sold online, can pose serious health and environmental risks. During the first half of 2020, Europol has seized a record amount of unapproved pesticides. Profit margins for criminals are very high due to relatively low production costs for pesticides. Criminals avoid the tedious, expensive and lengthy approval processes which are usually contributing significantly to the pesticides’ costs.

The future in sustainable food packaging

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-09 Mon 14:18
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G.Mondini — a name linked with innovation, quality and experience in providing dynamic Tray Sealing Packaging Systems — continues to grow with its ground-breaking innovation in Paperseal®.

Winning the 2020 Paperboard Packaging Sustainability Award, innovative Paperseal is part of G.Mondini’s initiative to fundamentally rethink packaging systems to promote green packaging alternatives across the food industry.

Its sustainability comes from the film liner designed to be easily separated from the paperboard after use (such that the paperboard portion of the tray can be recycled), it’s produced with renewable fibre sourced from sustainably-managed forests and utilises 80-90% paperboard with 10-20% film — dramatically reducing plastic use and limiting base tray waste to just 2% — the lowest in the industry today.

 

Modern Farming is Harming the Planet – But Tech-Driven Permaculture Is Here to Heal It

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-07 Sat 21:39
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Given the rising awareness of these problems, scientists are now exploring alternatives such as hydroponics, vertical indoor farms and cultured meat.

'Enabling the transition to a healthier and more sustainable food supply chain'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-06 Fri 11:01
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Greenyard’s vision and commitment for a fully integrated sustainability strategy is set out in a new report, published today. This third edition of the company’s Sustainability Report puts its purpose and ambitions firmly in the spotlight, and outlines planning for its forward trajectory through a set of…

Should food with ‘heavy environmental impact’ be taxed?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-05 Thu 22:49
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The UK Government is being urged to tax food producers according to the carbon footprint of their products, raising concerns that this cost would be passed onto consumers.

FAO launches Food Coalition to lift food access, sustainable agri-food systems

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-05 Thu 10:12
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FAO launched the Food Coalition to prevent the COVID-19 international health emergency from triggering a catastrophic world food crisis.

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Greenwashing

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-04 Wed 14:15
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From the 24-hour news cycle to pop-up ads magically curated to our wants and desires, to product labeling on everything from t-shirts to meat products, the marketing messages we see daily can be overwhelming. This is especially true if you want to make choices that are better for the planet. Being a conscious consumer is […]

8 Reasons Sustainability is Critical in Food and Beverage Manufacturing

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-04 Wed 13:43
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Sustainability pushes a lot of our hot buttons—it’s a political issue, an economic concern, and a social conversation. Some people even see it as a moral matter. Sometimes it’s on the back burner, but then it blazes back into the headlines. Sustainability is, arguably, an industry unto itself, since the economic impact on companies trying to adhere to government guidelines or react to consumer preferences can be in the billions of dollars across a wide range of markets. Sustainability demands are hitting a variety of industries, not just food and beverage. For example, the move from the internal combustion engine to the electric vehicle can be called a “sustainability” issue.

The Eight Elements of Sustainability 1. Consumer preferences 2. Climate change 3. Food insecurity 4. Food waste 5. New foods 6. Packaging 7. Regenerative agriculture 8. Transportation and regulatory restrictionsIn light of the many disruptors in the food and beverage industry and most recently, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainability is now front-page news. This article will discuss eight reasons why sustainability is now one of the defining issues in food and beverage manufacturing. Future articles in this series will examine each issue in more detail.

Our Soil is Poised To Release Billions of Tons of Carbon

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-02 Mon 13:45
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Soil Spill

If the planet’s temperatures increase by just two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, it could trigger a catastrophic release of even more carbon currently sequestered in the soil.

New projects, published Monday in the journal Nature Communications, suggest that scenario would release 230 billion tons of carbon — more than twice as much as the U.S. has emitted into the atmosphere over the last century. Needless to say, that grim eventuality could fast-track us toward planetary disaster.

High-performance and practical biodegradable mulching films

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-02 Mon 13:23
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There is increasing attention towards the issue of environmental sustainability linked to agriculture and the preservation of natural resources such as soil, water and air has become of the utmost importance. This is why Agriplast, a company that has always aimed at mitigating the impact of agriculture on…

CEA Basics: Sustainability

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-31 Sat 14:43
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Indoor food production systems have the opportunity to  reduce the overall impact that agriculture has on the environment. Greenhouses reduce the need for many precious resources, such as land and water, while simultaneously producing higher yields per unit area than field grown crops.  However, other resources are required to produce food indoors, including building materials and energy to operate systems.  Furthermore, technologies like evaporative cooling systems, utilize water, offsetting some of the savings acquired through hydroponic irrigation.  Therefore, environmental stewardship and sustainability should be an important element when planning, designing, building, and operating the greenhouse.   

Solving the ‘local food paradox’ is key to a sustainable agriculture sector

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-30 Fri 13:15
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The pandemic has pushed governments to consider food autonomy as a priority and to look more at local supply chains. Discussions are about producing food in Canada, year-round, while offering products to consumers at reasonable prices, especially produce. A recent study conducted by Dalhousie University…

Moving food into and around the UK produces 19 billion tonnes of CO2 a year

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-28 Wed 20:15
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Moving food into and around the UK produces 19 billion tonnes of CO2 a year (source: @DefraGovUK). Vertical farms can help us slash food miles and reduce emissions. #verticalfarming #indoorfarming #sustainablefoods #iag pic.twitter.com/OxHvPjI3xg

Bioplastics just as toxic as other plastics, study finds

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-28 Wed 19:38
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Most bioplastics and plant-based materials contain toxic chemicals, with cellulose and starch-based products inducing the strongest in vitro toxicity, scientists discover.

"We attach so much importance to social, economic and ecological sustainability"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-28 Wed 07:37
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"Think about tomorrow today, preserve resources for future generations: That is what sustainability means." FreshPlaza's visit to K-D Hermann LLC contact Auszeichnungssysteme in the idyllic town of Hirschhorn am Neckar was dedicated to sustainability as well. From the lonely black garbage can, to…

Europe's Green Deal offshores environmental damage to other nations

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-26 Mon 09:18
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Indoor farming technologies, such as growing food vertically, are also ripe for development. Although these methods are not yet able to produce staple ...

One of the greatest challenges our future faces is the ability to feed an ever-increasing global population

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-23 Fri 11:39
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One of the greatest challenges our future faces is the ability to feed an ever-increasing global population. To manage this growth and protect tomorrow’s generation, it’s time that we begin the transition to #SustainableFarming.

"The unstoppable advance of pests and the pressure on prices make kaki cultivation unsustainable"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-21 Wed 16:41
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The worrying increase in pests and the impact of the weather are causing the kaki production to fall at a higher rate than expected in the Region of Valencia, the fruit's main producing area in Spain. Although the prices that producers receive are higher compared to the same period last season, the…

Food Fraud With Nasty Results

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-21 Wed 01:18
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Global food supply chains are complex and therefore quite vulnerable to errors or fraudulent activity. A company in Chile repackaged and falsely labeled cheap raspberries from China, reselling them as top-level organic Chilean raspberries in Canada. These raspberries were linked to a norovirus outbreak in Canada, sickening hundreds of people. A whistleblower complaint helped to uncover this fraudulent scheme that posed a significant risk to human health.

"Seven pledges for sustainable agriculture and healthy nutrition"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-19 Mon 12:25
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Friday was World Food Day. That's the day when global food issues and sustainable solutions are considered. Bonduelle announced several promises on that day. These should lead to more sustainable agriculture and a healthier diet. They also fit the company's vision. "Our mission is to create a better…

Can Vertically-Grown Leafy Greens Make Your Salad Fresher and More Sustainable?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-16 Fri 14:22
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A warehouse may seem like an odd place for a farm, but it's one of the places you'll find arugula, kale, and other leafy greens growing in Vancouver, Washington.