Scientist find ‘very helpful effect’ in pear variety

The nashi pear, also known for their crisp, water content, grainy textures and its use for tenderizing meat. Researcher's from CISRO, the Australian government's scientific research organisation, found out that this fruit contains mega anti- inflammatory agents that can help you manage the damage done by a hangover. They discovered that drinkers who took nashi pear 5 hours before drinking...

Japanese LED innovation brings light to the drinks industry

Illumicap is a plastic bottle cap that senses and reacts to music and movement through a smartphone and illuminates the whole bottle in various colors. Kirin aims to further promote the use of the cap -- whose functions go far beyond those of an ordinary cap -- by releasing a part of its 3D data as an open source,...

Chilean Research Institute wins Ferrero Hazelnut Award

The award ceremony of the “FERRERO HAZELNUT AWARD CONTEST” took place at EXPO Milan 2015: an award that is focused on financing and improving research and innovation in the hazelnut sector. The award was launched by the Ferrero Hazelnut Company, which - as explained by Managing Director Lucio Gomiero – “aims at developing the hazelnut industry on a worldwide...

Rare and tasty Vietnamese orange variety on the brink of extinction

A strain of succulent oranges indigenous to a central Vietnamese province is teetering on the verge of extinction, while local experts and residents are striving to preserve and promote it to the world. The citrus fruit, called “Doai Commune” oranges, is indigenous to Nghi Loc District, located in the north-central province of Nghe An. The fruits, which typically weigh between 150...

Outbreak of Cyclospora under investigation – Source might be Fresh Produce

In Canada, a total of 83 cases have been reported in British Columbia (3), Alberta (1), Ontario (74), and Quebec (5). Two cases have been hospitalized, and are recovered or recovering. No deaths have been reported. Individuals became sick between May 9 and July  18, 2015. To date, no source has been identified. The investigation is ongoing. The majority of cases of cyclosporiasis in this outbreak were...

Agriculture in India: A to-do-list by Marcos Fava Neves

India has a large proportion of arable land, 180 million hectares, almost 60% of the land existing (330 million hectares of surface) and produces the second largest crop in the world. It is a very challenging land structure, since almost 75% of the land is in properties of less than 5 ha, and as average, one to two hectares...

Chances and Challenges for Agriculture in Africa

Since 2006, when I first landed at O.R. Tambo International Airport and after South Africa World Cup 2010 turned into a wonderful airport, I’ve had a chance to visit several places of South Africa and gave more than ten lectures in conferences, universities, public and private organizations. I’ve gone from the busy Johannesburg to the world class and marvelous Cape...

Will the label ‘local’ become more important than ‘organic’?

To hear Organic Valley tell it, milk from grass-fed cows might be preferable in the dairy case. The cooperative says its Grassmilk product is flying off shelves at Whole Foods – a glittering star among stars. Many shoppers “have almost an intuitive sense that grass is better,” Organic Valley’s CEO told The New York Times. But Whole Foods’ high-end...

How to understand and benefit from future booming food markets.

Marcos Fava Neves This story came as output of an exercise in order to evaluate which countries in the world are showing the biggest opportunities in terms of food markets growth and what are the major characteristics that they share. Before presenting the common characteristics of the booming food markets, I invite readers for a virtual trip in order to see...

The ‘DIG IT – Secrets of Soil’ project

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) have published booklets for children ages 5 to 14 featuring word games, puzzles, drawing activities and other interactive elements as part of the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS). "Our collaboration with NACD helps us accomplish one of the main objectives of the IYS, which...
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