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Bacteria can be used to convert plastic waste into vanilla flavouring

Bacteria can be used to convert plastic waste into vanilla flavouring

5 Jul 2022

A lab engineered strain of E.coli that can sustainably convert used plastic waste into vanillin – the key ingredient in vanilla flavouring – has been discovered at the University of Edinburgh. 

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The corporates fighting food insecurity: Are they doing enough?

The corporates fighting food insecurity: Are they doing enough?

4 Jul 2022

Brands are increasingly taking steps to combat food insecurity, yet the number of people globally unable to access nutritious food is rising. Is enough being done to ensure the security of the global food system?

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Healthy eating guidelines could help EU hit the methane reduction targets

Healthy eating guidelines could help EU hit the methane reduction targets

1 Jul 2022

National healthy eating guidelines calling for 50% cut in red meat and 25% drop in dairy consumption could be key for the European Union (EU) to meet its 2030 methane reduction targets, according to the Changing Markets Foundation.

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Harnessing oat hulls to make sustainable sweeteners

Harnessing oat hulls to make sustainable sweeteners

30 Jun 2022

Finnish company Fazer is transforming the oat hull side streams from its existing oat mill into the low-calorie sweetener, xylitol.

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‘Game-changing’ tech such as automation and synthetic biotechnology the future for manufacturing, VTT predicts

‘Game-changing’ tech such as automation and synthetic biotechnology the future for manufacturing, VTT predicts

28 Jun 2022

“Game-changing technologies” such as synthetic biotechnology – combining engineering principles with biology in natural production processes – and more automation could revolutionise European food manufacturing, as well as for a host of other sectors i...

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World first: Dutch team develop method to extract high-value protein from tomato leaf

World first: Dutch team develop method to extract high-value protein from tomato leaf

27 Jun 2022

Tomato leaves that are currently seen as a major waste stream in horticulture could provide a reliable and sustainable source of rubisco – a widespread plant protein that has potential in food and drink, say researchers.

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Boom or bust: Are consumers ready for the alternative protein revolution?

Boom or bust: Are consumers ready for the alternative protein revolution?

24 Jun 2022

While excitement over alt-proteins is high among industry and investors, major challenges remain for companies looking to convince consumers to switch to a plant-based ‘meat alternative’.

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Mars launches animal-free chocolate with Perfect Day’s whey protein

Mars launches animal-free chocolate with Perfect Day’s whey protein

21 Jun 2022

Mars has launched a vegan chocolate bar made with biotech unicorn Perfect Day’s animal-free whey protein made via precision fermentation.

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Unilever in $120m biotech venture to scale palm oil alternative

Unilever in $120m biotech venture to scale palm oil alternative

20 Jun 2022

Unilever has teamed up with US biotech company Genomatica to commercialise its palm oil alternative produced via a biotechnology fermentation process.

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Soil sequestration: An emerging opportunity for farmers and food producers

Soil sequestration: An emerging opportunity for farmers and food producers

15 Jun 2022

Sequestration of carbon into soil has almost the same potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as the use of wind or solar power and provides farmers with an opportunity equal to that of reforestation strategies, according to Berry Marttin of...

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Metrics matter: Measuring the true price of food for a healthy and sustainable future

Metrics matter: Measuring the true price of food for a healthy and sustainable future

13 Jun 2022

Food value chains must begin to price in the ‘externalities’ of production, including impacts on human and planetary health, if the world is to realistically create a healthy and sustainable food supply to feed a growing population, according to one of...

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Report: War in Ukraine leads to global food security and price crisis

Report: War in Ukraine leads to global food security and price crisis

3 Jun 2022

The war in Ukraine has resulted in a reduction in spring crop planting by at least one third and heavily disrupted supply routes, according to a report by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. 

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