The Future of Food

By Carol Brighton | Food Safety & Sustainability

This climate-defying farm could transform life in the coldest place on Earth

Antarctica's nonstop winters make it impossible to grow food outdoors. Fruits and vegetables are instead shipped long distances from overseas, just a …

Farming

Algae can spearhead a culinary revolution

[France, EU] Revolutionary substitutes for salmon and tuna, made from marine microalgae, are due to be launched commercially in the EU next year, …

Fish

Ben & Jerry’s to launch glyphosate-free ice-cream after tests find traces of weedkiller

Exclusive: Company pledges products will be free from ingredients tainted with controversial herbicide after survey found traces in its European ice-creams<p>Ben & Jerry’s has moved to cut all glyphosate-tainted ingredients from its production chain and introduce an “organic dairy” line next year, …

Agriculture

In Rural India, Solar Powers Through a Flood – Nexus Media

Araria, a bustling rural district in India’s eastern state of Bihar, is accustomed to flooding. Every year, rainfall from neighboring Nepal flows …

India

World's largest aquaponics facility opens in Jackson County

Farm fresh is a term well known in Wisconsin, but has it ever been used to describe fish? Well, that could soon change thanks to Superior Fresh in …

Aquaponics

Are you ready for that jelly? Why it’s time to start eating jellyfish

There are too many of them in the sea, and the problem is only going to get worse. Is the solution to fry them up and eat them?<p>The world has a jellyfish problem. In 2014, they invaded a Scottish salmon farm, killing 300,000 fish overnight. They have shut down power stations, incapacitated a US …

Sustainability

A visual guide to food and drink in Portland Maine

'Wow, no cow': the Swedish farmer using oats to make milk

Swedish drinks company helps farmer shift away from livestock farming and cut climate impact with his own oat milk brand<p>Adam Arnesson, 27, is not your usual milk producer. For starters, he doesn’t have any dairy cattle. Our first photo opportunity is in the middle of one of his fields of oats.<p>Until …

Agriculture

Get your oysters from a vending machine

Vacationers on Île de Ré, an island off the west coast of France, can now slurp down oysters 24/7, thanks to a new oyster vending machine.<p>Oysters are harvested, cleaned, boxed, and placed in separate, refrigerated compartments in the vending machine to keep them fresh in the summer heat. Customers …

Japan

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Turning rainwater into beer. Chesapeake Bay celebrates 50th with Pleasure House brew

For Hampton Roads beer fans who might be prone to cursing the rain after a seemingly never-ending storm, there’s new reason to be thankful for the …

The U.S.' First Offshore Shellfish Ranch Opens on the L.A. County Coastline

As we become more conscientious about the proteins we eat, how they were raised and where they come from, the question of sustainable seafood has …

Growing Food in Green Infrastructure

Fruit and veg prescriptions for low-income families

Grocers like Target and Wholesome Wave in the United States are beginning to sponsor a unique programme called FVRx, or fruit and vegetable …

3p Weekend: 8 Startups Crafting the Future of Urban Agriculture

As the urban farming industry gains more profile (it was a hot topic at this year's Sustainable Brands conference in Detroit), a growing number of …

Farming

Connecticut fisherman cashes in on kelp trend

As part of our series "Real Food," we take a look at the growing trend of kelp. The seaweed is rich in nutrients and antioxidants and is a common …

Scotland’s Love Affair With Seaweed

In the 1960s, my aunt Annalena kept a small tin in the kitchen cupboard of her Glasgow flat and would bring it out to dispense treats to visiting children — not candies but dulse (Palmaria palmata), red shards of dried seaweed that we would place on our tongues, savoring the mysterious sweet-bacon …

Scotland

Scientists get creative to feed seafood demand

Scientists are pinning their hopes on aquaculture, or fish farming, to address the world's ballooning appetite for seafood

Seafood

Designing the Largest Seaweed Cultivation Vessel

File image courtesy Julia Fossberg, SINTEF<p>A new vessel for commercial seaweed production is currently being developed by researchers in Trondheim, in …

Seaweed

Seven big school districts say they won't relax school lunch standards - FERN’s Ag Insider

Seven of the largest school districts in the nation, spanning the country from New York City to Los Angeles, say they won’t relax school lunch …

USDA secretary announces halt on school nutrition standards

The rollback of Obama-era nutrition standards would allow schools to serve higher-sodium foods as well as fattier and flavored milk to students.<p>May …

Education

NASA unveils inflatable greenhouse for sustainable farming on Mars

A group of researchers from the University of Arizona, in collaboration with NASA scientists, have created an innovative inflatable greenhouse to …

Superhero of the sea: “Seaweed Cheetos” could be the next key to fighting global warming

Humble algae is the hot new cash crop — and could be a surprising key to sustaining our growing population<p>Seaweed has earned a bad rap. It smells putrid after baking in the sun. It entangles fishing lines and boat motors. It scares swimmers out of the water by wrapping slimy tentacles around arms …

Farming

Taking the Plunge into a New Way of Farming: A Fish Farm Grows Off the East End of Long Island

Manna Fish Farms will begin farming fish in federal waters off the coast of Southampton in 2018.The eastern end of Long Island is already a …

Farming

Thanks to inventive chefs, "trash fish" are becoming the stars on our plates

Fishermen catching shrimp, tuna and grouper inevitably scoop up bycatch — mullets, bluefish, whelks — the “trash fish” that buyers typically don't want. But increasingly, chefs and consumers are finding that the previously snubbed rudderfish, squirrelfish and their undesired brethren can be just as …

Restaurants

A Fly is Turning Waste into a Sustainable Fish

<i>F3 Challenge contestant is recycling food waste and feeding it to insects for fish food</i><p>People care about the ingredients that go into their food. We want pasture-raised eggs, organic grass-fed beef, and pesticide-free produce. We scan food labels for fake sugars, corn syrup and other additives. But …

Fish

For Seed Rebels, Saving Life’s Building Blocks Has New Urgency

A few years back, Carol Deppe, a retired geneticist and plant breeder, started selling and giving away seeds as an act of revolt.Deppe, like …

Agriculture

I Farmed Seaweed in Belize to Learn Why It’s the Food of the Future

We should all be eating it.<p>It was a jarring, hour-long boat ride to Little Water Caye, a sliver of an island 30 km off the coast of Placencia, Belize. There was only a small wooden house on a beach, and palm trees waving in the Caribbean breeze. But offshore, invisible from the surface, lay the …

Farming