The Future of Food

By Carol Brighton | Food Safety & Sustainability

Kodiak’s commercial kelp harvest begins inside a seaweed nursery

Tamsen Peeples stands in the room where Blue Evolution keeps its tanks full of seeded string, which will eventually grow into seaweed. (Photo by …

Alaska

This Mercury-Safe Tuna Company Is On A Mission To Clean Up The Oceans

Through its fish-by-fish testing system, Safe Catch claims the lowest mercury concentration of any canned tuna company. Now, it wants to use its wealth of data to tackle the source of the contamination.<p>As Sean Wittenberg was wrapping up his undergrad degree at U.C. Davis in 2004, his mother was …

U.S. Department of Commerce

A plea for kelp: These farmers and chefs want to make seaweed the next superfood

Summer in southeast Alaska is kelp season for the cofounders of Barnacle Foods, Lia Heifetz and Matt Kern. Each week, the pair watches the tides and …

19th Century

Is Bluefin Tuna Grown in a Lab the Next Wave of Sustainable Seafood?

Bluefin tuna is a sushi delicacy regularly sold for hundreds of dollars a pound or more. It’s also a fish that has been ravaged by overfishing. Both …

Japanese closed-cycle bluefin farms to produce commercial volumes

News<p><i>Multiple bluefin farms in Japan are set to drastically increase shipments of closed-cycle tuna, for which the entire cycle of reproduction is</i> …

Tanya Mead: Thyroid health + 7 more reasons to start eating kelp

[Global] While I know that many people in the Western world find them off-putting, I absolutely adore sea vegetables. Red, brown, green, crispy, …

Catalina Sea Ranch snags federal grant to start kelp farming

Inside a cavernous steel warehouse built in the 1910s for the Port of Los Angeles’ then-booming fishing industry, Catalina Sea Ranch’s unique …

Farmer's Fridge reboots the vending machine with fresh, healthy options

If you've ever wished there was a better, faster, more convenient way to eat healthy on the go, you might just be delighted with Farmer's Fridge, a …

Eating

This Startup Turns Climate Pollution Into Fish Feed

We’re harvesting too many fish from the ocean, not just for human plates, but to feed farmed fish as well. NovoNutrients wants to replace that fish food with something more sustainable: microbes grown with carbon dioxide.<p>Off the coast of Senegal, where large Chinese ships now catch as much fish in …

Sustainability

Watch Out, Kale: Why Seaweed Is The New Superfood

The Gulf of Maine is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and versatile seaweeds, also known as sea vegetables, ocean herbs, or marine …

Micro solutions for a macro problem: How marine algae could help feed the world

Our planet faces a growing food crisis. According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people are regularly undernourished. By 2050, an …

Apeel's Invisible Coating Could Be A Game-Changer

You can’t see it, and you can’t smell it. You could have an avocado in your hand and be completely unaware of the invisible coating that managed to double its shelf life. This magic trick comes from Apeel, a company with a simple solution that can help feed the world (sustainably).<p><b>How It …

Agriculture

Will Fish Get A Humanely Harvested Label? These Brothers Bet $40 Million On It

When it comes to seafood, we're awash in labels. There are labels to identify sustainable wild, farmed or Fair Trade fish. We're able to scout the canned tuna section for lingo like "pole and line caught." And plenty of us use Seafood Watch's green, yellow or red color-rating system to help us …

Listen: Dr Rosie Bosworth on the alternative protein revolution - The Country - The Country News

Research has predicted that alternative protein products could represent a third of the global protein market by mid-century.<p>Or as food futurist Dr …

New Zealand News

The Race to Find Meatless Protein Products

Companies are searching for all sorts of substitutes. Mealworm powder, anyone?<p>The future of protein could be a meal worm, a fungus, an obscure plant or a run-of-the-mill pea.<p>“If we look around the world, there’s a big consumer trend on more protein,” says Mehmood Khan, vice chairman and chief …

Nutrition

Aquaculture could feed the world and protect the planet - if we get it right

What if we had the chance to reinvent the world’s food system and make local, more sustainable food the norm rather than the exception?<p>It might seem …

This Seaweed Is Good for You—And for the Environment

Kelp’s flavor may not please every palate, but its ability to suck up carbon dioxide could help protect the ocean.<p>Name the last place where you saw seaweed on the menu, not including a Japanese restaurant. Drawing a blank? That may be because, outside of Japan and other parts of Asia, seaweed’s …

Oceans

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Italy

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 …

Seafood

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation turned rainwater into beer in Virginia Beach

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 …