Food Odyssey

By craigmm | Exploring the Future of Food

A Battle to Save the World’s Favorite Treat: Chocolate

TURRIALBA, Costa Rica — The trees of the International Cacao Collection grow here in an astonishing diversity of forms, bearing skinny cacao pods with scorpion-stinger protrusions, spherical green pods that could be mistaken for tomatillos, oblong pods with bumpy skin resembling that of the horned …

Chocolate

How Do We Solve America’s Oversupply of Bread?

The baked goods surplus is getting out of control<p><i>This story was originally published on</i> <i>Civil Eats</i><i>.</i><p>I could spend all day collecting day-olds from bakeries for the community meals program I run. The donuts, danishes, and buttery rolls look luscious, but our guests have plenty of access to refined …

Gluten

Is Vegan Farming the Next Plant-Based Phenomenon?

It’s a crowded CSA market in the Bay Area, with mainstays like Full Belly Farm and Eatwell Farm feeding hundreds of members weekly with their boxes …

Farming

Pulling Ancel Keys Out from Under the Bus | Oldways

On January 13, 1961, Americans opened their mailboxes to see the bespectacled face of Ancel Keys on the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine – a spot usually …

Social Enterprise Accelerator Takes Aim at Hunger

The Good Kitchen is an accelerator program that supports social enterprises working to solve food poverty, or the reduced access to adequate or …

Agriculture

How a digitized ‘nose’ can help fight food waste

Feeding the world’s growing population is a complex challenge, one made no easier by the amount of food we waste. Approximately 222 million tons of …

Sustainability

Food waste and its discontents

I try not to waste food. At worst, I compost leftovers.Food waste is a huge issue these days, not least because it appears to be an obvious solution …

Agriculture

The Hub of Hubs: New York is Investing $15 Million in Large-Scale Regional Food Distribution

Picture thousands of pounds of local, seasonal produce traveling by truck to a centralized location in New York City every day. Once there, the …

Farming

Dairy Farmers Think Almond Milk Is Bogus But Americans Love It

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Almond Milk

Gatorade Goes Organic as PepsiCo Joins Natural-Product Push

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Pepsi

Why Farm-to-Institution Sourcing is the Sleeping Giant of Local Food

The next time someone points to the need for more farmers’ markets as a way to help move local food from a trend to a substantive cultural shift, you …

Agriculture

Can we feed 10 billion people on organic farming alone?

Organic farming creates more profit and yields healthier produce. It’s time it played the role it deserves in feeding a rapidly growing world population<p>In 1971, then US Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz uttered these unsympathetic words: “Before we go back to organic agriculture in this country, …

Agriculture

The Rise of Food Politics: A Conversation with Michel Nischan

Michel Nischan, founder of Wholesome Wave, a national food system advocacy group based in Connecticut, sees a future where food is as much a part of …

Agriculture

The Rise of Plant-Based Meats

Plant-based meat, dairy, and eggs are everywhere these days, with influencers from Bill Gates to Biz Stone touting the potential of plant-derived …

Biz Stone

Welcome to Brazil, Where a Food Revolution Is Changing the Way People Eat

Carlos Monteiro got his start in medicine in the 1970s as a pediatrician working in poor villages and slums in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. His …

The Slow-Moving Disaster Happening At Farms Around America

Farms waste billions of pounds of food, but there are movements afoot to curb the problem.<p>Every day, Tianna Kennedy walks through the crops that blanket the 70-acre expanse of idyllic farmland she helms in New York’s Northern Catskill region.<p>Kennedy grows hundreds of varieties of organic vegetables …

Agriculture

The case for cockroach milk: The next superfood?

The milk crystals of the Pacific beetle cockroach are beautiful. Slice open an embryonic roach under a microscope, and the crystals spill out in a shower of nutrient-dense glitter.<p>But the flavor of cockroach milk is nothing to write home about. Subramanian Ramaswamy, a biochemist at the Institute …

Biology

Watch Momofuku Cook Impossible Foods' Plant-Based Burger that 'Bleeds'

Pat O. Brown, CEO and founder of Impossible Foods, was joined by Momofuku founder and chef David Chang—along with Matt Rudofker, executive chef of Momofuku Ssäm Bar, and host Charlet Duboc—to cook the burger to juicy perfection in the MUNCHIES kitchen.<p>Last night, Impossible Foods debuted its …

Vegan

Plate of the Union goes Presidential

Food Policy Action wants presidential candidates to talk about food issues. Its Plate of the Union campaign says:Our food system is out of balance, …

Agriculture

Taking A Bite Out Of The Food Industry: Startups Change The Game

Food is a huge, ever-evolving market, and research firm Research and Markets estimates it will grow at a 4.5% CAGR from 2015 through 2020, reaching $3.03 trillion in revenues. Food-related startups have been disrupting the space for some time now, and last year alone, food tech startups raised $5.7 …

Blue Apron

Digested: Can Tech Money Help Real Food Scale Up?

Food and ag tech is hot. AgFunder recently reported that some 499 ag tech companies attracted $4.6 billion in investments last year, nearly double …

Agriculture

Five Shocking Food Waste Stats, Plus Tips for Wasting Less | Oldways

To make sure our children and grandchildren have access to healthy, wholesome food, our first priority must be the sustainability of our food systems. …

Want Kids To Eat More Veggies? Market Them With Cartoons

Be it SpongeBob SquarePants or Tony the Tiger, food companies have long used cartoon characters to market their products to children. But that tactic can also sway younger kids to eat fresh vegetables, according to a new study.<p>Sammy Spinach, Oliver Onion, Colby Carrot, Suzy Sweet Pea and a slew of …

Kids

UN: Global fish consumption per capita hits record high

Environment reporter, BBC News<p><b>Global per capita fish consumption has hit a record high, passing the 20kg per year mark for the first time, United Nations data has shown.</b><p>The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report said it was the result of improved aquaculture and reduced waste.<p>It added that …

Fish

Reality Hunger

A.1. Steak Sauce, never artisanal and not once locally made, is currently the subject of a campaign that touts it as a secret ingredient to a …

INGLORIOUS FOOD: THE HAPPY RETURNS ON DEALING WITH FOOD WASTE

2016-06-28<p>About one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US $1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption …

Keep Your Eyes on These 30 Change Makers Under 30

Amidst all the hard-to-read food news these days, there is one obvious silver lining: Young people everywhere are on fire with a desire to change the …

Agriculture