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Cow methane ‘burps’ are one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions. Could bovine genetic selection reduce climate change impacts?

Cow methane ‘burps’ are one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions. Could bovine genetic selection reduce climate change impacts?

Oliver Morrison | 
Using genetics… scientists have isolated the gene in cattle which causes excess methane production. Through selective breeding, it claims this ...
Edible wood? By tapping into the ‘natural genetic potential of microorganisms’, tree waste can be transformed into food-grade protein

Edible wood? By tapping into the ‘natural genetic potential of microorganisms’, tree waste can be transformed into food-grade protein

Katy Askew | 
The protein sector is squeezed between the drive to reach net zero emissions by 2050 – required if global warming ...
Viewpoint: Cell-based meat on sale in Europe within 3-5 years? While the rest of the world innovates in food technology, politics and bureaucracy paralyze EU

Viewpoint: Cell-based meat on sale in Europe within 3-5 years? While the rest of the world innovates in food technology, politics and bureaucracy paralyze EU

Flora Southey | 
[In December 2020,] Singapore became the first country to authorise the commercialisation of cultivated meat.​ Understandably, Europeans want to know ...
‘Compassionate caviar?’ Cell-based fish egg technology could make an exclusive food accessible to everyone — and reduce our carbon footprint

‘Compassionate caviar?’ Cell-based fish egg technology could make an exclusive food accessible to everyone — and reduce our carbon footprint

Oliver Morrison | 
Caviar is renowned as an exclusive luxury typically only enjoyed by champagne-swilling elites in five-star suites or on-board first-class flights ...
Fermentation and sustainability: Synthetic biology poised to bring us dairy-free milk and cheese that taste like the real thing

Fermentation and sustainability: Synthetic biology poised to bring us dairy-free milk and cheese that taste like the real thing

Natasha Spencer | 
Fermentation​ is a type of biotechnology that uses microorganisms to create a chemical change that can produce food additives and ...
'Cell-based fish is a logical answer': With improved nutrition and lower CO2 emissions, cultivated fish can sustainably satiate our growing appetite for seafood

‘Cell-based fish is a logical answer’: With improved nutrition and lower CO2 emissions, cultivated fish can sustainably satiate our growing appetite for seafood

Oliver Morrison | 
[Berlin-based startup Bluu Biosciences] claims that producing cell-based fish without harming the ecosystem and at competitive prices can make a ...
'Blissfully unaware’: Many food manufacturers don’t realize new GM labeling law applies to them and are unprepared for end-of-year deadline

‘Blissfully unaware’: Many food manufacturers don’t realize new GM labeling law applies to them and are unprepared for end-of-year deadline

Elaine Watson | 
Compliance with the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) – which requires firms with annual sales of >$2.5m to label ...
Processed food doesn’t necessarily equal unhealthy food, study finds

Processed food doesn’t necessarily equal unhealthy food, study finds

Katy Askew | 
Classification systems that categorise foods according to their ‘level of processing’ have been used to predict diet quality and health ...
Honey without bees? A synthetic version that mimics the 'real thing' could be available in 2021

Honey without bees? A synthetic version that mimics the ‘real thing’ could be available in 2021

Elaine Watson | 
MeliBio, the Berkeley-based startup claiming to make real honey without bees, has closed $850,000 in pre-seed funding as it gears ...
GM canola, soybean don’t harm biodiversity, 15-year Japanese government study finds

GM canola, soybean don’t harm biodiversity, 15-year Japanese government study finds

Pearly Neo | 
According to the report by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), [to] date no sign of any ...
US consumers still prefer beef to plant-based meat on nutrition and taste, survey shows

US consumers still prefer beef to plant-based meat on nutrition and taste, survey shows

Elaine Watson | 
[A] 79-page report​​ - commissioned by the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board and written by Glynn Tonsor and Ted ...
Milk without cows: Thanks to fermentation, future dairy products might originate in a lab

Milk without cows: Thanks to fermentation, future dairy products might originate in a lab

Flora Southey | 
The industrial dairy industry is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world.  In a study​ ...
CRISPR-edited eggs offer novel way to eliminate slaughter of newborn male chicks

CRISPR-edited eggs offer novel way to eliminate slaughter of newborn male chicks

Elaine Watson | 
[Most consumers] are blissfully unaware that the egg industry also slaughters billions of animals every year, but not to put ...
Golden Rice could illegally make its way to India as country struggles to stay 'GMO free'

Golden Rice could illegally make its way to India as country struggles to stay ‘GMO free’

Pearly Neo | 
India has traditionally been a ‘no-GMO’ country, a status recently reinforced when the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ...
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Will we ever eat lab-grown meat? Infant industry faces technical hurdles and fickle consumers

Elaine Watson | 
Blood, sweat and tears are a given, but we’ll also need to see significant movement in the price and availability ...
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Glyphosate-tainted honey? New Zealand honey industry rejects ‘sensationalized’ coverage of pesticide safety report

Pearly Neo | 
The New Zealand honey industry has refuted recent claims of its products being unsafe for consumption in the wake of ...
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Could food of the future come from ‘microbial protein factories’ instead of plants and animals?

Elaine Watson | 
Could a suite of microscopic microbial protein factories (yeast, bacteria, fungi, algae) give plants and animals a run for their ...
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Cheese without the cow: Could bioengineering produce animal-free dairy products?

Pearly Neo | 
Australian-US firm Change Foods is creating cheese from scratch using bio-engineering technology, claiming that their products will hold an advantage ...
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Biotech experts push back after week-long protest to block Philippines Golden Rice approval

Pearly Neo | 
Golden Rice is any rice variety that has been genetically modified to include two genes (from maize and soil bacteria) ...
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Cavendish banana faces extinction. Can scientists save this staple before it’s too late?

Katy Askew | 
Pests and diseases are threatening Cavendish bananas with extinction. Dutch university Wageningen and plant research company KeyGene are jointly joining ...
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Canada’s demand for GMO Impossible Burger grows as consumers cut meat from diets

Mary Shoup | 
Responding to “overwhelming demand” in Canada, the Impossible Burger will be available this year in a wider variety of restaurants ...
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Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat dismiss criticism from rival Lightlife Foods as a PR stunt

Elaine Watson | 
In an open letter slammed by Impossible Foods as cynical and disingenuous and dismissed by one commentator as a “PR ...
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Organic farming fraud is growing, prompting USDA crackdown proposal

Elizabeth Crawford | 
Responding to increasing fraud threats to the organic industry, the US Department of Agriculture seeks to strengthen oversight and improve ...
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Organic activists sue USDA to nullify and revise bioengineered food labeling standards

Elaine Watson | 
The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard – which requires firms to label ‘bioengineered’ foods and beverages – is unlawful and ...
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Following restaurant debut, gene-edited, heart-healthy soybean oil now available directly to consumers

Mary Shoup | 
Plant-based technology company Calyxt has launched a direct-to-consumer site for its high oleic soybean cooking oil, Calyno, which is claimed ...
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Impossible Foods rolls out plant-based GMO burger to 1,700 new stores as COVID-19 strains meat supplies

Elaine Watson | 
As more meat plants temporarily close or operate at reduced capacity as coronavirus spreads, plant-based brands “have a window of ...
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COVID-19, climate change may accelerate public acceptance of CRISPR-edited food

Katy Askew, Oliver Peoples | 
Gene editing, like genetic modification, is a technology that has attracted a fair amount of skepticism from European regulators and ...
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Consumers may pay more for lab-grown meat once told about its perceived benefits

Oliver Morrison | 
A study at Maastricht University claims people are prepared to pay more for lab-grown meat after being told of its ...
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