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'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

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Compliance with the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) – which requires firms with annual sales of >$2.5m to label ...
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

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MeliBio, the Berkeley-based startup claiming to make real honey without bees, has closed $850,000 in pre-seed funding as it gears ...
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

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[A] 79-page report​​ - commissioned by the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board and written by Glynn Tonsor and Ted ...
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

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[Most consumers] are blissfully unaware that the egg industry also slaughters billions of animals every year, but not to put ...
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Will we ever eat lab-grown meat? Infant industry faces technical hurdles and fickle consumers

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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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Could food of the future come from ‘microbial protein factories’ instead of plants and animals?

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Could a suite of microscopic microbial protein factories (yeast, bacteria, fungi, algae) give plants and animals a run for their ...
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Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat dismiss criticism from rival Lightlife Foods as a PR stunt

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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 activists sue USDA to nullify and revise bioengineered food labeling standards

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The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard – which requires firms to label ‘bioengineered’ foods and beverages – is unlawful and ...
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Impossible Foods rolls out plant-based GMO burger to 1,700 new stores as COVID-19 strains meat supplies

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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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FDA has ‘no objections’ to lab-made dairy proteins produced with GMO microbes

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Perfect Day, a startup producing milk proteins via microbial fermentation (minus the cows), has secured a coveted ‘no questions/objections’ letter ...
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Beyond Meat goes ‘on the offensive,’ blasting critics who claim plant-based burgers are ultra-processed

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While its CEO says engaging in an increasingly heated debate over the merits of plant- vs animal-based meat can be ...
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Most food flavorings could be made with GMO microbes, sparing large amounts of farmland

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In future, the majority of natural flavors could be produced from microscopic armies of microbes programmed to convert sugars into ...
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Proposed US law would require Beyond, Impossible Burgers to be labeled ‘imitation’ meat

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A federal bill that would require plant-based and cell-cultured meat products to be labeled as ‘imitation’ meat has been welcomed ...
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Will meat, milk and eggs from ‘microbial protein factories’ replace animal agriculture?

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“By 2030, the US dairy and cattle industry will have collapsed,” as ‘precision fermentation’ – producing animal proteins more efficiently ...
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Animal proteins from GMO microbes: More synthetic food ingredients to launch in 2021

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The first three proteins from Motif FoodWorks’ fermentation-based food ingredient platform will be ready for launch in early 2021, says ...
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Impossible Foods defends use of GMO soy in plant-based burger to stand out from competitors

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As ingredient choices made by ‘next-generation’ plant-based meat brands attract more scrutiny, with some making a virtue of using peas ...
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Nestlé poised to launch plant-based ‘Awesome Burger’ to compete with Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat

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Nestlé’s new ‘cook from raw’ plant-based Awesome Burger (launching in the fall under the Sweet Earth brand in retail and ...
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Key ‘non-GMO’ ingredient for next plant-based burger may come from algae

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Triton Algae Innovations - a San Diego-based firm building a production platform for food proteins from algae - says it ...
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What is ‘clean eating’? Consumers say popular marketing trend is ‘confusing’ and ‘pretentious’

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While phrases such as ‘eating clean’ are starting to appear more frequently in consumer marketing, Mintel research shows some consumers ...
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GMO label should be mandatory on refined oils and sugars, says food industry lobby, aligning with anti-biotech groups

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Consumers will lose trust in the food industry if USDA does not mandate that refined ingredients such as oils and ...
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Finless Foods: Lab-grown fish startup that uses genetic engineering nears commercialization

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Finless Foods – one of a new wave of start-ups in the rapidly heating-up cultured fish arena - has raised ...
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Non-GMO Project: USDA’s labeling proposal makes us ‘more relevant than ever’

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The Non-GMO Project will “only become more relevant” as mandatory GMO labeling kicks in, in part because its scope could ...
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Early feedback on USDA’s GMO labeling proposal reveals ‘significant disagreement’

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If the first wave of comments to its proposed rule on GMO labeling is anything to go by, USDA’s agricultural ...
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USDA’s GMO food labeling proposal: What you need to know

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a long-awaited proposed rule to establish GMO labeling standards (the National Bioengineered ...
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Anti-GMO group Moms Across America attacks food brands over trace parts per billion of glyphosate

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[G]lyphosate [is] in the spotlight again as anti-GMO activist group Moms Across America released test results suggesting trace levels of ...
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Milk without cows: Commercialization of synthetic dairy products in the works

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Berkeley-based Perfect Day – which is creating ‘vegan’ dairy proteins without cows – is in talks with food industry partners ...
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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Dannon alleging consumers misled by ‘all-natural’ dairy products from cows fed GMOs

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A judge has granted Dannon’s motion to dismiss a high-profile false advertising lawsuit alleging shoppers were misled by its ‘all-natural’ ...
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‘No GMOs, No Worries’? Milk producers ‘Peel back the label’ campaign challenges anti-science marketing

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"Rampant fear-based food marketing" – most notably from brands touting their non-GMO credentials - is damaging consumer trust and “jeopardizing the ...
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