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This Little Gadget Could Save $2000 in Wasted Food Each Year

This Little Gadget Could Save $2000 in Wasted Food Each Year

We’ve got a serious problem with food waste these days (Americans waste about 40% of the fresh food they buy), and wasted food isn’t just an environmental issue, it’s a financial issue as well. Not only does it take time, water, and money to grow food, but it also costs us money to purchase that food, so when it doesn’t get eaten, but ends up in the bin or the compost pile, it’s a losing situation all around. But there’s an innovative and affordable little gadget that can make the food in your fridge last 2 to 3 times as… read more

A Food Scanner From The Future

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It seems like life resembles science fiction more and more each day. Films like Star Trek, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and others have no doubt influenced the technology we use in the house today (See: Anything that has to do with 3-D printing). However, bringing these gadgets to life is arguably more exciting than watching them on-screen. A company has recently developed a scanner that connects to your smartphone and allows you to see what’s inside your food. It calculates calories, fats, gluten, etc. On top of that, this video will give you an idea of where kitchen technology is… read more

Improving Produce Without Genetic Engineering

Improving Produce Without Genetic Engineering

A lot of focus on the food production and farming industries may seem to concentrate on genetically modified foods. However, some plant breeders are working to also bring focus to an age old way of growing premier foods, without using any genetically induced alterations. Rapid genetic analysis, or sometimes referred to as marker-assisted breeding, uses conventional farming techniques and plant breeding with quick ways of identifying alleles and DNA markers and how they are structured. Combining the more traditional forms of farming along with these processes can produce crops with more flavor and color, as well as a more appealing presence and shape. It… read more

Would You Buy Expired Food?

Would You Buy Expired Food?

It’s hard to believe how food waste, which is responsible for tons of tossed out money, can occur in even the most conscious of households. The Institute of Mechanical Engineers stated that as much as 30 to 50% of all food purchased is thrown out. Doug Rauch has made it one of his goals to help cut down some of this waste. Previously president of Trader Joe’s, a specialty retail grocer, he is opening a new kind of grocery store in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Called the Daily Table, the concept is to sale items that may be listed as past their expiration… read more

This Test Can Identify GMO’s In Food

This Test Can Identify GMO’s In Food

Growing concerns over genetically modified foods have many consumers on the lookout for more information. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs’) may be added to some foods to increase their beneficial properties. For instance, to boost nutrient levels or to make crops less susceptible to insects. Many in the food industry adhere to current labeling guidelines, accurately stating the contents in their products and whether or not they are GMO free. However, both consumers and regulatory expectations are demanding more detailed information to be inclusive of all food products. Researchers have zoned in on this concern, and have actually developed an interesting… read more

This App Helps You Find Ethical Restaurants

This App Helps You Find Ethical Restaurants

One way to a more sustainable world is through making better food choices – choices that support humane and sustainable agriculture. That can happen through choosing to go meat-free one day a week, or going vegetarian or vegan all the time. However, just because you make those choices at home doesn’t mean that they’re easy to do so when eating out at restaurants. But a forthcoming smartphone app may make it much simpler to eat sustainably when dining out. The Humane Eating Project, which is currently raising money through an Indiegogo campaign, aims to put a helpful tool for more… read more

Can Product Labeling Alter Taste?

Can Product Labeling Alter Taste?

Food and beverage packaging are scrutinized and marketing tactics are fully employed long before the products hit the shelves. It is not a secret that product packaging can impact sales decisions, but can it make a difference in the way your cup of coffee tastes? According to a study investigating the subject, it may actually be a possibility. Published in PLOS ONE, results from the article titled Who Needs Cream and Sugar When There Is Eco-Labeling? Taste and Willingness to Pay for “Eco-Friendly” Coffee showed some interesting consumer behavior. The study looked into whether or not coffee that was labeled as “ecofriendly”… read more

Powerful Probiotics

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Probiotic organisms are living microorganisms that are effective for optimal health. Probiotics are commonly found in foods but can also be taken as a supplement. They are thought to help intestinal health and be effective in treating inflammatory diseases. They improve digestion, relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, produce nutrients to repair the gut, increase resistance to infections and regulate the immune function. They are also fantastic for preventing the overgrowth of bad bacteria. Yoghurt One of the most commonly known probiotics. Look for yoghurts that have been infused with extra forms of probitoics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Goat’s milk… read more

3D Printed Food Is Right Around The Corner

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3-D printing opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to cost-savings, reducing environmental impact, and truly “going green”. We’ve seen everything from 3D printed homes to jet engines, and now comes the inevitable food “replicating” we all grew up watching on Star Trek. Right now, food items such as chocolate, jam, cookies, and even pizzas can be 3-d printed, although we’re still awhile away from having the printer cook the food before serving. Check out this cool video and see it first-hand for yourself:

Top 12 Must-Read Foodie Books

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Here are 12 must-read books for those who are interested in food, health, and sustainability: 1. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan – A fascinating investigation into the ways in which industrial, organic, and alternative foods are produced and distributed, and their social, moral, political, and economic implications. 2. Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare by F. Bailey Norwood and Jason L. Lusk – An exploration of ethical issues, the feasibility of various animal welfare measures, and what could be done to promote the health and happiness of farm animals…. read more