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Edible Food Packaging Takes the Cake

Edible Food Packaging Takes the Cake

As all grocery shoppers know, many meats, breads, cheeses, cakes and cookies come wrapped in plastic to prevent spoilage. But plastic films are not great at keeping foods fresh, and some plastics can leach harmful compounds into the food they’re supposed to protect.

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Woman Honored as Pesticide Workers’ Champion

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“The millions of rural women on the ground that are in the frontlines of the struggle against highly hazardous pesticides in their daily lives as farmers, workers, and consumers,” are the inspiration that drives Sarojeni Rengam’s advocacy …

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Pesticide Alarm

Pesticide Alarm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed its decision to protect children from developmental disabilities and autism resulting from exposure to a neurotoxic pesticide that was scheduled to be banned in March.

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BioNurse: Generating Spaces for Life

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A team from the Ceres Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation in Chile has won the first-ever $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

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Cutting Food Loss and Waste Gets Easier

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A new international framework that empowers businesses, governments and NGOs to measure and manage food loss and waste is in its first year of operation. About a third of all food produced each year is lost or wasted worldwide as it moves from field to table…

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Citizen Science Earns Respect

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The Austrian Pollen Monitoring service at the Medical University of Vienna’s Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases is founded upon active citizen participation and relies on continuing citizen monitoring every day.

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EU Patent Office Under Siege Over Seeds

EU Patent Office Under Siege Over Seeds

More than 800,000 signatures against patents on plants, animals and seeds were handed to officials of the European Patent Office on June 29, as the EPO’s Administrative Council held a meeting in Munich.

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Smallholder Diaries Open Doors to Financial Services

Smallholder Diaries Open Doors to Financial Services

Smallholder households, cultivating less than five acres, have financial needs that have been ignored until now, yet without this information, it’s tough for financial service providers to supply smallholders with services, such as mobile money.

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2/3 Food Cans Test Positive for Toxic BPA

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ConAgra Foods beat them all to it. The American packaged foods giant last July completed the transition to cans with linings that don’t contain Bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to increased risk of breast and prostate cancers, infertility and type-2 diabetes.

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Gates Funds Climate-Smart Rice Development

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Climate change-ready rice seeds of several varieties have reached millions of farmers in Asia and Africa under a forward-looking program known as Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia, or STRASA.

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Honors to Women and Girls Who Feed the World

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Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh, founder and chair of BRAC, one of the world’s largest and most effective anti-poverty organizations, was honored as 2015 World Food Prize Laureate earlier this month. He built the success of BRAC on empowering women and girls.

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