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The report, prepared by more than 100 experts from 52 countries and released in summary form in Geneva on Thursday, finds that we must transform our food production and land management if we have a chance of staying under 2 degrees Celsius of global warming.
Most of the reports you hear about food waste don’t even include the amount that’s left behind on farms, but new research shows it’s around 33%.
According a securities filing, Square bought Caviar five years ago for $44.3 million.
Square CEO Jack Dorsey, said the move will allow Square to double down on investments and focus in its core payments businesses.
Sodexo will offer plant-based version of a sausage muffin sandwich, sausage gravy and biscuits, steakhouse burger and creole burger.
Subway is partnering with Beyond Meat, starting with a meatball marinara sub made with plant-based meatballs. The sandwich chain has been struggling in recent years after rapidly expanding across the U.S.
Testing by The New Food Economy reveals an industry secret: Virtually all plant fiber bowls contain PFAS, troubling chemicals that don’t break down naturally in the environment. It gets worse from there.
Immigration officials have raided multiple chicken plants in Mississippi, detaining 680 workers in what officials are calling the largest single-state sting in American history.
Stonyfield Organic, the USDA’s LandPKS project and Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) are launching a new $10 million tech initiative to create smart farms, using predictive data models, spectral analysis and customized cover cropping techniques to reduce agricultural carbon emissions and help farmers maximize their profits. The initiative will work to develop a new open-source platform called OpenTeam.
The pea-protein fueled nuggets will roll out by the end of September, with blended burgers combining pea protein isolate and Angus beef to follow.
The maker of Arizona Tea is entering the market for vape pens and cannabis-infused gummies and drinks through a licensing deal with Dixie Brands.
Biomass solutions company Genera Energy has procured an investment of more than $118 million to produce compostable food service items from locally grown grasses.
Flagship Pioneering lead the round alongside Investment Corporation of Dubai, EDBI and Acre Venture Partners. The company will use the funds to develop genomic tools including gene editing to improve global seed diversity.
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren shares her plan for addressing farm issues, such as consolidation, conservation and more.
The Climate Stewardship Act, which Booker plans to propose in September, aims to ‘dramatically scale up’ voluntary conservation incentives for farmers and ranchers.
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