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Organic farming with gene editing: An oxymoron or a tool for sustainable agriculture?

Posted by Shira Rossiter

11-Oct-2018 16:04:59

This post was originally published on The Conversation, and is written by Rebecca Mackelprang, a Postdoctoral Scholar from the University of California, Berkeley.


A University of California, Berkeley professor stands at the front of the room, delivering her invited talk about the potential of genetic engineering. Her audience, full of organic farming advocates, listens uneasily. She notices a man get up from his seat and move toward the front of the room. Confused, the speaker pauses mid-sentence as she watches him bend over, reach for the power cord, and unplug the projector. The room darkens and silence falls. So much for listening to the ideas of others.

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Topics: organic, agriculture, genetics, genetic modification (GM), environment and sustainability, IFIS Publishing, bacteria, food production, food safety, functional foods, regulations and guidance, food research, nutrients, pesticides, food security

Insights from the MSU Global Food Law Conference

Posted by Joanna Becker

15-Aug-2018 13:22:32

Our Regulations & Compliance Executive, Joanna Becker, attended the Michigan State University's Global Food Law Conference in June. The conference brought together thought leaders from across the food law world, providing a platform for sharing knowledge and information around current issues internationally. 

Presentations spanned a variety of innovative topics, from GM crop technology used in Sub-Saharan Africa to reduce vitamin deficiencies, to meat-free alternatives such as “bleeding” plant-based burgers.

The food community is vast and global, so conferences such as this are invaluable, allowing professionals to network, discuss and share experiences and knowledge with each other and ultimately impact and influence legislation for the better.

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Topics: food security, food safety, genetic modification (GM), food economics, vitamins and minerals, zinc, meat, novel foods, milk and milk substitutes, insect foods, supplements, caffeine, organic, labelling, pet food, nutrition, sugar and substitutes, animal welfare, Escalex

Food Trends in India

Posted by Chris Cattini

02-Mar-2017 11:21:53

India is one of the key markets poised for future growth. If the country continues to develop at its current rate, it will become the world’s 5th largest economy by 2025.

The Indian consumer segment is dominated by a large urban mass, including both graduates and blue collar workers, and the country has one of the youngest populations in the world. More than 50% of the consumer base is less than 30 years old, including 440 millennials and 390 million members of generation Z (born after 2000). An increasing number of these young people have higher disposable incomes than their older counterparts and a greater tendency to spend their money rather than save it.

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Topics: organic, chocolate, dairy, Asia, India, consumer behaviour, retail and marketing, social media, fruit, vegetables, functional foods, labelling, fermented foods, rice, alcohol, food processing, food production

Why buy local food?

Posted by Naomi McGrath

09-Dec-2016 12:25:17

Interest in local food is growing. Consumers choose to buy local foods for a wide variety of reasons, including their perceived nutritional superiority and health benefits, advantages for the local economy, and to help protect the environment.

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Topics: food quality, food production, environment and sustainability, vegetables, meat, fruit, Christmas, local foods, consumer behaviour, organic, flavour, nutrients, food economics, packaging, retail and marketing, labelling, plant-based diets

Food Fraud Costs the Global Food Industry $10-15 Billion Annually

Posted by Chris Cattini

04-Apr-2016 10:00:00

In 2008, melamine was added to milk and infant formula to increase its protein content. This led to the hospitalisation of around 54,000 infants, 6 deaths from kidney stones and, ultimately, a number of criminal prosecutions, resulting in 2 executions.

In 2013, horsemeat was found in burgers and ready meals sold in UK supermarkets. Although not physically harmed, consumers – who thought they were eating beef – were less than happy. The incident highlighted the vulnerability of the food supply chain and Tesco, one of the supermarkets selling the adulterated meat, underwent – €300 million drop in market value.

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Topics: food safety, labelling, organic, meat, contaminants, traceability, food fraud, food economics, dairy, honey, analytical techniques, milk and milk substitutes, regulations and guidance

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