Food and Agriculture

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https://acee.princeton.edu/acee-news/researchers-use-sunlight-to-pull-hydrogen-from-wastewater/
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princeton
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https://modernfarmer.com/2015/12/usda-robot-farmland-grant/
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Modern Farmer
Bring on the farming robots.
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https://newatlas.com/science/genetically-enginneered-tomato-urban-farming/
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New Atlast
A team of scientists, led by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Professor and HHMI Investigator Zach Lippman, has come up with a genetically-engineered tomato plant that is more a bush than a vine, with fruits that grow like a bunch of grapes.
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https://www.newscientist.com/article/2225425-the-race-to-find-wild-relatives-of-food-plants-before-its-too-late/
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New Scientist
A 10-year effort to collect wild relatives of major crops before they go extinct could help us grow enough food even as the world warms
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https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/german-meat-tax-environment-animal-welfare-a9045271.html
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Independent
Currently meat has reduced tax rate of 7 per cent but politicians say it should increase to 19
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https://news.stanford.edu/2019/06/04/new-process-rinses-heavy-metals-toxic-soils/
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Stanford
An experimental chemical bath and electrochemical filter could now extract heavy metals from the soil and leave fields safe.
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https://www.newscientist.com/article/2111377-trials-planned-for-gm-superwheat-that-boosts-harvest-by-20/
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New Scientist
Biologists are applying to carry out UK field trials of a genetically modified wheat that has performed stunningly well in greenhouse trials
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https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-firm-develops-groundbreaking-method-to-plant-seeds-in-saline-soil/#gs.fmcswy
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The Times Of Israel
With a fifth of world's agricultural land now too salty for cultivation, SaliCrop trials in India, Israel, see treated seeds yield up to 32% more crops than regular ones
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https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160926-what-would-happen-if-the-world-suddenly-went-vegetarian
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BBC
Eliminating meat from our diets would bring a bounty of benefits to both our own health and the planet’s – but it could also harm millions of people. Rachel Nuwer investigates.
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https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/jan/07/the-end-of-coffee-could-australia-save-the-worlds-beans
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The Guardian
Climate change may devastate the globes major coffee-growing regions through extreme weather events  but Australia could be the solution
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https://financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/fourth-agricultural-revolution-will-depend-on-technology-and-skills-rbc-study
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Financial Post
RBC says the sector could contribute $51 billion to the economy by 2030 — enough to eclipse both the aeronautics and auto industries
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https://newatlas.com/crops-engineered-need-less-water/53712/
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New Atlas
​Scientists have revealed that a genetic tweak to a single protein could result in crops needing up to 25 percent less water to produce a regular yield. It's hoped the breakthrough will lead to a new generation of water-efficient agriculture.
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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-will-we-be-growing-fruit-home-bioreactors-180968133/
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Smithsonian Magazine
A team of molecular biologists wants you to forget about strawberries and, instead, take "cell jam" for a whirl
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https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02861-5
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Nature
Drug-resistant bacteria are gaining a stronghold in developing countries where meat production has soared. Drug-resistant bacteria are gaining a stronghold in developing countries where meat production has soared.
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https://www.processingmagazine.com/covid-19/article/21134967/the-changes-covid19-has-brought-about-for-food-producers
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Processing
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p076y7r8
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BBC
Scientists have bred a cow 'nearly twice as efficient'
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https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2019/october/DFDT-german-insecticide.html
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NYU
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https://slate.com/technology/2018/07/should-lab-grown-meat-be-called-meat.html
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Slate
Is meat the muscle of an animal? Or is it the remains of a living creature? If the former, this lab-grown stuff is meat. If the latter, it’s not.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/06/17/inside-an-mit-researchers-grand-plan-to-create-the-personal-food-computer/?arc404=true
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Washington Post
An MIT researcher launches an open-source movement to share vertical farming secrets.
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https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/news/new-rice-variety-created-by-crispr-gene-edit-technology-can-yield-up-to-31-more-grain-per-crop-346275.html
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India Times
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https://www.new-harvest.org/perfect_day_foods
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New Harvest
Perfect Day Foods - How New Harvest created a company making milk without cows