Upcycled innovation accelerating

Read the full story in Food Business News.

The Upcycled Food Association launched its Upcycled Certification mark last June. By May of this year, the mark was on the labels of over 200 products being sold in the United States, preventing 840 million lbs of food waste every year, said Turner Wyatt, chief executive officer and co-founder of the UFA.

25 years after Karen Wetterhahn died of dimethylmercury poisoning, her influence persists

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

Karen Wetterhahn was a rising star in 1996. She was making key advances in understanding biochemical reactions of the heavy metal chromium and how those can cause disease. She had launched a major interdisciplinary research program to understand the effects of heavy-metal pollutants in northern New England. She was serving in top administrative positions at Dartmouth College. And a program for women in science that she helped found was being emulated around the country. Then a shocking lab accident halted her trajectory: on June 8, 1997, Wetterhahn died from dimethylmercury poisoning. Her legacies remain, however. Twenty-five years later, Wetterhahn’s colleagues and those who never knew her still feel her influences on laboratory safety, the scientific method, and women in science.

Scientists show that at least 44 percent of Earth’s land requires conservation to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem services

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New research reveals that 44 percent of Earth’s land area — some 64 million square kilometers (24.7 million square miles) requires conservation to safeguard biodiversity.

Earth & Wheat’s ‘wonky’ ethos targets wider audience

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The surplus foodtech startup has onboarded with Amazon to reach a wider online audience with its new vegan sweet and savoury ‘wonky’ broken biscuit box.

Capturing carbon with crops, trees and bioenergy

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MSU researchers find an integrated approach to land management practices can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere far more than earlier estimates.

Uncovering best practices for cover crops to optimize production

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Planting cover crops like cereal rye is a beneficial agricultural practice. One of their many benefits is to cover soil for times when farmers cannot plant cash crops like corn and soy – over the winter, for example. But it is not as simple as just growing cover crops in between growing seasons. Farmers have multiple decisions to make about optimizing cover crop production.

Researchers like Heidi Reed at Pennsylvania State University want to help farmers make the best decisions about their cover crops. In a recent study, Reed and her team looked at the impact of cereal rye seeding rate, termination time, and nitrogen rate. The study was published in Agronomy Journal, a publication of the American Society of Agronomy.

After millennia of agricultural expansion, the world has passed ‘peak agricultural land’

Read the full story at Our World In Data.

The world produces more food than ever, but the amount of land we use is now falling. This means we can feed more people while restoring wild habitat.

A sustainable micronutrient fertilizer made from pea, lentil and other plant-based hulls reaches commercialization

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A new $19 million project by Protein Industries Canada and a consortium of companies will help Canadian farmers further improve their substantiality and reduce carbon emissions through the commercialization of a new micronutrient fertilizer.

Soileos is a sustainable, non-polluting, climate positive micronutrient fertilizer created from the upcycling of pea, lentil, and oat hulls – co-products from food processing. The use of Soileos increases crop yields and improves the health of soil, while also increasing revenues to both farmers and food processors.

Illinois pork producer turns to solar as ‘most economically beneficial option’

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Citing a need to diffuse accelerating energy costs and a desire to further sustainable farming practices, The Maschhoffs have broken ground on a new 3-MW solar array at its Griggsville Feed Mill.

Solential Energy began construction of the Griggsville Feed Mill array in mid-May. The project, encompassing 6,800 ground-mounted, fixed-tilt solar panels, will be fully installed and generating power by October 2022. The Maschhoffs anticipate first-year energy savings of $320,000 and 25-year accumulated savings of more than $11.3 million.

Planet FWD raises $10m to help CPG companies reduce their carbon footprints, develop eco-friendly products

Read the full story at Food Navigator USA.

With $10m in series A funding, the carbon assessment platform Planet FWD hopes to dramatically reduce the time it takes CPG companies to evaluate and neutralize their environmental impact while simultaneously speeding up their development of eco-friendly products that consumers want.