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With Personal Food Computers, nerd farmers are finding the best way to grow

November 28th, 2018 at 12:32 pm » Comments Off

I’m Caleb Harper, principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture initiative at the MIT Media Lab. Kent Larson courtesy of MIT Media Lab In his book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, Barry Estabrook details how grocery store tomatoes are both less nutritious and delicious than those grown decades ago. […]



Novameat’s 3D-printed ‘steak’ looks gross, but could it save the planet?

November 27th, 2018 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Does your mouth water at the prospect of a nice juicy steak? How about a nice juicy 3D-printed steak, made using a paste composed of vegetable-based materials like rice, peas, and seaweed? That’s what a new Spanish startup, Novameat, is working hard to bring to market. “I developed the first 3D-printed plant-based beefsteak while I […]



Millennials are disrupting Thanksgiving with their tiny turkeys

November 22nd, 2018 at 4:28 am » Comments Off

Millennials kill again. The latest victim? Big Thanksgiving turkeys. Tiny turkeys are gaining popularity. Small birds are having a big moment. Tiny turkeys will increasingly grace Thanksgiving tables next week, thanks to the millennial generation’s ongoing campaign to remake American gastronomy. The holiday depicted by Norman Rockwell-Grandma showing off a cooked bird so plump it weighs […]



Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores

November 22nd, 2018 at 4:17 am » Comments Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA “edited” are expected […]



Ford teaming up with Walmart and Postmates on robot deliveries

November 21st, 2018 at 3:43 am » Comments Off

Self-driving vehicles delivering groceries in Miami Ford is joining forces with Walmart and Postmates to create a grocery delivery service using self-driving vehicles in Miami, the companies announced Wednesday. Ford has been using Miami as a test bed for its self-driving vehicles since earlier this year. And more recently, the auto giant joined with Postmates […]



How small robots may kill the tractor and make farming efficient

November 19th, 2018 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

The Bristol-based Small Robot Company has created a series of agile robots for farming. By being customisable they could help to replace the tractor Agriculture has a reputation of being stuck in the past. In reality, for farmers, their workplaces are a fertile testbed for innovative technology – they were among the first to embrace […]



Inside Silicon Valley’s newest, most autonomous farm yet

November 1st, 2018 at 6:12 am » Comments Off

Iron Ox’s robots are currently planting, growing, and harvesting lettuce in a California warehouse. Inside Silicon Valley’s newest, most autonomous farm yet Inside a former commercial warehouse in San Carlos, California, a robotic arm is carefully transplanting tiny sorrel plants from one large tray to another. In another corner of the room, a larger robot […]



The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens

October 16th, 2018 at 10:26 am » Comments Off

If investors at some of the biggest technology companies are right, the next big restaurant chain could have no kitchens of its own. Investors are pouring millions into the creation of a network of shared kitchens, storage facilities, and pickup counters that established chains and new food entrepreneurs can access to cut down on overhead […]



Cheese Tea could be the new bubble tea -If Americans get over the name

September 29th, 2018 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Tea topped with cheese foam has been stuck on the cusp of trending stateside “Cheese tea? What’s that?” Mention it to anyone who’s hearing about it for the first time and you’ll likely get a scrunched-up nose and a look of confusion. Perhaps even a shake of the head. To many Americans, the combination of […]



Startup inks ‘world’s largest deal’ for driverless grocery deliveries

September 27th, 2018 at 11:45 am » Comments Off

  Whether or not your grocery delivery arrives in a van with a driver behind the wheel may not matter much to you, but an increasing number of companies are nevertheless investing heavily in autonomous delivery vehicles in the belief that they’ll improve efficiency and create significant cost benefits in the long term. Yes, you’ll […]



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