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Amazon is expanding its cashierless Go model into a full-blown grocery store

March 5th, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

The first Amazon Go Grocery opens today in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district Amazon is getting more serious about its brick-and-mortar retail ambitions with its first-ever Amazon-branded grocery store. The store opens today in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district, confirming reports from last year that Amazon was developing a more ambitious version of its cashier-less Go model. […]



In two decades, your future meals will be flavored with trendy contradictions

March 5th, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

As Sunday morning, January 1, 2040, dawns, Coloradans will wake up to a breakfast of lab-cultured sausage, mung bean–based eggs, and tiger-nut-flour banana bread—all prepared by robots who talk like Alexa’s much smarter granddaughter. There is no kale in sight, and almond milk was banned long ago for being an environmental threat. The first month […]



Scientists have figured out how to grow breast milk in a lab

February 25th, 2020 at 1:46 pm » Comments Off

What if the formula you bought at the store was just bottled breast milk? First came the prototypes of lab-grown burgers and lab-grown Wagyu beef (or, as the industry calls it, “cultured” meat.) Then came ice cream made with lab-grown dairy proteins. Now, a handful of startups are working on lab-grown breast milk. Last week, […]



World’s biggest carnivores are turning their backs on beef

February 8th, 2020 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

Argentine officials try to prop up beef binge with price caps Dwindling purchasing power, changing food trends are to blame. Argentines, who have long been among the world’s most voracious meat eaters, can no longer afford to binge on their own beef. Red-meat consumption in the country has fallen to the lowest in a century. […]



So you’re too ethical to eat meat; but should cows go extinct?

February 5th, 2020 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Vegetarianism and veganism are becoming more popular. Alternative sources of protein, including lab-grown meat, are becoming available. This trend away from farmed meat-eating looks set to continue. From an environmental perspective and a welfare perspective, that’s a good thing. But how far should we go? Would it be good if the last cow died? Many […]



Finland makes protein out of thin air; the future is weird

February 3rd, 2020 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

  Okay, so this is just cotton candy. But you get it. Were you blown away by the invention of a burger patty made of soy protein? Please. As usual, the Scandinavians are here to make us look like absolute dummies. A Finnish company has out-impossible’d the Impossible Burger with the invention of a protein […]



Fish, sausage, even honey: Food fraud is hidden in plain sight

January 31st, 2020 at 2:31 pm » Comments Off

A 2018 study found 61% of seafood products tested at Montréal grocery stores and restaurants were mislabelled  The globalization of the food chain has resulted in increased complexity and diminished transparency and trust into how and where our foods are grown, harvested, processed and by whom. Furthermore, recurring incidents of food fraud remind us that […]



People lacking access to food 10-37% more likely to die prematurely: Study

January 25th, 2020 at 5:14 pm » Comments Off

People with inadequate access to food due to financial constraints are 10 to 37 per cent more likely to die prematurely from any cause other than cancer, according to a study published on Monday. Researchers, including those from the University of Toronto, looked at data from more than half a million adults in Canada. The […]



Impossible Foods’ faux pork is just as convincing as its fake beef

January 10th, 2020 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

It can be used in dumplings, baos and more. Last year, Impossible Foods made headlines at CES when it introduced a new formulation of its Impossible Burger. It tasted so close to the real deal that we even gave it a Best of CES award. Now, Impossible Foods is back again at the annual tech […]



Guess which company was just crowned the world’s biggest plastic polluter (Again)

November 9th, 2019 at 3:29 am » Comments Off

On one day in September, people from over 50 countries decided to do something about our plastic problem. Together, they picked up almost half a million pieces of plastic garbage littering the planet. Over 40 percent of this mountain of trash was still clearly identifiable by brand, and one producer’s trash in particular was picked […]



Amazon is making two-hour grocery delivery free for all Prime members

November 8th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

Amazon just added a new perk to its popular Prime membership program: free grocery delivery.  Amazon Prime members will now be able to get two-hour grocery delivery for free. Until now, Prime members had to pay an additional $14.99 per month to get access to Amazon Fresh, the company’s grocery delivery service. The change reflects […]



Here’s what the Uber Eats delivery drone looks like

November 7th, 2019 at 1:21 pm » Comments Off

Uber has unveiled more details about its plans for Eats delivery via drones. If all goes according to Uber’s plan, it will start flying its first drone model before the end of the year. Uber’s design, which it unveiled at the Forbes 30 under 30 Summit today, is made to carry up to one meal […]