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Confused by expiration dates? You’re not Alone. Here’s what they really mean

March 10th, 2019 at 3:22 pm » Comments Off

  Most Americans are needlessly tossing out packaged food—not because it’s gone bad, but because they take the date stamped on it far too literally. That’s according to a recent study published in the journal Waste Management, which surveyed more than 1,000 people about the phrases and dates on food packages. Many Americans wrongly believed […]



Americas trucker shortage is about to hit consumers where it hurts

March 10th, 2019 at 3:10 pm » Comments Off

The U.S. Is Facing A Truck Driver Shortage And autonomous trucks won’t arrive in time to fix it. America’s trucker shortage is about to hit consumers right where it hurts: in the kitty litter. McDonald’s Corp.’s long-time distributor Martin-Brower Co. is raising delivery fees, imperiling low menu prices, and Procter & Gamble Co., Church & […]



AI trained on decades of food research is making brand-new foods

March 9th, 2019 at 2:41 am » Comments Off

  IRON CHEF IBM’s AI scientists teamed up with McCormick & Company’s food developers to enhance food research. FlavorBot You may not think that Tuscan chicken’s creamy, garlicky flavor is due for a high-tech upgrade, but advanced artificial intelligence is on the case all the same. An AI algorithm is about to analyze and improve […]



OGarden Smart grows fresh veggies year-round in your house

March 5th, 2019 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

This curious rotating garden boasts automatic watering and space for up to 90 plants at any given time. If you like the idea of growing your own vegetables indoors all year round, then you should check out the new and improved OGarden Smart. It’s a rotating Ferris wheel of sorts that can hold up to […]



Your health and where you live : Are these connected?

February 22nd, 2019 at 3:55 pm » Comments Off

Your health depends on many factors, such as the quality of food you eat, what you put on your body, what you breathe, what chemicals you are exposed to, how much exercise you get every day, and more. While there is a considerable amount of control that comes with each of these factors, there can […]



You call that meat? Not so fast, cattle ranchers say

February 16th, 2019 at 3:20 am » Comments Off

Sales of plant-based meat substitutes, like this burger made by Impossible Foods, increased 22 percent to $1.5 billion last year. SAN FRANCISCO — The cattle ranchers and farm bureaus of America are not going to give up their hold on the word meat without a fight. In recent weeks, beef and farming industry groups have […]



Milk without the Cow. Eggs without the Chicken

February 13th, 2019 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

Yeast-derived “animal products” may soon be part of an environmentally balanced diet. In 2008, the biotech industry had fallen on tough times: capital was drying up and businesses were struggling to survive. That’s when Ryan Bethencourt saw an opportunity. A biologist with an entrepreneurial streak, he and a couple of friends started buying equipment from […]



Most shoppers are still leery of buying their groceries online. But delivery in the US is set to ‘explode’

February 11th, 2019 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

In the U.S., a mere 3 percent of grocery spending takes place online today. A new study by Bain & Co. in collaboration with Google finds shoppers are still reluctant to try delivery services and often don’t stick with them. But the firm predicts grocery delivery will ultimately take off as companies continue to invest […]



Carlo Ratti designs driverless robotic bar called Guido

February 10th, 2019 at 3:39 am » Comments Off

  Italian architect Carlo Ratti has revealed his concept for an autonomous robotic cafe and bar that would make on-demand cocktails for city-dwellers wherever they are. The driverless drinks cart, called Guido, has a unit with two mechanical arms – one for shaking and stirring and another for pouring and serving – that can accurately […]



Stop & Shop is testing self-driving mini grocery stores

February 9th, 2019 at 2:51 am » Comments Off

  Grocery store chain Stop & Shop announced today that it will begin testing driverless grocery vehicles in Boston starting this spring, combining the hype of autonomous delivery cars, cashier-less stores, and meal kits into one experimental pilot. The launch is part of a partnership with San Francisco-based startup Robomart, whose vehicles will cart around […]



Microsoft and Kroger to create data-driven connected grocery stores

January 17th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

  Microsoft and Kroger are taking a leaf out of Amazon’s book by building futuristic “connected” grocery stores. As part of a pilot project, Kroger, the largest supermarket in the U.S. by revenue, and Microsoft have transformed two retail stores, one near each of their respective headquarters — in Monroe, Ohio and Redmond, Washington — […]



Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth by 40 percent

January 16th, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

Aerial view of the 2017 field trials where scientists studied how well their plants modified to shortcut photorespiration performed beside unmodified plants in real-world conditions. They found that plants engineered with a synthetic shortcut are about 40 percent more productive. Credit: James Baltz/College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Plants convert sunlight into energy through […]



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