NEWS & RESOURCES

March 1, 2018

Walmart announces ‘Eden’ tech for produce freshness

Walmart has designed and started using a new platform to track produce freshness. The system — “Eden” — is based on an algorithm that considers U.S. Department of Agriculture standards, Walmart specifications and more than a million photos, according to a news release. The retailer has filed two patents related to Eden and is already using the system in 43…

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March 1, 2018

Perdue: USDA Should Be More Like Disney

This week at the Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pledged to make USDA more customer service oriented. More like Disney. “Disneyland has been kind of the icon of customer service. Many corporations have patterned their customer service after the things that you see and feel, and the experience you have at Disneyland. That's what we want…

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March 1, 2018

Why Food Retailers Are The New Regulators

[vc_row][vc_column][swmsc_text_block id="" class="" style=""]Sustainability reporting is something many farmers already do, and it’s a necessary part of being in the food business today. Yet getting farm-level data bundled in a useful way for the food supply chain remains a major hurdle. If the food system fails to unite behind a common set of tools and standards for packaging that critical…

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March 1, 2018

Why Farmers Must Drive Food-System Sustainability

[vc_row][vc_column][swmsc_text_block id="" class="" style=""]No one is better equipped than farmers to tell consumers a positive story about how sustainability and conservation practices are essential to the U.S. food system. Yet food producers risk missing out on economic and trust-building opportunities if they fail to document their in-field practices and report it to the rest of the supply chain, says Matt…

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March 1, 2018

Few If Any Companies Pay Price Premium For Farm Sustainability

[vc_row][vc_column][swmsc_text_block id="" class="" style=""]Many farmers and their families have invested in conservation practices that protect land, water and air for generations. But consumers want that environmental footprint even lower, and so do food companies, food retailers and other stakeholders along the value chain. So should farmers get a price premium for stepping up to meet those needs? While a premium…

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March 1, 2018

How To Reverse Eroding Millennial Trust In Food™

[vc_row][vc_column][swmsc_text_block id="" class="" style=""]Young consumers, millennials in particular, are demanding more from the food system—better environmental outcomes, more information about how food is made and new products from niche brands that align with their values. So how in the world can the food system be expected to respond effectively to avoid eroding Trust In Food™ further? Listen, learn and adapt,…

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February 28, 2018

Scientists Help Predict Where to Grow Food Worldwide

Researchers from across the globe -- including some from the University of Florida -- are improving a UF/IFAS-designed software system developed to help feed the world. More than 30 scientists came to UF earlier this year to help develop new prediction models for producing crops in developed and developing countries. They met at the UF Institute for Sustainable Food Systems to develop…

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February 28, 2018

Pork Industry Forum Begins with Gene-Editing Discussion

Science, technology and global health author and journalist Michael Specter opened the annual pork industry forum today, offering his insights on gene editing to the more than 350 pig farmers and pork industry professionals on site in Kansas City. Specter, who writes for The New Yorker and is currently working on a book about the breakthrough technology of gene editing,…

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February 28, 2018

Greener Fields Together partners sign pledge to reduce waste

Greener Fields Together has a new initiative to reduce food waste. ( Greener Fields Together ) Greener Fields Together, a sustainability initiative from foodservice giant Pro*Act, is launching a program to reduce waste across the supply chain. The program was developed in partnership with consultants Measure to Improve LLC, according to a news release. Ten Pro*Act suppliers have signed the…

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February 27, 2018

Anti-Dairy Commercial Runs During Closing Ceremony of Olympics

For most of the Olympics this year in South Korea dairy was getting positive publicity. However, that was until an anti-dairy commercial ran during the closing ceremony’s broadcast. MilkPEP has ran Milk Life campaigns since 2016 Olympics as partners with athletes from Team USA. Prior to this a number of Olympians donned milk mustaches in the “Got Milk?” campaign. The…

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