When it comes to wasting food, hospitals are one of the most egregious culprits, with two to three times more waste than other food service sectors. UC San Francisco Medical Center, however, has found that one change cut the amount of food it wastes by 30%. It now serves food on-demand.Most hospitals produce food in bulk and serve it at predetermined meal times, which may or may not be in sync with a patient’s appetite or the timing of health care services being performed. With on-demand, a patient orders food just like hotel room service—when they’re ready.“I don’t send you a meal unless you ask for it. In the old way, we sent you a tray and gave you food whether you liked it or not,” says Dan Henroid, Director of Nutrition and Food Services for UCSF Health. Given that patient trays have been found to generate over half of hospital food waste, it makes sense that serving food only when desired could make a big difference.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has a new DNA scanning tool to identify the entire DNA content of a food.The new analytical tool can proactively identify all the ingredients and their biological sources in a food, which will aid regulators in protecting consumers in relation to potential food fraud and/or misleading labelling.The FSAI worked with a commercial laboratory (Identigen) over the past two years in adapting a relatively new DNA sequencing technology known as “next generation sequencing”, so that it could be used as a DNA scanning tool in food.The idea is to compare the actual ingredients in a food, identified by their DNA profile, with those declared on the label. Up to this, DNA testing of food required analysts to know what they wanted to look for specifically and then test for it – such target information is no longer a pre-requisite.
Minnesota House File 811 would put aside $2 million each year to reimburse schools or childcare providers that feed kids local fruits and vegetables through farm-to-school initiatives and would help farmers sell their produce to schools.
For a world that has largely forsaken religion in favour of science to base its attitudes towards food on nothing more than belief and feeling is something that should make us uncomfortable and embarrassed. This is what seems to be happening. It’s alarming. It changes things for me as a writer. No longer is a column about food and agriculture about demonstrating truth — perhaps it never was. Instead, it’s now about staging an attractive argument, like a house that you can picture yourself living in.
California dairy farmers have launched a customer loyalty program to reward consumers for buying real dairy milk. “Moo Money” rewards will be available through the end of April on any milk purchase made in-store or online in California. The California Milk Processor Broad says consumers just need to snap a photo of their receipt and submit online at moomoney.com to receive points toward cash rewards.
Good Food Institute (GFI), a nonprofit group that works with scientists, investors and entrepreneurs to develop meat alternatives, announced the recipients of $3 million to fund their projects. Fourteen winners were whittled down from 66 submissions from 18 countries and will be funded through GFI’s inaugural Competitive Research Grant Program.The resulting research in critical areas of plant-based and cell-based meat R&D will be shared with the entire scientific community and “good food industry,” the organization said.“The tremendous potential for any one of these research projects to accelerate the plant-based or cell-based meat industry demonstrates the phenomenal impact of marshaling funding to this space,” GFI officials said.
Typically when food packaging mentions GMOs it’s to call attention to the fact that their products are devoid of genetically modified organisms. Brands go to great lengths to prove GMO-free status, boldly displaying a “non-GMO” label with a colorful butterfly. Companies whose products do contain genetically modified ingredients tend to keep that detail to themselves. There was a time you’d be hard-pressed to find a brand advertising the inclusion of GMOs. But a new line of chocolate bars, Ethos Chocolate, has just launched with a loud-and-proud “pro-GMO” label.Each of the brand’s four flavors features a fruit the brand claims GMO farming has saved.
New tests required before a New York raw milk dairy will be allowed to resume sales. Sales at the Shunpike Dairy in Millbrook, NY, were suspended Jan. 30 by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball. The state agriculture commissioner suspended sales because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination of the raw milk produced by Shunpike Dairy.
Frisco, Texas-based Nurture Ranch has launched “Nurture Ranch 1 Steer Ground Beef,” a grass-fed ground beef product made from the meat from just one steer per pack and a code tracing the product history from birth to harvest. Typically, grinding applicable cuts of beef from multiple steers creates ground beef products. Nurture Ranch is marketing its product in grocery stores across the Southeast as “Product of the USA” and as a “cleaner” ground beef product. It is priced at $9 a pound.
Group of 10 bipartisan members of Congress write letter to FDA urging strong action against mislabeled milk and dairy products.