Gene editing can complement traditional food-animal improvements

Gene editing — one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology — enables animal breeders to make beneficial genetic changes, without bringing along unwanted genetic changes. And, following in the footsteps of traditional breeding, gene editing has tremendous potential to boost the sustainability of livestock production, while also enhancing food-animal health and welfare, argues UC Davis animal scientist Alison Van Eenennaam. She will examine the potential benefits of genome editing Friday, Feb. 17, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to be…

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It’s time to put food policy back on the table

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining, “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.” That’s funny, except that it really isn’t. Worse, the bitter reality of the tractor joke is still true: The farm crisis has not gone away, though hundreds of thousands of farm families have. The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban…

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What we love about food in 2017

Grape, Olive, Pig by Matt Goulding Few writers immerse themselves so fully in their subject as Matt Goulding, whose first book Rice, Noodle, Fish was a deep dive into the obsessions at the heart of Japanese food culture and an OFM favourite. Goulding’s beat is understanding places where food and life remain intertwined, so where better for him to write about next than Spain? His wife’s family are Spanish and bonding with them meant helping his father-in-law, Angel, in the annual slaughter of a pig, helped by great uncle Chacho,…

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Food investments

As February is a month of budgets — or namely, the Budget — it made me think about food in a similar way. If getting the best out of your investments is indeed the goal, why not maximise the time and resources spent on food? The fact is that all food aren’t created equal and some do absolutely nothing for either your well-being or your health. To that end, I thought I’d chime in with those that offer the best returns on investment. Carbs I think one the biggest and…

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Thessaloniki doc festival adds new section on food

From molecular gastronomy to food for soup kitchens, and from the cooking reality shows that have flooded the small screen to the horrendous conditions under which people work so that we can enjoy a bar of chocolate, food and the importance it holds in society, the global economy and everyday life is the subject of a new section titled “Food vs Food” at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, running March 3-12. “Documentaries on food are a particularly popular sub-category of the general documentary genre. Seeing the success of this category of…

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How to get the best deals on romantic food and drink this Valentine’s Day

Love may be blind but now it can also be cheap — as retailers go into battle to win bargain-savvy Brits’ affection on Valentine’s Day. A range of supermarket meal-deals are promising money-saving extras for hungry lovers fed up of over-priced set menus and busy restaurants. Morrisons fired the first cupid’s arrow with a two-person meal deal which includes a starter, main, side, dessert and a bottle of wine for just £15 – from a choice of beef wellingtons, lamb shanks and dry-aged sirlon streaks. The chain then slashed the…

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How to Save Money on Food: 6 Really Simple Ways to Eat Better

‘People who love to eat are always the best people’ Golden words by Julia Child, author, chef and one of the most celebrated food icons around the world. We are all eating more, enjoying our food more and adding to our food experiences more than ever before. A decade back there were fewer choices when it came to eating out. Birthday cakes were ordered only from the friendly neighbourhood bakery and weddings were the only time you thought of getting the food catered from outside. No matter how large the…

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Tacos: The 2017 food trend we can all get behind

I can’t tell you how little I wanted to like Breddos. The new taqueria in Clerkenwell has the restaurant version of a punchable face. It is tiny, one step up from the shack in a car park that was its original incarnation. Most of the seats – sorry, stools, no chairs with backs in these parts – are around a large communal table or crammed against the edges of the room. The single loo opens more or less directly onto the eating area. When you arrive you are told there’s…

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Cellular Agriculture, Intentional Imperfection And ‘Post Truth’: The Transformative Food Trends Of 2017

At my food and beverage design and development firm Mattson, our unique vantage point is the nature of our business: developing concepts and formulating products across many channels within the food world, including food-away-from-home, consumer packaged goods, ingredients, and others. We believe it’s important to scan the horizon for the next hot superfood or ingredient. However, our ability to future-proof product innovation is more impacted by macro trends that will fundamentally impact how we engage with food. We gain insight into future trends by virtue of the fact that our work…

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Cellular Agriculture, Intentional Imperfection And ‘Post Truth’: The Transformative Food Trends Of 2017

At my food and beverage design and development firm Mattson, our unique vantage point is the nature of our business: developing concepts and formulating products across many channels within the food world, including food-away-from-home, consumer packaged goods, ingredients, and others. We believe it’s important to scan the horizon for the next hot superfood or ingredient. However, our ability to future-proof product innovation is more impacted by macro trends that will fundamentally impact how we engage with food. We gain insight into future trends by virtue of the fact that our work…

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