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Organic standards go global

In the past, international trade of organic products between the U.S. and other countries has been difficult because of the wide variations in international organic standards and certification requirements. However, according ...

Jun 24, 2014
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Date labeling confusion contributes to food waste

Date labeling variations on food products contribute to confusion and misunderstanding in the marketplace regarding how the dates on labels relate to food quality and safety, according to a scientific review paper in the ...

Jun 23, 2014
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Survey reveals consumers' pecan preferences

High-profile marketing campaigns for nuts such as pistachios and almonds have become familiar to consumers throughout the United States. Shining a spotlight on these products has increased public awareness ...

Jun 23, 2014
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Nineteen Tomato varieties evaluated under organic guidelines

The recent surge in organic farming has created a need for enhanced research efforts to inform the agricultural sector. George Boyhan from the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia says that "variety evaluations"—studies ...

Jun 23, 2014
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Smithsonian asks judge's help with bug collection

Entomologist Carl J. Drake spent his life studying bugs. When he died in 1965, he left his life savings and his vast insect collection to the Smithsonian. But now Drake's will has become something of a pest.

Jun 12, 2014
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Sustainable algae cultivation making headway

Four years after the first optimistic calculations, the experimental cultivation of algae appears to be meeting expectations. Production costs have been more than halved, while the profit made on some crop components already ...

Jun 11, 2014
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Heightened biosecurity threat is often exaggerated

The link between synthetic biology and heightened biosecurity threats is often exaggerated. In a report published today (22nd May) by King's College London, researchers say that in order to produce more refined ...

May 22, 2014
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Several new apple varieties recommended for growers

'Fuji' apples have become increasingly popular among consumers, but the apple variety faces some challenges on its path to full consumer appreciation. Research has determined that "consumer acceptance" of apples depends largely ...

May 19, 2014
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Berlin start-up pioneers fish-farm veggie garden

The ancient Aztecs and Chinese did it millenia ago, and now a Berlin start-up hopes it will feed 21st-century city dwellers using aquaponics, a combination of rearing fish and growing vegetables.

May 18, 2014
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