November 2016

  Monthly archive

Precision Growing delivers sustainability

Andrew Lee, Technical Services Manager at GRODAN explains the company’s philosophy on Precision Growing and gives examples of how this is enabling greenhouse growers to produce cr

Vertical aeroponic food growing systems

Jason Hawkins-Row of Aponic describes his invention of a new vertical aeroponic growing system for fruit and vegetables that uses 90% less water than conventional agriculture.

UAV for automated crop count

Paul Brown and Lee Butler of Fera describe the development of methods to automatically count potato plants during early stage crop emergence from remotely sensed imagery obtained by unmanned aeria

Farm automation

Avocado farmer, Kurt Bantle, has employed the Internet of Things (IoT) to automate water management for his avocado crop in Southern California.

UN Global Compact targets food and agriculture

Désirée Abrahams explains how the UN Global Compact is challenging the food and agriculture sectors to address their social, human rights and environmental impacts.

Exploiting and protecting genetic resources

Katie Beckett of the Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy explains why the food and beverage industry needs to comply with the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit s

Measuring food digestion rates

Roger Lentle and Allan Hardacre of Massey University, New Zealand, describe a new test for measuring the rate of digestion and release of sugars from foods in the

Beating the counterfeiters with IP

Ruth Walker and Edward Carstairs of Gill, Jennings & Every discuss the use of intellectual property to protect food and drink businesses from counterfeiting.

Mapping supply chains

Rick Sanderson of Authenticate IS looks at trends that are driving the need for deeper transparency of food supply chains and explains how the latest technology is helping to provide assurance to

3D printing in Food manufacture

Simon Hammond of 3D Systems Europe describes the application and advantages of 3D printing in food manufacturing processes.

GM wheat field trials

Rothamsted Research has submitted an application to Defra for permission to carry out GM field trials on the Rothamsted Farm in 2017 and 2018 [1] . Scientists at Rothamsted Research, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Essex and Lancaster University, have developed wheat plants that can carry out photosynthesis more efficiently. This trait has the potential to result in higher yielding plants.

Antimicrobial resistance

Professor Guy Poppy, the FSA’s Chief Scientific Adviser, published the latest edition of his Science Report in September, which examines the science behind antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and presents the latest findings around the role that food plays in this problem [4].

The report identifies how AMR microbes can be spread via food:

• Faecal contamination when the animal is slaughtered could transfer AMR microbes to meat and meat products.

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