Health/Nutrition/Food Safety

Viewpoint: Science denialism threatens the potential of gene-edited crops

The genetic revolution being ushered in by gene-editing promises to markedly improve our crops by making them resistant to drought, disease and insects, and by enhancing their nutritional content. At first blush, it might appear that foods engineered to address some of our nagging health issues would be widely embraced. Not so for the organizations that have demonized other GM[Read More…]

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Biodegradable spray helps battle crop pathogens

A new sprayable bioplastic—made of cornstarch and other natural ingredients—offers potential as an effective method for delivering beneficial microbes to fight aflatoxins and other agricultural pathogens and pests. Aflatoxins are highly toxic substances produced by many species of Aspergillus fungi. Aflatoxins can contaminate corn, peanuts, cotton, and other crops, and at high doses they threaten the health of people, pets, fish, livestock,[Read More…]

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Potatoes – a healthy powerhouse for every day

THE humble potato sure does get a bad rep these days, says WA Potatoes clinical nutritionist Carmen Hudson. People have started to fear the potato either because they think they’re high in calories or they are afraid of excessive carbohydrates. But it may come as a surprise to you that the potato has an extensive nutritional profile that shouldn’t be[Read More…]

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USDA report: Potatoes, America’s top vegetable choice

If mashed potatoes wee on your Thanksgiving menu, you were not alone. Potatoes rank number one among vegetables in terms of consumption in the US. In 2017, 49.2 pounds of fresh and processed potatoes per person were available for Americans to eat after adjusting for losses, according to the USDA’s (ERS) loss-adjusted food availability data. The loss-adjusted food availability data[Read More…]

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Potato consumption as effective as carbohydrate gels for athletes: Study

Consuming potato puree during prolonged exercise works just as well as a commercial carbohydrate gel in sustaining blood glucose levels and boosting performance in trained athletes, a new study suggests. “The research has shown that ingesting concentrated carbohydrate gels during prolonged exercise promotes carbohydrate availability during exercise and improves exercise performance,” said study’s lead author Nicholas Burd, Professor at the[Read More…]

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Canada: Manitoba company converts spuds into supplement that is being studied for its health benefits

An apple a day is all fine and good. But what about a potato? Or more precisely, a raw potato to fight chronic kidney disease. That’s at the heart of a soon-to-be-launched clinical trial of a made-in-Manitoba dietary supplement consisting of what’s called a resistant starch. The initiative comes out of one of the world’s leading centres for chronic kidney[Read More…]

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French Parliament: Glyphosate ban falls off track as widespread weed killer use continues

Is France’s glyphosate exit plan on track? A French parliament report, published on Nov. 13, suggests not. President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to phase out most uses of the controversial herbicide by 2021, and completely ban farmers from using it in 2022, but the parliamentary report suggests glyphosate usage has not been dropping. “There is strong reason to fear that[Read More…]

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Will CRISPR’s promise force the organic industry to reconsider its opposition to gene-edited crops?

Opposition to genetically modified (GM) crops advanced by organic activist groups (and official organizations like the US National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) or the EU’s European Court of Justice) is based on the claim that recombinant DNA technology introduces genes from one species into another. That’s not natural, these critics contend. By this definition, though, gene-editing techniques like CRISPR/Cas9 are[Read More…]

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Who’s going to eat the first alien vegetable?

The crew of the International Space Station recently took delivery of a case of wine. A full dozen bottles of delicious red wine traveled from Earth, through the atmosphere, and ended up at the orbiting laboratory where six scientists have to let it sit for a year before sending it back. They can’t drink it, which is a bummer, but the experiment[Read More…]

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Viewpoint: Developing countries need GMO, gene-edited crops to solve food security challenges

When Norman Borlaug won the Nobel peace prize in 1970 for his life-saving work on plant breeding, he said: “you can’t build a peaceful world on empty stomachs”. With one in every nine people on the planet still considered hungry, Borlaug’s statement has never been more relevant. Using such statistics, biotechnology proponents have said many times that the world must produce more food in[Read More…]

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Research suggests fumigants have very low long-term impact on soil health in potato fields

It started with curiosity. How does a fumigant, commonly used for nematode management in potato cropping systems, influence soil microbial communities? To explore this question, scientists at Colorado State University and Oregon State University used high-throughput sequencing techniques to investigate changes in soil bacterial and fungal community structure in response to the application of 1,3-Dichloropropene (1,3-D) in Pacific Northwest potato[Read More…]

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Potandon to focus on rebranding as the healthy potato company

The focus for Potandon Produce LLC at the New York Produce Show this year will be on the health benefits of potatoes, and particularly of some of Potandon’s proprietary products, according Glen Reynolds, vice president of variety sales and business development for the Idaho Falls, ID-based company. “We are in the process of rebranding our company as The Healthy Potato[Read More…]

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Tasteful Selections Small-Bite campaign touts comfort theme

Arvin, Calif.-based Tasteful Selections is bringing consumers the “Comfort in a Small Bite” marketing campaign. “As we move into the last theme of our Small Bite Campaign, we want to provide comforting recipes and flavors that our consumers can share during the holiday,” RPEMarketing Director Tim Huffcutt said in a news release.  Tasteful Selections LLC is a vertically integrated family-owned collection of farms[Read More…]

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Study: Potato effective for boosting athletic performance

Consuming potato puree instead of commercial carbohydrate gel gives the same result to athletes for sustaining blood glucose levels during long workout sessions, claims a study. “Research has shown that ingesting concentrated carbohydrate gels during prolonged exercise promotes carbohydrate availability during exercise and improves exercise performance,” said University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Nicholas Burd, who led the[Read More…]

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Pike Lake Farms in Canada offers ‘diabetic friendly’ potatoes

Although potatoes can be a tasty treat, they can wreak havoc on the blood sugar level of people with diabetes—at least, that had been the rule until Montana State University researchers developed the Huckleberry Gold potato, which is now being harvested at Pike Lake Farms in Sheguiandah in Canada’s Ontario province.  “This is our first year growing them. When we[Read More…]

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Latest American Journal of Potato Research now online

This is Issue 96, April 2019 to August 2019. Follow the links below: August 2019, Issue 4, Pages 317-445 June 2019, Issue 3, Pages 217-315 April 2019, Issue 2, Pages 95-215 Special Issue: The Contribution of Potatoes to Human Nutrition.

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Bayer ends sales of potato seed treatment Monceren

Bayer has stopped sales of the potato seed treatment Monceren (pencycuron) due to the ‘uncertain regulatory future’ of the product, Farmers Weekly reports. Sales of the fungicide have been ceased by the German chemical giant as it also looks at the potential consequences for potato crops treated with it. The Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for pencycuron is currently under review[Read More…]

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India sets quality standards for global potato trade

Quality standards proposed by India will apply to global trade in potatoes. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, an international food standards body established jointly by the Food and Agriculture organization and the World Health Organization, has approved these standards at a session in Mexico. India’s Agriculture commissioner, SK Malhotra, who chaired the global working group for development of standards for potato,[Read More…]

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FDA in the US releases pesticide residue sampling data results

Last week the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its 2017 pesticide residue sampling data results. The FDA concluded: “The latest set of results demonstrate once again that the majority of the foods we test are well below the federal limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency.” Note the term “once again” in FDA’s statement. They used it because[Read More…]

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