Health/Nutrition/Food Safety

Over 99% of farmers follow EPA pesticide rules, so why is the public scared of chemicals?

In September the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US released its 2017 pesticide residue sampling data results. 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. Government sampling data shows an over 99% compliance rate among[Read More…]

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New french fry production line of Farm Frites in Egypt officially opened

In Egypt, the ministers of investment and trade last month opened the new production line of the Dutch Farm Frites company in the 10th of Ramadan City in Sharqia governorate. The new line will be established on an area of 9,300 square meters with total investments of USD 40 million. After attending the inauguration ceremony, Investment Minister Sahar Nasr said[Read More…]

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How Indra Nooyi got PepsiCo’s customers to accept a heart-healthy alternative to potato chips

Former PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi, who stepped down as CEO last year, was instrumental in shifting company’s focus from sugary beverages to healthier options. But it wasn’t always an easy task for the former CEO. Speaking at Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women International Summit recently, Nooyi recalled how she met with a lot of resistance not only from the investors[Read More…]

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Spudulike stores in Britain re-open after rescue deal by Albert Bartlett

Spud lovers are being given back a store in Norfolk after closing in August – after the business was rescued by potato giant firm Albert Bartlett. Spudulike, which serves jacket potatoes with all kinds of toppings, closed all its stores nine weeks ago including in Norwich’s Chapelfield shopping centre and also Castle Quarter with hundreds of jobs lost nationwide. But[Read More…]

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‘Adopt a potato farmer’ program viewed by millions around the world

Side Delights’ in the US’s “Adopt a Potato Farmer” program has brought awareness to food bloggers and their audiences. The program paired regional food bloggers and Fresh Solutions Network farmers who grow Side Delights potatoes to share their stories, according to a news release. Bloggers shared farmers’ stories and recipes on their websites and social media platforms and generated more than two[Read More…]

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How a potato could propel Wardynski & Sons through another 100 years

Skip Wardynski is hoping failure breeds success. It was just five years ago that his century-old hot dog company thought it had found the next big thing: a low-fat hot dog called Duetts that would appeal to increasingly health conscious consumers and put the Peckham Street, New York state company on the national map. Back then, the company came up[Read More…]

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‘Eco friendly’ packaging for fries made from potato skins

It was widely reported in the media during the end of last year that Italian designers Simone Caronni, Paolo Stefano Gentile and Pietro Gaeli have created an ecological packaging for fries made from recycled potato skins (peels), as a sustainable alternative to paper. We wish to rehash that here… Called “Peel Saver”, the packaging is essentially made of starch and[Read More…]

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US potato industry concerned that Europe failed to renew CIPC

Idaho potato industry leaders fear they may be adversely affected by Europe’s recent decision not to renew certification of CIPC – a chemical used globally to inhibit tubers from sprouting in storage. Chloropropham, also known as CIPC, is the world’s most popular potato sprout inhibitor, applied by farmers since 1952. It’s also been used as a plant growth regulator and[Read More…]

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Potatoes USA drops culinary group, asks other ag groups to follow

Potatoes USA is ending its investment in and association with the Culinary Institute of America. The Packer reports that Blair Richardson, president and CEO of Potatoes USA, announced the group’s decision in an Aug. 30 update at the Idaho Growers Shipper Association convention. He said the decision wasn’t easy but was ultimately necessary because of anti-potato messaging from the culinary[Read More…]

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New antioxidant rich, red skinned potato variety developed by Indian scientists

Kufri Neelkanth is a new table purpose medium maturing specialty potato cultivar released for cultivation in the Northern Indian plains. It is rich in antioxidants (anthocyanins and carotenoids. The average yield of the variety is 35-38 t/ha. The tubers of the variety are dark purple black, oval in shape with medium deep eyes, cream flesh, good storability, medium dry matter[Read More…]

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Sweet potatoes vs. potatoes: Which are healthier? Nutritionists weigh in

Potatoes are practical and delish, but they’ve gotten a bit of a bad rap, nutritionally speaking. Sweet potatoes have swooped in as a trendy tater alternative, and so began the sweet potato vs. potato health debate. This, according to an article written by Jennifer Nied and published in Women’s Health magazine today. But are sweet potatoes truly healthier than potatoes?[Read More…]

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Potato tuber greening: A review of redisposing factors, management and future challenges

In this scientific paper, published in the American Journal of Potato Research, scientists Sabine Tanios, Alieta Eyles, Robert Tegg, and Calum Wilson wrote that greening is a major cause of quality loss in potato tubers. As underground stems, potato tubers are non-photosynthetic plantorgans that lack photosynthetic machinery. However, after light exposure, amyloplasts convert to chloroplasts in tuber peripheralcell layers, which[Read More…]

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CIP research benefitted more than 7 million households during 2013 – 2018

The International Potato Center (CIP), based in Lima, Peru says in its recently released Annual Report that between 2013-2018, research for development by CIP has benefitted more than 7 million households. In the foreword to the Report, Barbara H Wells (Director General) and Rodney Cooke (Chair, Board of Trustees) say innovative technologies and dynamic markets can offer women and young[Read More…]

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The Roundup issue: Global regulatory and health research agencies on whether glyphosate causes cancer

Does glyphosate—the world’s most heavily-used herbicide—pose serious harm to humans? Is it carcinogenic? Those issues are of both legal and scientific debate. In this infographic article by Kayleen Schreiber and published by the Genetic Literacy Project, the author points out that in three court cases,  juries have ruled that glyphosate, sold in non-generic form under the trade name Roundup and made[Read More…]

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Climate change is likely to devastate the global food supply. But there’s still reason to be hopeful

The most troubling paradox of the 21st century may be that human population is expected to climb to 9.7 billion by midcentury — yet the global food supply is predicted to plummet, writes Amanda Little in a recent article published by Time magazine. The Special Report on Climate Change and Land released earlier this month by the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate[Read More…]

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German company says it holds the solution to potato greening

The toxins solanin and chaconin are responsible for the “greening” of potato tubers. This makes the tubers not only unsightly and unsuitable for the trade, but inedible as well, because the glycoalkaloids solanine and chaconin are toxic to humans.  Based on intensive studies and practical experience, German based Conpower has been manufacturing special luminaires for the potato industry for nearly[Read More…]

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Rwanda ready to trial GM potato varieties

Rwanda is set to join other Eastern Africa countries in growing genetically modified (GM) potato varieties, a technology that has, in the past, attracted wide-ranging public scrutiny in the country. Dr. Patrick Karangwa, the Director General of the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), told participants at the African Potato Association (APA) in Kigali that the country will try a potato variety[Read More…]

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