Health/Nutrition/Food Safety

Curbing food waste: Simplot’s senior manager of marketing and biotech affairs touts Innate potato

At a July 23 breakfast briefing titled ”Saving Food, Fighting Food Waste,” Doug Cole, the senior manager of marketing and biotech affairs at Simplot Plant Sciences in Boise, Idaho, reportedly said Simplot has developed a potato that will not brown and therefore won’t be thrown away by retailers, restaurants or consumers. According to an article by jerry Hagstrom published in[Read[Read More…]

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Side Delights offers solutions for five 2019 top food trends

Side Delights® fresh potato products respond to the 2019 top trends of convenience, organic, plant-based, regional flavors, and foods for sensitive stomachs in their portfolio of products.  These trends are driving retail grocers into competition with the foodservice sector as well as with each other. Grocery stores benefit by providing shoppers with creative assortment options addressing the leading food trends.[Read More…]

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Battle over cancer warning label, glyphosate ban could complicate Roundup lawsuit settlement

Bayer AG is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming that the company’s Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raises novel questions that may prevent an easy settlement. Legal experts outlined several obstacles the parties may face on the path towards settlement …. Settlements involving drugs, medical devices or consumer goods[Read More…]

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PNZ Biennial Conference huge success, Nutrient Emissions Project launched

Gemma Carroll, Communications and Engagement Officer at Potatoes New Zealand (PNZ), reports that the recent PNZ Biennial Conference was “a rich and thought-provoking gathering”, 5-6 months in the making. “It was two days covering all things R&D at our Agronomists Forum, brilliant minds, experts in their fields as keynotes at our Plenary Sessions and a celebration of paddock to plate[Read More…]

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African Potato Association Conference: Potato organizations want to leverage potatoes to address malnutrition in Africa

(Xinhua) — Potato organizations on Monday called for deliberate efforts to increase potato and sweet potatoes production for sustainable nutritious food systems in Africa. They made the call at the opening of the 11th triennial Conference of the African Potato Association (APA) in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda. Potato and sweet potatoes present global opportunities such as enhancing dietary quality[Read More…]

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Viewpoint: Dissecting the fear-based case against gene-edited crops in organic farming

For nearly 25 years, an allianceof high-profile environmental groups and organic food proponents have waged an effective scare campaign against transgenic (GMO) crops. Foods derived from these crops, the public was told, could cause food allergies, sterility, liver problems and even cancer. A 2016 report by the US National Academy of Sciences conclusively debunked such speculation, finding there is “no substantiated evidence of a[Read More…]

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In defense of potatoes: How resistant starch from potatoes affects the gut microbiota

Despite their popularity, potatoes have a reputation for being an unhealthy food that is high in starchy carbohydrates.  In an article by Megan Mouw, it is said that work from the lab of Dr. Thomas Schmidt of the University of Michigan, however, offers some redemption for the humble potato.  While potatoes are high in easily digestible starch that can lead to blood sugar spikes,[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s adds international favorites to the menu, including sweet potato fries from the Netherlands

Fed up of classic McDonald’s fries? Then make sure you try out the new sweet potato fries that have been introduced as part of the international menu. Look, let’s be perfectly honest here, McDonald’s is not known for their fries, writes Cullum Gunn in an article on Fansided. They’re OK and they will certainly curb that craving you get for[Read More…]

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Fries are still America’s favorite potato dish

The most popular potato preparation in America is the French fry. That’s according to an analysis of food ordering data between January 2018 and July 2019 by DoorDash, America’s largest food delivery service (and the world’s second-largest, after Uber Eats). Now that DoorDash is delivering from McDonald’s, famous for its fries, maybe the quantity ordered will rise even higher. This is how long[Read[Read More…]

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US: Survey reveals potato consumption habits, favorite attributes

A survey commissioned by The Little Potato Co. found that 55% of Americans rank potatoes as their favorite comfort food. Spuds outranked pizza (21%), macaroni and cheese (15%) and pasta (9%), according to a news release. Another finding from the survey was that one in four millennials would give up cheeseburgers if forced to choose between them and potatoes. Favorite ways to[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo-funded research opens new avenues for low-fat snack formulators

Australian researchers have developed a novel method to measure the sensorial characteristics of potato chips. The technique called vitro oral processing could eliminate the expensive, time-consuming and often subjective perceptions of enlisting trained sensory panellists. Especially when it comes to low-fat snacks. Low-fat potato chips might reduce the guilt compared with full-fat versions, but many consumers do not find them[Read[Read More…]

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Bayer mediator dismisses report of $8 billion Roundup settlement

(Reuters) – Bayer AG has not offered to pay billions of dollars to settle claims in the United States related to the Roundup herbicide, mediator Ken Feinberg said, dismissing a report to that effect which drove its shares as much as 11% higher. “Bayer has not proposed paying $8 billion to settle all the U.S. Roundup cancer claims. Such a[Read[Read More…]

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Potandon sees strong growth in yellow and mini potatoes

Potandon Produce LLC in Idaho Falls, ID, one of the largest potato and onion shippers in the United States and the exclusive marketer of the Green Giant brand for fresh potatoes and onions, is seeing significant growth in yellow potatoes and mini-potatoes, according to Carter Bray, vice president/general manager, variety potato division. Growth in the red potato category, whether it[Read[Read More…]

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Podcast: Glyphosate, cancer and corporate conspiracies in the Roundup controversy

Bayer faces thousands of lawsuits alleging that glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, is a carcinogen responsible for causing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), a rare cancer whose causes remain elusive. Despite our limited understanding of NHL, misleading news stories and agenda-driven activist groups have left consumers with the impression that glyphosate’s a relatively safe yet effective herbicide – is slowly poisoning our food supply, while Bayer attempts[Read More…]

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May glyphosate actually prohibit cancer cell growth? Some studies say yes

While biotech giant Bayer battles thousands of lawsuits alleging its weed killer Roundup causes cancer, several studies published over the last six years have suggested that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the the much-maligned herbicide, may actually prohibit cancer cell growth. A paper published June 24 in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part Bis the fourth such study since[Read[Read More…]

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Nutrition for Today: Are potatoes friend or foe?

It’s pretty safe to say potatoes are America’s most loved vegetable. No matter whether they’re baked, fried, mashed, boiled, whether they’re eaten alone or as an ingredient in soup or potato salad, we just love potatoes. Yet everything we hear says they’re bad. They tell us potatoes are high in calories, high in carbs, have a high glycemic index and make[Read[Read More…]

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Scots scientists hope their super-spud will help end crop devastation

The tatties are small, ­knobbly and tasteless but a rare breed of potato has been revealed as a super-spud. Scientists hope the Solanum x ­edinense – or Edinburgh potato – can help the worldwide battle against blight because it has a genetic immunity to the disease. Experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh have now discovered the potato that[Read[Read More…]

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What can the potato teach us about tomorrow’s wonder foods?

In The Economist‘s podcast collaboration, “The Secret History of the Future”, The Economist’s Tom Standage and Seth Stevenson of Slate unearth curious tales hidden in the history of technology, and ask what they can tell us about the future. The potato seemed strange and unappetizing when it first arrived in Europe. But it grew into a wonder food that helped solve the continent’s hunger[Read More…]

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