Ripening of fruits & vegetables – On Ethylene and (non)-Climacteric

Ripening of fruits & vegetables – On Ethylene and (non)-Climacteric

Should you buy a banana ripe or unripe? And what about strawberries? Or pineapple, avocado, green beans or Brussels sprouts? Your first reaction might be that it depends. It can depend on when you’ll be eating it. If you don’t plan on using it within a week, you might prefer an unripe banana so it has time to ripe and won’t spoil as quickly. In you’re planning it on eating when walking out of the store though you’d prefer a ripe banana.

The High Cost of Lab-to-Table Meat

The High Cost of Lab-to-Table Meat

Forget free-range, antibiotic-free, and grass-fed—tomorrow’s burger will be lab-cultured. Scientists are creating a new slaughterhouse-free food group called clean meat: edible animal protein grown in a vat. Stem cells are extracted from animals, brewed in a bioreactor, fortified with nutrients like amino acids and glucose, and structured around collagen “scaffolds.” It’s not just about cultivating the ideal boneless chicken wing: These miracle meats could reduce the planet-depleting land and water use of traditional animal agriculture by more than 80 percent. “From an investment standpoint, this is potentially a trillion-dollar market opportunity,” says New Crop Capital partner Christopher Kerr, leading VCs to grab a stake in their labstock of choice.

The Chemistry of Ginger – Flavour, Pungency & Medicinal Potential

The Chemistry of Ginger – Flavour, Pungency & Medicinal Potential

Ginger is a spice that can be commonly found in supermarkets and in the kitchen, either as the fresh root, or in dried, powdered form. It adds a strong, pungent flavour to dishes as a consequence of a number of chemical compounds it contains; additionally, these compounds are altered when the ginger is cooked or dried, producing alterations to its flavour. Some of these compounds have also been investigated for potential health benefits, including potential anti-tumour activity.

The best way to lose weight boils down to these three things

The best way to lose weight boils down to these three things

Call it what you will: An eating plan, a lifestyle, a diet, a philosophy, but few things garner such heated debate as how to lose weight. The truth is, whether you’re on a low-carb keto program, devoted to the Paleo lifestyle, all in to the Whole 30 or remain committed to low-fat eating, these plans have more in common than you think. What’s more, follow any one of them religiously, and you’ll likely notice results.

Modelling food quality

Modelling food quality

The quality of processed foods depends not only on the initial status of the raw materials but also on the changes occurring during processing and subsequent storage that may cause losses and decreased bioavailability.

Chinese Retail Giant To Use Blockchain To Track Beef, Prove Food Safety

Chinese Retail Giant To Use Blockchain To Track Beef, Prove Food Safety

In China, counterfeit goods often “slip under the radar”. In August 2016, 319 pigs contaminated by prohibited drugs, including salbutamol and clenbuterol, were discovered in southeast China. Blockchain technology provides a solution in boosting consumer confidence, as it allows to verify the origin of the meat in seconds.