The Farmory in downtown Green Bay is a “farm with a social mission,” in the words of Program Director, Alex Smith. The historic armory turned “farmory” is being used to demonstrate to the community how the centuries old practice of farming can address the growing problem of food security in many of today’s urban areas.
It’s human nature, it seems, to resist change and fear the unknown. So it is no surprise that genetic engineering of food and feed crops resulted in their resounding condemnation as “Frankenfoods” by many consumers, who seem as terrified of eating an apple with an added anti-browning gene or a pink pineapple genetically enriched with the antioxidant lycopene as I am of self-driving cars.
From winning a brownie competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show during his eighth grade year to securing first place in the nation for developing a new product with a team of Penn State food scientists, Michael Zaffuto is diving headfirst into the field of food science.
Zaffuto, a food science major, attributes his many accomplishments to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, his family and his hometown of Sykesville, Pennsylvania, a close-knit community with plenty of corn and wheat fields.
The Trump administration will encourage the food industry to reduce the salt in processed foods and will take steps to overhaul some food labels to make them easier to understand, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Thursday.
Consumers hold the power of today’s food world in their hands. With buying decisions centered on transparency being made daily, brands that align with shoppers’ values are in the position to thrive.