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Food and technology: Clash or synergy?
Huffington Post
Our global food system is need of serious change, but the recipes for solutions diverge greatly, pointing to very different causes. Some may be worried that there won't be enough food in the future, and offer greater outputs and intensive industrial agriculture as the answer. Others believe enough food is already produced around the world and consider distribution, access, affordability, and health as the main issues. Many worry about the impact of climate change and other environmental factors - from soil erosion to water scarcity and pollution. At any rate, there is a widespread sense that something has to be done.
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Creating a personalized shopping experience for each shopper
Progressive Grocer
When everything can be purchased online and delivered to your home, grocery retailers must do something to motivate customers to step foot in their stores. They have to create an experience customers can't get online. Fortunately, technology allows the possibility of creating a personalized shopping experience for each customer.
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Harper promises dairy industry will be protected in any Pacific trade deal
Canadian Grocer
As his ministers begin hailing a yet-to-be-signed trans-Pacific trade deal, Stephen Harper promised Tuesday to preserve Canada's long-standing protection of the dairy and auto industries. The long-awaited 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership is shaping up to be a dominant theme on the campaign trail this week, with speculation rampant that a deal is finally taking shape.
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Food, beverage industry CEOs call for meaningful deal on climate change at UN conference
The Province via The Associated Press
The CEOs of several major food and beverage companies are calling on world leaders to push for a meaningful agreement at the United Nation's conference on climate change later this year in Paris. The 10 companies, including cereal maker General Mills and candy maker Mars Inc., will run an open letter as a full-page ad in the Financial Times and Washington Post on Thursday. They say they will "re-energize" their own efforts to make their supply chains more sustainable as well.
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Mashed potato to power food factory
The Guardian
The parent company of some of the UK's biggest food brands including Fox's Biscuits and Goodfella's pizzas is this week set to flick the switch on a new electricity generator that will be powered by waste mashed potato.
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How data science feeds into nutrition and health
Silicon Republic
The food we consume is a treasure trove of data ripe for analysis. We speak to two experts delving deep into these datasets in different ways. When Eileen Gibney started out researching nutrition, she was surprised at how much data was part of it.
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Better employee nutrition reduces sick days and costs
Calgary Herald
While the Conference Board of Canada will be releasing new research on the cost of absenteeism to the Canadian economy in upcoming months, the most recent report from 2013 suggests that sick days cost the Canadian economy $16.6 billion annually (based on salary costs for the days lost and not including replacement workers).
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New study reveals kids' favourite snack
Canadian Grocer
A new study in the journal Pediatrics reveals which fruits kids love most. Drumroll please: Apples win by a mile! The study found that 20 percent of a kid's fruit consumption comes from apples, along with 10 percent from apple juice. Runner-up fruits include citrus juices, bananas, melons, berries, citrus fruit, fruit salads, grapes, peaches and nectarines.
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Canada to pay farmers for any losses under TPP deal, Ritz says
Ag Canada
Canadian farmers will receive government compensation for any losses resulting from a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, the country's agriculture minister said in a discussion about the nation’s protected farm sectors.
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Nutrition labelling helps, but self-control complicates food choices
Food Navigator
Consumers can make healthier choices from both traffic light and numerical labelling, but individuals' levels of self-control can make a big difference to the effectiveness of an intervention, according to two new studies.
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Mulcair pledges food plan for Canada's North
CTV News
An NDP government would spend $32 million over four years to ensure more northerners have access to nutritious food, party leader Tom Mulcair last week. Mulcair, who flew to Nunavut for a brief northern swing, chastised the government under Conservative Leader Stephen Harper for failing to ensure an adequate supply of affordable healthy food in the North.
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Canadian company creates first 100% compostable K-cup
Global News
A Toronto-based coffee company claims to have created the world's first 100 per cent compostable coffee pod. Club Coffee's PurPod100 is certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) in New York, and is compatible with most Keurig-style brewing systems, including Keurig 2.0.
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ConAgra to cut 1,500 jobs, shift base to Chicago from Omaha
The Globe and Mail
ConAgra Foods Inc said it will cut about 1,500 jobs and outsource technology and back office positions, joining other packaged food companies in announcing cost cuts, and the company also plans to move its headquarters to Chicago from Omaha.
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Nutrition labelling helps, but self-control complicates food choices
Food Navigator
Consumers can make healthier choices from both traffic light and numerical labelling, but individuals' levels of self-control can make a big difference to the effectiveness of an intervention, according to two new studies.
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Whole Foods to stop selling food made by prison labour
CTV News
Whole Foods will stop selling products made using a prison labour program after a protest at one of its stores in Texas. The company said the products should be out of its stores by April 2016, if not sooner. Whole Foods said it has sold tilapia, trout and goat cheese produced through a Colorado inmate program at some stores since at least 2011.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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What exactly is the microwave doing to your food? Here's the science (Huffington Post)
We are ignoring food security at our peril (Toronto Star)
How to give customers a nudge (Globe and Mail)
Study: Diet of fruits, veggies could help ward off depression (CTV News)
A multisensory experience can overcome food label skepticism (Food Navigator)
Peanut CEO gets harshest food safety penalty ever (Popular Science)

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