5 @ 5: Drought resistant crops? | Dissecting the protein craze
Can science transform Californian cultures to cope with drought?
Researchers apply lessons learned from previous droughts to enable the $ 50 billion agricultural sector to sustain itself in our new collective reality where water use is driven by nature and climate change, not agencies state or federal. Although research projects to design drought-tolerant crops do not materialize for decades, as fruit and nut trees require more than 20 years to fully mature, some more immediate options include satellite and seed technology. drones as well as soil moisture sensors that measure an orchard’s evapotranspiration (aka how much water trees get from the earth and how much is exhaled into the atmosphere). The meter has the details.
How protein became the food industry’s biggest craze
New protein-rich SKUs are hitting natural store shelves faster and in greater numbers than ever before, but what can we take away from consumer attitudes and new protein sourcing techniques based on the ever-growing fad of protein? First, taste is a huge factor. The technology behind protein bars in particular has evolved to the point that they are almost like regular chocolate bars, and the sneaky protein in other CPG products can help consumers feel like they’re getting their money’s worth. without that chalky protein powder feel. Second, the culture of food plays a huge role; As one dietitian interviewed by The Guardian put it, “Protein is a diet culture that masquerades as something that fuels exercise.”
USDA accepts over 2.5 million acres in grassland conservation program
This week, the USDA announced that more than 2.5 million acres of U.S. land has been accepted into the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which involves payments to farmers to remove their land from agricultural production and work. instead on environmental benefits and climate change mitigation. The Grassland CRP was seen as a key program for renewal, as participation had declined over the decades. In addition, the Biden administration has implemented a host of new programs and related incentives. There are programs for shorter term cover planting, carbon sequestration practices and more technical assistance for farmers. Modern farmer reports.
Faced with mounting pressures, Kroger is the latest to pass on higher prices
On a recent earnings conference call, Kroger’s CFO Gary Millerchip said the retailer would “pass higher costs on to the customer where it makes sense.” Millerchip acknowledged that the company was facing pressures such as higher supply chain costs, as well as an increase in thefts that could push prices up in the second half of the year. Prices are rising across the board, but White House analysts have revealed that meat accounts for half of the price increases in home food and that prices have increased for beef (+ 14%), pork (+ 12%) and poultry (+ 6.6%) since December 2020. Visit The Food Institute to find out more.
EPA to review outdated water pollution standards for slaughterhouses
An estimated 7,000 meat processing facilities nationwide are currently polluting U.S. waterways, often in or near rural communities populated by people of color. Untreated slaughterhouse sewage, as you can imagine, contains blood, fat, urine, fecal bacteria, pathogens, ammonia, nitrogen, and phosphorus. But, according to Civil Eats, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to update national water pollution standards for meat and poultry processing plants for the first time since 2004 (many slaughterhouses still follow the guidelines of rejection established in the 1970s). Experts have long noted that the EPA’s outdated discharge limits under the Clean Water Act allow slaughterhouses to overload waterways with nutrients that contribute to algal blooms, kill aquatic life and endanger public health.