Could reducing food waste boil down to a simple equation? Software companies are developing programs that help food processors and retailers reduce waste by measuring company data more effectively. The scope of the problem is clear: Americans toss out the equivalent of $165 billion in food every year. This past fall, the U. S.Department of…

When the topic is food safety, the first things that might come to mind for many are the farmers growing the food, the stores selling the food, and even the public health scientists who are testing the food to make sure it doesn’t contain any pathogens that could make us sick — or even kill…

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A veggie burger with a side of salad.

Portland, OR — On a recent rainy evening, Native Foods Cafe in Bridgeport Village was bustling. Customers crowded around the counter to order burgers, nachos, chicken wings and other dishes, and people were happily digging in after being served.

The “Soul Bowl,” a

Reducing food waste could boil down to a mathematical equation as software developers decipher details to help food producers, retailers and foodservice operators solve the problem with data. logo-NexTec-series-1Q-2016 The scope of the problem is clear, with Americans tossing out the equivalent of $165 billion in food every year, according to a report by the Natural…

floodedfields-406New research has shown that climate change may be causing more than just an increase in extreme weather events such as heat waves and storms. Those events also seem to be bringing a heightened risk of Salmonella outbreaks with them. The rates of people sickened by Salmonella rises each time their area experiences an extreme…

Reusable plastic containers used to transport fruits and vegetables have proliferated across the grocery industry in recent years despite recent warnings from university research studies suggesting the containers may harbor and spread harmful pathogens over time. Reusable_Produce_Container_406x250Responding to critics, the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has issued comprehensive, science-based protocols for the use of grocery containers…

Concerned that the government’s advice regarding seafood consumption is too simplistic, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its own consumer guide on the subject. “The developing brain during pregnancy and in childhood is remarkably damaged by mercury and also repaired or ‘boosted’ by omega-3 fatty acids,” said EWG Senior Analyst Sonya Lunder. “Another key…