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Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

June 16th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Amazon.com Inc. will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, a bombshell of a deal that catapults the e-commerce giant into the supermarket business with hundreds of stores across the U.S. Amazon agreed to pay $42 a share in cash for the organic-food chain, including debt, a roughly 27 percent premium to […]

New Zealand: High Levels of E-Coli Found in Creek that Runs Into Treasured Springs

May 14th, 2017

Disclosure: I am involved with the effort to bring attention to the pollution and water take issues at Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve. — There is video of the manure slurry feeding into the crystal clear water over SOSGoldenBay.nz. Scroll down to the 28 April entry, if you dare. Via: Stuff: High E-coli levels have been […]

New Zealand: Ongoing Dairy Pollution of Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve

April 17th, 2017

Disclosure: I am involved with the effort to bring attention to the pollution and water take issues at Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve. — Intensive dairy farming is destroying freshwater resources around New Zealand. It turns out the crown jewel of them all, a national treasure and a globally unique ecosystem is now threatened. How does […]

Farmers Look For Ways To Circumvent Tractor Software Locks

April 10th, 2017

Via: NPR: A new tractor often costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, but one thing not included in that price is the right to repair it. That has put farmers on the front lines of a battle pitting consumers against the makers of all kinds of consumer goods, from tractors to refrigerators to smartphones. Modern […]

Domino’s Will Begin Using Robots to Deliver Pizzas in Europe

March 29th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Starship Technologies, the London-based company that has created six-wheeled self-driving delivery robots, will begin taking customers Domino’s pizzas in Germany and the Netherlands. Starship, launched in July 2014 by two former Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, will whisk pizzas to customers’ doors if they live within a one-mile radius of certain […]

Facing Bread Shortage, Venezuela Arrests Bakers

March 17th, 2017

Via: Miami Herald: Facing a bread shortage that is spawning massive lines and souring the national mood, the Venezuelan government is responding this week by detaining bakers and seizing establishments. In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as […]

High Calorie, Low Nutrient Food Apocalypse

March 15th, 2017

Via: BBC: A teaspoon of oil, measured out with precision, is how Professor Tim Benton remembers his mother preparing items for frying. When he was growing up in the 1960s, vegetable oil was still a precious commodity and used sparingly. Fast-forward to today and oil is now so abundant and cheaply available that most of […]

‘Pretty Much Tastes Like Chicken’

March 15th, 2017

Via: MarketWatch: A Bay Area food-technology startup says it has successfully developed the world’s first chicken strip grown from self-reproducing cells without so much as ruffling a feather. And it pretty much tastes like chicken, according to people who were offered samples Tuesday in San Francisco, before a planned big reveal on Wednesday by Memphis […]

Meet Flippy, a Burger-Grilling Robot

March 9th, 2017

Via: Tech Crunch: Flipping burgers is a hot and greasy job. Slips, trips, burns and cuts are common hazards associated with the work. But global demand for burgers is tremendous. Top burger chains racked up more than $75.5 billion in annual sales in 2016. To help keep human cooks out of harm’s way while fulfilling […]

‘Mismatch’ Between the way Our Senses Evolved and Modern World Is Making Us Ill

February 21st, 2017

Via: Independent: The modern world is radically at odds with the way human senses have evolved, helping to make us short-sighted, obese and depressed, scientists have warned. Spending large amounts of time indoors under artificial light and staring at computer screens has helped produce a “myopia epidemic” with as many as 90 per cent of […]

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