Food and Agriculture News

Study Finds Most People Start Eating a Chocolate Bunny With the Ears (April 10, 2017): Most people (59%) prefer to consume chocolate rabbits by eating the ears first. Only 4% start with the tail or feet.

World's Largest Banana Collection in Belgium is Adding Potatoes (January 23, 2017): Belgium is home to the world's largest banana collection. It is now expanding into potatoes.

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Scientists Find Earliest Evidence of Humans Eating Salmon (September 27, 2015): Researchers have discovered that people started using salmon as a food source as early as 11,500 years ago.

Geoduck Farming Takes Off in Washington State and Canada (May 26, 2015): Geoduck farming is taking off in Washington State thanks to strong demand for the odd looking clams in China

FDA Approves Genetically Modified Innate Potato for Consumption (March 26, 2015): The FDA has approved a genetically modified Innate potato that browns slower and produces less acrylamide when heated.

Arctic Apples Genetically Modified to Brown More Slowly Approved by USDA (February 15, 2015): The U.S. government has approved a new GMO apple that has been genetically modified to brown more slowly.

U.S. Military Scientists Developing Pizza That Can Last For Three Years (February 14, 2014): The U.S. military is currently developing a pizza that remain edible for up to three years.

Rancho Feeding Corporation Recalls Over 8 Million Pounds of Unwholesome Meat Products (February 11, 2014): Rancho Feeding Corporation recalls over 8 million pounds of unwholesome meat products.

Scientists Decode Genome of the Hot Pepper (January 27, 2014): An international team of scientists have decoded the genome of the hot pepper.

Scientists Use Optogenetics to Stop Rats From Binge Drinking (January 8, 2014): Scientists have used light to stop rats from binge drinking. The study involved a technology called optogenetics.

World's First Lab Grown Burger Cooked and Eaten (August 5, 2013): The world's first lab-grown beef burger has been cooked and eaten. It cost $332,000 and three months to produce the lab meat.

Oregon May Become First State to Name Official State Microbe (April 25, 2013): Oregon is considering naming Saccharomyces cerevisiae, commonly known as brewer's yeast, as the official state microbe.

Dutch Scientists Determine Mealworms Would Make Good Sustainable Protein (January 25, 2013): Dutch scientists from Wageningen University conducted studies to evaluate the use of mealworms (beetle larvae) as a sustainable protein for human consumption.

Hot Chocolate Tastes Better in an Orange Cup Say Scientists (January 3, 2013): Scientists from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Oxford say they have proven hot chocolate tastes better in an orange or cream colored cup than in a white or red cup.

Australian Scientists Develop Pineapple That Tastes Like Coconut (December 31, 2012): ABC News Australia reports that Australian scientists have developed a new variety of pineapple, called the AusFestival Pineapple, that has a coconut flavor.

Ancient Sieve Vessels Indicate Humans First Began Making Cheese Over 7,000 Years Ago (December 12, 2012): University of Bristol researchers have discovered humans first started making cheese over 7,000 years ago after analyzing some ancient sieve vessels found in Poland.

What the Astronauts on the Space Station Will Eat for Thanksgiving Dinner (November 21, 2012): The U.

Japanese Researchers Develop Cooking Simulator (August 27, 2012): Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a cooking simulator.

Residents of Ancient Cahokia Settlement Drank Black Beverage That Made Them Vomit (August 15, 2012): Researchers from the University of Illinois have discovered that people living in 700 to 900 years ago in Cahokia, a massive prehistoric North American settlement near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, drank a strong black beverage that made them vomit.

Asiatic Pear Genome Sequenced (June 12, 2012): The first sequencing of the Asiatic pear genome has been completed by an international consortium of seven worldwide universities and institutions including the University of Illinois.