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AgroScout uses AI to remotely protect global crops | Greenbiz

Smart climate agriculture is a crucial part of the climate tech sector in 2023. To this end, Israeli climate tech company AgroScout has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that places climate and crop management directly into the hands of food processing companies, farm managers and farmers. And the time for accessible, autonomous crop management is now. Agricultural development has been identified as one of the most powerful tools available to stop extreme poverty and improve glob

Perimenopause: Tackling the dearth of treatments for anxiety and depression

Due to a growing body of research, the connection between mental health and perimenopause is becoming clearer, namely its impact on mood and the onset of depression and anxiety. However, despite focused efforts in scientific research, this connection is still largely unexplored in the pharmaceutical space. Perimenopause refers to the stage of menopausal transition when an irregularity in the menstrual cycle symptoms may arise before the last menstrual bleed. Medical interventions typically reco

The one-shot cervical cancer vaccine paradigm

On December 20, 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its recommendations for cervical cancer vaccines in a bid to boost vaccination coverage. The WHO now says that a one-dose schedule for girls ages 9–14 years adequately protects against human papillomavirus (HPV), and more specifically, the HPV 16 and HPV 18 strains. The insights and amendments came following findings from a meeting held by WHO’s independent expert advisory group in April 2022. Several cervical cancer vaccines ar

Cervical cancer technologies emerge to support screening

Cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in people with a cervix, and in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated there were over 500,000 cases, representing approximately 6.6% of all female cancers. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), 14,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer yearly in the US alone, and more than 4,000 women die from it. Due to the high incidence of cervical cancer, the WHO has highlighted an urgent need for effective screening programmes.

‘Looking Outside’ and ‘Days of Rest’—How Filipino Youth Used Religious Traditions to Cope with COVID

Following the initial global outbreak of COVID-19, the Philippines government responded by initiating some of the world’s most stringent lockdown measures. Under its highest-tiered lockdown, the country introduced Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), which required residents to stay indoors unless they had a “quarantine pass” that permitted them to go shopping or conduct other urgent business. Schools and churches closed, and in-person and group meetings of faith were prohibited. As a result,

Will sustainable insect protein ever achieve mainstream popularity?

Protein continues to grow in popularity as a vital ingredient in the global food industry. With the world accelerating toward new and sustainable food, shoppers are seeking alternative protein sources. As novel eating experiences resonate with global consumers, insects are featuring as a new source of protein and garnering a reputation as an effective ingredient in high-protein foods. However, overcoming consumer resistance and developing at a commercial scale are two leading issues facing inse

Provention’s Tzield can delay type 1 diabetes. But will it reach all patients?

On November 17, 2022, the FDA approved Provention Bio’s Tzield (teplizumab), making it the first and only treatment to delay the onset of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Providing an early-treatment strategy allows people to manage a lifelong condition while maximizing their quality of life, and it is a potential first step to tackling inequity. However, without fair and equal access to testing for T1D, it is difficult for people to obtain a diagnosis and access treatment. The international T1D network

New dietary fibre insights drive nutritional and health launches

The dietary fibre market has grown in recent years, with food manufacturers looking for healthy ingredients to improve the nutritional value of their products. Increasing consumer consciousness towards the health benefits of baked goods and snacks is driving the demand for dietary fibre. “The gap between consumption and recommended fibres intake is undoubtedly a public health issue,”​ said Anne Lionnet, business developer in charge of LifyWheat’s European development at Limagrain Ingredients.

Will protein be the next mega-trend in 2023?

Today’s protein consumers are demanding protein alternatives and attractive sensorial experiences. But with existing obstacles revolving around how to achieve favourable volume, texture and machinability to meet consumer expectations, protein has yet to reach mega-trend status. However, with the adoption of new processes and product developments, the question now is whether it will signify a change for protein in 2023. Proteins remain a critical ingredient in the global food industry. With the

Preparing for acrylamide regulation updates in 2023

With changes to acrylamide regulation taking shape in 2023 - as reported in BakeryandSnacks -​ ​manufacturers now edge closer to renewed legislation. As a result, we can expect to see new or reformulated product developments that reflect the legislative updates. Acrylamide is found in various foods, including baked goods and snacks. The chemical substance comes from the naturally present substances of free asparagine (amino acids) and sugars. Acrylamide forms from cooking processes, such as bak

The story of wheat features resilience as its main character

Wheat-wise, baked goods and snack brands expect to see rising demand for more whole grain products over commercialised white flour, with manufacturers anticipating increased calls for heritage grain products worldwide. Health and nutrition are the leading factors driving consumers toward whole grain varieties over their white flour counterparts. Manufacturers are witnessing a growing number of consumers asking about the wheat’s provenance, how it impacts farmers and its required farming practic

The EU prepares to overhaul packaging and waste rules

On 30 November 2022, the European Commission released its final proposal for an updated packaging and packaging waste regulation (PPWD),​ ​amending the European Union’s (EU) 2019/2020 regulation and 2019 directive. If adopted, the proposed revision will expedite the EU’s goal to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030 and strive to help it reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Differing regulatory approaches across Member States create challenges for countries within Europe to har

Renewed calls for urgent cost-of-living crisis support a priority in 2023

The cost-of-living crisis continues to dominate the concerns of those working in, and representing, the bakery and snack sectors. According to Alasdair Smith, CEO of the Scottish Bakers, “Soaring energy costs and rising ingredient bills coupled with the ongoing recruitment and retention troubles we face make the price of doing business harder than it has ever been.”​ The Association previously brought attention to the reality that bakers in Scotland, and it suspects in England too, are facing

Food labelling has a significant impact on consumer decision-making

In September 2022, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), which acts as the Commission’s science and knowledge service, published the results of four scientific studies exploring how food industry players are currently communicating food information to consumers. The results provide guidance on various areas within food information, including front-of-pack nutrition labelling, digital communication and origin labelling. Following the scientific studies, the JRC will use these re

How cell agriculture and fermentation can address food scarcity and security

Cellular agriculture and fermentation involve “building” food. Scientists and formulators use developments such as microbial growth and enzymatic processes to build individual food ingredients and entire products. Technological advances are crucial to the application of cellular agriculture and fermentation, with systems focusing on enabling scalability to provide a sustainable offering. Alternative proteins, novel processing technologies and functional ingredients are examples of technologies

How advancing tech has shaped mental health in 2022

The mental health landscape has welcomed discoveries, launches and experiences that showcase immersive technologies. Research, innovations and campaigns that explore the relationship between advancing technologies and mental health have come to the fore in 2022. As a result, we have seen sophisticated and ever-evolving technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and gaming positioned as an effective tool to support holistic healthcare. Consumers want to access mental

Ice cream innovation draws on health and wellness trend

Manufacturers are formulating ice cream ranges with probiotics, protein, and plant-based ingredients to appeal to growing health and wellness demand. Ice cream products are diversifying in the remaining months of 2022. Digestive health claims are proving a prominent feature on ice cream packaging labels, data analytics firm IRI says in its latest dairy insights. Manufacturers will likely increase their prebiotic, probiotic, and other digestive claims to meet consumer demand, particularly as co

Making coffee farming more sustainable

Interest in a circular economy model is increasing among coffee players as calls for positive environmental action proliferate the supply chain. “Our agricultural system needs an urgent overhaul,” Miguel Gamboa, coffee sector lead at international non-profit organisation, Rainforest Alliance told Ingredients Network. In June 2022, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced the publication of its recent consultation outcome. The consultation surrounded the imp

Healthy food interest continues despite rising prices

Deloitte insights show that consumers are willing to pay a premium for food linked to health and wellness even though cost concerns are growing. In its latest insights into consumer spending habits in food and beverages, professional services company Deloitte highlights how food as medicine continues to resonate with consumers. Its popularity remains even though price rises and shifting spending patterns to stretch budgets are at the forefront of consumers' buying habits. As health and wellnes

Nestlé launches infant formula with novel ingredient, myelin

Nestlé has identified a nutrient blend of components found in breast milk, myelin, and will launch Nutrilearn Connect, an infant formula containing the novel ingredient, in Hong Kong before expanding to other markets. The product comes after years of research examining the impact of nutrition on the brain and cognitive development in early life. The nutrient blend comprises specific phospholipids, vitamins, fatty acids and minerals relevant for myelin to form. Myelin is a lipid-rich sheath whi
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