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Real Estate Development Meets Urban Farming

Real Estate Development Meets Urban Farming

As the real estate market picks up, developers are turning to small-scale urban farmers to be part of their designs, according to a CityLab story. Developers are incorporating edible gardens into the buildings to draw interest and serve as an added amenity for buyers, and farmers see their inclusion as a way to promote their

Ice Cream With Staying Power

Ice Cream With Staying Power

A scientist may have found a way to prevent ice cream from melting so quickly. In an interview with The Salt, physicist Cait MacPhee at the University of Dundee in Scotland says that a protein produced by the bacterium Bacillus subtilis, BsIA, slows the melting of ice cream. MacPhee used BsIA as an emulsifier in

The Future of Alternative Proteins

A recent story on The Salt blog looks at the growing range of alternative proteins available to consumers and manufacturers. Soy has dominated the plant protein market, but proteins from sources such as pea, rice, bean, potato, and quinoa are gaining popularity. In addition, protein from microalgae—a wholefood ingredient that retains a wealth of nutrients—has

GMO chickens coming to a coop near you?

The USDA reports that 48 million birds have been affected by the avian flu this year and it’s responsible for the eradication of chicken and turkey flocks across the United States. The solution? As Laurence Tiley, a virology specialist at the University of Cambridge, explains in a National Geographic article, it’s a genetically-modified chicken that

Crops in Space

One of the main goals of space exploration is for humans to explore and inhabit other worlds. However, it takes several years to travel from Earth to other planets. To survive the journey and live to tell the tale, explorers will need to grow their own food in space. Christian Science Monitor reports that astronauts

Are drinkable meals the future of food?

Finnish startup Ambronite, UK-based Huel, and Silicon Valley’s Soylent have developed what they variously describe as “the future of food”, “a drinkable supermeal” and “a food revolution”, reports an article in International Business Times. Each product is a powder that can be mixed with water to create a drinkable meal. The article’s author ate these

The future of food shopping

A concept shop at Milan Expo explored how technology could transform the way we shop for food. Some of these changes might be upon us sooner than you think, according to an article in The Irish Times. Over the past two or three years, augmented reality has become one of the retail sector’s big talking

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