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Walmart cited the contamination of romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona (pictured in this file photo) with E. coli when announcing its leafy greens suppliers will soon have to participate in a blockchain system. 
The contaminated lettuce from the Yuma area sickened more than 200 consumers in three dozen states this spring, and is blamed for five deaths. It took days to trace the lettuce back to the farms that grew it.

The brave new world of blockchain

Digital traceability has suddenly been thrust into the food sector

If there was ever any doubt that agriculture would someday run headlong into the blockchain space, it was quashed on Sept. 24. That was the day Walmart announced its leafy green suppliers would be required (in a year’s time) to participate in a blockchain-driven system providing full-chain traceability of their produce. In recent years, Bitcoin […] Read more

Tyson Foods launched its ¡Yappah! product with a campaign on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

Comment: Increasingly, food must not only taste good, but ‘feel good’

Flavour and price still count, but more people 
want food that appeals to their social conscience

Sometimes deciding what to feed the family after a long, arduous day juggling daycare, jobs, and traffic seems overwhelmingly complicated. If a recent press release from the U.S.-based Tyson Innovation Lab is any indication, deciding what we’re going to put into our mouths next is about to get more cluttered with new products, new language, […] Read more


Irradiated ground beef, such as these burger patties, is expected to have a lower potential presence of harmful pathogens such as E. coli.

No uproar over irradiation proposal

When irradiating ground beef was first proposed in 2002, consumers were wary

The expected consumer outcry over irradiated ground beef has been more of a whisper — a complete sea change from the early 2000s when the technology was first proposed. “Many consumer groups are receptive to the concept, much more so than 14 years ago when Health Canada was seriously considering moving forward on this,” said […] Read more

Organic grain producer Steven Snider swears by green manure 
plow-down crops on his operation.

Green manure crops can put more green in your pockets

If organic producers can look past having a year out of 
crop production, green manure plow-down crops can pay off

For organic grain producers, your best investment is the crop you never harvest. “I can never stress green manure plow-down enough. It is your most valuable crop,” said Steven Snider, who runs an organic grain operation near Edberg. “Part of your farm should be soil building with a green manure plow-down. Don’t cheat yourself on […] Read more


Consumers aren’t that interested in the facts about GMOs, says geneticist 
Sean Myles.

These aren’t your grandmother’s GMOs

FarmTech: Scientists used to use a scattergun approach to genetically modify plants, but modern methods are extremely precise, says professor

Of all the tools that plant breeders have at their disposal, a compelling story is perhaps the most important — and the most challenging to find. “That’s one of the things in the modern breeders’ tool kit that needs improvement — our message out to the public and how it’s going to come across,” said […] Read more