If you pay a visit to the vegetables area in the supermarket you will certainly find tomatoes in their different sizes and varieties, all of them with a bright attractive red that screams: “Eat me, I’m delicious!”. But in case you don’t know (or remember) it, tomatoes used to be a lot more tasty than the ones we find in stores today. Why? Image consumption and the global economy. But now, scientists have found a way to bring back the lost flavor of tomatoes.
It is a well-known fact that cows are not very environmentally friendly. In fact they have one of the largest carbon footprints of anything we consume on a day-to-day basis, using 28 times more land and 11 times more water than eating chicken or pork. With new food technologies just around the corner such as in vitro meat, will cows still have a place in our fields? One native Dutch cow named Dieuwertje thinks she does.
Norwegian cuisine is known for its savory meatballs, sweet and salty cured salmon and… nori. That’s right, nori. Researchers in Trondheim have succeeded in growing the red Porphyra algae in laboratory for the first time, handing themselves all the right ingredients to become the frontrunner of commercial macroalgae cultivation.
Goji berries, quinoa, black garlic or chia, we’ve all have heard about those superfood. A recent research reveals that the next extra nutritious ingredient may be the liquid produced by cockrach mothers to feed their offsprings. Are you willing to try it?
Coop Italia, one of Italy’s largest grocery chains, has opened a flagship store in Milan to present their vision of what grocery shopping might hold for us in 2050. Dubbed ‘The Supermarket of the Future,’ the Italian retailer unveiled an interactive, 10.800-square-foot grocery store with over 6.000 products, powered up with over 250 Kinect devices, to explore how digital technologies can change our interactions with food.
Denmark can proudly call itself the leader of the food waste revolution, from a food waste pop-up shop to free meals from shop-donated food, and the supermarket that sells expired food. Each of these initiatives provide a helping hand to both the community and the environment. In fact, the grocery store selling overdue goods has proven to be so popular that it’s opening a second branch.
In some parts of the world people don’t have access to clean drinking water, but you can buy a bottle of Coke there. This observation inspired artist Helmut Smits to create the installation The Real Thing, in which Coke is turned into water.
In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the political sphere in Britain left the financial markets undecided. Analysts fear over the economic impact of post-Brexit and recently revealed the tumbling value of the pound, leading to the surge of import prices. As a direct result, American chocolate manufacturer Mondelez reduced the weight of its widely popular Toblerone bars in the UK, causing outrage on Twitter.
Did you ever considered eating the small green leaves of duckweed floating around in the ditches in between meadows? Probably not, duckweed has a negative connotation since it is flourishing in polluted waters. Yet, scientists and farmers are studying the possibilities of edible duckweed, shoveling it out of the ditches and bringing it to our plates.