Exposure to common plastic chemical linked to 100,000 early deaths

Researchers from the Grossman School of Medicine at New York University are calling for urgent regulatory action limiting the use of chemicals called phthalates in the production of plastics. The research strikingly estimates up to 100,000 premature de… Continue reading Exposure to common plastic chemical linked to 100,000 early deaths

Europe officially bans common white food coloring E171

Following recent recommendations by an expert panel, the Member States of the European Union have formally banned food coloring E171 from all foods, beginning in 2022. Also known as titanium dioxide, the chemical is commonly used as a white colorant in… Continue reading Europe officially bans common white food coloring E171

Brain imaging reveals artificial sweeteners can increase food cravings

Artificial sweeteners are widely promoted as safe, zero-calorie alternatives to sugar, ideal for those trying to lose weight. But a new study is indicating artificial sweeteners may increase appetite and food cravings, particularly in females and the o… Continue reading Brain imaging reveals artificial sweeteners can increase food cravings

Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Shaun White, Shawn Mendes get behind Shelf Engine

Shelf Engine’s grocery order automation technology applies AI to food order volume so that grocery customers can reduce their food waste by as much as 32%. Continue reading Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Shaun White, Shawn Mendes get behind Shelf Engine

Lab-grown coffee cuts out the beans and deforestation

As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the strain we place on the environment in our efforts to feed all those hungry mouths, and part of the solution may lie in the lab. We’ve seen how lab-grown meats like rib-eye steaks, burgers or chic… Continue reading Lab-grown coffee cuts out the beans and deforestation

Low-energy freezing technology keeps food fresh without forming ice

The typical freezers found homes and restaurants play an invaluable role in preserving foods until they’re ready to be eaten, but an alternative technology promises to not only use far less energy, but improve food quality at the same time. Known as is… Continue reading Low-energy freezing technology keeps food fresh without forming ice

How gut bacteria may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

Can the make-up of your gut microbiome affect the success of a weight loss intervention? A unique new study is indicating this is certainly possible, identifying several mechanisms by which gut bacteria can either help or hinder weight loss.Continue Re… Continue reading How gut bacteria may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

AgBiome lands $166M for safer crop protection technology

The company captures diverse microbes for agricultural applications, like crop protection, and screens strains for the best assays that would work for insect, disease and nematode control. Continue reading AgBiome lands $166M for safer crop protection technology

Trade promotion management startup Cresicor raises $5.6M to keep tabs on customer spend

The company focuses on providing small to mid-size CPG companies with an automated way to manage their trade promotion in retail stores. Continue reading Trade promotion management startup Cresicor raises $5.6M to keep tabs on customer spend

Tunable LEDs shrink infrared spectroscopy down to phone-friendly size

Infrared spectrometers are expensive and powerful instruments scientists use to analyze the chemical makeup of a sample, and a new research project has demonstrated what this technology might look like if packed into a smartphone. The breakthrough hing… Continue reading Tunable LEDs shrink infrared spectroscopy down to phone-friendly size