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Technology to Scan Food for Freshness and Quality

Touch the Soil News #846 (Feature photo – public domain – Dungodung) One of the places to get a “heads up” on new technology is to follow the money trail. Where are investors investing in food technology? Over the past few years, there have been numerous investment funds established with a singular purpose – invest in and advance food technology. One of these investment company’s “ACRE” invests and leads investments primarily in the arena of food and farming solutions. ACRE is an agrifood tech venture fund backed by Campbells Soup. Recently ACRE led a $1.3 million dollar startup investment into a company called ImpactVision. ImpactVision has been developing a technology…

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tackles Food and Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #810 (Feature photo – courtesy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Founded in 1861, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts (population 132,000). It is considered one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Founded in 1861, the university has stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. MIT has an academic staff of over 1,000, a student population of over 11,000 and is located on a campus of 168 acres. MIT has undertaken what it calls the Open Agriculture Initiative. Its philosophy is that indoor urban farming can create the least energy intensive crops while maintaining taste and nutrition. Efforts…

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High Tech Raw Milk

Touch the Soil News #415 The process of homogenizing and pasteurizing milk has always been a controversy for raw-milk proponents. Industrial milk production has always held that raw milk posed too much risk for carrying pathogens. Over the past few years, high pressure treatment of food has been developed and experimented with. Recently, a company in Sydney, Australia – Made By Cow – has perfected the process. Cold water is used to compress the milk, resulting in milk in which all of the harmful micro-organisms are destroyed without interfering with the nutrients that pasteurization destroys. Cold pressed raw milk as it comes out of the cold-pressure equipment. (photo courtesy of…

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Analyze Food – With an Affordable Molecular Sensor

Touch the Soil News #394 How would you like to know – on the spot – how much fat is in a salad dressing, how much sugar is in a particular fruit, get nutritional facts about dairy products? A company called Consumer Physics has invented the SCIO, a small hand-held molecular scanner that lets you test everything around you including your food (photo courtesy of Consumer Physics). Priced at $249, SCIO’s Website: https://www.consumerphysics.com/myscio/scio is presently taking pre-orders for their new invention which will be compatible with newer IPhones. Following is the company’s promotional video that shows how the device works: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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