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Impossible Foods – Getting the Google Eye

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Touch the Soil News # 148 To get a more complete picture of what is going on here, a few words about Impossible Foods. Impossible Foods was created by Patrick O. Brown, MD, PhD and a Stanford University Biologist. The business is three years old and is located in Redwood City, California. To date, Brown has assembled an impressive staff of researchers and developers to include over 50 scientists, farmers and engineers. Their goal – make the best meats and cheeses you’ll ever eat – from plants. The team looked at specific proteins and nutrients from greens, seeds, and grains to recreate a very realistic experience of meats and dairy…

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Besides the Farmers, What Other Costs Are in Our Food Dollar?

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Touch the Soil News # 126 The USDA just released a corrected and updated estimate of where pieces of the food dollar go.  The USDA data on this report is always a couple of years behind, thus represented here by 2013 numbers. Info graphic #1 below shows how many pennies out of each dollar go to the respective pieces of the food chain. Farm Production, the actual money that goes into producing food, is 10.5 cents. For clarification, grocery stores fall under Retail Costs and restaurants fall under Food Services. When one studies Info graphic #1, the food chain has become so complex and expensive that it is no wonder…

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The Rise of the Crickets – Buy Cricket Protein Bars and Cricket Flour Today

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The other day, while strolling through the aisles of Natural Grocers – our local source for organic food – we saw a special display of protein bars made with cricket flour.  No, I did not pick one up to eat as I had this unexplainable mental aversion. But, many folks are somehow overcoming this aversion and buying into the new “cricket” protein trend into the food chain. Journalist Sophie Lee, on the staff of The Daily Californian, gives her take on her first experience eating insects: “I stared into its black, beady, little eyes. Then I popped it in my mouth, expecting the worst, but it was crunchy and tasted…

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The Need for Protein in Human Diets – Enter the Cricket

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Three forces are converging to change what the world will eat in the future: Continued population growth pushing the limits of farmland and water resources. Widespread economic austerity that seeks low cost and high resource efficiency in the food chain. Business models that can wrest a profit amidst forces 1 and 2. A cornerstone of any diet is protein. The three forces listed above have brought protein to the world via practices that have been criticized or condemned. Most meats come from animals administered hormones, antibiotics and life in confined animal feeding operations. These confined environments are ripe for diseases were it not for rigid drug intervention. Dairy and poultry…

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