Friday, 29 July 2016

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INTERPOM | PRIMEURS 2016: Growing through Precision Technology

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  The organizers of INTERPOM | PRIMEURS 2016 have announced the biggest edition ever of the trade...

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APH Group, Omnivent and Miedema Sign Deal in China

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Diagnostic Module to Reduce Downtime for Processors

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  Canadian-based Brandneu Foods has significantly reduced lead times for its popular range of kale chi...

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   Dutch engineering company Kiremko will be the main sup...

McCain Foods Invests USD65m in Expanding Its French Fries Plant in Canada

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McCain Foods (Canada) announced a major investment of USD6...

Branston Began the Expansion of Its Potato Processing Plant in Lincoln

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  Processed potatoes (mainly frozen chips and crisps) wer...

Aviko Introduces a Guide for Gluten-free Catering

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Government in Venezuela Authorizes Import of Potato Seeds

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Scientists Reveal Potato Parasite’s “Toolkit"

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  An international research collaboration led by the Univ...

Kangaroo Island Potato Producer Wins the “Mini MBA” for Farmers

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 Kangaroo Island potato producer Peter Cooper has been nam...

CEJA President: Losing Young Farmers Puts the Future of European Food Production at Risk

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  CEJA President, Alan Jagoe, addressed EU agriculture mi...

Researchers Develop Nutrient-rich Purple Potato

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The potato could soon fall victim to a new set of guidelines outlining what children should be eating at schools in the U.S.

In a couple of months, the school menu is due for an overhaul as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares new rules designed to make school lunches healthier.

Based on a report from the Institute of Medicine, the USDA is considering new guidelines for school districts that would call for reducing the use of white potatoes, in favour of dishing out at least a half cup of leafy green vegetables, orange veggies and legumes each week.

"What we're looking at is the reputation of potatoes and that's what we're most concerned about," said Meredith Myers, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Potato Board. "The IOM report uses faulty logic. They assume they can encourage kids to eat more leafy greens and other vegetables by taking potatoes away. Potatoes are important to the diet. A medium-sized potato has no sodium, no cholesterol and is only 110 calories."

Potato farmers, as one would expect, are feeling a bit fried, and it looks like they're willing to strike back. Surprisingly, the looming food fight is not so much about money as it is about the reputation of the vegetable some call the spud.

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