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Overfishing is destroying the world’s oceans. These start-ups think growing fish in a lab can help

[2 October/CNBC] Lab grown fish could soon be a reality. Finless Foods CEO, Mike Selden, said it was initially hard to generate investor interest, however there had been a spike in companies in the last few months. A few years ago, there were no companies in the sector. Finless Foods was now among one of...

TellSpec’s AI sensor detects fish fraud in real-time: ‘This technology is disruptive,’ says CEO

[8 October/Food Navigator] Fish fraud was a problem from excess water to illegal antibiotics and wrong species. TellSpec developed a tool powered by artificial intelligence to detect fraud in real time at low cost. Its CEO, Isabel Hoffman, said there were four main types of fraud in the supply chain. First, some inject fish with...

Campbell Soup may sell Fresh division to former Bolthouse CEO

[4 October/Food Dive] Campbell Soup was in talks to sell its Fresh division to a group of investors. The division had faced troubles in recent times. The investors would be led by Jeff Dunn who was previously CEO of Bolthouse Farms. Campbell Soup purchased Bolthouse for $1.55 billion in 2012, however its fresh division as...

Nestle nibbles on healthy snacking and plant-based food start-ups

[4 October/Food Dive] Nestle USA worked with three start-ups as part of the Terra Food and Agriculture Accelerator which was founded by RocketSpace and Rabobank. It first announced it would work with Terra and other collaborators in 2017 to select and coach start-ups in the food and agricultural industry. It would work with Jackson’s Honest,...

A new biotech company has raised $25 million to help unleash a ‘virgin market’ of psychedelic research

[4 October/Business Insider] A biotech company raised $25 million to finance research of psychedelics and other drugs related to depression and mental illnesses. Atai Life Scientists owned a large stake in Compass Pathways, which was backed by Peter Thiel. Atai was founded by a German entrepreneur, Christian Angermayer. He also planned to invest in research...

New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators Annual Guild Award Winners Announced

[6 October/New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators] The top award was taken out by a joint entry from two experienced New Zealand agricultural journalists at the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators annual awards. Hugh Stringleman and Neal Wallace took out the Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award which recognised their...

Giving rural people’s health top priority

[8 October/Rural Life] Dunedin based osteopath, Kelly Burnett, aspired to continue helping rural people get the best out of their bodies. She has a passion for farming and the rural community and believes rural people often did not recognise themselves as the most important tool on their farm or in their business. She was unsure...

Survey shows rural people less likely to ask for help with mental health

[5 October/The Country] According to a survey by Bayer New Zealand and Country TV, seven out of 10 rural New Zealanders had felt higher stress levels over the last five years. It asked participants questions regarding their views on topics impacting New Zealand today, including rural health. Of those who reported increased stress, 54 percent...

Free software drives home farm safety message

[8 October/Stuff] Farmlands want to help make New Zealand farms the safest in the world. They looked to their 68,000 shareholders nationwide to join their quest to improve New Zealand’s poor health and safety record in the primary sector. As the first step, Farmlands want to equip all farmers with free safety software to help...

Hawke’s Bay chardonnay wins champion white wine in New World Wine Awards

[8 October/The Country] Chardonnay was coming back into the spotlight, and won at the New World Wine Awards. Chairman of Judges, Jim Harre, said while a record number of rose wines entered the awards, it was the chardonnay that pleased the judges. He noted it was a nice win from a judging point of view....

Horticulture contender relishes opportunity

[3 October/Rural Life] According to Otago Polytechnic Graduate, Morgan Hampton, contesting the title of New Zealand’s top young horticulturist was not for the faint hearted, but was a great opportunity. He owned Bluestone Gardeners and Nursery. He made it to the final of the Young Horticulturist of the Year, alongside five other competitors. The grand...

Milk production growth could impact dairy prices

[4 October/The Country] According to analysts, a strong start to the dairy season was affecting prices. At the most recent GlobalDairyTrade auction, prices fell 1.9 percent which was led by a large fall in the price of fats. Anhydrous milk fat prices were down 4.4 percent, and butter was down 5.9 percent. Whole milk powder...

Hey, the kids are alright

[5 October/Farmers Weekly] Silver Fern Farms have committed to invest in future red meat sector leaders through its Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships, recognising and rewarding excellence. They are offering young people $5,000 to develop their red meat sector careers and capabilities in food and farming. Applications are open for people who wanted to develop...

Aucklanders jump at dairy apprenticeships

[3 October/Stuff] One in five people who wanted to take up dairy farming apprenticeships come from Auckland. A joint dairy apprenticeship scheme was launched a year ago by Federated Farmers and Primary ITO. Since then, 240 people had registered their interest, with over 40 coming from Auckland. Primary ITO Chief Executive, Linda Sissons, said many...

Biosecurity workshops for farmers in wake of survey

[2 October/Rural Life] Beef + Lamb New Zealand intend to roll out biosecurity workshops to assist farmers start and improve their on-farm biosecurity plans. More than half of New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers had made changes to reduce the risk of their stock becoming infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Other changes included increased focus on...

Wasp could sting pest beetle population

[3 October/Stuff] Scientists said a tiny wasp could stop an Australian beetle chewing through millions of dollars in forestry profits every year. Scion, the Crown Research Institute, have applied to release a parasitoid wasp to control the eucalyptus tortoise beetle. The Environmental Protection Authority would consider the application to introduce the Eadya daenerys wasp which...

Taranaki farmers reap benefit of keen appetite for quinoa

[8 October/Radio NZ] Kate and Hamish Dunlop had the idea to start growing quinoa five years ago. They now grow the food on part of their sheep and beef farm in Taranaki. They planted their first crop three years ago, and have found it relatively easy with good yields. Mr Dunlop said it was not...

Inside Helius Therapeutics’ cannabis-manufacturing lab in East Tamaki

[9 October/NZ Herald] Southeast Auckland was chosen as the growing and transforming sight for Helius Theraputics. They were the country’s first commercial cannabis company. Leasing a 1 hectare space in East Tamaki they are creating a state of the art facility. Helius Co-founder, JP Schmidt, said they were delighted to have secured the facility that...

Marvellous legumes, the powerhouse plants for pastoral production

[5 October/Stuff] Legumes are emerging as an opportunity to drive production, particularly in dryland and hill country environments. Having nodules on their roots that contain nitrogen-fixing bacteria, they can use water efficiently and are becoming increasingly important as the environmentally friendly way of introducing nitrogen to pastures. Research trials have focused on the management of...

Calf-rearing farm survey next step in ‘M. bovis’ bid

[4 October/Rural Life] A survey of 200 calf-rearing properties started as the next step in the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. National Controller, Geoff Gwyn, said the Ministry for Primary Industries started contacting owners of the selected properties this week and the test involved a one-off nasal swab on calves. He added the properties selected were...

Alliance backed on long-term approach

[5 October/The Country] According to its Chairman, Murray Taggard, Alliance Group management received a message from suppliers to keep investing in its long term strategy. He added feedback from shareholders and suppliers was pleasantly positive. The company would release its annual financial result in November. He noted no chairman was proud of not being able...

Over half of Carbon Zero Bill submitters favour all-gases target

[5 October/The Country] Submitters favoured an all gases target for the Government’s Carbon Zero Bill, however were divided on what that should look like. Around 58 percent of submitters supported a target that would include all greenhouse gases. Around 22 percent favoured a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 for long-lived gases. Around 8 percent...

New consumer and sensory science facility on the way

[29 August/Massey University] Massey University are developing a state of the art consumer and sensory science facility to determine what drives people in their food choice behaviours. College of Sciences Pro-Vice Chancellor, Ray Geor, said the investment continued to build on the strong food science capability at Massey. The facility would increase the already strong...

Big plans for NZ avocado exports to China

[8 October/Radio NZ] New Zealand Avocado have plans to grow exports to China since securing market access. The first shipment arrived in China last week. It followed years of preparations, inspections, trialling and certification by Chinese and New Zealand authorities. New Zealand Avocado Chief Executive, Jen Scoular, said around 40,000 trays would be sent this...