Changing The Face of Food Packaging with Alginate and Grape Skins.

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The shift from the petroleum economy is underway. With consumers more conscientious about the environmental impact of the items they buy, the days of the plastic-based food container are numbered. While researchers at the USDA are tinkering with milk proteins to engineer an edible plastic film, others are crafting entire plant-based food delivery systems that mimic nature in encapsulating and sealing solids and liquids. Read on to learn how innovation within the food packaging industry is having an important impact on our national resource management…

Consumers are worried about the environmental impact of the packaging they buy.  Researchers are working with milk proteins, plant based delivery systems, and other technologies to make packaging eco friendly.  Read more at

High-Tech Hemp – How Is This Humble Seed Moving Beyond its Hippie Heritage?

From “Reefer Madness” in 1936 to “Hemp for Victory” in 1942, hemp – a member of the Cannabis sativa family – has always been a hotly contested product. The plants which astrophysicist Carl Sagan suggested may have been the world’s first agriculture crop have been both vilified and lauded, and continue to be an economic and cultural flashpoint. But since the U.S. Farm Act of 2014, a growing demand for hemp seed products has propelled the development of high-tech processing facilities – some incorporating cleanroom technologies – which envisage a wholly different future for the high-protein food. Read on to learn more about 21st century face of this ancient weed…

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