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Case Study: Minimizing Food Wastage From Farm To Consumer Products – A Systems Approach, David Masser Dec 2014

Case Study: Minimizing Food Wastage From Farm To Consumer Products – A Systems Approach, David Masser

The Last Food Mile Conference

Sterman Masser, Inc. is committed to minimizing food loss throughout the process of growing, harvesting, and packaging a consumer ready product through the use of cutting edge technology industry leading techniques. Combining Integrated Pest Management with crop rotations and more resistant potato varieties, SMI has minimized the potential for crop destroying fungi and insects to propagate. In response to hazards from rocks in the soil and the stresses from harvesting we have acquired rock crushers capable of pulverizing everything down to a powder and new harvesters designed to reduce the stresses of harvesting. Potatoes, coming from the fields, enter our ...


Panel I: Food Industry - Overview, David Galligan Dec 2014

Panel I: Food Industry - Overview, David Galligan

The Last Food Mile Conference

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Overview Of Food Loss In The United States, Jean Buzby Dec 2014

Overview Of Food Loss In The United States, Jean Buzby

The Last Food Mile Conference

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) estimates the amount, value, and calories of food loss at the retail and consumer levels in the United States. Food loss represents the edible amount of food, postharvest, that is available for human consumption but is not consumed for any reason. It includes cooking loss and natural shrinkage (e.g., moisture loss); loss from mold, pests, or inadequate climate control; and food waste. While ERS developed the Loss-Adjusted Food Availability (LAFA) data series to monitor food intake and diet quality, the food loss estimates have been used to inform ...


Global Food Loss And Food Waste And The Environmental Footprint, Barbara Ekwall Dec 2014

Global Food Loss And Food Waste And The Environmental Footprint, Barbara Ekwall

The Last Food Mile Conference

Looking at the global context, the key-note speech will start by examining major trends in food security and nutrition and challenges ahead to feed a world of 9.2 billion people by 2050, 2.3 billion people more than today. It will look at urbanization, changing diets, rising middle class, natural resources and climate change. This is the context in which FAO is fulfilling its mandate to promote food security and nutrition for all, to preserve natural resources, and to promote economic development.

Reducing food loss and waste is an integral part of efforts in view of achieving a zero ...


Sustainably Feeding Nine Billion: Challenges And Opportunities, Kenneth Cassman Dec 2014

Sustainably Feeding Nine Billion: Challenges And Opportunities, Kenneth Cassman

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A Role Of Swi/Snf Complex In Aba-Dependent Drought Responsive Gene Expression In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Soon-Ki Han Jan 2014

A Role Of Swi/Snf Complex In Aba-Dependent Drought Responsive Gene Expression In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Soon-Ki Han

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

The survival of plants as sessile organisms depends on their ability to cope with environmental challenges. Of key importance in this regard is the phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA). ABA not only promotes seed dormancy but also triggers growth arrest in postgermination embryos that encounter water stress. This is accompanied by increased desiccation tolerance. Postgermination ABA responses in Arabidopsis thaliana are mediated in large part by the ABA-induced basic domain/leucine zipper transcription factor ABA INSENSITIVE5 (ABI5). Here, I show that loss of function of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling ATPase BRAHMA (BRM) causes ABA hypersensitivity during postgermination growth arrest. ABI5 ...