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Earth’s feeding capacity, food spoilage monitoring, Buddhist perspectives on cultivated meat, animal welfare in the EU, co-benefits of low-carbon diets, China’s rice under extreme rainfall… and more.


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    How can cellular agriculture contribute to sustainable food systems? A panel of experts considers cellular agriculture from perspectives of environmental sustainability, food justice, corporate power, potential for greenwashing, virtue ethics, and scaling for impact. Watch here.

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    Food systems affect and are affected by climate change. Here, we bring together several articles published in Nature Food on climate risks and impact assessment, mitigation and adaptation strategies, as well as ‘win-win’ solutions that may deliver both.

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  • The exact location and extent of cocoa plantations in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the world’s largest producers, remain unknown in spite of their social, economic and environmental relevance. New satellite-based high-resolution maps generated through a deep learning framework link cocoa cultivation with deforestation in protected areas and show that official reports underestimate the total planted area.

    • Nikolai Kalischek
    • Nico Lang
    • Jan D. Wegner
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Standard tests to determine food spoilage are costly and time consuming. A poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride)-based sensor offers a low-cost alternative that can be linked to mobile phones for real-time spoilage analysis. The device was tested on chicken and beef samples under various storage conditions.

    • Emin Istif
    • Hadi Mirzajani
    • Levent Beker
  • The hidden costs of current diets, or the cost saving associated with the adoption of low-carbon diets, remain unknown. This study combines life cycle assessment and monetarization factors to quantify the indirect costs of nine global dietary change strategies which progressively reduce animal-sourced foods, including consumption-linked health burden from changes in diet-related disease risk.

    • Elysia Lucas
    • Miao Guo
    • Gonzalo Guillén-Gosálbez
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Genome assemblies, genetic variations, and metabolome and metal ion profiles were generated for diverse pigmented Asian rice varieties. An early maturing, shorter-stature black rice variety was created using CRISPR–Cas9-mediated genome editing, providing insights for improving Asian pigmented rice.

    • Khalid Sedeek
    • Andrea Zuccolo
    • Magdy M. Mahfouz
    Brief CommunicationOpen Access
  • Individuals’ food choices are typically based on recipes, not specific ingredients. This study compares almost 600 dinner recipes from the UK, the USA and Norway in terms of healthiness and environmental impact—including adherence to dietary guidelines and aggregate health indicators, as well as greenhouse gas emissions and land use.

    • Aslaug Angelsen
    • Alain D. Starke
    • Christoph Trattner
  • Using data from long-term nationwide observations and multi-level rainfall manipulative experiments, this study reveals that rice yield reductions due to extreme rainfall in China were comparable to those induced by extreme heat over the past two decades. Further projections highlight the increasing risk of rice yield reductions induced by extreme rainfall by the end of this century.

    • Jin Fu
    • Yiwei Jian
    • Feng Zhou