Cargill introduces a new range of label-friendly potato starches for meat and meat alternatives

USA - Cargill, an American privately held global corporation, has introduced a new portfolio of label-friendly functional native starches with the addition of three potato starches designed for meat, meat alternatives and culinary applications. According to the company, it is designed for mild processing conditions, these starches offer superior viscosity and improved sensory experience, without…

Traditional veges, sweet potato key to food security in Africa

AFRICA - Research focusing on traditional crops that are often ignored and known as "orphan crops" shows they contain minerals and vitamins that are essential for the body and are mostly consumed by rural African people. Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on these crops mainly to improve yields and…

Africa must re-adopt its orphan crops as times change

AFRICA - A large portion of Africa's people relies on several indigenous plant species for subsistence. These plants are often primary food sources for people and animals and are also used for other non-food purposes. Most are farmed as food crops and are preferred by indigenous people and farmers. They are often hardy and tolerant,…

BASF’s late grab for Bayer seed assets marks strategy shift

GERMANY – BASF SE historically has boasted one of the widest portfolios in the chemicals industry, including products as dissimilar as cassette tapes and ulcer treatment. But it took a not-so-gentle nudge from the $160 billion wave of consolidation sweeping the agrochemical industry for the company to finally embrace seeds.