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|May 2, 2012|
Barriers still exist for sustainable palm oil in the U.S., Cargill says
Cargill says that the U.S. still has a long way to go before sustainable palm oil fractions, the form used by food manufacturers, are affordable in the country. Cost is still the biggest barrier to implementation, and demand isn't yet high enough for Cargill's four palm oil refineries to produce the product at full capacity, according to Mohit Gupta, tropical oils product line manager. FoodNavigator (4/25)
Experts warn against too much canola planting in Canada
Canadian farmers are expected to plant canola in record numbers for a sixth straight year, but despite the high demand, crop specialists say farmers should only plant canola once every four years. Too much canola planting allows disease-causing microorganisms to build immunity to resistant crop varieties and can hurt production yields, the specialists say. Reuters (4/30)
Environmental impact of palm oil production under scrutiny
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may soon finalize a decision on whether to allow diesel made from palm oil to be considered a renewable fuel. Citing deforestation, the EPA found that palm oil diesel didn't meet the requirements. Industry groups from Indonesia, Malaysia and the U.S. have sharply criticized the agency's analysis, with the American Palm Oil Council saying that the EPA's conclusion was "based on faulty data and erroneous assumptions." The public comment period on the initial EPA decision ended April 27. Meanwhile, researchers at Yale and Stanford universities say forest and peatland protection in palm oil production must be enacted to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (4/27) The Hill/E2 Wire blog (4/22) United Press International (4/26)
Multiple emulsions could provide saltiness with less sodium
Food researchers have found that formulating less stable emulsions alongside more stable ones could provide the perception of saltiness in the mouth with an overall lower sodium content. Scientists at the University of Guelph and Ryerson University published their findings in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. FoodNavigator (4/27)
Safflower high in oleic acid is developed in Australia
Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, together with the Grains Research and Development Corporation, developed a variety of safflower that produces more than 90% oleic acid. The CSIRO Crop Biofactories Initiative silenced genes involved in the conversion of oleic acids to polyunsaturates. The achievement was announced at the 103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, held April 29 to May 2 in Long Beach, Calif. Australian Life Scientist (4/27)
Drought-tolerant soy developed in Argentina
Argentine researchers have developed a soy variety with high drought tolerance using a gene from the sunflower. Bioceres has agreed to use the HAHB4 gene and has tested it in wheat, soy and corn. Google/Agence France-Presse (4/27)
AOCS blog debuts
Have you checked out the new AOCS blog? This is a one-stop shop for the latest news and notes about All Things Lipids. Come visit and make your opinion known.
FDA issues draft guidance on nanotechnology
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two draft guidance documents on the use of nanotechnology by the food and cosmetics industries. The food draft guidance describes the factors manufacturers should consider when determining whether changes in manufacturing processes, including those involving nanotechnology, create a significant change in food substances. The cosmetic product draft guidance discusses the FDA's current thinking on the safety assessment of nanomaterials when used in cosmetic products.
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