I can see cows from space
The british robotics researcher Ian Hales was interviewed about his work using computer vision to ascertain the health of herds of cows. Cows are also being tracked even more closely as companies like Connecterra are raising millions of euros in investment to become the ‘fitbit for cows’. While we’re on the subject make sure to listen to this BBC Radio 4 show on last month which discussed McDonald’s support of more sustainable practices as its UK branches by only local beef.
Our health, their health.
The Guardian interviewed the owner of Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat brands in the US about the impact of using antibiotics in livestock and our own resistance as humans.
“We’ve studied a lot of science about whether or not there is a direct connection [between the use of antibiotics in livestock and spread of antibiotic resistant infections in humans]. I’m not sure any of the science I’ve reviewed points to a straight connection [The US Department for Health confirms the link], but consumers are concerned so what we’re trying to do is address the consumer concern about antibiotic resistance. I don’t see there is a problem … I think we are better off if we have a production system that has the capability of using less of anything.”
A great article in Vox on the difference in consumer expectations over the size of fruits and vegetables and the impact on taste. There’s also too much food being wasted by customers and students at Bristol University have designed a countertop unit to allow you to grow your own herbs and vegetables.
Sugar with that?
A brewery in Germany is fighting regulators over the definition of beer because theirs contains sugar.
Neuzelle’s signature tipple, which has been brewed to the same monks’ recipe since 1410, fell foul of Germany’s “purity law”, known in German as the Reinheitsgebot, a medieval food safety rule which deemed that beer could contain nothing other than water, barley, hops and, later, also yeast.
Noone left to tip
The team believes the Spyce Kitchen could revolutionize the fast food industry since it doesn’t rely on any human workers and produces nutritious meals at low prices. It can serve all types of bowls, like stir-fry, rice, pasta, pad thai, quinoa, and curry.