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Häagen-Dazs Won’t Use Synthetic Vanilla

Nestlé, which produces Häagen-Dazs in Canada and the US, and General Mills, which produces Häagen-Dazs outside of North America, have confirmed that they will not source vanilla flavor produced through synthetic biology. Vanilla made with synthetic biology, or synbio, is designed to replace natural vanillin flavoring from vanilla beans, and … Read more »

Australian Heat Wave Threatens Crops, Livestock

Australia’s heat wave is hurting agricultural production and livestock farmers, Reuters reports. Less available water for crops will have a negative impact on crops including wheat and sugar, Paul Deane, senior agricultural economist at ANZ Bank, tells the news agency. Australia is the second largest wheat exporter and the third … Read more »

Proterro Patents Biosynthetic Sugar-Making Process

Proterro Patents Biosynthetic Sugar-Making Process

Proterro, a biofeedstock company that makes sugar instead of extracting it from crops, has patented its biosynthetic sugar-making process. The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent No. 8,597,914 to the company for its technology that integrates transgenic sugar-producing microorganisms with a modular photobioreactor made from off-the-shelf materials. … Read more »

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BP, Shell Biofuel Investments Hit Seven-Year Low

Big oil companies in Europe including BP and Royal Dutch Shell have cut back on biofuel research, which will slow efforts to find a sustainable alternative to gasoline that does not involve food-based supply, Fuel Fix reports. BP and Shell have stopped funding four different projects because they say the … Read more »