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Published on Oct 13, 2015

The Groundfridge is an innovative take on the traditional root cellar. It meets the requirements of people with own vegetable gardens, who choose to live in a modern and self-sustaining way. 

Floris Schoonderbeek (founder of Weltevree) is continuously discovering and exploring new angles, chances and materials that he puts to user goods in order to improve and enrich our habitat. 

With the Groundfridge, he presents a means for global citizens who want to handle their food in an autonomous and independent way.

The Groundfridge is nominated for the Dutch Design awards 2015. We would really appreciate your vote for the FRAME Awards. Please support us via this link:

INDIA 2016 : Timely rains improve Totapuri mango prospects

Reasonably heavy rain has fallen for the past two days, which was excellent for the Indian Totapuri fruit size and yield of purée, according to a report sent to Foodnews.

By Neil Murray

Published: 19 May 2016 05:03 PM

The Totapuri harvest will begin in earnest during the next two weeks and should last until the mid/end of July. The rain means that the harvest should have a normal yield.

INDIA 2016 : Gujarat mango growers to get crop insurance by next year

Dedicated Initiative for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (DISHA), which markets mangoes on the lines of cooperatives, is all set to offer farmers crop insurance, in a first of its kind initiative in Gujarat.

By: Abheri Raychaudhuri | Ahmedabad | 

Published: May 19, 2016 6:08 AM

While the mango season has just kicked off in the state, DISHA has already sold 25 tonne of the fruit through its distribution channels in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. (Reuters)

Dedicated Initiative for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (DISHA), which markets mangoes on the lines of cooperatives, is all set to offer farmers crop insurance, in a first of its kind initiative in Gujarat.

Set up for market support and value-chain development of mango growers, Gujarat-based special purpose vehicle (SPV) DISHA is in talks with the state government to provide insurance for mango crops.

“The survey required before insurance can be provided is being carried out in a 200-acre area, through the use of drones and other tec…

Why are carcinogens in the food chain evading scrutiny?

 By Niamh Michail+, 


 Vegetable oil, processed food, infant formula and cancer: All the ingredients for a consumer food scare over the carcinogenic contaminant 3­MCPD are there ­ so why hasn't there been one yet? 

This month's opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded there is sufficient evidence that glycidyl fatty acid esters – contaminants formed during the processing of refined vegetable oils – are genotoxic and carcinogenic. 

Babies are exposed to up to ten times the acceptable levels through infant formula and although levels in palm oils and fats have halved in the past 6 years due to voluntary measures taken by producers, palm oil is the biggest contributor for most individuals. But the news seemed to pass relatively quietly with little mention in mainstream media.


Although consumers are increasingly sensitive to any negative press around food products, there are so many conflicting messages about the benefits of one fat over anothe…

US organic food & beverage sales rose 10.6% to $39.8bn in 2015, says OTA

 By Elaine Watson, 


Sales of organic food and drink surged 10.6% to $39.8bn in 2015, significantly ahead of the 3% growth in the overall food market, with some segments up more than 30% year­on­year, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA). 

Total organic product sales (which includes non­food items) rose 11% to $43.3 billion, said the OTA. 

The biggest category within organic food is fruits and veggies (sales +10.6% to $14.4bn), with almost 13% of the produce sold in the US now organic; followed by dairy (sales +10% to $6bn). 

Sales of organic fresh juices and drinks surged 33.5% in 2015, making it the fastest­growing organic subcategory, closely followed by eggs (+32%), and organic condiments (+18.5%). Sales of organic snack foods, meanwhile, rose almost 14% to $2.3bn. 

Demand outstrips supply However, domestic production still lags consumption, said OTA, CEO and executive director Laura Batcha: “Dairy and grains were two areas where growth could have been even more …