Home Glass brand Indoor farming as an art, cover crop snacks and alcohol-free spirits

Indoor farming as an art, cover crop snacks and alcohol-free spirits


Welcome to your weekly Food Tech News roundup, where we put together some interesting information you might have missed this week:

Edible works of art are now growing at the Gagosian Gallery in New York

A small but fully functional, indoor urban farm is now on display at the Gagosian Gallery New York City location. The installation, created by artist Linda Goode Bryant and architect Elizabeth Dille, is part of the “Social Works” exhibition (curated by Antwaun Sargent). The exhibition aims to present the relationship between different spaces, such as personal, institutional, public and psychic spaces, and the social practice of blacks. The exhibition of the inner farm, called Are we really that different?, features a 40-foot-tall structure in a long hallway that houses plants. Given water and nutrients through IV drop sachets, plants receive sunlight through gallery skylights. The plants consist of edible flowers and vegetables which are harvested daily for visitors to munch on. The exhibition is on display until August 13, 2021.

The Snack brand uses a regenerative cover crop as the main ingredient

Chasin’s Dream Farm produces a flavored popcorn-like snack, but instead of using corn, sorghum is the main ingredient in the product. Sorghum is a drought tolerant grain and the company sources the sorghum from farms using regeneration practices. Additionally, sorghum is a cover crop which can be planted after harvesting other crops to protect the soil from erosion, smother weeds and add healthy organic matter to the soil. Chasin Dreams Farm currently offers three flavors, sweet and savory, cocoa and cinnamon. According to the company, its popped sorghum snacks are about 94% less fat than traditional popcorn snacks. Currently raise funds on the Republic, Chasin Dreams Farm has already reached its target of 171% with 61 days left in the campaign.

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Scientists find microorganisms in ruminant stomachs can help break down plastic

Plastic is a problem due to its negative impacts on the environment and health, and despite the fact that humans created it, we are always trying to find new ways to replace, dispose of, recycle or break it down in a sustainable way. A group of scientists from various universities recently discovered that particular microbes found in the stomachs of ruminants can actually help break down certain types of plastic. Ruminants like cows consume a natural polyester produced by plants, called cutin. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the type of plastic commonly used to make soda bottles and food packaging, and it has a chemical structure similar to cutin.

For this reason, the researchers hypothesized that microbes found in the rumen (most of a ruminant’s stomach) could break down PET and other polyesters in the same way as cutin. To test this, the scientists placed different plastics in the rumen fluid for one to three days. Rumen fluid has been found to degrade PET, polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), and polyethylene furanoate (PEF), the bacteria-rich liquid most effectively degrading PEF.

Optimist: a spirit without plastic and alcohol

To respond to the rise of adults looking to reduce their alcohol consumption or be sober, there has been an influx of “alcohol-free” spirits on the market. One of these brands, Optimistic, has developed three plant-infused, alcohol-free spirits that are completely plastic-free. Intended as a direct replacement for alcoholic spirits, the Optimist can be drunk straight, over ice or mixed into a cocktail. Spirits contain 10 to 15 botanical distillates, with three different flavors available: Bright (lemony and light, drinks like vodka), Fresh (full of herbs, drinks like botanical gin) and Smokey (aromas of wood and spices. , drinks like tequila). The bottle and cap for spirits are made of glass, and the plastic is not intentionally used in any part of the production, packaging or distribution process. A 16.9 oz bottle of Optimist is available for pre-order, priced at $ 35, on the Company Website.