Agriculture Tag

The Last Straw for Starbucks? Company Pledges to Ditch Plastic Straws by 2020  Starbucks announced on July 9 that it plans to phase out plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. This move follows the city of Seattle’s recent ban on plastic straws, where...

California Feed Supply Company Defends Captive Insurance Deductions Kings River Commodities, LLC, a livestock feed business, was denied $2.83 million in deductions for captive insurance expenses. In a U.S. Tax Court petition, dated May 11, 2017, the company argues that these expenses were necessary to...

A Growing Industry With a decreasing labor supply, increased demands for year-round food, transparency in the supply chain, and environmental sustainability have precipitated the growth of the AgTech industry. This phenomenon—discernible on a global scale—has been most evident in California, which is well-known for its large...

Graphene is a one-atom-thick carbon material with properties that private sector and university research and development labs around the world are investigating for a wide range of applications. It is a naturally occurring conductor with many unique and advantageous properties. While the material was discovered...

Farms are as American as apple pie. Thus, they have become one of American politicians' favorite businesses. Unsurprisingly, they get tax advantages unavailable to most other businesses. A well-advised farmer should be aware of these advantages, on top of their other governmental subsidies (which have...

How do you get your daily dose of protein? Do you partake in Meatless Mondays? Maybe you are exploring a more extreme diet change such as becoming a pescatarian or vegan? Food trends are making exploratory diets more accessible, but FoodTech innovation is also changing...

The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming an important part of the food industry, from production to transportation to retail sales. The IoT is contributing to better use of resources and greater productivity in the industry as well as improved safety for food products. Simply...

I became interested in water and the Internet of Things (“IoT”) two years ago when I had a below ground water leak at home that resulted in a large water bill.(1). Since I live in the Silicon Valley, California, the high tech capital of the world,...

When people talk about GMOs (genetically modified organisms), they usually start from this viewpoint: GMOs are weird because they only exist when scientists take a piece of food and insert foreign genes into it. But what if scientists could just cut part of a food's...

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