BBC Radio 4 – BBC Inside Science, Human use of plants beyond the limits of history.

Human impact on planet earth’s plant life might be detectable several thousand years back in fossil pollen cores taken from mud columns around the world. As Suzette Flantua and Ondrej Mottl describe in a paper published in the journal Science, a rapid acceleration in the changes in pollen species goes back further than we might have expected. This matters particularly when it comes to decisions around re-wilding and re-planting areas today in the name of conservation. As they hope to build on in future work, learning more about the state of ecosystems further back into the past might prevent us making the mistake of simply recreating different types of post-agricultural situations which might not solve the problem we are trying to fix.

One of the biggest impacts on the earth’s flora today is of course influenced by our meat consumption. The BBC’s Melanie Abbott has been to see a new exhibition opening at Oxford University’s Musuem of Natural History. Produced in association with the University’s Livestock, Environment and People research programme, this exhibition “Meat the Future”, seeks to raise awareness of the issues for health and the environment around eating – or not eating meat – and is open until January 2022.

— Read on www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000wcyh

PepsiCo is making ‘a much bigger play’ for sales in the burgeoning plant-based market | Food Dive

The CPG giant has made several acquisitions and introduced new products in an effort to scale quickly and build what it hopes will become household names in the category.
— Read on www.fooddive.com/news/pepsico-is-making-a-much-bigger-play-for-sales-in-the-burgeoning-plant-ba/599198/

Everything You Need To Know About Blue Java Banana That Tastes Like Vanilla Ice Cream

Apart from the regular yellow banana and the raw green banana, chances are you have come across the red banana. But have you ever seen a blue banana? No, right? Well, you might find this bizarre, but a blue banana actually exists and it apparently tastes like vanilla ice cream!

— Read on www.idiva.com/lifestyle/food/everything-you-need-to-know-about-blue-java-banana-that-tastes-like-vanilla-ice-cream/18019238

Taiwan goes bananas over its favorite fresh fruit | Taiwan News | 2021/04/16

GO BANANAS is hosted by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI) in collaboration with Taiwan Sugar Corporation, NAN ART, and the Cultural & Creativity Development Foundation. Founded in 1970 and based in Jiuru Township, Pingtung County, the TBRI is dedicated to promoting Taiwan’s banana industry.

The TBRI is known for developing six disease-resistant varieties. It has helped numerous local farmers mass-produce disease-resistant banana trees.

Taiwan’s world-leading banana expertise has led to many collaborations with other countries, such as Australia. Once called the “pride of Taiwan,” the nation’s bananas were world-famous during the golden era of the banana industry in the 1960s and ’70s.
— Read on www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4179153

This Vegan Chain Isn’t Waiting for the Government to Raise Minimum Wage to $15. It Just Doubled Employee Earnings

While the government drags its feet on implementing a $15 federal minimum wage, vegan chain HipCityVeg commits to doubling its wages to support workers and families hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Read on vegnews.com/2021/4/vegan-hipcityveg-raise-minimum-wage-to-15

Only 3 percent of Earth’s land hasn’t been marred by humans | Science News

Only 3 percent of Earth’s land hasn’t been marred by humans | Science News
— Read on www.sciencenews.org/article/earth-land-ecosystems-ecology-intact-species

Scientists reveal the 6 places on Earth where we can restore animal life

Scientists have devised a new way of looking at habitat loss on Earth, finding that 97 percent of Earth’s land area may no longer be ecologically intact.
— Read on www.inverse.com/science/3-percent-of-earth-ecologically-intact

Plant-Based Foods Here to Stay

/PRNewswire/ — Plant-based foods are proving they are re not just a passing vegan fancy. Whether its bean-based burgers or veggie pizzas, the plant-based food…
— Read on www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/plant-based-foods-here-to-stay-301267285.html

Beyond Meat Inc. stock outperforms market on strong trading day – MarketWatch

Shares of Beyond Meat Inc. rose 1.45% to $132.26 Monday, on what proved to be an all-around grim trading session for the stock market, with the NASDAQ…
— Read on www.marketwatch.com/story/beyond-meat-inc-stock-outperforms-market-on-strong-trading-day-01618260127-700eddba9ea3