A story in the Oct. 5 issue of inform SmartBrief incorrectly identified the latest type of bio-based foam being used in Ford vehicles. Ford is using castor oil-based foam. SmartBrief regrets the error.
The palm oil industry should continue efforts to become more sustainable amid criticisms of its production processes, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of Malaysia, the top global exporter. "While significant [emissions] reduction can be easily achieved through best management practices and methane capture from palm oil mills, there is urgency for more scientific studies," he said.
A consumer advocacy group is again taking legal action against the U.S. to prevent the use of biotech crops, filing a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week to force genetically engineered foods to be labeled as such. "This carte blanche [FDA has] been giving the industry is not acceptable," said Center for Food Safety Executive Director Andrew Kimbrell.
Scientists have found that mixing carrageenan and whey protein isolate improves emulsions and could help release flavor in foods. "Complexes formed showed potential as an oil-in-water emulsion stabilizer, showing enhanced emulsion stability relative to individual whey protein isolate or carrageenan systems," according to a study published in Food Hydrocolloids.
Demand for certified sustainable palm oil is posting long-term and short-term gains. The president of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which was created in 2004 to promote sustainable palm oil growth, said that the level of sustainable palm oil use "sparks hopes that a breakthrough is near."
The diversity and sheer number of lipids has inhibited their study, but mass spectrometry is helping scientists better identify, classify and analyze them, according to this article. "Lipids behave in a collective. You're studying the collective behavior of certain similarly built molecules. That's why lipid analysis is always 100% quantitative. We can speculate how accurate it is, but it's absolutely quantitative," says Andrej Shevchenko of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics in Germany.