Marijuana use is increasingly being permitted for medicinal and recreational purposes. However, research indicates that smoking marijuana may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. A recent study has determined that a compound in soybeans may mitigate that risk.
Researchers have found that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana, induces oxidative stress and inflammation in endothelial cells. Endothelial cells make up the inner lining of blood vessels, and scientists believe that damage to these cells by inflammation or other causes is the foundation for cardiovascular diseases. Synthetic THC, which is used in certain FDA-approved drugs, also appears to cause adverse cardiovascular side effects.
Through new research, scientists have discovered that JW-1, an antioxidant compound in soybeans, blocks the negative effects THC has on endothelial cells. The compound may also have neuroprotective properties. The researchers believe that this discovery will lead to new medications that medical marijuana users can use to block the cardiovascular side effects of THC.
Picture cherry tomatoes growing in a cluster on a short vine in an urban environment, like the roof of a skyscraper. If the gene-edited tomato plants recently designed by researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory prove successful, tomatoes and other crops could one day be the stars of city gardens.
South by Southwest (SXSW) has announced the finalists for its 12th annual SXSW Pitch event, taking place as a part of the startups track happening at the annual event in March. Among the 50 finalists, five startups tackle challenges in the science of food to deliver solutions to ensure a safe, sustainable, and abundant food supply.
Researchers from the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment of Hebrew University recently developed a line of next-gen chickpea isolates, using patent-pending technology to extract up to 90% pure protein from the chickpea seed.
Nestlé Waters has announced that the entire plastic bottle range for the Swiss mineral water brand Henniez is now made of 75% recycled PET plastic (rPET).
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) for 2020, which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
A study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics calculated that American households waste, on average, almost a third of the food they acquire—a value of $240 billion annually or $1,800+ per household/year.
Conagra Brands has announced it will work toward making 100% of its current plastic packaging renewable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.
Tyson Foods has created the Coalition for Global Protein, a multi-stakeholder initiative to “advance the future of sustainable protein.”