What We’re Reading This Week: September 13, 2016

Chocolate labels, farm robots, faux-beef and everything else worth reading about in food this week.

When it comes to chocolate, organic certification doesn’t necessarily translate to quality, says the Chocolate Journalist.
While looking for objective signs of quality, many chocolate lovers make the same mistake: rely on certifications that little have to do with quality.”

The global farm robot space is bigger, more intelligent and closer-to-commercialization than Brian Halweil, our editor in chief, realized.
“We are perhaps a few short years from a day when you will drive past a farm or walk past a community garden and see a robot working the ground.”

At Pacific Standard, how the Impossible Foods plant-based burger came to be.
So what I’m wondering, as the first tendrils of beefiness fill the air of the conference room, is if this race is competitive. If this burger is as good as its inventors say — if it even comes close to tasting like a conventional hamburger — then the cow is never going to win again.”

NPR reports that the number of hungry kids in the U.S. has dropped.
The percentage of families that faced actual hunger—or ‘very low food security’—also declined. In 2015, at least some members of about 6.3 million households missed meals or experienced hunger. In 2014, about 6.9 million households had very low food security.”

Some companies want to trace the path of every piece of food for the sake of safety, says Fast Company.
“Sweat says that by uploading and integrating any kind of data collected from any kind of tag or sensor, the system can discover the source of a food-borne pathogen, be it a contaminated farm or a broken refrigeration unit. The data could not only help companies identify inefficiencies on their supply chain, but also meet a rising crop of food safety regulations, and help satisfy our growing hunger for more transparency about the foods we eat.”

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Alicia Kennedy is a Long Island–born, Brooklyn-based food writer and recipe developer.