The top stories of 2016

The top stories of 2016

Read all of our 2016 cover stories in one place.

February 24, 2017
Patrick Williams
Business Food Safety Industry News Labor Marketing

Featuring everything from MIT’s plant “recipe” database to Little Leaf Farms’ methods to ensure clean produce, here are our cover stories of 2016.


February: A fresh opportunity

NatureFresh Farms’ high-tech expansion into the United States raises the bar for local food and sustainability.


April: The courage to break convention

MIT’s OpenAG initiative is challenging traditional limits to information sharing with the launch of a collaborative database of plant “recipes.”


June: Cater to city dwellers

Meet the growing needs of urban gardeners by adding edible transplants to your mix.


August: Berry breakthroughs

One hydroponic strawberry researcher helps U.S. indoor growers provide local fruits in the offseason.

October: 2016 State of the Produce Industry: Fresh markets

Produce growers are capitalizing on direct-to-consumer venues to find their niche.


December: A hands-off approach to clean produce

From seed to grocery store shelf, minimizing human contact with crops has led to food safety success for Little Leaf Farms.