The "dogless hotdog" imagined by Ikea's Space 10 innovation lab. It’s made with dried and glazed baby carrots, beet and berry ketchup, mustard and turmeric cream, roasted onions, cucumber salad, and a herb salad mix. Photo by Kasper Kristoffersen/Space10

The “dogless hotdog” imagined by Ikea’s Space 10 innovation lab. It’s made with dried and glazed baby carrots, beet and berry ketchup, mustard and turmeric cream, roasted onions, cucumber salad, and a herb salad mix. Photo by Kasper Kristoffersen/ Space10

Ikea lab imagines the fast food of the future: From mealworm burgers to algae-encased hotdogs, Ikea’s innovation lab is making predictions on what the fast food of the future will look like. In a recent post on Medium, Space10 shared forward-thinking versions of five popular and commonplace foods: hotdogs, hamburgers, meatballs, salad and ice cream. READ MORE

THE FUTURE

Walmart expanding delivery: Walmart is expanding its grocery delivery service to about 800 stores in 100 cities by the end of the year, the giant retailer said Wednesday. The move, which will affect markets that reach 40 percent of the U.S. population, marks an escalation in Walmart’s battle with Amazon, which recently expanded its new Amazon Prime grocery delivery service to six cities, and is adding other Prime benefits for shoppers at the Amazon-owned Whole Foods. Read more HERE and HERE.

What’s up with Whole Foods? Tensions between Whole Foods Market and some of the most important brands it sells in its stores will come to a head on March 19, when they will congregate for a recently announced summit, sources familiar with the situation tell CNBC. The meeting is to reassure the brands of relations after Whole Foods’ sale to Amazon. It comes after a rocky few months for the grocer, which has been trying to shift from a local orientation to a national one. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

A waspy weapon against the kudzu bug: Auburn entomologists have discovered and identified a tiny wasp that could provide a huge benefit to soybean producers and other farmers. Though only about the size of a pinhead, the newly detected parasitoid wasp, Ooencyrtus nezarae, can do plenty of damage to the kudzu bug, a quarter-inch-long invasive pest of soybeans and other legume crops in the Southeast. READ MORE

Syngenta will pay $1.52 billion settlement: In a nationwide class action, Syngenta will pay a $1.51 billion settlement to U.S. corn farmers, grain handling facilities and ethanol plants. The settlement covers corn priced after September 15, 2013. The settlement comes after years of litigation. Plaintiffs alleged that Syngenta’s introduction of MIR162, Agrisure Viptera, corn before it was approved in China led to loss of income, because Chinese ports rejected loads of corn that tested positive for the trait. READ MORE

Russia targets GMOs, too: More than two decades after the first genetically modified (GMO) crops were introduced, criticism and skepticism of GMOs continues to run high. Distrust of foods made with GMO crops persists despite numerous studies that show they are actually no less healthy for humans and even better for cows than non-GMO produced feed and food. An Iowa State University study released in February, however, found that news articles related to GMOs featured by five major U.S. and two Russian-backed news outlets were often negative, particulary from the Russian media. In fact, the researchers found that the two Russian-backed news sites, RT and Sputnik, produced 53 percent of the articles posted by the seven sites, which included U.S. media outlets CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Breitbart News, and the Huffington Post. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Did company dump contaminated chia seeds? An Oregon company apparently donated more than 11 tons of chia seeds to a food bank in the Feeding America network after it discovered there was “evidence of rodent activity” in its stock. The Oregon Food Bank Network initiated a recall yesterday of the 22,201 pounds of chia seeds donated by Live Local Organic of Milwaukie, Ore. Food bank officials are urging the public to immediately discard any of the chia seeds that have not been used. A consumer complaint about foreign matter in the chia seeds led to the discovery of rodent droppings, which often carry pathogens that can cause serious illnesses in humans. READ MORE

TERRORISM

Novichok is nerve agent used in UK attack: The nerve agent that contaminated the victims of the Salisbury attack is a lethal chemical weapon developed in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s and never known to have been used until now. Novichok, which means newcomer in Russian, is made from two chemicals, can come in liquid or powder form and is five to eight times more deadly than VX gas. Scientists believe that it could only have been produced at a Russian state facility, meaning that President Putin’s declaration last year that he had overseen the destruction of his country’s chemical arsenal was a sham. READ MORE

HUMANITARIAN CRISES

The situation in Venezuela: A bag of rice on a hungry family’s kitchen table could be the key to Nicolas Maduro retaining the support of poor Venezuelans in May’s presidential election. For millions of Venezuelans suffering an unprecedented economic crisis, a monthly handout of a box of heavily-subsidized basic food supplies by Maduro’s unpopular government has offered a tenuous lifeline in their once-prosperous OPEC nation. READ MORE