Sustainability Matters: September 19, 2014

 

An organic orange grower in Florida uses natural remedies to fight the blights of insects that are damaging groves across the country. [Civil Eats]

 

An algae bloom in the Arabian sea is disrupting the local fishing supply, and may give scientists a preview of the long term consequences for the aquatic food chain due to climate change.
[NY Times]

 

The Edward Jones Dome, home to the St. Louis Rams, becomes the first stadium in the NFL to offer sustainably-raised, Animal Welfare–Approved hot dogs and hamburgers. [Ecocentric]

 

Mission: Readiness, the organization of former military officials concerned about obesity... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 12, 2014

 

Congress has passed a bill preventing the US Environmental Protections Agency from exerting the pollution controls outlined in the Clean Water Act. [Food Politics]

 

New studies find that walking at least 12,000 steps a day helps to counteract the negative effects of fructose consumption. [NY Times]

 

A Fremont Count orchardist is trying to bring back the Colorado Orange, a rare variety of local apple with a unique citrus flavor. [NPR]

 

Researchers find microscopic bits of plastic and glass, skin cells, and dead insects in a sample of German beers, including some of the most popular brands. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: The Fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

 

 

At JBF's upcoming Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, taking place September 7 to 9 at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas, there will be a few stock chef activities, like a collaborative dinner prepared at the hotel's restaurant, as well as an introduction to a local purveyor. (In Bentonville, chefs will spend an afternoon at Ewe Bet Farms, home to pasture-raised and grass-fed lambs.)

 

Primarily, though, the three-day session will provide chefs with a unique opportunity to grow and refine their skills in the policy and advocacy arenas. The 15 participants (see the complete list here) have a schedule of presentations, workshops, and... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 5, 2014

 

The new humane standards set to go into effect in California on January 1, 2015 raise questions about battery cages, colony cages, and cage-free systems for laying hens. [Civil Eats]

 

Programs like Double Up Food Bucks don't just help families buy nutritious, local produce. They help farmers and the environment. [Grist]

 

New studies eliminate doubt that BPA, a ubiquitous ingredient found in some plastics and coatings, is a dangerous toxin to the female reproductive system. [Treehugger]

 

The scoop on listeria: why the bacteria L. monocytogenes, which is often responsible for food-borne illness from meat... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Apply to be a Student Ambassador at the USA Pavilion

USA Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015

 

Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, in partnership with the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, is now accepting applications from American college students to serve as the face of the USA Pavilion at the next world’s fair in Milan, Italy. This major event, Expo Milano 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, is expected to attract 20–30 million visitors from around the world. Those selected to serve as U.S. student ambassadors at the pavilion will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent the United States in Italy at this unparalleled global gathering. If you're an American citizen, at least 18 years old, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, you're eligible to apply! Get more details about the gig and the application process here... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: August 29, 2014

 

Due to the frequency of inaccurate fish labeling, diners could be getting more mercury than they think. [Treehugger]

 

A handful of farmers across the country are using tanks of bacteria and microbes to turn the methane from cow manure into electricity. [Civil Eats]

 

Energy exploration in North Dakota has led to a delay in grain shipments, costing millions of dollars in losses. [NY Times]

 

Legislation to restrict the use of pesticides on GMOs in Hawaii has been overturned by a local judge. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: August 22, 2014

 

Another salmonella scare leads to a national recall of nut butters. [First We Feast

 

The FDA issues new regulations regarding fish consumption, but mercury levels may still be too high for pregnant women. [Civil Eats]

 

According to the CDC, nearly half of Americans will have type-2 diabetes in their lifetime. [The Guardian

 

Germans refuse chickens imported from the U.S. due to our chlorine-bathing practices… [Modern Farmer... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: August 15, 2014

 

An organic farm in California aims to change the way they do business with hatcheries, launching a campaign for a sustainable chicken breeding program that does not rely on the destruction of millions of baby male chicks. [Civil Eats]

 

Is that a bug in your food? Insect farms are slowly gaining momentum across the country, as more Western media outlets and restaurants recognize bugs as a healthier, more sustainable alternative to meat. [Good]

 

A judge in Mexico has revoked Monsanto’s permit to grow GMO soy in the country, stating that it would threaten the national honey industry’s sales in Europe. [... Read more >

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JBF Hosts Fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change

 

From September 7 to 9, 2014, more than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the James Beard Foundation’s fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas.

 

The multi-faceted program will instruct attendees policy and advocacy skills through the lens of access and affordability of food. The three-day intensive series of workshops, conducted in partnership with the Chef Action Network (CAN) and with support from the Osprey Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and JBF board member Eric Kessler, is designed to provide chefs with the tools they need to be effective advocates for food-system issues they believe in.

 

The intensive program will also feature content expertise from K. Rashid Nuri, one of the country’s foremost... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: 800 Calorie Challenge Launches Today!

America Cooks with Chefs

 

Ever wish you could have a cooking lesson with your favorite chefs? One in which they would teach you their tips for not only making the food you cook at home more effortless and delicious, but healthier, too? Then check out America Cooks with Chefs, our new initiative aimed at helping people from all walks of life learn tips and tricks that will make their lives in the kitchen easier. The contest goes live today and will accept applications for ANY American over the age of 18, with winners matched up with James Beard Award–winning chefs, including Maria Hines, Tory Miller, Mary Sue Milliken, Tony Mantuano, Jimmy Schmidt, and Michelle Bernstein to learn how to cook and then take part in a live competition! Find out how to enter here... Read more >

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