Sustainability Matters: December 19, 2014

 

Asian carp are destroying aquatic ecosystems across the country. Here’s what actions are being taken to stop them, and what’s happening to the fish once caught. [Modern Farmer]

 

The World Food Program warns that infrastructure issues caused by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could lead to food shortages in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. [NY Times]

 

Nutrition experts are pushing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to include notes on the way our food choices affect the environment. Congress is fighting the addition with a concerned congressional directive. [Grist]

 

Aquaponics, in-house composting, and reusable home delivery containers are a just a few ways restaurants... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: December 12, 2014

 

The last large palm oil business has joined the no-deforestation pledge. The next step is to make sure these pledges are implemented. [Grist]

 

New concerns about BPA arise as a new study discovers that the chemical can seep into beverages stored in cans or plastic bottles, raising blood pressure within hours. [NYT]

 

Not sure what to get your sustainability-minded friends for the holidays? Check out this green gift guide. [Ecocentric]

 

Congress is using the appropriations process to include provisions in nutrition standards for WIC, school meals, and more. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: December 5, 2014

 

Scientists agree that reducing—not eliminating—meat consumption is important to fighting climate change, but political action to do so remains unpopular. [Treehugger]

 

Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe’s, plans on opening a store that sells past-date packaged goods and misshapen fruit and vegetables. While this may seem like the next big thing in sustainable shopping, it’s hardly a new concept. [Modern Farmer]

 

Ever wonder about the history of human-based carbon emissions? This interactive visualization from the World Resources Institute depicts the top 20 emitters over the past 150 years. [Grist]

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Expo Milano: Turkey for 65,000

Thanksgiving meal

 

Now that you’ve finished planning, prepping, basting, baking, serving, and cleaning, imagine this: Thanksgiving every day. For six months. 

 

During next year’s Expo Milano, launching in May 2015, that’s just what the USA Pavilion will be serving up—Thanksgiving piled on a bun at our Food Truck Nation exhibit, and in all of it’s prandial glory at the full-service, pop-up James Beard American Restaurant located in Central Milan.
 
Some 65,000 guests are expected to come to sample the food of this great American Holiday. The logistics of sourcing, shipping, receiving, preparing and serving thousands of turkeys, tons of sweet potatoes, vats of cranberry sauce, and a shipping container full of stuffing in Italy are no small feat. Our culinary team is hard at work making the plans, standardizing the recipes, setting up the kitchens, and getting everything ready for the great USA Pavilion Thanksgiving celebration. Won’t you... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: November 21, 2014

 

McDonald’s, the biggest potato purchaser in the country, has refused to buy its largest supplier’s new genetically modified breed. [Modern Farmer]

 

A new study finds that basic agriculture practices, like crop rotation, could make growing wheat more environmentally friendly with fewer greenhouse gas emissions. [Civil Eats]

 

The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity has released its 2014 report on youth-targeted sugary drink marketing, finding that advertising is on the rise, and social media and the Internet play an important role in sales. [Food Politics]... Read more >

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Chef Op-Ed: How to Feed the World, Hari Pulapaka

 

From health professionals and farmers to chefs and activists, it seems like the food system is on everyone's minds lately. How can we channel this widespread concern into meaningful action? Below, Katherine Miller of Chef Action Network, our partner organization behind our Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change, and chef and Boot Camp alum Hari Pulapaka propose a more collaborative approach to debating policy.

 

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Can every person in the world be fed? Yes. But only if the conversation and actions about food are realigned.

 

Later this week, leaders from over 190 governments will gather at the International Conference on Nutrition in Rome to debate, consider and, hopefully, commit to finding ways to provide healthy, delicious, sustainable and just food for all.... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: November 14, 2014

 

A paper published in the journal Nature suggests that eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet, limited in meat, refined fat, and sugar, could reduce the climate change impacts associated with food production. [Civil Eats]

 

The Environmental Working Group has released a sequel to its popular list, the Dirty Dozen, which outlines direct and indirect additives in food: the Dirty Dozen Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce. [Ecocentric]

 

The White House delays on signing off on multiple food, nutrition, and environmental bills, leaving their legislative future in question. [Food Politics]

 

Food giant Unilever is filing a false advertising... Read more >

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Flag Raising

 

Flag Raising at the future USA Pavilion in Milan

 

Last week, with the assistance of U.S. Consul General Philip T. Reeker, the American flag was raised atop the in-progress structure of the USA Pavilion at next year's Expo Milano. Taking place May 1–October 31, Expo Milano will be the first world's fair to focus exclusively on food. The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is leading the conception and buildout of USA Pavilion, whose theme will be American Food 2.0. Be sure to check out the USA Pavilion website, which will launch its own blog later this week.

 

View our complete archive of Expo Milano coverage.

 

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Sustainability Matters: November 7, 2014

 

What’s in your take-out box? The FDA is working with major companies to phase out potentially dangerous chemical compounds that are used to make many cardboard food packaging grease-proof. [Civil Eats]

 

The US Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on “biodegradable” and “compostable” bags that actually aren’t. [Grist]

 

Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver takes on the sugar hiding in your food. #ShowUsYourPeanuts [Slate]

 

What this week’s election means for the food movement across the country: soda taxes, GMO labeling, minimum wage laws, and more. [... Read more >

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Helping Ourselves, Helping Others: Personal and Collective Responsibility at the JBF Food Conference

 

It was clear from the speakers and panels of this year’s JBF Food Conference that for problems related to food and health, this is no one simple solution. In this panel, JBF Award-winning journalist Michael Pollan and executive director of Let’s Move! Sam Kass share their at times opposing views of the future of the American diet, and how responsibility breaks down along individual, federal, and corporate lines. As with many of the Conference's participants, they may disagree on how to enact change, but the need for reform is undeniable.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found ... Read more >

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