Sustainability Matters: July 18, 2014

 

Detroit’s water crisis is a failure of policy and the side effect of an antiquated water system, an issue many major cities will face in the next decade. [Grist]

 

The expansion of African plantations responsible for palm oil production, which can be found in countless processed foods, is linked to deforestation that threatens great ape species in the region. [NPR]

 

A new study finds that some food packaging contains potentially dangerous chemicals that could contaminate food through migration. [Food Politics]

 

Laboratory-grown meat could help to fight climate change and other environmental issues, but the biggest hurdle to getting it on the market may be consumer resistance. [The Guardian]

 

Consumer Reports is petitioning the USDA and the FDA to remove the “natural” label from food packaging, claiming the label is misleading. [Ecocentric]

 

Using up leftovers is a great way to prevent food waste. “Weird Al” Yankovic has got a new song about his favorite storage technique: aluminum foil. [Wired]

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