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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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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What We're Reading: June 10, 2014

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Far more than beef and broccoli: niche food-delivery services are on the rise in NYC. [NY Daily News]

 

In a time of drought, logistics and the law prevent water from flowing to California’s needier areas. [NPR]

 

When it comes to sugar and nutritional value, the differences between fruit juice and soda are few. [NPR]

 

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Sustainability Matters: February 28, 2014

 

When slaughterhouses are shuttered due to meat recalls, the impact can be devastating on small ranchers. [Grist]

 

Environmental groups call for restrictions placed on fertilizer use in the Lake Erie area due to an increase in algae blooms, which threaten water safety and wildlife. [NY Times]

 

The Food and Drug Administration proposes a bigger, bolder food label with updated portion sizes. [Food Politics]

 

Chipotle's new web-based series Farmed & Dangerous provides a satirical, accessible way to learn about Big Ag in the American food system. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 24, 2014

 

Quinoa may be falling out of fashion. Meet teff, the Ethiopian nutrient-rich "ancient grain" that's poised to take its place. [The Guardian]

 

More children are learning about agriculture, health, and nutrition as an increasing number of states pass Farm-to-School legislation. [Civil Eats]

 

Coca-Cola reconsiders the economic impact of climate change after closing plants due to drought and other supply chain disruptions, and other large companies follow suit. [NYT]

 

Plant "STDs" and honeybees: How the tobacco ringspot virus may be decimating bee populations. [... Read more >

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