Sustainability Matters: May 30, 2014

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In an effort to reduce food waste, European Union proposes removing “Best By” labels from items with long shelf lives. [Sustainable America via Good]

 

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee votes to advance a spending bill with a rider that would allow schools to opt-out of the latest nutrition regulations. [Politico]

 

Foodie Fashion: a design consultancy based in the U.K. has developed an organic material for shoes and clothing; it can be created with basic kitchen ingredients. [Modern Farmer]

 

USDA data reveals that SNAP enrollment is in decline as the unemployment rate falls and economy improves. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: May 9, 2014

 

Hot chicks: a scientist attempts to breed chickens with fewer feathers to help the birds remain cooler, making it easier for farmers to maintain chicken populations in the face of climate change. [Grist]

 

The USDA will be awarding grants worth $25 million for school kitchen equipment. [Food Politics]

 

Sugar cane production and processing is linked to a deadly kidney-related illness in Nicaragua. [NY Times]

 

The World Health Organization warns that we're is headed for a deadly “post-antibiotic era” due to misuse of antibiotics in humans and agricultural animals. [... Read more >

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Kathleen Merrigan

 

Following last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we're sharing videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards and talk about the causes they champion. Today we present: Dr. Kathleen Merrigan (Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture), whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Debra Eschmeyer—is shown in the video above.

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Kathleen Merrigan, read her full profile.

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

 

Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are just around the corner! On October 17 we’ll gather at New York City’s iconic Hearst Tower to recognize these five visionaries for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world:

 

Wendell Berry
Farmer, Poet, and Author, Lanes Landing Farm

 

Dr. Jason Clay
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund

 

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Tensie Whelan
President, Rainforest Alliance... Read more >

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