Sustainability Matters: May 22, 2015

 

School districts in six major cities have announced they are swapping Styrofoam lunch trays for compostable plates. [Mother Jones

 

Activist groups are protesting labor and ingredient sourcing policies in advance of McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting. [NPR

 

Whole Foods is known for helping food artisans achieve mainstream success, but those... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 29, 2015

 

Why your brain wants those Oreos: a new study reveals that sugar is a neurological stress reliever. [MUNCHIES

 

You, too, can compost with this starter guide. [Food52

 

Has the word “natural” become totally meaningless? [NYT

 

Tyson Foods has vowed to stop feeding its chickens antibiotics that are used in human medicine. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 15, 2015

 

Don’t buy seedless: why you should be saving your watermelon seeds. [HuffPo

 

Start your spring cleaning regimen by purging your pantry. [The Kitchn

 

First cider, now brandy: American distilleries are taking on the French eau de vie. [NPR

 

Despite the FDA’s attempts to restrict antibiotic use in livestock, frightening new data reveals that applications have only grown. [Mother Jones

 

Could the answer to Mexico’s... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: March 13, 2015

 

A new Kickstarter campaign wants to fund the creation of the world’s first "plantable" coffee cup. [Modern Farmer

 

A restaurant franchise lobbying group has opened a court case challenging Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage. [Al Jazeera

 

School lunch programs across the country want to source locally, but face stumbling blocks like bureaucratic red tape and contractual disputes. [NPR

 

A new online tool called the Vegetarian Calculator claims to tally the number of animals killed to feed an omnivore over a set period of time. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: October 24, 2014

Coconut is the latest food trend with a whole mess of labor rights issues behind it. [Mother Jones

 

A new poll shows that nine out of ten doctors are worried about the use of antibiotics on livestock. [Civil Eats

 

Dutch comedians prank food experts by passing off McDonald’s as organic food, raising concerns about the power of labeling. [Food Republic

 

Fearing a loss of clean water access, craft brewers are joining the fight... 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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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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Sustainability Matters: April 18, 2014

 

Grassroots campaigns in seven cities pass resolutions urging Congress to ban growth-promoting antibiotics in livestock. [Civil Eats]

 

Food giant General Mills adds legal language negating the consumer’s right to sue. Simple acts such as “liking” Cheerios on Facebook, downloading a Betty Crocker coupon, or entering a company sweepstakes binds consumers to “forced arbitration.” [NY Times]

 

The Washington Post’s Eli Saslow wins the Pulitzer Prize for his series on food stamps in America. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: February 21, 2014

 

Exposing food waste, a photographer documents "defective carrots" that are deemed too ugly to make it to supermarket shelves. [Treehugger]

 

In response to widespread consumer concern, meat-industry giants announce antibiotic-free chicken. [NPR]

 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations sees small farmers as key to the development of sustainable food systems and food security. [The Guardian]

 

Consumer Reports investigates arsenic in the food system and what you can do about it. [... Read more >

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