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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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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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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Sustainability Matters: October 31, 2014

 

Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, but due to significant mislabeling, it may be harder than you think to buy sustainably. [Mother Jones]

 

The Environmental Working Group’s Food Scores online database allows consumers to check grocery store items for nutritional content, ingredients, processing, and other information. [NY Times]

 

Wondering where to find a sustainably-raised turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? Check out this guide and order now, before they're all "gobbled" up. [Ecocentric]

 

Cities across the country are making it more difficult for organizations to feed the homeless... 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 26, 2014

 

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Beverage Association pledge to reduce beverage calories consumed per person nationally by 20% by 2025. [Food Politics]

 

Scientists across the country are testing the impact of ozone and carbon on crops to discover to what extent climate change will affect the global food supply. [NY Times]

 

Agriculture giant Cargill has pledged to protect forests in the company’s supply chains and endorse measures stated in the New York Declaration on Forests, part of the UN summit on climate change. [Grist]

 

Following the horse meat scandal that swept... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 19, 2014

 

An organic orange grower in Florida uses natural remedies to fight the blights of insects that are damaging groves across the country. [Civil Eats]

 

An algae bloom in the Arabian sea is disrupting the local fishing supply, and may give scientists a preview of the long term consequences for the aquatic food chain due to climate change.
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The Edward Jones Dome, home to the St. Louis Rams, becomes the first stadium in the NFL to offer sustainably-raised, Animal Welfare–Approved hot dogs and hamburgers. [Ecocentric]

 

Mission: Readiness, the organization of former military officials concerned about obesity... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 12, 2014

 

Congress has passed a bill preventing the US Environmental Protections Agency from exerting the pollution controls outlined in the Clean Water Act. [Food Politics]

 

New studies find that walking at least 12,000 steps a day helps to counteract the negative effects of fructose consumption. [NY Times]

 

A Fremont Count orchardist is trying to bring back the Colorado Orange, a rare variety of local apple with a unique citrus flavor. [NPR]

 

Researchers find microscopic bits of plastic and glass, skin cells, and dead insects in a sample of German beers, including some of the most popular brands. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 14, 2014

 

Vacation like a local with a stop at America’s best farmers’ markets. [Condé Nast Traveler

 

A straightforward guide to the shelf life of food. [HuffPo

 

Lab-treated cashews might be the key to solving nut allergies. [Yahoo! Food

 

Faced with climate change, Iowa corn farmers are starting to adapt. [NPR] ... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: August 1, 2014

 

A French supermarket chain aims to cut food waste by making “ugly” fruits and vegetables fashionable—and it’s working. [Grist]

 

Representative Rosa DeLaura has introduced a sugar-sweetened beverages tax act, known as the SWEET Act, in an effort to decrease soda consumption and raise funds for programs to combat diet-related disease. [Food Politics]

 

General Mills has released a new set of climate policies to cut emissions and reduce deforestation. [Mother Jones]

 

2014 could be the driest year in almost a century for California. Some scientists believe the drought could last for a decade or more,... Read more >

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