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.
[NY Times]

 

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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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,... 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 4, 2014

 

Ocean acidification, “climate change’s evil twin," is the subject of increased research by global oceanographic institutes. [Grist]

 

Advances in “fake meat” alternatives may mean big business for food producers while benefiting the environment. [NY Times]

 

Got Milk? A bipartisan coalition of House members seek to end the ban on interstate marketing of raw milk. [Food Politics]

 

A Honduran Liberación farmer explains the benefits of Rainforest Alliance sustainable palm oil cooperative certification. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: March 21, 2014

 

A new Oceana report lists nine "dirty" U.S. fisheries blamed for hundreds of millions of pounds of bycatch each year. [Food Safety News]

 

Scientists find that chemicals used in agricultural pesticides and food products could cause in utero neurological damage. [The Atlantic]

 

Celebrate with cheese: new research reveals that there is no consistent link between saturated fat intake and heart disease. [NPR]

 

Are floating farms the future of food production? [Modern Farmer]... 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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