Sustainability Matters: August 8, 2014

 

Nitrogen fertilizer run-offs are responsible for contaminating large reservoirs, including Lake Erie, leading to toxic algae blooms and dangerous drinking water. [Civil Eats]

 

The USDA’s new poultry inspection system is complicated, controversial, and voluntary. [Food Politics]

 

Restaurants in the U.S. and U.K. are finding creative solutions to food waste. [Sustainable America]

 

A Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory in Holland is successfully using the waste products from manufacturing ice cream to make more ice cream. [... 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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What We're Reading: July 2, 2014

 

The robot takeover begins with IBM Watson’s barbecue sauce. [NPR]

 

A different sort of food truck: moving companies partner to crack down on food waste. [Civil Eats]

 

The top ten new trends from the Fancy Food Show. [Ad Age]

 

A nonprofit website in Germany acts as a Craiglist for leftovers. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: June 6, 2014

 

States struggle with inadequate infrastructure to reach their goals of recycling food waste. [WSJ]

 

NYC revives the fight for a soda size cap, and this time it’s going all the way to the State Supreme Court. [Bloomberg]

 

Moms Across America takes on Monsanto over the potential dangers of Roundup. [Reuters]

 

Donkey milk production is on the... Read more >

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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 23, 2014

 

Congress and advocacy groups seek to undermine school nutrition programs with new legislation. [The Lunch Tray]

 

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has completed a pilot program using Yelp reviews to identify potential outbreaks of foodborne illness. [NYT]

 

Don’t judge a food by its label: a report from the Animal Welfare Institute finds that the USDA does not verify the majority of “humane” and “sustainable” claims on meat products. [EcoCentric]

 

Cincinnati takes an innovative approach to fighting childhood hunger in the summer, using public libraries to pair reading programs with free meals. [... 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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Sustainability Matters: January 17, 2014

 

Good news for bread lovers everywhere: a recent review of research shows that unless you have celiac disease or wheat allergies, consuming whole-wheat foods is good for you. [Food Politics]

 

Trying to make your household greener by reducing food waste? These websites and mobile apps can help. [Ecocentric]

 

Could debit cards could have an impact on childhood obesity? A new study by Cornell University finds that kids make healthier choices in the lunch line when paying with cash instead of credit. [NPR]

 

Walmart joins the Fair Food Program, helping to improve the lives of laborers on tomato farms with increased wages and... Read more >

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