Sustainability Matters: November 28, 2014

 

Looking for way to cut down on your holiday food waste? Here are some tips on planning, preserving, and getting creative with your leftovers. [Ecocentric]

 

Native American food companies work to preserve the land and build business. [Civil Eats]

 

The U.K.’s “Bio-Bus”, which uses sewage and food waste as fuel, is taking to the streets. [Treehugger]

 

Chinese authorities have stopped accepting corn exports that contain a specific genetic modification. Now experts are questioning if the move is to protect consumers or to protect the market. [... 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 17, 2014

 

Whole Foods has launched a rating program for fruits, vegetables, and flowers to measure the quality of farming practice. [Grist]

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new generation of GMO corn and soybeans, angering environmentalists. [NPR]

 

Disease and Nutrition: JBF Leadership Award winner Marion Nestle’s thoughts on the food politics of Ebola. [Food Politics]

 

McDonald’s announces a new campaign that aims for greater transparency and engagement with the public. [Civil... Read more >

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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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