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: 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 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: March 28, 2014


A novel migration: due to severe drought in California, state and federal officials are using tanker trucks to transport juvenile salmon from hatcheries to the Pacific Ocean. [NPR]


Which is better for air pollution, a gas or electric range? [Treehugger]


How many food deserts are in your city? Discover how large cities compare to each other and view interactive access maps with Walk Score. [Grist]


Walmart's annual report reveals the company's reliance on SNAP recipients and the financial repercussions of benefit cuts. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 31, 2014


Cyborg plants could be the future in monitoring soil quality and air pollution. [Wired]


America's cheap food comes at a high price for low-wage workers in the industry. [Treehugger]


A new study finds that chances of returning to a healthy weight diminish yearly for obese children. [NYT]


California's drought: where food, water, and energy issues intersect. [Ecocentric]


Farmers' markets and crop insurance win, SNAP loses in the recently passed farm bill. [... Read more >

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