Stories about Food

April 17, 2019

New York fights food waste with ambitious new plan

After the most pro-environment budget agreements in many years, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature reached an agreement to enact a congestion pricing plan, a new law to ban plastic bags as well as an ambitious new goal to cut food waste. As NRDC...

April 11, 2019

96 People Fall Ill Due To E Coli Outbreak

Nearly 100 people in 5 states have been sickened due to the latest E. coli outbreak, with eleven of those people being hospitalized since the first case was reported in early March.  Symptoms of E. coli 0103 are serious, including watery or bloody diarrhea, fever,...

April 10, 2019

One Heartwarming Thing From The Heartland

Food waste is a huge drain on the environment.  CBS News reported on an innovative program in a school district in Elkhart, Indiana that is working with a local non-profit to collect leftover food from school cafeterias and use it to make meals for needy school...

April 3, 2019

Have It Your Way: Meat-Free

We’ve written before about the growing popularity of plant-based proteins and how the companies making products such as the Beyond Meat Burger and the Impossible Burger are quickly growing and paving the path to their IPOs. While the popularity of these items is...

March 22, 2019

Top Foods With Pesticide Residue: Strawberries, Spinach, and Kale

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) every year analyzes test data from the Agriculture Department to identify which fruits and vegetables are most and least contaminated with pesticide residue to produce a list they call the Dirty Dozen. This year’s list had a...

March 18, 2019

Making plant-based meat an affordable choice

Plant-based proteins continue to surge in popularity and more and more restaurants and grocery chains are offering a wide range of brands like Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat. In fact, as Forbes reported, globally, meat substitute sales on average rose 9.3% between...

March 12, 2019

Frankenfish or AquaBounty? GE Salmon To Be Raised in Indiana

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has determined that genetically engineered (GE) AquaAdvantage salmon are safe to eat — that their genetic modifications are safe for the fish and thus for humans too.  The FDA also found that the claims about...

March 11, 2019

Fish Fraud Is Not Fake News

A new study by the non-profit Oceana found that more than one in five fish they tested from supermarkets and restaurants is mislabeled.  It is a typical bait and switch, according to Beth Lowell of Oceana, who said “The consumer thinks that they’re getting...

February 21, 2019

Climate change increases risk of food-borne illness

As climate change continues to warm our planet, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that governments around the world must take increased precaution to ensure food safety–something that has not received enough political attention. U.N. agencies and...

February 14, 2019

One funny thing: neural network candy hearts

1. 2. 3. 4. Janelle Shane is a research scientist in optics and recently conducted a very funny Valentines’s Day experiment. As she explained in her Tumblr post, “I collected all the genuine heart messages I could find, and then gave them to a learning...