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Oat milk which has been popular with hipsters since 2016 for its creamy taste recently went through a shortage which caused its cost to skyrocket. While plant-based milks require processing and have to travel over distances to get to shelves, they’re still more ecologically friendly than cow milk.
Hemp hearts, seeds, and oils which have risen in popularity after the legalization of marijuana in numerous states are a sustainable source of protein and healthy fats.
Seaweed especially has had a rapid rise in popularity and as CBS News explained, increasing numbers of fishermen, scientists, and foodies in this country are starting to look at seaweed very differently — as a promising source of food, jobs and help cleaning ocean waters. With rising global populations and limited space to expand agriculture on land, they are turning to the sea — and its “weeds” — as a new frontier.
Why This Matters: Food trends are mostly fun but its good news that meatless and more sustainable food options are starting to show up on the radar of more Americans. Plant-based foods can have a big impact on reducing global emissions yet most people don’t know where to start in altering their diets, if more retailers begin selling vegetarian snack alternatives it can help people make the switch more seamlessly.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Maine’s wild blueberries may be in trouble. Scientists at the University of Maine have found that the state’s blueberry fields are warming at a much faster rate than the rest of New England. This could dry out the soil, threatening the beloved berries and the farmers who grow them. […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Indoor farms have become increasingly attractive to investors as ways to solve pandemic-induced disruptions to the harvesting, shipping, and sale of food. Vertical farms grow produce indoors in layers or vertical apparatuses inside warehouses or shipping containers. Artificial light, temperature control, and minimal soil use could make indoor farming […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Wine Wednesdays are about to get a bit wilder. But while rising alcohol content in your favorite wines might sound like a good time, it could be a symptom of a growing problem in wine country. Rising temperatures mean higher sugar content in grapes, which translates to wines well over 14.5% alcohol by volume. […]
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