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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.
Why This Matters: The fact that Bayer is likely to get approval for this new crop, which would be resistant to the active chemical in Roundup, suggests that the losses in court had and will continue to have little impact on the company’s trajectory. Just because these herbicides won’t “harm” GE corn does not mean they won’t harm us.
As Pride Month has come to a close, we wanted to recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community who are breaking down barriers — gastronomic and cultural. Earlier this week a blog on Ecowatch.com called Food Tank spotlighted 24 collectives, farms, and other organizations that are working to strengthen LGBTQ+ representation in the food system, which […]
With supermarkets running low on meat, seafood is a healthy option, and sales of frozen seafood like shrimp and canned seafood (much of which is imported) are up over last year, according to some retailers. Most of the domestic seafood landed and sold in the U.S. comes from small fishing businesses and goes to restaurants and those sales are down as much as 95% across the country.
Why This Matters: Congress provided $300m for fishers in stimulus funding, but it is only a “drop in the bucket” of what is needed to keep fishers afloat said Alaskan commercial fisher Julie Decker on Tuesday at a forum convened by the Ocean Caucus Foundation.
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