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Why this matters: Changing the food industry in the U.S. will be a key to tackling the climate challenge. Beef cattle produce about 3.7 percent of the United State’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and that counts their emissions from birth to slaughter, most of which come from belches. Reducing consumption is one way to cut emissions, but the industry needs to be creative to find other solutions — like this one. Moreover, the meatpacking industry needs to change and this model could provide the competition needed to bring that about.
COVID-19 Exacerbates the Problems of Unsustainable Meatpacking Plants
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new analysis from the World Wildlife Fund lays out a plan to use the existing logistical infrastructure of the United States Postal Service to distribute millions of tons of food from farmers directly to consumers. Each year, an estimated 17 million tons of crops never leave the farm, despite millions of Americans living in […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer While humans have been domesticating crops for the past 10,000 years, we also need wild variants of the crops we cultivate as they have traits that make them more resistant to disease and resilient to environmental changes. We can breed these traits into our domesticated crops. But a new […]
The case of the caviar cover-up! Wisconsin’s top expert on sturgeon fish — dubbed the “sturgeon general” — was charged with obstructing an investigation into an illicit caviar ring — he and fellow biologists at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are alleged to have funneled fish eggs to a network of caviar processors. […]
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