Over the past 50 years, fewer crops are feeding the world’s people and diets around the world are becoming more alike. This puts us at risk of a “globalized diet” based on major crops such as soybeans, wheat, rice, and corn–which are grown on almost half the world’s agricultural lands.Continue Reading 424 words
The Wall Street Journal’s headline says it all — “Smaller Loaves of Bread Are on the Rise. Bakers cook up new options to suit small households and millennials who don’t want to waste food.” We hate food waste! And we know you do too, and don’t want to buy more than you will use. So […]Continue Reading 125 words
A vegetarian or even vegan Thanksgiving does not have to be a sacrifice! This year, there are more ways to prepare a meatless Thanksgiving meal, with recipes in abundance (keep reading). And more Americans than ever are preparing meat-free meals this Thanksgiving, according to Time Magazine — due to climate change and health reasons.
Why This Matters: Time reports that a Neilsen poll taken in December 2018 found that more than 60% of Americans are willing to cut back on their meat consumption in order to personally reduce their carbon footprint.Continue Reading 403 words
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What do James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokavic, and Chris Paul have in common? They are the producers of a documentary film called “The Game Changers” that sets out to show that one can be an exceptional athlete on a solely plant-based diet without any meat protein. The film tells the […]Continue Reading 156 words
The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to ban the French delicacy foie gras from being sold in restaurants, stores, and farmer’s markets because it is made by force-feeding ducks and geese to fatten up their livers in a way that some consider the “most inhumane process in the commercial food industry,” according to The […]Continue Reading 152 words
Cranberries, well cranberry prices actually, are underwater — today it costs $35 to produce a barrel of the tart red fruit, but in 2018 that barrel sold for only $25 according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Now some cranberry producers in Massachusetts, the second-largest grower after Wisconsin, want to do something that has not been tried before at scale — build solar panels above the bogs they harvest each fall. They hope to build solar arrays high enough off the ground and in spaced-out clusters that allow for cranberries to be safely grown and harvested underneath.Continue Reading 248 words
We’ve written quite a bit about the rise of meatless burgers and alternative meat companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat. While these companies are helping to reduce meat consumption they’re not without their critics. Some say that these meatless alternatives are “overly-processed” and shouldn’t try to mimic animal flesh. It’s also worth noting that […]Continue Reading 117 words
Tuna is a popular fish, from lunchtime sandwiches, to trendy poké bowls Americans are eating a lot more seafood and the mighty tuna may be at risk. A new study, published in Fisheries Research has found that the amount of tuna being fished in the world’s oceans has increased by a staggering 1000% over the past 6 decades–a rate that scientists are calling unsustainable.Continue Reading 410 words
The developing human brain needs a molecule called docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA which is an omega-3 fatty acid. However, as Scientific American recently reported, a new study “predicts that by 2100, increasing water temperatures brought on by a warming planet could result in 96 percent of the world’s population not having access to an omega-3 […]Continue Reading 364 words
If you live in Philadelphia or Washington D.C. and have never tried plant-based restaurant HipCityVeg, what are you waiting for? We got a chance to check out HipCity’s newest DC location in Dupont Circle and ask founder Nicole Marquis some questions about what sets her restaurant apart and why even meat lovers can’t get enough. […]Continue Reading 651 words
According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. This contributes to 8% of total greenhouse emissions and also occurs as 1 in 9 people around the world are undernourished. Now, […]Continue Reading 329 words
Crows are among the smartest birds and as such, they’re very capable of eating discarded human food in urban areas. Now a new study has revealed that crows who munch on fast food have higher cholesterol levels and live a shorter lifespan than crows in rural areas. Scientists believe that munching on so much fatty […]Continue Reading 98 words