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How Safe Is Your Salad?  FDA Not Ready For Outbreaks According to New Investigative Report

How Safe Is Your Salad? FDA Not Ready For Outbreaks According to New Investigative Report

The Boston Globe and NBC News did an in-depth investigation of the E. coli outbreaks of 2018 and found that there are serious issues with the FDA’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to outbreaks of this potentially deadly illness because the antiquated system the agency has to trace the source of contamination takes so long that by the time it finds a definitive link to a particular farm the tainted product is often off the market. 

Why This Matters:  As we begin to panic about coronavirus, we may be missing the bigger risk to our health right there in our salad bowl.  Food safety systems are something only the government can reliably provide — when it comes to food safety and our health, self-regulation does not work.

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One Hollywood Thing: Award Shows Give A Bow To Sustainability With Plant-Based Dinners

One Hollywood Thing: Award Shows Give A Bow To Sustainability With Plant-Based Dinners

Both the Golden Globe awards two weeks ago and the Screen Actors Guild Awards — which serve dinner to Hollywood A-list attendees — served plant-based dinners in a nod to climate change and sustainability.  The attendees at the Globes caught flak on Twitter for the disconnect between the carbon footprint of riding in hundreds of […]

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Trump Targets Healthy School Lunches

Trump Targets Healthy School Lunches

As Lola Fadulu wrote for the New York Times, last Friday the Trump administration moved to roll back school nutrition standards championed by Michelle Obama.

Why This Matters: Government data refutes the rationale behind this move, so seemingly this is a handout to BigAg.

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Food Inspection Whistleblowers Warn of “Mystery” Pork

Food Inspection Whistleblowers Warn of “Mystery” Pork

A rule rollback drastically reducing the number of government safety inspectors at pork processing plants is set to go into effect across the country, but now the inspectors have filed a federal whistleblower complaint alleging that consumers should be warned about the reduced inspections because there could be significant lapses in meat quality.

Why This Matters: Already our food system is riddled with problems from pesticides to e Coli bacteria, and now this.  The safety net that the government used to provide consumers is fraying due to a series of rule rollbacks and a failure to regulate toxic chemicals and other agricultural practices that create health risks. 

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Scientists Call for Us to Reach “Peak Meat”

Scientists Call for Us to Reach “Peak Meat”

In a letter to The Lancet Planetary Health Journal, 50 leading scientists called for meat production to peak by 2030.

Why This Matters: The scientists warned that high and middle-income countries should not outsource livestock production to other countries but instead reduce demand for meat products in order to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

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Why We Need Crop Diversity

Why We Need Crop Diversity

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.

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One Smaller Thing:  Half a Loaf of Bread Cuts Food Waste

One Smaller Thing: Half a Loaf of Bread Cuts Food Waste

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 […]

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This Year, Should You Pardon the Turkey?

This Year, Should You Pardon the Turkey?

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.

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One Strong Thing: The Game Changers Tells Story of Exceptional Athletes Who Gave Up Meat

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 […]

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New York To Bid Foie Gras Adieu

New York To Bid Foie Gras Adieu

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 […]

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Cranberry Farmers in Massachusetts Giving Thanks for Solar Opportunity

Cranberry Farmers in Massachusetts Giving Thanks for Solar Opportunity

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.

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Read This: Meatless Burgers, Good or Bad?

Read This: Meatless Burgers, Good or Bad?


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 […]

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