Food
Climate Change Threatens California’s Nuts with a New Pest

Climate Change Threatens California’s Nuts with a New Pest

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Despite facing droughts and record heat, California’s almond farmers have had record-breaking harvests over the last five years. That said, California’s nuts may be under threat once again as the rise in global temperatures may introduce a new pest to the California farm ecosystem. This pest, the navel orangeworm, […]

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Engineers Crack the Code of Communicating with Plants

Engineers Crack the Code of Communicating with Plants

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer You’ve probably heard that plants can communicate with each other, or that they grow stronger if you sing to them, but engineers at MIT are teaching plants some new skills and they’re learning a lot. Through a technology called “plant nanobiotics,” engineers have placed electronic components into spinach plants that monitor […]

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Dietary Guidelines Influenced By Food and Beverage Industry

Dietary Guidelines Influenced By Food and Beverage Industry

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The national Dietary Guidelines for America set standards for what food gets produced and consumed, but it’s influenced by big food corporations — to the detriment of Americans’ health. The latest set of guidelines was released at the very end of 2020 after five years of work. As Civil […]

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US Dairy Farms Could Lower Net Emissions to Zero in Next Five Years

US Dairy Farms Could Lower Net Emissions to Zero in Next Five Years

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new study from the World Wildlife Fund found that in the next five years, US dairy farms have the potential to reduce their net greenhouse gas emissions to zero. Milk has long been heralded as a superfood in the United States through superb PR campaigns, but in actuality […]

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Beyond Meat and Pepsi Collaborate on Plant-Based Products

Beyond Meat and Pepsi Collaborate on Plant-Based Products

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Beyond Meat and Pepsi have announced a new partnership to develop and distribute planet-based foods and beverages. This union will allow Beyond Meat to distribute and market their plant-based meat alternatives on a global scale.  Why This Matters: With PepsiCo’s help, Beyond Meat will be able to bring new […]

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Climate Change Impacts Childhood Malnutrition As Much as Poverty

Climate Change Impacts Childhood Malnutrition As Much as Poverty

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study published last week found that rising global temperatures impact childhood malnutrition at similar rates to poverty, insufficient sanitation, and poor education. The 19-country study, which observed 107,000 children aged 5 and under, reviewed the impact of rainfall and temperature on children’s diet diversity. The findings shocked […]

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