Food

One Heartwarming Thing From The Heartland

Food waste is a huge drain on the environment.  CBS News reported on an innovative program in a school district in Elkhart, Indiana that is working with a local non-profit to collect leftover food from school cafeterias and use it to make meals for needy school children to take home on the weekends.  The nonprofit […]

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Have It Your Way: Meat-Free

Have It Your Way: Meat-Free

We’ve written before about the growing popularity of plant-based proteins and how the companies making products such as the Beyond Meat Burger and the Impossible Burger are quickly growing and paving the path to their IPOs. While the popularity of these items is growing with the American public and interests have been piqued, they’ve still […]

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Top Foods With Pesticide Residue:  Strawberries, Spinach, and Kale

Top Foods With Pesticide Residue: Strawberries, Spinach, and Kale

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) every year analyzes test data from the Agriculture Department to identify which fruits and vegetables are most and least contaminated with pesticide residue to produce a list they call the Dirty Dozen. This year’s list had a surprise entrant — kale — “more than 92 percent of conventionally grown kale samples had at least two or more pesticide residues. Some samples contained residues from as many as 18 different pesticides.” 

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Making plant-based meat an affordable choice

Making plant-based meat an affordable choice

Plant-based proteins continue to surge in popularity and more and more restaurants and grocery chains are offering a wide range of brands like Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat. In fact, as Forbes reported, globally, meat substitute sales on average rose 9.3% between 2012 and 2017, more than three times the average rate of processed meat […]

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Frankenfish or AquaBounty? GE Salmon To Be Raised in Indiana

Frankenfish or AquaBounty? GE Salmon To Be Raised in Indiana

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has determined that genetically engineered (GE) AquaAdvantage salmon are safe to eat — that their genetic modifications are safe for the fish and thus for humans too.  The FDA also found that the claims about the rapid growth of the fish are also true and also will not cause harm to humans. 

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Fish Fraud Is Not Fake News

Fish Fraud Is Not Fake News

A new study by the non-profit Oceana found that more than one in five fish they tested from supermarkets and restaurants is mislabeled.  It is a typical bait and switch, according to Beth Lowell of Oceana, who said “The consumer thinks that they’re getting a high-priced fish and instead they’re getting the cheaper alternative … they’re being ripped off.” 

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Climate change increases risk of food-borne illness

Climate change increases risk of food-borne illness

As climate change continues to warm our planet, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that governments around the world must take increased precaution to ensure food safety–something that has not received enough political attention. U.N. agencies and the African Union recently met in Ethiopia at an international food safety conference and made the following statement: […]

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One funny thing: neural network candy hearts

One funny thing: neural network candy hearts

1. 2. 3. 4. Janelle Shane is a research scientist in optics and recently conducted a very funny Valentines’s Day experiment. As she explained in her Tumblr post, “I collected all the genuine heart messages I could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm called a neural network. Given a set of data, […]

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Interactive Map Shows Pollution Locations In Louisiana

Interactive Map Shows Pollution Locations In Louisiana

The state of Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality starting in December first published an interactive map that shows where it is unsafe to swim and where fishers should not eat their catches, according to an Associated Press story in nola.com.  The map provides information on 58 lakes, bayous and waterways and even covers almost 1,200 miles of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico that are under state jurisdiction.  And the map is a very much needed tool because it turns out there are some serious contamination issues in Louisiana.  

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Mexican startup creates bioplastics from avocado waste

Our world is drowning in plastic yet we’re so dependent on it, that despite the urgency to avoid it, we don’t have very many alternatives. For food packaging especially, plastic is king and Americans are using a lot of plastic every day probably without realizing it. While biodegradable plastic does exist, it’s often far more expensive, […]

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Rubber chicken is not fake news!

Rubber chicken is not fake news!

If you thought those frozen chicken nuggets from Perdue and Tysons Foods tasted terrible, there could be a reason why — they had bits of rubber and wood and unlabelled other products like milk (an allergen) in them.   Consumers found pieces of “soft, blue rubber” inside the food and contacted Tysons; similarly, consumers found wood […]

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2019 sustainable food trends

2019 sustainable food trends

We wrote yesterday about the Planetary Health Diet which was created by scientists to help people eat more consciously and help address climate change. But food experts at Whole Foods and the National Restaurant Association have some other sustainable food trend predictions for 2019. Some notable trendy foods include: Oat milk which has been popular […]

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