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Clearly necessity, fear, and guilt over the dangers of meatpacking plants will change American behavior in the short run. But systemic and cultural change will take time. Still, perhaps one more Americans try them, they will like them. They might have to get used to eating these products because the largest beef producer in the US said the impact of the novel coronavirus will be felt across the meat industry for months. The Verge reported that grocery stores are seeing sales skyrocketing of products like Beyond Meat and Tofurky — they were up 264 percent during a nine-week period ending on May 2nd, according to The Wall Street Journal. By comparison, retail sales overall dropped 16.4 percent from March to April.
And then there are organizations like the Food for Climate League, a new nonprofit organization, founded by two health-conscious moms “to redefine sustainable eating and help businesses, nonprofits and governments promote food that’s good for both humans and the planet.” The founders, Eve Turow-Paul andSophie Egan explained in The Washington Post that they got “seed” funding from Google and are now working with leaders in the food industry from Unilever, Sodexo, and Future Food Institute to change the conversation about what is good American food. Their goal is to promote sustainable food offerings and make them the choice of consumers who want to eat healthily and also do what they can to tackle the climate crisis.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer If climate change keeps temperatures rising, staple crops in eight East and Southern African countries could decrease by up to 80% by midcentury. According to a new report by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a 2-degree Celsius increase in temperature (which the world is currently on […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer With drought continuing in the West, and the summer’s historic floods throughout Europe, the world is wondering how climate change will also affect the way we eat. This controversial question was addressed by agriculture experts, NGOs, government officials, and corporate leaders at Peas, Trees, and 1.5 Degrees, a Climate […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In the lead-up to today’s United Nations Food Systems Summit, young activists spoke about their priorities for the global gathering at yesterday’s Food is the Future event. At the event, youth representatives from worldwide interviewed adult peers in the world of food system work. In an effort to […]
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