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These startups are turning surplus food into new consumer products 3.5.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The idea began with a bin of discarded avocado pits. Where others would see waste, Drexel University Food Lab graduate students Sheetal Bahirat and Christa Kwaw-Yankson recognized an opportunity.After some experimenting, they made an avocado-pit tea by blanching, grating and dehydrating the pit. The tea has a mild, slightly fruity taste and a pleasing, natural pink color.
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The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps 18.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair.  Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called, "a feed the hunger" type farm -- in reference to the Hunger Task Force Farm south of Milwaukee. Perdue also hosted Paul Ryan in the RV later that day. They sat ...
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The shared city movement is paving the way to a better future 5.4.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Tom Llewellyn, coordinator of the Sharing Cities Network, discusses how local solutions can tackle global problems.
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Pit bull attacks another dog in Canada prompting call for law... 3.4.2018 Science / Technology News

PICTURED: Looking gaunt and sullen, 'Affluenza teen' Ethan Couch leaves jail after spending less than TWO YEARS behind bars for killing four and paralyzing one in drunken crash 'I was in a haze': Man, 27, claims Texas religious cult drugged his food and turned him against his family after picking him up on Halloween as he joins families of missing members demanding action What food you should NEVER eat before or after a workout: Ditch the salad, avoid sports drinks - and don't feel so bad about a post-gym beer SpaceX set to launch recycled rocket AND a recycled Dragon spacecraft to the space station carrying food, supplies and a satellite designed to remove dangerous space junk Love on the lawn! Trump praises First Lady Melania for organizing Easter Egg Roll and gives her a kiss for the cameras Stormy who? Trump's job approval hits 50 per cent as he jumps ahead of Obama's rating from ... (more)

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How Food Stamps Are Keeping Small Farms in Business 2.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. On a weekend morning, the farmers market stretches out like a long caterpillar. Customers mill about, pushing strollers and walking dogs. A band is playing something folksy. Vendors stand behind tables that are literally spilling over with winter greens and root vegetables. It's a picture-perfect image that connotes abundance and community -- if you have the cash for it. The local food movement has been criticized for catering to middle- and upper-class Americans, and for leaving behind the low-income in all of the hype for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and "know your farmer" initiatives touted in glossy food magazines. But in the last decade, food justice activists have sought to correct this, connecting low-income consumers with cooking classes, gardening workshops, children's programming, and locally grown and culturally appropriate foods. Enter Double Up Food Bucks, a program that doubles Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly ...
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Groups turn up pressure on McDonald's chicken policies: 'It’s just not right' 25.3.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson, a west suburban mother of two young girls, takes her family to McDonald’s semiregularly because it’s an indulgence they all enjoy. But she’s put those trips on hold for now. Knott-Dawson plans to launch an online petition this week in coordination with the nonprofit ...
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Scott Walker Is Making It Harder to Receive Welfare in Wisconsin. Could This Become a Nationwide Blueprint? 22.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 23, 2017. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's attack on the public sector provided a blueprint for 15 other right-wing states looking to bust their public unions. Now Walker is set to provide a "welfare reform" model for right-wingers with several bills that would make it harder for low-income individuals to acquire food stamps, child care subsidies, health insurance and housing assistance. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 23, 2017. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) Help Truthout supply a counterpoint to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation spewing forth from Washington DC. It takes less than thirty seconds to contribute via card or PayPal: Just click here! In 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed Act 10, an infamous piece of legislation that was later passed by ...
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We Are All Fast Food Workers Now 21.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! "Many people are angered by the cruelties of the twenty-first-century economy. And their fury has fueled worldwide protest. Simultaneously, and almost everywhere, low-wage workers and small farmers began to revolt: in New York City restaurants, laundries, and warehouses, in Western Cape wineries and the garment shops of Phnom Penh, in Southern California Walmarts, and the big hotels of Providence, Oslo, Karachi, and Abuja. As capital has globalized, so has the labor movement. Marches, strikes, protests, and sit-ins from Tampa to Mali have changed the global conversation about workers' rights." So writes Annelise Orleck in her new book We Are All Fast Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages -- which, as she explains on this week's episode of Off-Kilter, tells the story behind the growing global labor movement ...
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How genetically engineered salmon swims onto our plates 17.3.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The transgenic technology that produces fast-growing fish soon could come to the U.S. Will it live up to its claims of making seafood more sustainable?
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"Real Organic" Label Bites Back at Industrial Agriculture 16.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! When you think of  organic food , you probably imagine a bucolic farm with happy cows out in the pasture and crops growing lush and healthy in fields free of synthetic fertilizers,  pesticides  and other agricultural chemicals. There's a reason for that image: It was the original intent of the organic movement, which aimed to reclaim farming and preserve soil integrity. Unfortunately, the value of the organic label -- now  regulated by the USDA   -- has been undermined in recent years by the rise of what some refer to as " industrial organic ." Now, "organic" includes  confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) , hydroponics and crops grown in industrial settings that don't adhere to the spirit of the label. Backed by ferocious marketing, organic is big business, with consumers paying a premium for products labeled "organic." Following the money, numerous  major agriculture firms  have entered ...
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Indigenous and Rural Women Conserve Mother Earth and Empower Their Communities 7.3.2018 Truthout.com
Women's rights and gender equality are crucial for not just women, but also for their communities and the environment. Increasing women's leadership in natural resource management, for example, is not only beneficial for biodiversity but also increases livelihood opportunities for women, thus improving their ability to plan for their families and resulting in positive outcomes for their communities. On this International Women's Day, we bring you a photo essay about Indigenous and rural women and their innate connection to nature. Women's rights and gender equality are crucial for not just women, but also for their communities and the environment. Women play a key role in the conservation of biodiversity and forests. A growing body of evidence shows that increasing women's leadership in natural resource management and governance is not only beneficial for biodiversity but also empowers women, increases their livelihood opportunities, improves their ability to plan for their families and results in ...
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Food truck owner hopes to take fight against Chicago to Illinois Supreme Court 22.2.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
A cupcake food truck owner who believes Chicago’s regulations — including a rule requiring mobile vendors stay at least 200 feet away from bricks-and-mortar restaurants — are unconstitutional is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to take up her lawsuit. If the state Supreme Court obliges, it ...
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The Global Uprising for a More Equitable and Humane Labor Force 22.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Despite the mass corporate media obsession with Donald Trump's reactionary, vulgar and insulting statements, grassroots activity is becoming more energized in the United States and around the globe. In We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now, Annelise Orleck records the movements for a more equitble and humane labor force, speaking with activists and giving grounds for hope. In a world of neoliberal dominance, advocating for fair and deserved worker justice is a challenging task. In this excerpt, Orleck makes the case that workers are rising up around the world to achieve this goal. A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest for higher wages and a union on April 15, 2015, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Mark Dixon ) Despite the mass corporate media obsession with Donald Trump's reactionary, vulgar and insulting statements, grassroots activity is becoming more energized in the United States and around the globe. History Professor Annelise Orleck records the movements for a more equitble and humane labor ...
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Yes, Replacing Food Stamps With a Blue Apron-Style Delivery System Is as Bad as It Sounds 16.2.2018 Truthout.com
This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. This week, the Trump administration released its  fiscal year 2019 budget . For the most part, it's similar to last year's proposal: massive cuts to safety net programs, a big boost in military spending, and very  Trump-ed up estimates  of economic growth. But this year, tucked into the Department of Agriculture (USDA) subsection, the administration laid out a proposal to take away a chunk of the nutrition assistance many families rely on and replace it with a massive new food delivery program. Under the  proposal , households receiving $90 or more per month in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits -- which accounts for the  vast majority  of all of the households who currently participate in SNAP -- will receive a portion of their assistance in the form of a box of pre-selected food. According to the USDA, which would be responsible for administering the program, the box would be filled with items like pastas, peanut butter, beans, and ...
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Costco, Whole Foods fight slavery in food production 6.2.2018 GreenBiz.com
To fight slavery within supply chains, companies of all sizes have to do their part by finding ways to engage with suppliers with the help of advocates.
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Meat is not the "new tobacco," and shouldn't be taxed 25.1.2018 Environmental News Network
The idea of having to pay a sin tax for environmentally detrimental foods is gaining more support. For some, eating meat is a sin, and therefore meat products should be taxed like alcohol and tobacco.A new report published recently by a British group called Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return Initiative (FAIRR) argues that a tax on meat is inevitable.
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The Big Picture of Great Lakes Mercury Pollution 25.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Mercury is a widespread environmental toxicant and pollutant that travels up the food chain onto people's dinner plates. Although a global issue, mercury regulations vary worldwide. Depending on where one lives in relation to mercury emissions, regional remediation makes minimal impacts for local fish consumption advisories. This is particularly true in a sensitive landscape like Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where nearly 80 percent of inland lakes are impaired.
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Greenhouse technology could be the future of food 18.1.2018 Environmental News Network
CU Boulder engineers have received a $2.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification.The four-year research program could yield next-gen technology capable of solving food, energy and water security challenges posed by global population growth and climate change.
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In Montana, houses are replacing farmland 15.1.2018 High Country News Most Recent
Can lessons from Vermont keep local agriculture alive?
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One in Ten Amazon Workers In Ohio Uses Food Stamps To Survive 8.1.2018 CorpWatch Features
One in ten Amazon employees in Ohio needs government assistance to make ends meet, according to analysis conducted by Policy Matters Ohio, a Cleveland-based research group. This is despite the fact that, since 2014, the state has given Amazon over $125 million in subsidies to expand.
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