Food

Schools Ditch Styrofoam Lunch Trays for Compostable Plates

Schools Ditch Styrofoam Lunch Trays for Compostable Plates

Replacing non-biodegradable polystyrene trays with a compostable version is the first target of a pioneering attempt by six big-city school systems to create new markets for sustainable food and lunchroom supplies. The Urban School Food Alliance—whose members are public school districts in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Orlando, FL—hopes to persuade suppliers to create and […]

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    Join the Growing Number of People Going Meatless on Mondays

    Join the Growing Number of People Going Meatless on Mondays

    Philadelphia, home of the Philly cheesesteak, recently joined the growing number of communities urging residents to refrain from eating meat once a week. The city council unanimously passed a resolution saying the city “recognizes the benefits of a diet high in fruits and vegetables and urges residents to participate in Meatless Mondays to improve their […]

    Factory Farming: Bad for People, Planet and Economy

    Factory Farming: Bad for People, Planet and Economy

    Factory farms, where large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost, affect all of us. Huge meat companies have steadily driven down the prices farmers receive for the livestock they raise, forcing farmers to get big or get out. Small farms have been replaced by factory farms that […]

    Comment Period Extended for Food Safety Rules, Show Support for Local, Organic Foods

    Comment Period Extended for Food Safety Rules, Show Support for Local, Organic Foods

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the comment period to Nov. 22 for its proposed produce and preventive-control rules that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The agency decided to extend the deadline because the web page where comments were being collected had bouts of being offline, out-of-service or not accepting […]

    New Label Tells Consumers if Meat is Free of Growth-Enhancing Drugs

    New Label Tells Consumers if Meat is Free of Growth-Enhancing Drugs

    A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification program for livestock producers would permit them to market their products with a special label saying the meat contains no drugs called beta agonists—which some estimates say are fed to up to nearly 80 percent of U.S.-raised livestock. Beta agonists are feed additives used to increase muscle mass and […]

    Small-Scale Farmers and Organic Produce Could Disappear Under Proposed FDA Rules

    Small-Scale Farmers and Organic Produce Could Disappear Under Proposed FDA Rules

    Small-scale farmers, such as those who sell at the local farmers market or through a community-supported agriculture (CSA) say the supply of organic, local produce will be greatly reduced and many small farms will go out of business if the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) goes into effect as currently written. FSMA was signed into law in […]

    How Food With Palm Oil is Wiping Out Orangutans and Enslaving Workers

    How Food With Palm Oil is Wiping Out Orangutans and Enslaving Workers

    By Piper Hoffman “Adam,” a poor 19-year-old Indonesian, found a job driving trucks for a palm oil plantation that paid $6 a day. The foreman picked him up for a three-week, two-thousand mile journey to the worksite in Borneo. Along the way the terms of employment changed: Adam wouldn’t be paid for two years, and […]

    10 Urban Farming Projects in New York City

    10 Urban Farming Projects in New York City

    Who would think that one of the world’s largest cities, New York City, would be a major hub for urban agriculture? Well, it is. Food Tank has compiled a list of 10 urban farming projects providing New Yorkers fresh, local produce. 1. Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, 44 Eagle St., New York, NY A 6,000-square-foot organic vegetable […]

    Farm to School Programs Grow Interest in Local Food and Healthy Eating

    Farm to School Programs Grow Interest in Local Food and Healthy Eating

    An increasing number of U.S. school districts are participating in Farm to School programs, reflecting the growing popularity of local foods. Farm to School participants implement healthy, nutritious school meals incorporating local food products and school gardens as well as lessons in health, nutrition, food and agriculture. Activities can include school gardens, student field trips to […]