Across more than 1,700 public schools in New York City, a new initiative aims to give children more plant-based meals with the launch of Vegan Fridays. Over 1 million students in grades K-12 will have plant-based lunch options at school on Fridays. The initiative was started by newly elected NYC Mayor Eric Adams, the city’s […]
Salt has been used across the world for centuries as both a culinary seasoning and currency. Salt processing dates back to 6,000 BC in Romania. A 62-mile medieval route called the Old Salt Route stretches across Germany, where the salt trade became an empire. Some salt mining locations have also been used for centuries, and […]
We’re a country of pet lovers. Ninety and a half million families – or 70% of American households – own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. One hundred and thirty-five million cats and dogs live in our homes, and many more amphibians, fish, birds, rodents, and reptiles bring joy to our lives.
As far back as 2800 BC, our ancestors used cinnamon for anointing, embalming and digestive and respiratory ailments. Cinnamon has been used in traditional medicine all over the world, including Persia (Iran), India and China. Cinnamon also has many modern medicinal uses: It’s an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antilipemic, antidiabetic, antimicrobial and anticancer agent. According to the […]
Coffee, avocados and cashews are crops beloved by consumers and essential to the livelihoods of tropical farmers. But how will the climate crisis impact their future growth? A new study published in PLOS One Wednesday looked at how suitable growing areas for these delicious and important crops would shift over the next 30 years, and […]
It’s estimated that the average household wastes more than 30% of the food it obtains – a staggering statistic with both financial and environmental consequences. 140 million acres of land are needed to produce this lost or wasted food each year, which is about the size of New York and California combined.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been a hot topic and source of controversy for several years. Now, to muddle things further, a new USDA law that took effect January 1, 2022, requires any foods that have been genetically modified to be identified as “bioengineered.” Many consumers may have looked for non-GMO and genetically engineered (GE) […]
It’s the ingredient in food you try to avoid because you feel it’s too unhealthy, but it’s so delicious it’s hard to eat in moderation. Many of us love it, but at the same time rue its existence. It turns out this tricky additive many of us have a love/hate relationship with is also one […]
New York has joined California, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in requiring the biggest sources of food waste to donate excess food or recycle food waste. The hope is to keep food, and its related methane emissions, out of landfills. The new law took affect on January 1, 2021.