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Sustainable Seafood Gains Ground at Your Grocery Store

Policies that support safe and sustainable seafood have taken hold on many fronts, including within national grocery store chains. Regulators and Consumers Care According to the California Academy of Sciences … “More than 70% of the world’s fish stocks are overfished, depleted, or worse—extinct—as a food resource. “Many species of ocean life are under threat […]

MillerCoors Golden Location Goes Landfill Free

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On June 24, MillerCoors announced that its brewery located in Golden, CO — the country’s largest single-site brewery — is now the world’s largest landfill-free brewery. Building on its experience in taking four of its other breweries landfill free, this latest move means the largest brewery in the U.S. eliminated an average of 135 tons of […]

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Retailers Form an Alliance to Promote Food Conservation

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Big…The Food Marketing Institute may be well known to insiders as a massive trade show, idea marketplace, and schmooze fest. But the group is serious about food conservation. In partnership with the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), and other commercial stakeholders, FMI participates in the Food Waste Reduction Alliance Project. The stated goal of the group […]

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Fake Food and Food Fraud Make Real Problems

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When is olive oil not virgin? Does it matter that the label says “100%” juice? For manufacturers, retailers, and consumers, the answers to these food fraud questions carry real world consequences. What we eat is no longer merely an exercise in culinary snobbery. Globalization of the food supply chain has introduced multiple potential points at […]

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“Funny Fruit” and 6 More Tactics Fight Food Waste

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A Brief issued by the National Resources Defense Council NRDC) tells the story of food waste that happens before it even gets off the farm. Left-Out: An Investigation of Fruit and Vegetable Losses on the Farm presents results of a survey commissioned by NRDC in July 2012 to gain a better sense of the volume […]

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Food Waste Practices That Hurt

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Tristram Stuart is a dumpster diver, and he’s proud of it. The environmentalist, author, and speaker is passionate about the cumulative food waste practices of individuals, institutions, and businesses. In a compelling presentation at a TED Conference in May of 2012, delivered with typical knowledge and enthusiasm, he hit on themes common to his activism. […]

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Technology is working on a better “eat this food by” warning.

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You’re familiar with package labels that tell you to “eat this food by” [fill in the date]. These expiration dates printed on packaged goods are useful for letting us know the optimal day by which food should be consumed. There is, however, widespread consensus that these instructions are conservative. Items can often be safely eaten […]

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Our Monthly Bread: Loaves that Last

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The artisanal $9 loaf of pumpernickel-cranberry-sprouted grain-mill ground that you bought with all the best intensions has been sitting on the kitchen counter for the last week. Its edibility is rapidly declining, along with the curiosity that precipitated the purchase in the first place. Consigning it to the trash is more than just a sad […]

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Our Food Practices Could Leave A Global Wasteland

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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has issued an assessment of food needs in the light of projected global population growth. Addressing the issue of wastage, the report  makes for gloomy reading. The report estimates that fully 30-50% of all food produced never nourishes a human being. That shocking amount of seepage in the growth-to-consumption chain […]

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Too Much Food: The Paradox of Plenty

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Do consumers in developed countries waste food because prices are so low? Families struggling with stagnant incomes and falling wages may disagree, but the head of sustainability at packaged food giant Unilever, Jan Kees Vis believes that food prices may actually be too low for our own good.   Cut rate pricing is held to be the […]

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