The U.S. Is Eating Less Beef, Schools Solve Food Waste, and More Food News

March 27, 2017
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Slight diet changes in the U.S. lead to a 9% drop in greenhouse gases
“Changes in the American diet—lower consumption of not only beef, but orange juice, pork, whole milk and chicken—meant that the average American's diet-related greenhouse gas emissions dropped from 1,932 kilograms in 2005 to 1,762 in 2014.” – Inside Climate News 

The genius way schools can fight food waste and hunger
“Some trays have been picked clean, some picked over, and others hold untouched, unopened foods. And, while some students are totally satiated, others remain hungry. Connecting the dots between these two kinds of students is the idea of a ‘share table,’ a way to address both student hunger and food waste in school meal programs during the school year and summer.” – Civil Eats

Six groups work together to sue the EPA
On March 21, “farmers, conservation groups, and food and farm justice organizations stood up to protest against the contamination of rural communities, our food supply, and the environment by filing a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration. The groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under new administrator Scott Pruitt for approving Dow AgroScience’s Enlist Duo, a mixture of the weed-killing chemicals glyphosate and 2,4-D—both of which are known to be highly toxic.” – Center for Food Safety

Amazon Fresh plans to open as a real supermarket, but with robots
“Amazon’s supermarkets will require a minimal number of people to operate. Just six workers will be needed, with a manager to sign people up for the Amazon Fresh service, an employee restocking shelves, and two more operating drive-through windows. Upstairs on the second floor, two more employees would help robots bag groceries, which would then be sent down on conveyors.” – Grub Street

See how the air in NYC, LA, and Houston measures up
“These are some of the cities with the world’s worst air quality, according to a new analysis of four major gases associated with air pollution: ammonia, formic acid, methanol, and ozone. The findings could help scientists better understand how geography and other local conditions play a role in determining air quality.” – Science Magazine

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