Jessy Servi, sustainability manager for Milwaukee’s Outpost Natural Foods, the fourth largest consumer food cooperative in the U.S., talks about her company, how it works and how the co-op model has helped make sustainability a reality.
Food & Agriculture
The color of food plays a perhaps surprisingly large role in our perceptions of its attractiveness, as well as our expectations of how it will taste. Take salmon, for example. Studies have shown, and salmon prices reflect, our inherent bias and preference for salmon that is orange to reddish in color.
Starbucks does not shy away from social issues, and that includes the “Race Together” campaign. But so far, the effort is looking to become an epic fail.
Earlier this month, Dunkin’ Donuts announced it will remove the whitening agent titanium dioxide from all the powdered sugar used to coat its donuts, thanks to shareholder activism.
Kansas is the latest state to find avian flu in its backyard. The recent discovery has the USDA concerned — not for fear of human contamination (which is low), but because of heightened risks of import restrictions by other countries. Some 20 countries already restrict poultry from the U.S. due to the outbreaks. The most recent detections lie close to the central flyway, an essential corridor for many species of wild fowl.
The design firm Perkins + Will released a plan that suggests a 660-acre area northeast of downtown Los Angeles is ripe for investments in urban agriculture.
Costco, which sells 80 million rotisserie chickens a year, told Reuters last week that it will stop selling chicken and other meat from animals raised with antibiotics that are needed to fight human infections.
Great Lakes Cheese is the latest food company to enact an animal welfare program policy in the light of accusations of animal cruelty at one of its dairies.
Cool Planet’s enhanced biochar can help farmers reduce water use and increase crop yield, an important benefit in California’s current drought conditions.
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These seven words are author and sustainable food advocate Michael Pollan’s sage advice on how to eat a diet that is healthy for both people and the planet. And now it appears the U.S. government is poised to adopt similar nutritional recommendations. Last week, the nation’s top nutrition panel, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, released its latest report — which argued for a “sustainable diet” high in plant-based foods and lower in calories and animal-based foods.
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