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Mar 13, 2020. 3 comments

This invasive snail could be the hero coffee growers need

This invasive snail could be the hero coffee growers need

We’ve written about the

bad coffee harvests in Central America over the past couple months, and that a little fungus called coffee leaf rust is bringing java prices up . Luckily, a hero has arrived, a hero whose stomach and feet are one in the same: a snail! According to the New York Times, a new study shows that an invasive species called the Asian trampsnail loves eating coffee rust, and...

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Mar 10, 2020. 6 comments

Sea turtles eat ocean plastic because it smells like food, study finds

Sea turtles eat ocean plastic because it smells like food, study finds

Remember how pop culture and society at large have been warning us for the past 30 years that fish were getting stuck in our plastic six-pack rings? We began dutifully cutting the rings up, and that was that. Wait, no, that wasn’t that at all. Now it’s turtles we have to worry about, and they’re not getting stuck in our plastic—the plastic is getting stuck in them.

According to CNBC, a new...

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Mar 10, 2020. 10 comments

Starbucks tests new compostable coffee cup

Starbucks tests new compostable coffee cup

Starbucks cups have long been a source of low-level guilt and stress among its customer base, because while the paper material of the cup is recyclable, the plastic lining inside that prevents coffee from leaking out is not. The most guilt-ridden among us have made a habit of bringing along a reusable tumbler for Starbucks baristas to fill instead (for a $0.10 discount!). But as of last week,...

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Feb 22, 2020. 7 comments

Report finds eating local won't save the planet, in a blow to tote bags everywhere

Report finds eating local won't save the planet, in a blow to tote bags everywhere

Well folks, it’s another terrible day to love beef. The website Our World In Data analyzed the largest metadata analysis of food products to date (published in 2018), and found that, for most foods, CO2 emissions from transportation pale in comparison to those from land use change and farming. We’ll give you a moment to scrape your “Eat Local” bumper sticker off your Prius.

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Feb 14, 2020. 5 comments

David Chang collaborates with Sweetgreen on new kelp sald

David Chang collaborates with Sweetgreen on new kelp sald

Last week when I visited Sweetgreen for lunch, an employee excitedly mentioned the new David Chang collaboration that was dropping on February 13. (Hey, that’s today!) I was most certainly intrigued, though perhaps not enough to deviate from my utterly unwavering order of Harvest Bowl, No Rice. However, now that I know the new David Chang-approved salad has kelp in it, I just might have to...

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Jan 28, 2020. 7 comments

Finland makes protein out of thin air; the future is weird

Finland makes protein out of thin air; the future is weird

Were you blown away by the invention of a burger patty made of soy protein? Please. As usual, the Scandinavians are here to make us look like absolute dummies. A Finnish company has out-impossible’d the Impossible Burger with the invention of a protein made from thin air. Yeah. Sit with that one for a second.

Solar Foods, a company based outside Helsinki, has successfully created a protein...

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Jan 10, 2020. 20 comments

California almond industry might have the blood of billions of bees on its hands

California almond industry might have the blood of billions of bees on its hands

Next time you reach for a carton of almond milk at the grocery store, think of the bees: 50 billion of them were wiped out last winter, which makes up about one-third of commercial bee colonies. According to a report in The Guardian, the California almond industry has bee blood on its hands.

Bees are integral to the almond production, as they pollinate the plants. They’re so vital that...

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Dec 18, 2019. 11 comments

Buckle up, kids: Bugs are the protein source of the future

Buckle up, kids: Bugs are the protein source of the future
Hot LinksHot LinksWe spend way too much time on the internet

Terrified of raising children on a planet with dwindling resources and overfarmed land? Have no fear, our descendants can eat bugs! This, according to a recent Washington Post article in its KidsPost section, which tees up our youngest generation for a lifetime of eating scorpions.

The paper ran a profile this week on Brooklyn Bugs,...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Dec 17, 2019. 10 comments

Bad harvests force coffee farmers to leave El Salvador

Bad harvests force coffee farmers to leave El Salvador

With the recent news about global

coffee shortages and the subsequent rise in coffee prices worldwide, what might be overlooked is the human toll of these sweeping changes to the industry. CBS reports that, due to low crop yield and the coffee leaf rust fungus that continually destroys their plants, many coffee farmers are being forced to leave El Salvador in search of work.

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Dec 11, 2019. 9 comments

Blue Bottle Coffee starts its plan to go zero-waste by cancelling disposable cups

Blue Bottle Coffee starts its plan to go zero-waste by cancelling disposable cups

If you’ve ever had the dubious pleasure of trash duty at a coffee shop, you know that coffee-drinkers are responsible for an awful lot of waste: cups, straws, stirrers, sugar packets, napkins. Some companies have been trying to do their part by using cardboard straws, metal stirrers, and bioplastic cups, and by composting coffee grounds. In January, a new city ordinance in Berkeley (of...

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Dec 06, 2019. 12 comments

Spit-take! Coffee demand will outpace supply in 2020

Spit-take! Coffee demand will outpace supply in 2020

Ah, let me take a big sip of my hot, fresh mug of coffee and catch up on the latest—oh dear.

The International Coffee Organization found in its November 2019 report that, in all likelihood, more coffee will be consumed than produced in 2020. The ICO—the London-based coffee industry oversight group, under the auspices of the UN—expects a global deficit of 502,000 bags. Look, I was a history...

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Marnie Shure Marnie Shure Dec 05, 2019. 14 comments

McDonald’s and Ford team up to build car parts from coffee waste

McDonald’s and Ford team up to build car parts from coffee waste

The most exciting eco-friendly products are the ones that work even better than their more wasteful counterparts ever did—and thanks to an unlikely corporate team-up, we’re seeing those innovations play out on a large scale. CNET reports that Ford and McDonald’s are collaborating to engineer a more sustainable automotive plastic from the fast food chain’s coffee-brewing byproducts, and best...

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Kinja Kinja Dec 03, 2019. 12 comments

Prepare to sob into your espresso: coffee prices are going up

Prepare to sob into your espresso: coffee prices are going up

The man in the above photo is a model. It’s staged. To get that photo, I put “coffee” and “sad” into Getty Images, and voila: Sad Coffee Guy. Yet at this moment, who among us is not a Sad Coffee Guy? Forbes reports (by way of The Wall Street Journal and its paywall, apologies) that steadily climbing demand, along with climate change and other factors, have contributed to a nearly 25% jump in...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Dec 03, 2019. 12 comments

Plastic is killing us, but maybe soybeans can save the day

Plastic is killing us, but maybe soybeans can save the day

Seeing your favorite restaurant using paper straws, recycled napkins, and biodegradable cutlery might make you, the consumer, feel like you’re doing something positive for the environment. Unfortunately this is all just a drop in the bucket as far as restaurant waste is concerned, as these businesses remain completely dependent on plastics, particularly plastic wrap. The development of a food...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 12, 2019. 16 comments

Cities ban gas stoves in favor of electric

Cities ban gas stoves in favor of electric

I’ve never once met a person who said, “I love my electric stove.” Culinary experts and food media alike have always driven home the point that these stoves are supposedly inferior in every way: They don’t get hot enough, and it’s harder to control their heat levels. There’s only one reason why anyone would say that electric is superior to gas, but it’s a good enough reason to ditch your gas...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 09, 2019. 18 comments

McDonald’s takes another big step in going green

McDonald’s takes another big step in going green

Last year McDonald’s announced it was about to get serious about climate change,

vowing to reduce their carbon emissions by 36% by 2030 . This week, Nation Restaurant News reports that McDonald’s has invested in two renewable energy companies: Aviator Wind West, a wind farm in Coke County, Texas, and an unnamed solar power startup, also headquartered in Texas. Between them, the companies are...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Oct 29, 2019. 8 comments

Surprise, surprise: food that’s good for the planet is good for us, too

Surprise, surprise: food that’s good for the planet is good for us, too

Calling the Earth our mother didn’t get us to start treating it any better. (You don’t write, you don’t call, you don’t stop with the car exhaust...) But a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that maybe we should start thinking about environmental responsibility this way: What’s good for the planet is also good for our bodies, so...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Mar 11, 2019. 21 comments

Congressman rails against the “straw police” in California

Congressman rails against the “straw police” in California

California Republican Congressman Devin Nunes is apparently not a fan of recent legislation that prohibits servers in the state from asking before handing out straws. As Newsweek reports, the “California bill signed into law in September 2018 aimed at reducing plastic waste,” especially in the ocean. But when a waitress asked Nunes’ table if they wanted straws, instead of just handing them...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Jan 24, 2019. 21 comments

City of Berkeley could require 25-cent tax on restaurants’ disposable cups

City of Berkeley could require 25-cent tax on restaurants’ disposable cups

Many environmental campaigns are pushing to eventually eliminate single-use items like plastic straws and paper cups. While some efforts point toward recycling, others stress that reduction is the only clear answer. To that end, the town of Berkeley, California, is voting next week on an ordinance that would charge customers 25 cents per disposable beverage cup, says The Sacramento Bee.

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Jan 05, 2019. 20 comments

1979 Doritos bag washes up on North Carolina trail

1979 Doritos bag washes up on North Carolina trail

There are a lot of current efforts aiming to stem the amount of waste in oceans and elsewhere, like banning single-use plastic items and

moving toward reusable or recyclable straws . Maybe you’re wondering what all the fuss is about. Here’s a good and upsetting example: WYFF in Greenville, South Carolina reports that an interesting piece of trash recently washed up on a nature trail on North...

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