Day: December 10, 2019

New expert findings seek to protect national parks from invasive animal species

Read the full story from Virginia Tech.

More than half of America’s national parks are facing a grave and immediate threat: the ongoing presence and spread of invasive animal species. The National Park Service has taken the first step in combating this invasion by asking a group of experts to help chart a course that will ensure the survival of these national treasures. The experts’ findings were recently published in the journal Biological Invasions

Coal Knew, Too

Read the full story in Mother Jones.

A newly unearthed journal from 1966 shows the coal industry was long aware of the threat of climate change.

Report outlines Top 5 food sustainability trends for 2020

Read the full story in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods.

While there is still a sizable gap in the availability of sustainable products, a number of trends for 2020 indicate that brands and consumers are moving in a positive environmental direction.

Lufa Farms breaks ground on world’s largest rooftop farm

Read the full story at Refrigerated & Frozen Foods.

This new greenhouse will grow eggplants and more than 10 unique tomato varieties without the use of synthetic pesticides.

From sustainable sourcing to plastic packaging: Behind Pip & Nut’s journey to B-Corp certification

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Over the past 12 months, the London-based nut butter brand has increased the amount of recycled plastic in its packaging, reduced its transport miles, and surveyed its suppliers’ waste management policies to achieved B-Corp certification, founder Pippa Murray tells FoodNavigator.

Where does the grocery industry stand on food waste initiatives?

Read the full story at SmartBrief.

There’s no hiding the fact that food waste in the US is a staggeringly large issue. The USDA estimates that 30% to 40% of the country’s food supply goes to waste, with 31% of food loss occurring at the consumer and retail level. What’s more, a recent study found that grocery shoppers often overestimate the amount of fresh food they will consume, with 97% saying they would eat all their meat but only 50% finishing it.

According to an analysis from the Center for Biological Diversity, only three of the top 10 US grocers have made commitments to achieve zero food waste by 2025, including Kroger, Ahold Delhaize and Walmart. Other grocers have made less ambitious commitments to reducing food waste, while others still lack such commitments and transparency about tracking and prevention strategies.

Norway taps sustainable marine resources in response to fish farming boom

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

As the fastest growing food producing sector, fish farming is placing increased strain on conventional feed resources. In Norway, researchers are working to relieve this pressure by developing sustainable alternatives – using aquaculture by-products and microalgae.

The Un-SAFE Rule Update: Weakening Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards Costs Consumers Money in Every State

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This paper expands upon Consumer Reports’ analysis titled “The Un-SAFE Rule: How a Fuel-Economy Rollback Costs Americans Billions in Fuel Savings and Does Not Improve Safety” to estimate consumer impacts for a greater variety of potential rollback scenarios, look
at the consumer impacts of the rollback in individual states, consider the range of outcomes with respect to state authority to set stricter emission standards, and evaluate California’s voluntary framework with four automakers. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have not yet announced a final decision about which fuel economy and emissions standards will be chosen. We have identified a few plausible scenarios based on public statements and calculated how those decisions would affect consumers. Recent reporting indicates that a likely scenario is one in which annual fuel economy requirements increase at a rate of around 1.5% per year between 2021 and 2026.

Minnesota expands hunt for PFAS chemical contamination in water

Read the full story in the Minneapolis StarTribune.

Water tests for “forever chemicals” target Dakota, Olmsted, Stearns and St. Louis counties.

Argonne collaboration shows benefits of better corn residue management strategies

Read the full story from Argonne National Laboratory.

Sustainable corn stover removal can maintain soil carbon stock, according a new Argonne-led study.

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