Cancer-linked’ chemicals in Chipotle, Sweetgreen packaging

 

Cancer-linked’ chemicals in Chipotle, Sweetgreen packaging?

There’s more to know, experts say

Morgan Hines

Everything about your burrito bowl from Chipotle or your salad from Sweetgreen seems earthy and health-conscious, right down to the packaging.

But harmful chemicals may be lurking in those eco-friendly containers.

A story published last week by the New Food Economy, a non-profit newsroom that investigates food-related issues, reported the “cancer-linked” presence of PFAS, also called “forever chemicals,” in the fiber bowls used at fast casual dining spots and other restaurants including Chipotle, Sweetgreen, Dig Inn and other locations in New York City.

The chemicals are being investigated by scientists and government officials amid concerns over links to cancer, obesity, reproductive health problems, immunotoxicity and other health problems. PFAS have been used in consumer goods since the 1940s, according to the Food and Drug Administration. They’ve also been found in water.

The methodology used in the report has been questioned by the Foodservice Packaging Institute, a trade group that claims the report’s chemical indicators may not always prove accurate. And Chipotle contended its fiber bowls are safe and compliant with Food and Drug Administration rules in a statement to USA TODAY.

But the potential presence of PFAS is worrisome for health and environmental concerns, according to researchers.

Why ‘forever chemicals’ don’t go away

PFAS, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, is a family of man-made chemicals that contain carbon-fluorine bonds. The bonds don’t break down easily, which is why PFAS are often referred to as “forever chemicals.”

They have been used in the production of common goods since the 1940s, according to the FDA.

And PFAS are everywhere: Drinking water, food, cookware, paints, water-repellent fabrics, nonstick products, firefighting foams and more.

Because it doesn’t break down, PFAS remain present in our groundwater, soil and in human and animal bloodstreams, the FDA said in a statement.

While there is evidence that PFAS are present in many other areas of our world, people have had a strong reaction to the news about it being a part of packaging, said Caroline Cox, senior scientist at the Center for Environmental Health.

“I think people are often concerned about contaminants in their food – it’s such a direct exposure,” Cox told USA TODAY…

FINISH UP: ‘Chemicals migrate from the dish into the food’ Cancer, obesity and immunotoxicity are among the problems linked to “forever chemicals” reportedly found in packaging at Chipotle and other restaurants. FDA downplays risk »

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New UN warming report sees hungry future that can be avoided

New UN warming report sees hungry future that can be avoided

CNAP QUESTTION: Just say humans can slow the process of planet-warming, can it reverse the warming, or once on a track of warming is it inevitable that in the not too distant future we’ll all be living in the desert?


BY SETH BORENSTEIN

A report by the United Nations released on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 says that human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the planet’s land, while the way people use the Earth is making global warming worse. The vicious cycle is already making food more expensive, scarcer and even less nutritious, as well as cutting the number of species on Earth, according to a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the ground, climate change is hitting us where it counts: the stomach — not to mention the forests, plants and animals.

A new United Nations scientific report examines how global warming and land interact in a vicious cycle. Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the land, while the way people use the land is making global warming worse.

Thursday’s science-laden report says the combination is already making food more expensive, scarcer and even less nutritious.

“The cycle is accelerating,” said NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, a report co-author. “The threat of climate change affecting people’s food on their dinner table is increasing.”

But if people change the way they eat, grow food and manage forests, it could help save the planet from a far warmer future, scientists said.

Earth’s land masses, which are only 30% of the globe, are warming twice as fast as the planet as a whole. While heat-trapping gases are causing problems in the atmosphere, the land has been less talked about as part of climate change. A special report, written by more than 100 scientists and unanimously approved by diplomats from nations around the world at a meeting in Geneva, proposed possible fixes and made more dire warnings.

“The way we use land is both part of the problem and also part of the solution,” said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, a French climate scientist who co-chairs one of the panel’s working groups. “Sustainable land management can help secure a future that is comfortable.

”The report said climate change already has worsened land degradation, caused deserts to grow, permafrost to thaw and made forests more vulnerable to drought, fire, pests and disease. That’s happened even as much of the globe has gotten greener because of extra carbon dioxide in the air. Climate change has also added to other forces that have reduced the number of species on Earth.

“Climate change is really slamming the land,” said World Resources Institute researcher Kelly Levin, who wasn’t part of the study but praised it.And the future could be worse.

“The stability of food supply is projected to decrease as the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events that disrupt food chains increases,” the report said.

In the worst case scenario, food security problems change from moderate to high risk with just a few more tenths of a degree of warming from now. They go from high to “very high” risk with just another 1.8 degrees (1 degree Celsius) of warming from now. Scientists had long thought one of the few benefits of higher levels of carbon dioxide, the major heat-trapping gas, was that it made plants grow more and the world greener, Rosenzweig said. But numerous studies show that the high levels of carbon dioxide reduce protein and nutrients in many crops.

For example, high levels of carbon in the air in experiments show wheat has 6 to 13% less protein, 4 to 7% less zinc and 5 to 8% less iron, she said.

But better farming practices — such as no-till agricultural and better targeted fertilizer application — have the potential to fight global warming too, reducing carbon pollution up to 18% of current emissions levels by 2050, the report said.

If people change their diets, reducing red meat and increasing plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables and seeds, the world can save as much as another 15% of current emissions by mid-century. It would also make people more healthy, Rosenzweig said.

Reducing food waste can fight climate change even more. The report said that between 2010 and 2016 global food waste accounted for 8 to 10% of heat-trapping emissions.

“Currently 25-30% of total food produced is lost or wasted,” the report said. Fixing that would free up millions of square miles of land.

With just another 0.9 degrees of warming (0.5 degrees Celsius), which could happen in the next 10 to 30 years, the risk of unstable food supplies, wildfire damage, thawing permafrost and water shortages in dry areas “are projected to be high,” the report said.

At another 1.8 degrees of warming from now (1 degree Celsius), which could happen in about 50 years, it said those risks “are projected to be very high.

”Most scenarios predict the world’s tropical regions will have “unprecedented climatic conditions by the mid to late 20th century,” the report noted.

Agriculture and forestry together account for about 23% of the heat-trapping gases that are warming the Earth, slightly less than from cars, trucks, boats and planes. Add in transporting food, energy costs, packaging and that grows to 37%, the report said.

But the land is also a great carbon “sink,” which sucks heat-trapping gases out of the air.

From about 2007 to 2016, agriculture and forestry every year put 5.7 billion tons (5.2 billion metric tons) of carbon dioxide into the air, but pulled 12.3 billion tons (11.2 billion metric tons) of it out.

“This additional gift from nature is limited. It’s not going to continue forever,” said study co-author Luis Verchot , a scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia. “If we continue to degrade ecosystems, if we continue to convert natural ecosystems, we continue to deforest and we continued to destroy our soils, we’re going to lose this natural subsidy…”

Overall land emissions are increasing, especially because of cutting down forests in the Amazon in places such as Brazil, Colombia and Peru, Verchot said.

Stanford University environmental sciences chief Chris Field, who wasn’t part of the report, said the bottom line is “we ought to recognize that we have profound limits on the amount of land available and we have to be careful about how we utilize it.”

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Source: New UN warming report sees hungry future that can be avoided






1.5 million people may suffer from a new common allergy

Sesame allergies more common than previously thought, says new study

Rachel Grumman Bender,Yahoo Lifestyle Mon, Aug 5 5:29 PM EDT

Sesame food allergies more common than previously thoughtSesame allergies are more common than previously thought, based on a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open. In fact, it’s the ninth most common allergy in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI).

The August 2019 study shows that an estimated 1.5 million children and adults in the U.S. may have a sesame allergy — that’s nearly as common as soy and pistachio allergies, according to the AAAAI.

Many experience “severe reactions” to the allergen, according to the researchers. “The signs of a sesame allergy are the same as for allergic reactions to other foods,” Jacqueline A. Pongracic, MD, division head of allergy/immunology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

“The manifestations may involve the GI tract (abdominal discomfort/cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea), skin (itchy rash, hives, swelling), respiratory tract (cough, throat tightness, difficulty breathing, wheezing) and neurologic and cardiovascular systems (drop in blood pressure, pallor, dizziness, weakness and loss of consciousness).”…

FINISH READING: 1.5 million people may suffer from a new common allergy






FedEx severs ties with Amazon

FedEx severs ties with Amazon

By JOSEPH PISAN

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee addresses reporters at a news conference announcing an investment by shipping giant FedEx Corp. of $450 billion to help modernize its Memphis hub on Friday. Aug.2, 2019 in Memphis, Tenn.

NEW YORK (AP) — FedEx is severing ties with Amazon as the online retailer builds out its own delivery fleet and becomes more of a threat.

The announcement Wednesday that FedEx would no longer make ground deliveries for Amazon comes two months after the delivery company said it was terminating its air delivery contract with Amazon.

Amazon.com Inc. is building up its own fleet of air and ground transportation to have more control of how its packages are delivered and cut its reliance on FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. The Seattle-based company has been leasing jets, building several package-sorting hubs at airports and has launched a program that lets contractors start businesses delivering packages in vans stamped with the Amazon logo.

Last month, FedEx warned for the first time in a government filing that Amazon’s fledging delivery business could hurt its revenue and “negatively impact our financial condition and results of operations.”

At the same time, e-commerce has become a priority for retailers like Walmart and Target, meaning that FedEx can distance itself from Amazon.com without suffering the same competitive damage it might once have. FedEx said that Amazon made up just 1.3% of its total revenue in 2018, or about $850 million.

Source: FedEx severs ties with Amazon






Over 700 pounds of raw beef and pork products recalled due to possible blood contamination

HWH COMMENT: US FOODS. Yeah, they deliver to many local restaurants within a mile radius of me. I see them a lot while walking to do my errands. Guess I better not eat out for a while.

Even though I don’t eat this stuff, it gets cooked and served in the restaurants I do eat at.

Nobody says whether cross contamination can occur, so I’m assuming it can. How many restaurants will even see this recall? People are too busy. They’re not on the internet all day and night.

The USDA should have an alert app that businesses can put on the restaurant computers that they use while working.

Frankly, I don’t believe that a finger cut caused a High Risk Class I situation. And I don’t believe that it’s restricted to the states they name.

I’m not going to take any chances. I’m staying away from all restaurants.


News Release

Class I Recall076-2019
Health Risk: HighJul 20, 2019

Congressional and Public Affairs
Meredith Carothers
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2019 – US Foods, a Birmingham, AL, establishment, is recalling approximately 712 pounds of raw beef and pork products that may be adulterated due to possible product contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The fresh and frozen raw beef and pork items were produced July 18, 2019. This spreadsheet contains a list of the products subject to recall. [View labels (PDF only)]

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 21103” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The problem was discovered after the facility learned that an employee may have cut himself during production.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in restaurant refrigerators or freezers. Restaurants who have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Sara Matheu, Director of Media Relations, US Foods, at (847) 720-2392.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.







 

Arby’s Debuts “Meat-Based Vegetables” and Social Media is Not Having It

AFC NOTES: Arby’s thinks they’re being funny, but there’s nothing funny about animals forced to suffer unspeakable pain and terror.

Unlike the plant-based burgers that actually taste like meat, Arby’s so-called carrots are nothing more than turkey hot dogs. There was no effort put into making them taste like a plant. Instead of shaping the turkey sausage or hot dog equally from end to end, they made a wedge shape of it, colored it orange, stuck a piece of parsley in the top and called it a carrot.

Arby’s better be careful calling an animal a plant. Vegan companies are being forced to drop name references to traditionally animal-based foods or be sued. It’s time to sue Arby’s for calling a turkey hot dog a carrot.



ARBY’S DEBUTS “MEAT-BASED VEGETABLES” AND SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT HAVING IT

After vowing to never add the Impossible Burger to its menu, Arby’s has created a new concept that pokes fun at the booming plant-based meat industry. And many social media users are not pleased.

by ANNA STAROSTINETSKAYA

JUNE 26, 2019

Today, fast-food chain Arby’s—known for its slogan “we have the meats”—unveiled a new marketing concept: “megetables,” or plants made out of meat. The idea was created in response to the rapid growth of plant-based meat—made by companies such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods—on fast-food menus. “People love meat already. What Americans have a harder time doing is enjoying vegetables,” Arby’s Chief Marketing Officer Jim Taylor told Fast Company. “So we said, ‘If they can make meat out of vegetables, why can’t we make vegetables out of meat?’

We’re going to introduce to the world a category we call ‘megetables’—we’ve applied for trademark. Our first vegetable is going to be the marrot.” The “marrot”—turkey that is shaped into a carrot—may be sold for a limited time based on customer response, which, evidenced by commenters on Facebook, is skewing negative.

“Imagine being this insecure about the fate of your industry. Go with the flow, my friends, you’re not doing yourselves any favors fighting the inevitable,” user Alex Perez said.

In May, Arby’s made a public statement about its stance on plant-based meat options. “Arby’s is not one of the restaurant companies interested in working with Impossible Foods,” the company said. “The chances we will bring plant-based menu items to our restaurants, now or in the future, are absolutely impossible.”

Commenter Hooper Brown responded, stating, “Wow, such a strong moral position to take. I’m so thankful Arby’s has committed to have its head in the sand. I hope to quote this again in a few years when shareholders change their mind.”

Many commenters on Facebook were confused about the chain being so opposed to adding plant-based meat (“Don’t seek out foes where there’s nothing but allies and money to be made,” Felix Chesire Thompson commented), with some pointing out that foot traffic at Burger King locations that offer the Impossible Whopper has increased by 18.5 percent.

Photo Credit: Arby’s

Source: Arby’s Debuts “Meat-Based Vegetables” and Social Media is Not Having It | VegNews






 

FTC approves record $5B fine for Facebook

At $5 billion, the fine the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is about to levy on Facebook is by far the largest it’s given to a technology company, easily eclipsing the second largest, $22 million for Google in 2012.

The long-expected punishment, which Facebook is well prepared for, is unlikely to make a dent in the social media giant’s deep pockets. But it will also likely saddle the company with additional restrictions and another lengthy stretch of strict scrutiny.

Multiple news reports on Friday said the FTC has voted to fine Facebook for privacy violations and mishandling user data. Most of them cited an unnamed person familiar with the matter.Facebook and the FTC declined to comment. The 3-2 vote broke along party lines, with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition to the settlement, according to the reports.

The case now moves to the Justice Department’s civil division for review. It’s unclear how long the process would take, though it is likely to be approved. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the Facebook matter.

For many companies, a $5 billion fine would be crippling. But Facebook is not most companies. It had nearly $56 billion in revenue last year. This year, analysts expect around $69 billion, according to Zacks. As a one-time expense, the company will also be able to exclude the amount from its adjusted earnings results —the profit figure that investors and financial analysts pay attention to.“

This closes a dark chapter and puts it in the rearview mirror with Cambridge Analytica,” said Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives. “Investors still had lingering worries that the fine might not be approved. Now, the Street can breathe a little easier.”

Facebook has earmarked $3 billion for a potential fine and said in April it was anticipating having to pay up to $5 billion.

But while Wall Street — and likely Facebook executives — may be breathing a little easier, the fine alone has not appeased Facebook critics, including privacy advocates and lawmakers.“

The reported $5 billion penalty is barely a tap on the wrist, not even a slap,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut.

“Such a financial punishment for a purposeful, blatant illegality is chump change for a company that makes tens of billions of dollars every year.”

He and others questioned whether the FTC will force Facebook to make any meaningful changes to how it handles user data. This might include limits on what information it collects on people and how it targets ads to them. It’s currently unclear what measures the settlement includes beyond the fine.

Privacy advocates have been calling on the FTC to come down on Facebook for a decade, but over that time the company’s money, power and Washington influence has only increased.“

Privacy regulation in the U.S. is broken. While large after-the-fact fines matter, what is much more important is strong, clear rules to protect consumers,” said Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. The CDT is pushing for federal online privacy legislation.Some have called on the FTC to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally liable for the privacy violations in some way, but based on the party line vote breakdown, experts said this is not likely.

Marc Rotenberg, president of the nonprofit online privacy advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center, said he was “confused” as to why the Democratic commissioners didn’t support the settlement and said he suspects, without having seen the actual settlement, that this was due to the Zuckerberg liability question.“

But I thought that was misguided,” he said, adding that EPIC instead supports more wholesale limits on how Facebook handles user privacy.

Since the Cambridge Analytica debacle erupted more than a year ago and prompted the FTC investigation, Facebook has vowed to do a better job corralling its users’ data. That scandal revealed that a data mining firm affiliated with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign improperly accessed private information from as many as 87 million Facebook users through a quiz app. At issue was whether Facebook violated a 2011 settlement with the FTC over user privacy.

Other leaky controls have also since come to light. Facebook acknowledged giving big tech companies like Amazon and Yahoo extensive access to users’ personal data, in effect exempting them from its usual privacy rules. And it collected call and text logs from phones running Google’s Android system in 2015.Wall Street appeared unfazed at the prospect of the fine. Facebook’s shares closed at $204.87 on Friday and added 24 cents after hours. The stock is up more than 50 percent since the beginning of the year. In fact, Facebook’s market value has increased by $64 billion since its April earnings report when it announced how much it was expecting to be fined.

Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, said in a statement that the fine gives Facebook “a Christmas present five months early. It…

FINISH UP: FTC approves record $5B fine for Facebook

 






 

Specialty food sales growth outpaces all food in retail 3 to 1

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Doesn’t Eat Meat – Let That Sink In

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t eat meat anymore. For the climate and health, he signed on as a producer of “The Game Changers” documentary to bust the vegan protein myths.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is championing a meat-free diet for human health and the planet.

July 5, 2019

Jill Ettinger

Editor-in-Chief | LIVEKINDLY Los Angeles, CA | Contactable via jill@livekindly.com

Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t eat meat anymore. Arnold. The Terminator. The 7-time Mr. Olympia and former Mr. Universe. Let that sink in because it’s big.

Schwarzenegger features in the highly anticipated forthcoming documentary about vegan athletes called “The Game Changers,” which he co-produced. The film, directed by Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos (2009’s documentary “The Cove” about the Taiji dolphin hunt in Japan), will premiere in theaters in September.

For a growing number of athletes including 5-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton (only the third to win 5 times in the history of the sport), top tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams who hold a combined 30 Grand Slam titles, to NFL and NBA stars including Derrick Morgan and Kyrie Irving, plants are becoming the preferred protein of choice for optimal performance. Morgan, whose wife is vegan chef Charity Morgan, helped more than a dozen of his fellow Tennessee Titans teammates adopt a vegan diet. And the gains they say are noteworthy: increased performance, quicker recovery time, better weight management, and reduced injury.

“Overcoming the preconceived notions is the biggest part. I was a part of it. I used to believe athletes had to eat meat to maintain play, then I educated myself,” Morgan told ESPN.

“When they realized that their production didn’t go down, their stats didn’t go down, they didn’t die on the field, they were like ‘sign me up’ because the food already looks and smells good,” Charity told the sports site. She’s a Le Cordon Bleu-educated professional chef for 15 years. “[2017] was a test run for a lot of the guys to realize you can be plant-based and successful.”

Olympians including lifter Kendrick Farris and cyclist Dotsie Bausch have gone vegan. Bausch sped to a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics while in her late 30s after shifting to a vegan diet. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the first to lead a team to six Super Bowl championships, adheres to a mostly vegan diet. Brady is so convinced of the benefits of eating that way that he launched a signature vegan meal track with meal kit delivery program Purple Carrot. He also sells vegan protein powders and snacks under the TB12 label.

Like most weightlifters at the time — Schwarzenegger competed in the 1970s — he fueled his rise to bodybuilding stardom with a diet heavy in animal products. The former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia became the epitome of ultimate fitness, chiseled and bulging his way into global stardom, which eventually led him to become one of the world’s top-paid film action heroes, starring in hits like “The Terminator” series as well as “Predator”, “Total Recall”, and “True Lies.”

A long way from his Mr. Universe days, Schwarzenegger has made a few major pivots since he began competing as a bodybuilder – first, he moved into film, becoming an overnight sensation after the “Conan the Barbarian” series launched in 1982; and then he moved from acting into politics, serving as governor of California from 2003-2011. And, most recently, the former bodybuilder has not only stopped eating meat, but he’s begun using his platform to encourage others to do the same for their health and the health of the planet.

FINISH UP: Arnold Schwarzenegger Doesn’t Eat Meat – Let That Sink In | LIVEKINDLY







 

New York Senate Passes Groundbreaking Bill Requiring Vegan Options in All Hospitals

NEW YORK SENATE PASSES GROUNDBREAKING BILL REQUIRING VEGAN OPTIONS IN ALL HOSPITALS

If signed into law, bill S1471 would require all New York hospitals to provide plant-based meal and snack options to patients.

by NICOLE AXWORTHY

JUNE 6, 2019

The New York State Senate recently passed a landmark bill that would guarantee hospital patients a plant-based option at every meal.

Bill S1471—introduced by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried—requires New York hospitals to make available plant-based meals and snacks to patients and ensures that hospitals list the vegan options on all written materials and menus.

“The New York Senate’s passage of S1471 is an important step that could soon help hospital patients across the state understand the power of a plant-based diet to fight obesity, diabetes, and heart disease,” Susan Levin, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition Education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

In September, California passed similar legislation which requires hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, and other state facilities to provide at least one plant-based meal option.

In 2017, the American Medical Association issued a resolution that calls on all hospitals across the nation to improve the health of patients, staff, and visitors by providing plant-based meals.

Last year, vegan Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams worked with New York City health officials to launch The Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program at medical system NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue that focuses on plant-based nutrition instead of prescription medication to treat and prevent illness—an initiative which spurred all 11 of the NYC Health + Hospitals to adopt Meatless Mondays in January.

Source: New York Senate Passes Groundbreaking Bill Requiring Vegan Options in All Hospitals | VegNews






 

Vegan KFC Burger Officially Sold Out in Four Days 

The new vegan Imposter Burger—which will return on July 2—brought in 500 percent more in sales than any other new menu launch at KFC.

by ANNA STAROSTINETSKAYA

JUNE 21, 2019 The new vegan Imposter Burger officially sold out in four days since launching at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurants in the United Kingdom.

On June 17, KFC launched the vegan burger—made with a specially formulated Quorn patty and served with vegan mayonnaise—at select UK outposts with the intent to test the menu item until July 15.

The Imposter Burger—which will return on July 2—proved popular and pulled in 500 percent more in sales than any other new product launch at KFC.

“We knew there were plenty of people who would want to get a taste of the Imposter, but we didn’t anticipate this phenomenal response,” Victoria Robertson, Senior Innovation Leader at KFC, told Metro UK.

KFC’s vegan burger follows a trend experienced by other major chains after launching a new vegan option. Last summer, A&W launched the Beyond Burger at its 925 locations in Canada, which sold 90,000 vegan burgers in 72 hours.

At Del Taco in the United States, the launch of Beyond Tacos in April resulted in nearly two million purchases of the vegan-friendly menu item—one of the most successful new product launches at Del Taco to date—and inspired the chain to expand its partnership with Beyond Meat to include two new burritos, one stuffed with crinkle-cut fries.

Burger King had a similar experience when it launched the Impossible Whopper at 59 locations in St. Louis, MO earlier this year, where foot traffic increased by 18.5 percent over other outlets that did not offer the plant-based burger.

Source: Vegan KFC Burger Officially Sold Out in Four Days  | VegNews


AFC Notes: As soon as the KFC IMPOSTER VEGAN BURGER makes its way across the pond from UK to USA I’ll give it a try if it’s available in a location near me. Money talks. Everybody wants in. A foot in the door means something.

 






 

Before the Butcher to launch its plant-based burgers in retail

AUTHOR Cathy Siegner

PUBLISHED June 3, 2019

Before the Butcher is introducing three plant-based burgers and meatless breakfast sausages in retail outlets this summer, according to Food Navigator. The company said the products, which debuted in foodservice last year, will be available in the meat departments of three of the country’s largest grocery stores by the end of August, but it did not name them.

The lineup will be introduced under the Uncut brand and contain non-GMO soy protein concentrate, isolated soy protein and soy flour, among other ingredients. Uncut’s beefless burgers, roasted turkey burgers and savory chicken burgers will be priced 8% to 10% below the Beyond Burger, Food Navigator reported.

The products will have less than half the sodium of the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger.

“We tested all kinds of plant-based proteins, including pea, but we didn’t want gluten ​[which ruled out wheat] and soy delivered the best bite, chew and texture. It’s also a complete protein,” Danny O’Malley, Beyond the Butcher’s founder and president, told the publication.

Before the Butcher is entering a very competitive space with its plant-based burgers and other meatless products. The alternative meat sector continues to expand, with more than $16 billion invested into the U.S. plant-based and cell-based meat companies in the past 10 years. But since the company’s founder and president spent about three years as a regional sales manager for Beyond Meat, he probably has a good idea of what needs to be done to achieve retail success.

O’Malley told Food Navigator the Uncut lineup will offer something not all competitors do — complete protein, less sodium, an appealing taste and texture and smaller packages. The packaging also is two-thirds as wide as Beyond Burger’s, so retailers can place three of them in the same space. Those factors could give the company an advantage in the competitive space, but it will have to fight for name recognition. After launching its products in the foodservice channel last year, Before the Butcher now has clients in restaurants, colleges, universities and stadiums.

It will be interesting to see which large grocery chains will carry the Uncut brand this summer as thousands already carry the Beyond Burger and other Big Food companies will soon be entering the space with their own offerings. As a startup, Before the Butcher will need to do more to differentiate itself when faced with such stiff competition such as the well-established Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger, plus plant-based burgers from Lightlife Foods.

Consumers could end up deciding which plant-based burger to buy based on taste and the type of ingredients that are included. Tyson Foods is launching meatless products this summer, and Nestlé plans to roll out its plant-based Awesome Burger as part of the Sweet Earth line this fall.

There could even be some private-label competitors emerging into the mix. Should a price war develop, consumers may be the beneficiaries of both increased options and lower prices. Impossible Foods, which has predominately focused on restaurants, is planning to launch its burger in retail outlets later this year, with the company talking with large grocery chains.

Before the Butcher might also need to scale up sufficiently to avoid the shortages Impossible Burger ran into after its partnerships with Burger King, White Castle and Red Robin. If the company can skillfully navigate such potential minefields, the Uncut brand lineup may be able to offer something new and different in a popular and increasingly crowded category.

Read On: Before the Butcher to launch its plant-based burgers in retail | Food Dive

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A-F CHEF Notes: I’m looking forward to trying these UNCUT animal substitutes. They’ve got an impressive line-up.






 

 

Vita Coco maker thirsts for aluminum as it enters competitive bottled water space

 

Vita Coco maker thirsts for aluminum as it enters competitive bottled water space

AUTHOR Christopher Doering@cdoering

PUBLISHED June 4, 2019

Vita Coco has become well known for its coconut water packaged in a rectangular-shaped cardboard​ carton. But as consumers increasingly factor sustainability into their buying habits, the beverage maker is turning to the more recycle-friendly aluminum to launch its new premium water.

The idea for its new water brand, Ever & Ever, came after parent All Market partnered with Lonely Whale, an incubator focused on ocean health, to help the company rethink its environmental footprint.

With 75% of aluminum ever produced in the U.S. still in use today, according to the Aluminum Association, it made sense for All Market to embrace the metal, especially for a beverage such as water where the popular plastic bottle is not frequently reused.

“We’re trying to create intrigue with bottles. It definitely doesn’t look like the other water brands in the category, and that is obviously intentional and our mission is to spike a curiosity with someone,” Jane Prior, chief marketing officer at All Market, told Food Dive.

“For consumers who are on the go, live on the go or travel, there is not really a great sustainable option and that was the impetus behind launching the Ever & Ever brand.”

The name, which was chosen to reflect the principle of reusing aluminum over and over again, comes in a blue, white and silver bottle. It’s covered with text talking about recycling and how the bottle could eventually become a hubcap, wind chimes, another bottle or even a pirate hook in a local production of Treasure Island. It’s part of a broader push from All Market to position its portfolio on natural products as not only good for the consumer but the world.

While the packaged water space is “incredibility competitive,” Prior said the company’s sustainability message with Ever & Ever, the staffing it already has in place for its Vita Coco brand and its existing relationships with retailers allow them to more easily move into new product categories.

“This is one of the reasons we feel we can win and compete in the water space,” she said.

Ever & Ever will be sold in New York City starting in June, and online through Amazon before branching into other stores in 2020 after retailers go through their annual reset where they determine which products they carry, Prior said. A 16-ounce bottle will sell for $1.99 each with a 12-pack going for $23.99.

Source: Vita Coco maker thirsts for aluminum as it enters competitive bottled water space | Food Dive


 A-F CHEF Notes: I haven’t tried this sparkling water in an aluminum can.

For decades I’ve read that aluminum was bad for the brain based on findings from brain autopsies of elders with progressive brain impairment diseases, which showed elevated levels of aluminum. So what about now? Is aluminum going to make a comeback and replace the plastic bottle, because it’s easier to recycle?

The writer didn’t mention the water. It’s all about the can, evidently. Does aluminum leach into the can? Why are we still using aluminum cans for small size beers and sodas if the aluminum is bad for us? Why did grandma or grandpa have too much aluminum in their brains if they didn’t drink beverages from aluminum cans? Where did it come from?

The consumer of products in aluminum cans deserves answers to these questions.


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US customs agents seize rat meat at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport thwarted a man’s attempt to import several pounds of African rat meat.Customs spokesman Steve Bansbach said Tuesday that the man declared the 32 pounds of meat on June 26 when his flight arrived from the Ivory Coast. The meat was confiscated and destroyed.

Bansbach says the man did not face a fine and continued on his journey because he was forthcoming about what he was bringing into the country. He says customs officials prohibit the entry of African meats to prevent the spread of African swine fever.

The Department of Agriculture says the highly contagious and deadly viral disease affects domestic and wild pigs and is not a threat to humans. The department says it has never been found in the U.S.

Source: US customs agents seize rat meat at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport


Chef Comment: I have to wonder how many other African people smuggled rat meat into the USA and it slid by customs officials. I hope congress isn’t going to start shoving rats at us like they do African insects, to keep the African economies afloat. Ever hear of plants?






 

Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ creates buzz even if the pot won’t

 
6.27.2019
 
 
ROME (AP) — It’s been called the Italian “green gold rush.” Mild, barely there marijuana dubbed “cannabis light” has put Italy on the international weed map, producing hundreds of stores that sell pot by the pouch and attention from investors banking the legalization of stronger stuff will follow.
 
The flourishing retail industry around cannabis light – weed so non-buzzy, it’s essentially the decaf coffee of marijuana – surfaced as an unintended by-product of a law meant to restore Italy as a top producer of industrial hemp. Now, storefronts that peddle chemically ineffective hemp flowers in varieties such as “Chill Haus” and “Black Buddha” are getting blowback that some Italians fear will nip business in the bud.
 
 
“It is neither possible nor acceptable that in Italy there are 1,000 shops where there are drugs legally, in broad daylight. This is disgusting,” said Matteo Salvini, who made keeping migrants out of Italy a primary focus after taking office a year ago.
 
It’s been called the Italian "Green Gold Rush.” Barely there marijuana dubbed “cannabis light” has put Italy on the international weed map. But the industry is getting political and judicial blowback that some fear will nip business in the bud. (June 27)

Some business owners are ready to fight back. The owner of Green Planet in the southern city of Caserta chained himself to the fence around his locked shop this month after a raid in which police seized 16 grams of cannabis light. Gioel Magini, the owner of a Cannabis Amsterdam Store franchise in Sanremo, proposed a class-action lawsuit to keep the shops open and their owners from losing money.

“I closed a pizzeria to open this store. Now, they want us to go bankrupt,” Magini told Italian news agency ANSA. “It’s as if to fight alcoholism, the sale of non-alcoholic beer is banned.”

The commotion reflects the lag in Europe’s pro-marijuana movement compared to the recreational use frontiers of North America. The coffee shops in Amsterdam where tourists have gone since the late 1970s to purchase pot in public never took off outside the Netherlands. While more than 30 European countries have laws allowing medical marijuana in some form, patient advocates complain of high prices and inadequate supplies.

Enter “la cannabis light,” the catchy name Italians have for cannabis sativa plant derivatives with low levels of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana that causes a high. Hemp and marijuana are the same plant, but scientists classify dry plants with no more than 0.3% THC as hemp. In the 28-country European Union, of which Italy is a member, the cutoff is 0.2%. A December 2016 Italian law, however, set a domestic ceiling three times higher than that to give hemp farmers leeway for natural variations resulting from cultivation, according to Stefano Masini, a spokesman for Italy’s Coldiretti agriculture lobby.

Although 0.6% is just over the THC concentration required for hemp to become marijuana in a botanist’s book, Italian regulators assumed it was too low to have a mind-altering effect and its related consumer appeal. Entrepreneurs in a country with a lackluster economy nonetheless saw an opportunity.

The hemp law that took effect 2 ½ years ago permitted sales of cosmetics and products made with hemp. Gift boutiques, corner markets and stand-alone grow shops soon stocked cannabis-infused pasta, olive oil and gelato, but also jars and bags of “light” buds. Since marijuana still was illegal, producers labeled the products as “collector’s items” not intended for consumption.

Rolling papers and glass pipes storekeepers might display nearby advertised otherwise.

“To say it is for collectors doesn’t mean a thing,” Coldiretti’s Masini said. “If you can sell something that can be eaten or inhaled, obviously the use is something different.”

Even so, cannabis light is a far cry from the legal weed with THC levels of 5% to 35% that adults can buy for recreational use at licensed dispensaries in some parts of the U.S. A Seattle blogger accustomed to the high-octane marijuana in Washington state called Italy’s cannabis light “faux weed” after smoking some in Rome and feeling nothing. Other reviewers have described a slight relaxing effect.

THC content – or more precisely, how much it takes to get stoned – was considered by Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation in the May 30 decision that alarmed the cannabis light industry. The case involved two light cannabis shops in central Italy that police shut down on suspicion of drug trafficking. An investigating judge threw out charges against the owner. Similar cases had resulted in conflicting verdicts on whether the shops could operate legally.

The Supreme Court’s ruling summed up the contradictions of cannabis light. The court said the 2016 hemp law and its upper THC limit did not apply to cannabis leaves, buds or other spin-offs from hemp plants. Selling them remained illegal in Italy “unless such products are in practice devoid of a doping effect.”

The next day, police performed a “precautionary seizure” of Green Planet and two other stores in Caserta to test if the cannabis light they were selling was a legal non-high or carried illegal high-giving capacity. Local magistrates let Green Planet reopen after two weeks, which included the several its owner spent outside chained to the gated door in protest. Results must come back from THC tests on his confiscated products before he can sell cannabis light again.

Police raids in other cities have cannabis producers and sellers worried. They are waiting to see if the Supreme Court’s full opinion, due by July 30, clarifies if they have a green light to keep mining the gold rush until the novelty of cannabis light wears off or more liberal laws clear the way for heavier marijuana on store shelves.

In other parts of Europe, changing attitudes on marijuana planted across the Atlantic might find fertile ground.. The government that took over in Luxembourg in November was the first in Europe to legalize recreational marijuana. Switzerland, which is not an EU member, allows cannabis light with up to 1% THC to be sold like tobacco. In Spain, cannabis social clubs are sprouting up since drug laws prohibiting marijuana possession are rarely enforced against casual users.

Legislative attempts to take the light out of Italian cannabis so far have stalled on strong objections from the right. One of the two populist parties running the government now – the 5-Star Movement – enraged its coalition partner – the League party led by cannabis light critic Salvini – with such an attempt last year. Claudio Miglio, a lawyer who specializes in drug-related cases, is optimistic the cannabis light market will be allowed to keep growing in the meantime.

“The hope is that the market, which is the strongest power of all, will finally stimulate the public opinion on marijuana as it’s happening for light cannabis now,” Miglio said.

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Lisa Leff contributed from London.

Source: Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ creates buzz even if the pot won’t






Smart Food takes the Millet Revolution to South Asia

Smart Food takes the Millet Revolution to South AsiaMs.

Joanna Kane-Potaka, Assistant Director-General, External Relations, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

“We need to diversify staples with more Smart Food: food that is good for you, the planet and the farmer.”

HYDERABAD, INDIA, June 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The virtues of millets and the progress made in India in bringing millets back into popularity was highlighted at Bangkok this week at a roundtable organized by the World Bank-administered South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI).

A range of experts shared with industry, governments and researchers the critical need for diversity on farm and in our diets. A strong bid to revolutionize millets, sorghum and legumes and bring these super crops back to the plate was made at the event by Ms. Joanna Kane-Potaka, Assistant Director-General, External Relations, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

Further spreading of the message of the millet revolution occurred the week before, when Smart Food was presented at the Innovation Workshop organized by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) that brought representatives from Korea through to India.

Recommendations were drafted for policy makers and researchers on how to bring in more innovative solutions for healthier and more sustainable food.

The Smart Food initiative, launched by ICRISAT in 2013, is a global initiative to diversify the staples. It stemmed from the strategic thinking around the need for food that fulfills the criteria of being good for the consumer (nutritious and healthy), good for the planet (environmentally sustainable) and good for the farmer (profitable and sustainable).

A major objective under the initiative is to diversify staples with millets and sorghum and legumes which can have a major impact on nutrition, the environment, and farmer welfare.

This year, the SAFANSI round-table discussion centered on High Impact and Underrepresented Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems in South Asia. The discussions were aimed at drawing on the latest evidence and experiences from current nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific programs and exploring the implications of promoting high impact and underrepresented nutrition-sensitive food systems including fish agrifood systems and solutions, other animal-sourced foods, and new and old heritage crops.

The event which explored the advantages of leveraging public-private partnerships and technologies to encourage high impact nutrition-sensitive food systems, witnessed the participation of civil society and nutrition-focused organizations (SNV, Nutrition International, GAIN, etc.); donor organizations (DFID, EC, DFAT, USAID, etc.); relevant UN organizations (UNICEF, WFP, WHO, FAO, UNDP), international and regional NGOs (SUN, GFAR, SAARC, etc.), research institutions (WorldFish, ICRISAT, IFPRI, etc.), and others.

Addressing a gathering at the round-table discussion, Ms. Kane-Potaka said,

“We need to diversify staples with more Smart Food: food that is good for you, the planet and the farmer. This also opens up opportunities for creating new and large businesses. The Smart Food initiative achieves a long-lasting and major impact on some of the big global issues of nutrition, environment, climate change, and farmer welfare. I envision Smart Food becoming a part of regular diets and the food system in the near future.”

Other topics of significance like food security, nutrition, globalization, meeting the SDGs, and science, technology, and innovation were also discussed by others who joined in as the forefront panelists at the round-table discussions.

About Smart Food: Smart Food is a global initiative led by Asia and Africa. The Smart Food Vision is a world where food is ‘Smart’ – good for you, the planet and the farmer.

The Executive Council includes the: Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and ICRISAT. http://www.smartfood.org/

Source: Smart Food takes the Millet Revolution to South Asia – World News Report – EIN News






123 tons of breakfast foods may contain rocks

 

246,000 pounds of frozen breakfast wraps recalled as they may contain small rocks

Tanya Edwards,Yahoo Lifestyle

El Monterey brand frozen breakfast wraps are being recalled to the tune of more than 246,000 pounds. The wraps, which are sold nationwide, are being recalled over fears the bacon may be contaminated with extraneous materials, including small rocks.

How do rocks get into bacon, and thus breakfast wraps? It’s not really clear. What does seem clear is that someone ate rocks and complained.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) states that, “The problem was discovered on June 14, 2019, when Ruiz Foods advised FSIS of three consumer complaints regarding foreign material in the wrap products. The firm continues to investigate the source of the foreign material.”

Ruiz Foods apparently received a report of a potential injury and alerted the FSIS immediately, triggering the recall. The FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. They stress to see a doctor if you’re concerned you’ve consumed a contaminated product.

Worried you might have some of the contaminated product in your freezer? According to FSIS, you’ll want to check your freezer for 8-Pack family size film packages containing “EL MONTEREY EGG, POTATO, BACON & CHEESE SAUCE BREAKFAST WRAPS” with “Best if Used By” dates of 01/17/2020 and 01/18/2020 and lot codes 19017 and 19018.

Source: 123 tons of breakfast foods may contain rocks






Animal-Free Chef Threatened On WordPress with ransom demands

AFC COMMENT: A threat is a threat, regardless if it comes to you in the feedback section, comments or spam. Threats are real. They’re placed on your sites to terrorize you to act on their demands. Ransom they call it. Pay us or we’ll do A-Z to you and your sites, your bank accounts and your reputation.

For those who say, ‘why would you believe these terrorists demanding money?’, I’d have to say, because they’re demanding money.

Where do they come from? Do they have accounts on WordPress? Do they really have email addresses on yahoo? Are they WordPress employees? Years ago, WordPress claimed that everybody who worked for WordPress were volunteers. Why? A billion dollar company has to hire volunteers? These people have access to all your back doors, all your content.

Is the CIA or NSA conducting social experiments on WordPress like they do on Facebook? Why pose as terrorists demanding ransom money? Just to see how WordPress bloggers respond to such threats? Is that even legal?


On 16 May 2019 I wrote to WordPress regarding restoring domains deleted in error and added: OF INTEREST:

“Recently when attempting to pay my yearly fee for 2 of my domains, very close to renewal time, a banner popped up not allowing the action of renewal saying instead, ‘This site is undergoing maintenance. Come back in 49 years.’ Justified or not, I felt a twinge of terror when I read that message when attempting to renew 2 of my most recent domain .coms”

“Even though I have an iMac with installed malware and am current on upgrades, and I also use chrome as my browser, hackers enter my systems through Safari, which is part of the hardware on Apple and cannot be removed. This happens daily, when I log into a bank, amazon, click on a WebMD, email, or often when I’m just working my sites on WordPress. “

“I don’t know if other bloggers are experiencing this. Sometimes the hackers commandeer the entire computer right in front of me and the only way to stop it is to unplug it, then restart and immediately clear browsing data, which is not easy to do when the screens are scrolling at such a fast rate.”

That the ransom demands occurred after reporting this to WordPress makes me wonder.




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People who prefer white wine may spend money differently than red wine drinkers

People who prefer white wine may spend money differently than red wine drinkers

Published: May 30, 2019

A survey looked at the personality traits and financial habits of vino fans

White wine imbibers tend to be more frugal and extroverted than red wine drinkers, a new survey suggests. (

ByJEANETTE SETTEMBRE

You are what you drink.

White wine imbibers tend to be more frugal and extroverted than red wine drinkers, a new survey suggests.

A poll by OnePoll on behalf of Coravin, a Massachusetts-based company that makes gadgets for drinking wine, surveyed more than 2,000 Americans aged 21 and up on their personality traits. The survey found that white wine drinkers tend to spend around $3 less per bottle than red wine drinkers, who spend an average of $40 per bottle versus the $37 that white wine drinkers spend.

Nearly half of red drinkers (45%) considered themselves “wine aficionados” compared to 31% of white wine drinkers. And red drinkers showed they knew slightly more about wine in a series of follow-up questions compared to white wine lovers.

But are these knowledgeable, free-spending red wine drinkers really getting more out of their wine experience? Spending more money on wine doesn’t always mean you’re getting the best bottle. A $6 bottle of red wine (St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2016) sold at Coles supermarkets in Melbourne, Australia earned the coveted “double gold” medal from a panel of sommeliers, retail buyers and distributors, beating out more than 1,000 wine submissions around the globe in a blind taste test in 2017 at the Melbourne International Wine Competition. And an $8 bottle of Exquisite Collection Cotes de Provence Rosé earned a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge (considered the Oscars of winemaking) in May 2017, proving that cheap wine can be fine wine.

A separate study from the Journal of Wine Economics did a blind tasting of more than 6,000 wines to see if there was a correlation between price and overall rating and found that people typically weren’t even able to tell if the wine they were drinking was expensive and if it was, they actually liked it less.

“Individuals [without wine training] on average enjoy more expensive wines slightly less. For individuals with wine training, however, we find indications of a positive relationship between price and enjoyment,” author and wine critic Robin Goldstein wrote in the study, “Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better? Evidence from a Large Sample of Blind Tasting” for the Journal of Wine Economics.

Other findings in the OnePoll survey were a bit quirkier: White wine drinkers tend to be more extroverted, while red drinkers are introverts; white wine drinkers enjoy punk music versus red drinkers, who prefer jazz. And white wine drinkers identified as “sarcastic, perfectionists and curious” and also tend to be night owls, while red drinkers are early birds, and identified as “humble, adventurous and organized.”

Some wine experts say they see personality differences in red and wine drinkers. “There tends to be a clear element to differences between white and red wine varietals related to [personal] energy. I notice that white wine sells more often for the after-work crowd versus red wines — however, when our guests settle in for dinner or have a night cap, red wine tends to be their go-to order,” Matt Strauss, a partner at TAO Group and wine curator at The Rickey in New York City, says.

Other industry experts were skeptical of the findings.

“For every extroverted white wine drinking customer there is an equally verbose red wine drinker and vice versa. I can’t point to any sort of trend here.”

“I see no correlation with the type of wine clients drink and their spend on wine or their personality,” Alex Papetsas, general manager and beverage director at Kellari Taverna in New York City, who says his best-selling wine by the glass is a Chardonnay that’s a little over $20.

“I sell almost the exact same amount of $100-plus bottles of Chardonnay as Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Papetsas says everyone becomes more extroverted when they drink: “For every extroverted white wine drinking customer there is an equally verbose red wine drinker and vice versa. I can’t point to any sort of trend here.”

Source: People who prefer white wine may spend money differently than red wine drinkers – MarketWatch






 

The bus wars are over. Electricity — and China — won.

The bus wars are over and electricity has won — thanks to a big boost from China.

In fact, when it comes to electric bus purchases, China is outpacing the United States by an astounding 421,000 to 300 as of the end of 2018.

Thanks to China’s massive investment in and support for electric buses, electrics are now racing past a 50% share of new bus sales worldwide, according to a recent analysis by Bloomberg NEF (BNEF).

For decades, cities and countries have been trying to replace dirty diesel buses, which not only emit staggering amounts of urban air pollution and greenhouse gases, but they also routinely break down and need major repairs.

Cities around the world have tried buses running on a variety of cleaner alternatives to diesel, including natural gas, hydrogen, biodiesel, and electricity. But in recent years, it has become overwhelmingly clear that nothing can compete with electricity for the highest efficiency and performance along with lowest emissions and lifetime cost, including fuel and maintenance.

“Everything that has an urban drive cycle will ultimately be an electric vehicle,” Ryan Popple, the president and CEO of Proterra, the leading U.S. electric bus company, explained to ThinkProgress back in 2016.

But electric buses aren’t just winning because they have no tailpipe emissions. They are also so efficient they have one-fourth the per-mile fueling cost of regular diesel buses and the other alternatives — even running on renewable power, thanks to the rapid price drops of solar and wind power.

In addition, electric buses have considerably lower maintenance costs, as many studies have shown. So over the 10- to 12-year lifetime of a typical urban transport bus, an electric bus can save $400,000 in total operational costs compared to a typical diesel.

Back in 2016, a new electric bus only cost some $300,000 more than a diesel, so total lifetime savings could be as much as $100,000. But battery prices have been dropping so rapidly that the differential in upfront cost is now closer to $200,000.

Plummeting battery prices to make electric cars cheaper than gas cars in 3 years

The net lifetime savings from electric buses is thus growing rapidly. In China, subsidies and stringent pollution regulations have pushed more and more cities to switch over to electrics entirely. Shenzen, the first Chinese city to switch to all electric buses, finished the transition in 2017 with the help of China’s $150,000-a-bus subsidy and a city-wide effort to accelerate the process. Today, the megacity of 13 million people has 16,000 electric buses.

Now Beijing is requiring major cities to establish deadlines to replace all diesel buses with electric ones. The UK Guardian reported in December that “more than 30 Chinese cities have made plans to achieve 100% electrified public transit by 2020,” including such megacities as Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Shandong.How remarkable is China’s rapid adoption of electric buses? Electric vehicles (EVs) of every kind will displace a total of 350,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel this year, BNEF projects. Three-fourths of that displaced fuel will be from electric buses, 99% of which are in China…

FINISH UP: The bus wars are over. Electricity — and China — won. – ThinkProgress






 

Starbucks Sued for Allegedly Exposing Customers and Employees to Deadly Pesticide – update

CHEF’S NOTE: I’m glad I saw this today. I’m in Cleveland and the popular Lounge across the street has that same pest strip under the bar near food and beverage, visible to anyone sitting on the side of the bar. Almost identical to the pictures shown below.

BROTHERS PESTICDES 1

BROTHERS PESTICDES 2

The day after I posted this article, I went across the street and the health department was there. She never checked the end of the bar where this pest strip was hanging. Never even looked.

BROTHERS PESTICDES 3
Health Department Inspector

I’m assuming that the pest strip isn’t designed for pests to walk into it, like a motel, since it’s hanging on a cable. That means that the gases or vapors the strip emits kill the pests in the neighborhood, not by actual contact. It’s awfully close to that open ice machine.

I suspect that food and beverage establishments and manufacturing plants across the country are using those strips and making people sick.

The government needs to get on this immediately. Some of those places they frequent. Maybe that’ll get them to move.

For years STARBUCKS has been cited and for years there was no enforcement. Why wait till thousands of people get pesticide poisoning before forcing compliance?

What, there’s no system in place for forced compliance? And Starbucks’ former CEO is running for president? This doesn’t look good for him nor the upscale chain stores he controlled at every level. Why pay top dollar at a ghetto coffee shop when for half the price you can go to the real ghetto. They’re probably using the same strips there.

I blame the Defense Of Department for not regulating these poisons. They’re all biological weapons. Pest companies are regulated by the DOD. And the DOD is allowing them to mass-poison customers and workers.

Time to end this insanity.



A lawsuit filed today in New York City claims coffee giant Starbucks has been exposing its employees and customers to deadly pesticides for years, despite several warnings from pest control experts.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a former Starbucks employee and two pest control workers who serviced Starbucks stores for years claim the company “has for years permitted the deployment of toxic chemicals in its stores, which infused not only the food products and fixtures, but also the very air circulated throughout its retail locations in Manhattan.”

The former workers claim that Starbucks was “provided with no fewer than a dozen different explicit written warnings from external experts in the past three years.” They claim the company “systematically and unlawfully hid these toxic products in their stores for the past several years.”

The lawsuit claims, “Starbucks stores located throughout Manhattan –– from Battery Park to upper Manhattan –– continuously failed to take necessary or adequate measures to ensure their cleanliness and instead recklessly hid hazardous pesticides throughout their stores, including in close proximity to food and food preparation areas.”

Specifically, the lawsuit claims that Starbucks used “Hot Shot No-Pest 2” strips in their stores. The strips contain a toxin called Dichlorvos, which the lawsuit claims is “hazardous to humans.”

The lawsuit claims that the labeling for the strips warns, “Do not use in the food/feed areas or food/feed processing or food/feed manufacturing or food/feed establishments.”

Paul D’Auria — a pest control technician who worked for an outside company that serviced Starbucks stores for years — claims he “discovered that Starbucks management personnel routinely placed numerous sets of DDVP No-Pest Strips within virtually each of the more than 100 stores that he serviced from at least early in 2015 through June 2018, and in multiple locations in each such store.”

D’Auria claims he “routinely photographed many of the No-Pest Strips that he discovered for purposes of documenting and reporting the dangerous misuse of this product which posed an obvious threat to his own health and safety (as he worked in close and unsafe proximity to these DDVP strips) and the health and safety of Starbucks patrons and employees alike (who are also all commonly in close and unsafe proximity to these DDVP strips).”

He claims he found the strips:piled on or around air vents affixed behind the coffee bar piled in heaps along high shelves and ledges under and along countertops in and next to pastry cabinets in employee break areas in out-of-sight areas of near-permanent filth and disrepair…

FINISH UP: Starbucks Sued for Allegedly Exposing Customers and Employees to Deadly Pesticide






 

Behold the Beefless ‘Impossible Whopper’

By Nathaniel Popper

Photographs and Video by Matt Edge

OAKLAND, Calif. — Would you like that Whopper with or without beef?

This week, Burger King is introducing a version of its iconic Whopper sandwich filled with a vegetarian patty from the start-up Impossible Foods.

The Impossible Whopper, as it will be known, is the biggest validation — and expansion opportunity — for a young industry that is looking to mimic and replace meat with plant-based alternatives.

Impossible Foods and its competitors in Silicon Valley have already had some mainstream success. The vegetarian burger made by Beyond Meat has been available at over a thousand Carl’s Jr. restaurants since January and the company is now moving toward an initial public offering.

White Castle has sold a slider version of the Impossible burger in its 380 or so stores since late last year.

But a national rollout at Burger King’s 7,200 locations would dwarf those previous announcements and more than double the total number of locations where Impossible’s burgers are available…






Employees can’t opt out of FMLA protection 

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DOL: Employees can’t opt out of FMLA protection

AUTHOR

Katie Clarey@kclarey21

PUBLISHED

March 18, 2019

Dive Brief:

Neither employers nor employees can decline to designate Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)-qualifying leave as such, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) wrote in an opinion letter (FMLA2019-1-A) published Thursday.When an employer determines an employee needs leave because of an FMLA-qualifying reason, that leave must count toward his or her FMLA allotment, even if the employee requests otherwise. This means that employees cannot, for example, opt to take employer-provided sick or vacation time first; FMLA leave would have to run concurrently.

DOL also made clear in its letter that while employers are free to adopt leaves policies more generous than the FMLA, they cannot extend the FMLA’s protections beyond 12 weeks (or 26 weeks for military caregiver leave). The letter came alongside two others answering questions about the Fair Labor Standards Act’s wage and record keeping requirements and the compensability of time spent participating in employer-sponsored community service programs…

FINISH READING: DOL: Employees can’t opt out of FMLA protection | HR Dive


 





 

6 quick tips for hiring applicants with criminal histories

6 quick tips for hiring applicants with criminal histories

“Those of you who are really in tune with Title VII and EEOC guidelines, you should already know you should be looking at people with criminal histories,” a panelist said Monday.

AUTHOR

Katie Clarey@kclarey21

PUBLISHED

March 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — An employer is behind if it’s only beginning consider tapping into the large talent pool of individuals with criminal histories, Innova Legal Advisors PC Attorney Heidi Mason said during a panel at the Society for Human Resource Management’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference Monday afternoon.

In fact, an employer may run afoul of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission standards if it ignores applicants with criminal records. “Those of you who are really in tune with Title VII and EEOC guidelines, you should already know you should be looking at people with criminal histories,” Mason said. “Having an across-the-board ban on hiring somebody who has a criminal record, for most employers, will run afoul with Title VII and the 2012 EEOC guidelines.

“But it’s not just Title VII and EEOC that can prohibit some employers from discriminating against the formerly incarcerated. Ban-the-box laws — laws that make it illegal for certain employers to ask applicants about criminal history on job applications — are growing in popularity. Employers that operate in jurisdictions without these restrictions may want to consider banning the box on their own accord, Mason said; “You can make a choice not to ask at that particular time and ask when the person comes into interview.

“How an employer decides to handle applicants with criminal backgrounds is a matter of compliance, but it also plays into talent strategy, Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation Executive Director Genevieve Martin said. When considering Dave’s Killer Bread employees who violated attendance, policy or behavior rules, the company found people with felony convictions performed slightly better than their counterparts, Martin said. And employees with felony convictions performed the same as those without in terms of turnover, she added.

As employers look to improve their practices for interviewing, investigating, hiring — or not hiring — and employing ex-prisoners, these six tips will set them up for success.

#1: Know when to ask about criminal history…

FINISH READING: #SHRMLeg: 6 quick tips for hiring applicants with criminal histories | HR Dive






 

Study links ‘tobacco tactics’ with marketing unhealthy products to kids | Food Dive

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Study links ‘tobacco tactics’ with marketing unhealthy products to kids

AUTHOR Cathy Siegner

PUBLISHED March 20, 2019

Dive Brief:

A recent study from researchers at the University of California San Francisco found R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris applied their knowledge about the tobacco industry, from marketing to product development, to increase sales of sugary drinks after acquiring food and beverage companies. According to Food Ingredients First, the study used “secret documents” from the two tobacco giants and marketing campaigns from their beverage brands, including Hawaiian Punch, Tang, Kool-Aid and Capri Sun, and Tang. The tobacco companies later sold these brands to Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Mondelez International​ and Kraft Heinz, respectively.

The researchers say the findings show that many food and beverage companies today still use similar tactics despite signing the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative. CFBAI participants agree to comply with nutritional standards in food advertising directed at children younger than 12, including reducing sugar, sodium and saturated fat…

FINISH READING: Study links ‘tobacco tactics’ with marketing unhealthy products to kids | Food Dive






 

Good Catch hopes consumers will bite as it launches plant-based tuna at national retailers | Food Dive

 

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Good Catch hopes consumers will bite as it launches plant-based tuna at national retailers

AUTHOR

Cathy Siegner

PUBLISHED

Feb. 21, 2019

Dive Brief:

Plant-based tuna from Good Catch Foods will be available this week at Whole Foods Market and Thrive Market outlets nationwide, the company announced. The two retailers will be the first to carry the shelf-stable product.

The New York-based startup said in its statement it is aiming both to appeal to consumers and protect ocean fisheries with its new product. Nearly 90% of the world’s marine fish stocks are either overexploited or depleted, Good Catch said, adding that scientists predict global fisheries may totally collapse by 2048.

Plant-based tuna avoids the high mercury levels, PCBs, dioxins and other contaminants found in ocean-based fish. It also avoids the diseases and other problems presented by factory fish farming and aquaculture, the company said.

Dive Insight:

Tuna was undoubtedly a deliberate choice for this new plant-based product since it’s one of the most popular — and overfished — species in the world, according to Forbes.

Good Catch’s mission is to disrupt the seafood category with products consumers want without any of the negatives. Company officials claim it is the first plant-based brand that truly rivals real fish. The ready-to-eat products deliver the flavor and flaky texture of chunk albacore tuna, the company says, and are available in three varieties in 3.3-ounce pouches — Naked in Water, Mediterranean and Oil & Herbs.

To make its faux tuna, Good Catch uses a six-plant protein blend made from pea protein isolate, soy protein isolate, chickpea flour, lentil protein, faba protein and navy bean flour. Each serving contains 14 grams of protein, which is about 30% less than real tuna. The new products also contain algal oil for flavor and to provide a plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Consumers may be more willing to try this plant-based product when they find out it doesn’t smell like the real tuna they’re used to. Good Catch examined why people like tuna and found it was the protein, taste and texture — but not how it smells, Chad Sarno, the company’s co-founder, executive chef and vice-president of culinary, told Forbes…

FINISH READING: Good Catch hopes consumers will bite as it launches plant-based tuna at national retailers | Food Dive






 

Gingko Bioworks uses $90M funding round to launch ingredients firm Motif | Food Dive

 

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Gingko Bioworks uses $90M funding round to launch ingredients firm Motif

AUTHOR

Cathy Siegner

PUBLISHED

Feb. 27, 2019

Dive Brief:

Startup Gingko Bioworks announced the launch of its Motif Ingredients company with a $90 million funding round. Investors included Breakthrough Energy Ventures — which has Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg and Richard Branson on its board — Louis Dreyfus Company, Fonterra and Viking Global Investors.

The biotech firm said the new company will use Ginkgo’s biological engineering platform to recreate proteins from dairy, egg and meat to use in plant-based alternatives. Motif CEO Jonathan McIntyre said in a release that consumers wrongly believe plant-based foods will be more expensive and won’t taste or function like animal-based foods. “Motif will be key to propelling the next food revolution with affordable, sustainable and accessible ingredients that meet the standards of chefs, food developers, and visionary brands,” McIntyre said. How to overcome go-to-market challenges companies with shareable, real-time insights that are fast and easy to access can mitigate losses and improve strategic planning, ultimately increasing their speed to market.

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Dive Insight:

Ginkgo Bioworks is launching Motif Ingredients to try and locate the next big thing in protein alternatives. Consumer demand for meat substitutes and plant-based beverages jumped 17% last year, the company noted, so this could be the optimal time for a company like this. According to CNBC, Ginkgo CEO Jason Kelly started strategizing on a new ingredients company in 2017 because of the success of Impossible Foods and its plant-based Impossible Burger that “bleeds.” Bill Gates has also invested in Impossible Foods, according to Crunchbase, and he seems to have an ongoing interest in funding and developing more sustainable protein products. No doubt it will help to have such heavy hitters backing the new company.

There are plenty of plant-based competitors out there besides Impossible Burger. Beyond Foods is staking its future on the plant-based Beyond Burger, as well as plant-based sausages and chicken. Gates has financially backed Beyond Meat as well, which has posted net losses in previous years and filed for an estimated $100 million IPO last fall. Other plant-based burgers already in the market, or coming soon, include the Lightlife Burger from Lightlife Foods and Nestlé’s Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger…

FINISH READING: Gingko Bioworks uses $90M funding round to launch ingredients firm Motif | Food Dive






 

JUST Egg cracks the substitute category wide open | Food Dive

JUST Egg cracks the substitute category wide open. The mung bean-based vegan breakfast item is taking grocery shelves by storm, reinvigorating the category and aiming at new markets with big manufacturing and distribution partnerships.

AUTHOR

Megan Poinski@meganpoinski

PUBLISHED

Feb. 21, 2019

If 100 chickens were laying JUST Egg, it would take them more than 12 years to produce the same amount of mung bean-based egg replacement that has sold in the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore in four months, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics.

JUST Co-founder and CEO Josh Tetrick told Food Dive the company recently crossed the benchmark of selling the equivalent of 3 million eggs. The equivalent of the last 1 million was sold in the previous 30 days, he said at the beginning of February. The strong consumer desire and the transformative possibility of a vegan egg substitute have driven rapid growth of the product, Tetrick said.

“It’s pretty fun to see because, the truth is, you never know (how popular an item will be) until it’s out there,” Tetrick said. “You can do all sorts of consumer studies and tests and invite people to your headquarters and try. But, actually, until it’s out there in the wild, you don’t actually really know.

“After appearing on restaurant menus for a few months, the San Francisco-based food tech company’s JUST Egg first appeared on grocery shelves in September. The product has already been picked up by Aramark, which serves the egg substitute in patty form at some hospital, college and corporate cafeterias. Late last month, it rolled out nationwide at grocery stores owned by Albertsons.

But all of the growth isn’t just in the United States. Earlier this month, German poultry provider PHW Group announced it was entering into a partnership to sell and distribute JUST Egg to retailers and foodservice providers across Europe. Last summer, JUST entered into a partnership with Italian egg company Eurovo to manufacture and distribute the product in Europe.

“It makes me really optimistic about the food system generally, not just about what we’re doing, that one of the biggest poultry companies in the world and the biggest egg processor in the world are the building blocks of what we’re trying to do in Europe. I think that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.” Josh Tetrick Co-founder and CEO, JUST…

FINISH READING: JUST Egg cracks the substitute category wide open | Food Dive

 






 

Why DuPont is expanding its plant-based protein nugget line | Food Dive

 

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Why DuPont is expanding its plant-based protein nugget line

AUTHOR

Cathy Siegner

PUBLISHED

March 14, 2019

Dive Brief:

DuPont Nutrition & Health has introduced six different plant protein nuggets to its Supro and Trupro product range containing more protein or less sodium. According to Food Business News, the new ingredients are available in different formats and textures and can be used in snacks, cereals, nutrition bars and toppings.

The company’s Supro Nuggets contain 80% soy protein and less than 120 milligrams of sodium per 100 grams. The Trupro Nuggets contain 70% pea protein and are non-GMO, the company said.

“These new nuggets broaden our range of plant protein options that drive high protein content and unique textures,” said Jean Heggie, strategic marketing lead, said in a release. “Our plant-based nuggets help manufacturers differentiate their brands with improved nutritional profiles and exceptional eating experiences.

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Dive Insight:

Plant-based ingredients are just about guaranteed to inspire interest from manufacturers and consumers as one of the hottest trends in the food and beverage industry. Wrapping all these attributes into one package is likely to attract notice for DuPont from a range of product manufacturers and companies looking to check some or all of these boxes — crunch, convenience, snacking, protein, low sodium and plant-based.

Plant-based and protein-enriched are two elements that can work well together in products because combining both types of ingredients can help satiate, act as a meal replacement and supply important nutrients, particularly for the growing number of people looking beyond meat and dairy sources for their protein…

FINISH READING: Why DuPont is expanding its plant-based protein nugget line | Food Dive






 

Why Kellogg’s MorningStar Farms is going 100% plant based | Food Dive

 

Q&A

Why Kellogg’s MorningStar Farms is going 100% plant based

AUTHOR

Lillianna Byington@lil_byington

PUBLISHED

March 13, 2019

As the plant-based trend spreads, Kellogg is using its MorningStar Farms business to move forward as a leader in the space.

At Natural Products Expo West last week, the legacy veggie protein brand launched a new vegan “Cheezeburger” and announced its commitment for its portfolio to be 100% vegan by 2021.

The new promise will allow Kellogg to expand the accessibility of its plant-based products and reduce its use of more than 300 million egg whites a year. MorningStar Farms’ full product line includes Falafel, Meat Lovers, Veggie Lovers and Tex-Mex burgers as well as Chik’n nuggets and patties. But they aren’t stopping there.

Melissa Cash, head of global marketing, strategy and innovation for plant-based protein and natural brands at Kellogg, talked to Food Dive at Expo West about how the brand plans to launch more plant-based products in the coming years, why they chose this new vegan burger and how more consumers are shifting their tastes to plant-based products.

This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity…

FINISH READING: Why Kellogg’s MorningStar Farms is going 100% plant based | Food Dive






 

Fast-growing chickens presents texture issue for the industry | Food Dive

 

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Fast-growing chickens presents texture issue for the industry

AUTHOR

Jessi Devenyns

PUBLISHED

March 20, 2019

Dive Brief:

After years of breeding chickens to grow rapidly and produce the maximum amount of breast muscle possible, poultry producers are running into problems. They include woody breasts, similar to chewing leather, and squishy fillets known as “spaghetti meat,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Researchers at the University of Arkansas estimated it will take an extra $200 million in industry expenses for companies to identify and divert breast fillets that are too tough, squishy or striped with bands of white tissue to sell in restaurants or grocery stores.

Some commercial poultry consumers such as Wendy’s and Whole Foods have switched to purchasing smaller, slower-growing birds in an effort to circumvent undesired textures, The Wall Street Journal noted. Chicken industry officials are confident they will be able to minimize the meat texture problems caused by genetic selection, but it will take several years to do so.

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Dive Insight:

Texture is an emerging challenge within the poultry industry. After decades of working to produce more chickens faster, breeders can now grow a 6.3-pound birds in 47 days, according to the National Chicken Council — roughly twice as fast as 50 years ago. Although this rate of production can be beneficial for the bottom line — chicken breasts can be sold at a 13% premium compared to overall wholesale chicken meat prices, The Wall Street Journal noted — it can actually be detrimental to sales if consumers don’t like the taste. Even if scientists are unsure as to what is causing these strange textures, consumers are noticing the change and that can hurt sales. Chicken producers have seen a drop in demand recently and these textures don’t help…

FINISH READING: Fast-growing chickens presents texture issue for the industry | Food Dive



TRANSLATES TO: Poultry Industry Scared






 

Harmful Algal Blooms | Nutrient Pollution 

Harmful Algal Blooms

Harmful algal blooms are a major environmental problem in all 50 states. Red tides, blue-green algae, and cyanobacteria are examples of harmful algal blooms that can have severe impacts on human health, aquatic ecosystems, and the economy.

Algal blooms can be toxic. Keep people and pets away from water that is green, scummy or smells bad…

Harmful algal blooms are overgrowths of algae in water. Some produce dangerous toxins in fresh or marine water but even nontoxic blooms hurt the environment and local economies…

READ ON: Harmful Algal Blooms | Nutrient Pollution | US EPA






 

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