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‘Digester eggs’ are creating renewable energy in Brooklyn

‘Digester eggs’ are creating renewable energy in Brooklyn

| March 21, 2014

While we all sleep, eat, and go about our lives, there are waste treatment plants using special tanks to turn last week’s discarded pizza crusts into fuel that can be used to heat homes or provide electricity. Joel Rose investigated these plants for “The Salt” on NPR. The Newtown Creek plant in Brooklyn houses eight […]

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An app finds a place for leftovers

An app finds a place for leftovers

| February 11, 2014

Your local grocery store isn’t typically out of food at closing time. Your favorite restaurant isn’t typically out of food at the end of the night. That deli around the corner still has sandwiches in the window when it’s time to shut down for the day. So what happens to all that food? It’s not […]

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New York City will heat homes with biogas made from food scraps

New York City will heat homes with biogas made from food scraps

| January 14, 2014

You’ve heard of the “farm to table” trend of eating local food direct from local farmers. Now there’s the “table to furnace” trend. Umm…what? That’s right. New York City, ever the trendsetter, has found a highly-productive and avant garde purpose for leftover food. They’re packing it up by the truckload and sending it to a massive […]

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Excuse me, but is that cheese brine on your road?

Excuse me, but is that cheese brine on your road?

| January 9, 2014

Bear with me: things are about to get cheesy. For this post, we’re headed to Wisconsin, the land of dairy dominance and self-proclaimed “cheeseheads.” Cheese isn’t the only thing for which this Midwestern state is known. Wisconsin is also famous for brutally cold winters and more than its fair share of ice. Some innovative folks […]

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Small-town Minnesota will start recycling food scraps

Small-town Minnesota will start recycling food scraps

| December 11, 2013

St. Cloud, Minnesota is known for a few things: cold winters, providing the setting for the movie Juno, and being located in Representative Michele Bachmann’s district. You’d be forgiven for not immediately associating St. Cloud with innovative recycling programs, but that’s exactly what’s happening in the central Minnesota city. Tri-County Organics has obtained a state […]

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The Urban School Food Alliance is pushing for a greener school lunch

The Urban School Food Alliance is pushing for a greener school lunch

| December 9, 2013

Picture 271 million foam cafeteria plates. I know. It’s difficult to wrap your head around. The New York Times says that’s enough to make a stack of plates several hundred miles tall. Now picture those plates in a landfill. Scary, no? A new initiative aims to paint a very different picture. The Miami school district […]

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Should New York City ban foam food containers?

Should New York City ban foam food containers?

| December 4, 2013

In the city that never sleeps, there’s one thing you can count on: take-out food available at any time from nearly every street corner. As such, polystyrene (a.k.a. foam) food containers are ubiquitous. However, if outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio have their way, foam food containers will be a thing of […]

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From Florida to Alaska, bear-proof containers increase safety

From Florida to Alaska, bear-proof containers increase safety

| October 10, 2013

Anyone who has ever camped is probably aware of the need to bear-proof their campground. Every night before bed, you put all your food into one secure container out of a bear’s reach, and properly dispose of any food-related trash. But for some homeowners and businesses, bear-proofing goes beyond camping – it’s a part of […]

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Baltimore entrepreneur tackles hunger and food waste

Baltimore entrepreneur tackles hunger and food waste

| October 2, 2013

In America, we waste an unbelievable amount of food. Reportedly, as much as 40 to 50 percent of all food ready for harvest in the United States never gets eaten. And yet, “nearly 15 percent of American families experience food insecurity in a given year.” Talk about an unfortunate dichotomy. These statistics are enough to […]

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Everyone wants renewable food packaging, research shows

Everyone wants renewable food packaging, research shows

| September 25, 2013

Here’s a research finding that probably won’t shock you: consumers want “going green” to be easier and more accessible. That’s the chief takeaway from a research project initiated by packaging giant TetraPak®. TetraPak® is the “the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions,”  and they conduct a biannual environmental survey. This year, the fifth […]

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Environmentalists fight the deregulation of New York dairy farms

Environmentalists fight the deregulation of New York dairy farms

| August 9, 2013

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for the deregulation of medium-sized dairy farms. The coalition claims that the DEC has violated both federal and state laws by easing regulations on farm waste management. The DEC’s rolled back regulations for mid-sized Concentrated Animal […]

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