This Week in Eco News - February 5, 2016

Sometimes BigAg and other corporate juggernauts put profits before being truthful about how their businesses impact communities, animals and the planet. Often times it takes huge effort to uncover the truth. When we find the results of these efforts, we've got to put them in Eco News!

Sustainable Chocolate Company Helps Cocoa Farmers, One Delicious Bar at a Time

Are there any companies out there making delicious chocolate the right way, without hurting people or the planet? Thankfully, there are. To learn more about the bright side of the chocolate industry, we reached out to sustainable chocolate pioneer Pierrick Chouard of Vintage Plantations whose artisanal chocolate was developed to help protect small farmers and the environment.

Hershey's Breakup With GMO Sugar Beets Carries Bittersweet Implications

Over the past year, Hershey has made a big sweetener shift. The company is transitioning away from genetically modified beet sugar in order to cater to consumer demands. On the surface, this is a win for those telling Big Food to drop GM ingredients. But before we celebrate, let's take a closer look at the sugar beet industry and Hershey's motives.

Garden DIY: Seed Selection and Starting

The first step to a a flourishing garden is choosing high quality seeds that fit your climate and harvest goals. Make sure you seed for success by purchasing from sustainable seed sources, considering important seed characteristics and understanding the seeding process.

Can Pulses Help Save the World?

The United Nations thinks so! Pulses - aka, dried beans, lentils, peas and chickpeas- are climate change-fighting super crops that provide people with an inexpensive and sustainable source of delicious protein. To help promote these amazing plants and their benefits for our health and environment, the UN declared 2016 to be the International Year of Pulses (IYP).

This Week in Eco News - January 29, 2016

From the myriad negative impacts of a concentrated animal feeding operation to the deleterious effect power plant pollution has on oceans, investigating the complex details around environmental impacts is super important. This week's Eco News highlights the investigations that do just that.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Tofu

Tofu: love it or hate it, you have to admit that it's a pretty interesting food - its inherent blandness making it the perfect canvas for lots of bold flavors. Made from just soy milk and a coagulant, the result can be creamy, firm or anywhere in between. Tofu's culinary uses are just as varied, from savory to sweet. Want to make your own? We've got you covered!

Super Bowl 50: Top 10 (Sustainable) Things You Didn't Know About Levi's Stadium

When you think about Super Bowl 50, you're probably wondering how many times Cam Newton will dab. But have you thought about the collective impact that 70,000+ people crammed in one place will have on the environment? Thankfully, the big game is being held in Levi's Stadium, one of the most sustainable sports venues in the country.

This Week in Eco News - January 22, 2016

A big part of making our society more eco-friendly is expanding opportunities for companies and individuals to become more sustainable! This week's Eco News features stories of these opportunities and of places where increasing opportunities would do a world of good!

Farming Fish: Has Federal Policy Gone Out to Sea?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has filed a final rule that permits open ocean fish farming. We reached out to aquaculture expert and head of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, Marianne Cufone, to learn more.

Garden DIY: 4 Winter Planning Tips for a Bountiful Year

Winter is the best time to strategize for a successful season of home gardening. With our first post of the Garden DIY series, we bring you tried and true advice for getting excited, planning ahead and staying on track with your sustainable garden projects.

This Week in Eco News - January 15, 2016

This week's Eco News brings us some good news - and some not-so-good news. The good news: the FDA banned some bad chemicals in food packaging, a big soup company joins the GM labeling fray, and more. The bad: our favorite banana might go the way of the dodo and the USDA revokes the grassfed labeling standard. Read more important environmental news in this week's roundup.

Volunteer for Sustainable Food This MLK Day

MLK Day is a "Day of Service" - a perfect day to get involved in the sustainable food movement because many of the problems we see in the food system today are, in fact, civil rights issues.

Our Hero: Kellee James of Mercaris

Kellee James is the Founder and CEO of Mercaris, a market data service and trading platform for organic, non-GMO and other identity-preserved agricultural commodities. As someone who recognized and filled a critical gap within the development of sustainable food systems, Kellee offers great perspective on the challenges and rewards of bringing innovative solutions to life.

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