What we're reading this week 10/12/2015

Oct 12, 2015 11:23:00 PM

The War on School Lunch

Modern Farmer

Surely, everyone would agree that our kids deserve to eat healthy food farmed on local soil. So how come the average public-school lunch still looks more like the tray on the right? Read more >>


Food Waste on Twitter: Lots of talk, But Can We Get Some Action? 

Food Tank

When John Oliver said on his show Last Week Tonight that “we all have to address our relationship with food waste,” Twitter responded in a big way. Oliver’s viral video clipcriticized America’s buffet and “all you can eat” obsession, uncovered the “farm to not table” epidemic, and exposed the truth about expiration dates in such a cleverly inspiring way, it was hard not to share. And that’s what Tweeters did: they shared and shared until #foodwaste started trending on Twitter, which just added more momentum to the conversation. Read more >>


Why entrepreneurs are suddenly finding the beauty in ugly produce

Washington Post

Ugly produce is midway through a massive makeover.Misshapen potatoes, multi-pronged carrots, and past-their-prime apples — rebranded as “cosmetically challenged” and “beautiful in their own way” — are coming into vogue. Campaigns aimed at reducing food waste are bringing these fruits and vegetables, previously reserved for hogs, compost piles and landfills, to the forefront of our minds, if not quite to our grocery shelves. Read more >>


Common Worms Could Solve our Global Plastic Crisis

Discovery Communication

Mealworms can safely and effectively biodegrade certain types of plastic waste, according to groundbreaking new research from Stanford University and China’s Beihang University.In two newly released companion studies, researchers reveal that microorganisms living in the mealworm’s gut effectively break down styrofoam and plastic into “biodegraded fragments that look similar to tiny rabbit droppings.” Read more >>


SC flooding expected to hit some farm crops hard


Heavy rain and flooding in the Carolinas and other parts of the Southeast are expected to result in significant losses to peanut,soybean and cotton crops — and the damage could extend to the region's tobacco and poultry operations, according to officials. Read more >>