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Nov 19, 2015 12:50:00 AM

Panera Bread Commits to Cage-Free Eggs by 2020



The next step for the Panera Bread company will be to phase out cages for laying hens. Currently, only 21 percent of Panera’s shell eggs, hardboiled eggs, and liquid egg whites are cage-free, meaning that just 1 in5 of laying hens in the company’s supply chain are raised in indoor barns with full range of movement. Panera hopes to push this target to 100 percent by 2020. Read more >>



Is Food Foraged in Cities Safe to Eat?

Civil Eats


Researchers at Wellesley College recently teamed up with Boston's League of Urban Canners LUrC) to find out how safe food foraged in cities actually is. LUrC members frequently forage for food in Boston-area fruit orchards, and when one of their members tested high for blood lead levels recently, the group turned to Dan Brabander, a geoscience professor at Wellesley College, for answers. All of the 45 cherry, peach, apple, and other fruit and herb samples the lab tested so far showed relatively low levels of lead and arsenic. Read more >>


The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades.



Company proposes propeller free wind turbines for power generation. Read more >>


How Seed and Pesticide Companies Push Farmers to Use Bee-Killing Insecticides

Civil Eats


Neonic-coated seeds are incredibly common. In fact, almost all corn seed and most soybean seed is pre-coated with the insecticide. The main issue is that farmers have limited access to uncoated seed. A recent article in Progressive Farmer revealed that despite big doubts expressed by many scientists about the need for harmful pesticide seed coatings, farmers are being pushed hard by seed companies to continue using them. Read more >>


Climate Change Is Throwing Ocean Food Webs Out of Whack



What climate change might mean for the oceans and the sealife foodchain. Read more >>


How Corn—and the People Who Grow it—Will Change With the Climate

National Geographic


National Geographic’s food site The Plate explored what might happen to corn as a result of climate change. Production might dip 24 percent by 2050, and consumption is expected to double. Read more >>


How organic farming and YouTube are taming the wilds of Detroit

The Washington Post


Homesteading, taking a stand against criminal activity via youtube recordings of the acts, and organic farming of vacant lots in Detroit. Read more >>


Inside the first USDA organic certified fast food restaurant

Fox News


A look at the first USDA certified fast food restaurant Read more >>