Food System

Watch: Rob Greenfield's Campaign Against Grocery Store Food Waste

Aug 20th, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

After bicycling across America last summer rescuing food from supermarket dumpsters, activist Rob Greenfield is continuing his #DonateNotDump campaign. His goal is to inspire consumers to ask grocery stores to donate edible food to people who need it instead of throwing it away. He just released a new video sharing highlights of the food he found and the news coverage he got throughout his journey.
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Eco Living

Making Impact Investing More Accessible for Everyone

Jul 10th, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

Whether it’s called impact investing, socially responsible investing or sustainable investing, interest in making investments that support positive change is growing. Sustainable mutual funds represented $6.5 trillion at the beginning of 2014, an increase of 76 percent since 2012. Brian Kaminer wants to see this still-young investing space grow even more, so he’s designed a way to help investors of all types get involved.
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Food System

4 Surprising Findings About Food Waste

Jun 30th, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

A trio of new surveys on U.S. consumer food waste has been released in the last month, which is encouraging news for those of us who are looking for ways to [help Americans waste less food](http://ivaluefood.com). Much of the current body of food waste research, while helpful, has been conducted in other counties, so it’s great to see a trend toward figuring out what’s really happening in American kitchens. Here’s a rundown of interesting findings from the reports.
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How the Fridge of the Future Will Fight Food Waste

Jan 27th, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

Are you ready for a smarter refrigerator? Many of the kitchen appliance ideas we saw coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month focused on convenience and novelty, but several stand-out projects promise to help your fridge help you do what it’s intended to do: keep food from spoiling until you eat it.
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Eco Living

Chicago Brewery Says “Cheers” to Reducing Food Waste

Jan 12th, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

Can beer help end food waste? Two Chicago-area businesses think so. Starting January 15, Goose Island Brew Pub will be pouring a batch of “Zero Percent,” a tribute beer named for technology startup Zero Percent, a company that helps businesses donate food that would otherwise be thrown away to nonprofits.
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Food System

Skin to Seed: How to Eat an Entire Pumpkin

Oct 27th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

Pumpkins. The plump, orange orbs are everywhere this time of year. While you’re picking out a few for Halloween decorations, it’s worth it to set aside a few for eating too. We’ve rounded up some recipes that will help you make use of everything but the stem, and we’ve found some ideas for what to do with the ones that get carved as well.
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Food System

Food Waste in 9 U.S. Cities, Exposed

Oct 16th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

This week, environmental activist Rob Greenfield completed a most unconventional road trip. Not only did he travel from Wisconsin to New York City on bike, along the way he recovered food — thousands of pounds of unspoiled, perfectly edible food — that grocery stores and restaurants had thrown away. See photos of what he found in nine cities.
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Eco Living

5 Climate-Friendly Actions You Can Take Today

Sep 19th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

Whether it's Earth Day or not, there's no better way to support the climate change issue than by taking action in your own daily life. Here's a quick list of things you can do every day to help curb dangerous emissions that are changing our climate.
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Food System

Fair Food Fund: Closing the Farm-to-Table Gap

Aug 25th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

A new crop of businesses is developing that utilizes the food local farms produce, whether they are processing it for resale or using it as ingredients to produce new products. The Fair Food Fund, a new program from Fair Food Network, is hoping to help these businesses thrive by providing financing and business support for this often overlooked sector of the burgeoning local food system. We talked to its program director, Alex Linkow, to learn more about how the Fair Food Fund works and why it's important to support the "middleman."
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Eco Living

10 Ways to Use Extra Garden Vegetables

Aug 20th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

If your garden did well this year, there’s only so much tomato sauce you can make and so many zucchini breads you can freeze before you realize there’s just no way you’re going to be able to eat your garden’s bounty by yourself. Thankfully, there are many of ways to make good use of the surplus. After all, the average American wastes over 20 pounds of food each month – don’t let your overflowing garden add even more to this number!
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