August 1, 2014
Food is important for survival, but it can also be wasteful. Here are the top 3 eco-friendly food news stories of the week.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill on Tuesday banning styrofoam food container usage in restaurants in the nation’s capitol. D.C. is joining Seattle and San Francisco that have already banned plastic foam for environmental reasons, The Associated Press reported. The ban will go into effect in 2016 and will open the door for more eco-friendly food storage options for major food chains and restaurants.
Sainsbury’s, the United Kingdom’s second largest food market, powered one of its stores using its food waste, reported Fast Company Co.Exist. Sainsbury’s decided to not throw away its food and decided to use and eco-friendly food waste method by sending it to landfills and uses it to generate electricity. “It was the right thing to do, but also it was the right commercial thing to do,” says Paul Crewe, head of sustainability at Sainsbury’s. “Putting food waste into landfill costs £150 per ton, and the alternative of [turning it into energy] is significantly cheaper. It’s putting that waste to true, positive use.”
Mu Guangfeng, the head of the environment impact assessment office at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, said importing food to China will help with the scare water supply in regions like Xinjiang and Ningxia, reported DNAIndia.com. Xinjiang and Ningxia have lots of coal, but have dry climates with low water supplies. Xinhua, state news agency, said that drought has damaged a million hectares of farmland in China’s Henan and Inner Mongolia provinces, “with no immediate relief in sight.” Since food production uses a significant amount of water, importing food could relieve some of the water constraints.
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