Top 3 Eco-Friendly Food News Picks of the Week

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 signs bill to ban Styrofoam Food Containers3968365661_3a253df5c8_z

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.

Supermarket Powered By its Food Waste8705584910_d88fc27ddc_z

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.”

Environmental Official Wants to Raise China’s Water Supply With Imported Food5202454566_01b9180ca4_z

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 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.


-Sheila Headspeth

Photo Credits: Flickr/ Marshall Astor; Elliott Brown; Jenn Durfey

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