Hy-Vee composting food waste at Nebraska stores : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

By Algis Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star | May 8, 2015 Hy-Vee plans to recycle thousands of pounds of food and other organic waste from its 25 stores in Nebraska.The grocery chain estimates the stores will divert 75 tons pounds of organic waste from landfills each month. Excess fruit, vegetables, baked goods, solid dairy products and floral clippings will be turned into compost, biogas and animal feed. Some Hy-Vee stores will sell the compost and others that sponsor community gardens will use it …

Which fruits, vegetables are most likely to be exposed to pesticides? – WTOP

By Sarah Beth Hensley | March 30, 2015 WASHINGTON — It’s a question many people ask themselves while shopping for produce at grocery stores: should I buy organic? Experts at Consumer Reports say that buying organic is the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment and those who grow the food. Also, there is a diminished risk for pesticides exposure. Earlier this month, Consumer Reports scientists and a Washington State University researcher analyzed data from the …

Berkeley-Based Wild Food Week Aims to Convince People to Eat Weeds – CityLab

By Aarian Marshall | April 4, 2015 Chez Panisse, the famed, ultra high-end Berkeley restaurant that has built its reputation on clean, local, organic food, could hardly feel further away from West Oakland, where fresh produce can be hard to find and the median household income is just under $36,000 per year. That’s something that the UC Berkeley statistics professor Philip Stark, who heads the Open Source Food project, readily acknowledges. “There’s not a direct connection,” he says, …

Can a new form of accounting save animals from extinction? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Over the past few years, businesses have increasingly talked about the need to assign monetary value to forests, wetlands and other ecosystems. The concept has been gaining momentum, and leading companies are already factoring it into their sustainability planning. Walmart, for example, has worked to examine how threats to the natural world pose risks up and down its supply chain. It has begun advising its suppliers on how to make their products more climate resilient by reducing greenhouse gas …

Life Lessons: Mike Shekhtman | Environment & Sustainability | Business in Vancouver

Mike Shekhtman started eeko Couriers, an environmentally sustainable courier service, with his two brothers in 2009. Despite starting their business in the middle of the recession, the brothers were able to make a go of it by carving out a niche. “The growth has been exponential year-over-year,” Shekhtman said. This year, the business was nominated for a Small Business BC award for social impact. Before starting the company, Shekhtman worked as a recruiter. The experience reinforced his …