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

… Drive.She said employees learn what organic waste can be recycled and how to properly handle it. “Hy-Vee really promotes sustainability and that is a huge thing in our company,” Brown said. Products that are still safe to eat and nutritious are donated to local charitable organizations. Some of the compost may be used in a community garden directly east of the Williamsburg store, Brown said. Hy-Vee does not own the garden but has supported it with grants in the past. Hy-Vee is the …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

… pollution while enforcing waste water management, crop rotation, animal welfare, and sustainability. Fortunately, organic foods are becoming an important staple among the health-conscious public. Many grocery stores are expanding their organic produce while health food stores have sprung up across the country. Families are learning the value of eating locally by joining community gardens and supporting local farmers. In doing so, you too can support local producers who use sustainable and …

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

… sustainability Center, said in a news release. “We just don’t know enough about the health effects.” Studies have linked long-term pesticide exposure to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, prostate, ovarian and other cancers, as well as depression and respiratory problems, Consumer Reports says. The analysis is based on the risk to a 3 1/2-year-old child because kids are especially vulnerable to the dietary risk from pesticides. The risk to adults would be lower, …

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

… between encouraging fine dining restaurants like Chez Panisse to prepare and serve weeds—yes, weeds—and convincing the residents of high-poverty neighborhoods like West Oakland to do the same. Yet both are major goals of the Open Source Food project, which is run by four UC Berkeley professors and promotes food equity and sustainability by encouraging people to forage for, cook and eat the hardy weeds that spring up naturally in urban backyards and between concrete sidewalk slabs. These …

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 …