This Week in Eco News - October 21, 2016

Video of the Week

2016 Unbroken Ground Film Preview
Our food choices are deeply connected to climate change and food will play a critical role in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis. Join Patagonia as they celebrate the release of Unbroken Ground, a compelling new film by Chris Malloy that explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. [Patagonia]

Take Action: Learn about how climate change impacts agriculture.

News From Around the Web

Do You Eat Meat? What About Animals? Scientists Slice Open a Carnivore's Paradox
The way meat is prepared, advertised and labelled has led to a disconnect between not wanting to inflict pain on animals, but also enjoying the taste of meat, according to new research from the University of Oslo in Norway. By presenting highly processed pieces of meat in a sterile supermarket environment, meat producers help us forget that these items once came from animals, which helps boost meat consumption. [Feed Navigator]

Factory Farming Practices Are Under Scrutiny Again in NC After Disastrous Hurricane Floods
Floods caused by Hurricane Matthew last week inundated hog and poultry farms all over North Carolina. An incalculable amount of animal waste was carried toward the ocean and sensitive tidal estuaries, potentially contaminating the groundwater used by many people who rely on wells. The extent of the damage won't be clear until the NC Department of Environmental Quality conducts tests in the coming weeks, but it has quickly renewed criticism of industry practices and state regulation of the state's 2,100 hog farms. [Washington Post]

The Lazy Person's Guide to Eating Cheap, Sustainable Sushi
We know that overfishing is a problem, and that much of the seafood we consume is farmed or caught using unsustainable practices. But just how bad is it to eat cheap California rolls a couple of times a week? To find answers and get tips on how to select the most sustainable options at your neighborhood sushi place, VICE talked to experts at the Environmental Defense Fund and an executive at Bamboo Sushi (the country's first certified sustainable sushi restaurant). [VICE-Munchies]

Antibiotics on Farms: Can Curbing Their Use Also Curb Resistant Infections in Humans?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a plan to address the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food and on farms. The FDA's effort to tackle the issue began with a 1970 report titled "The Use of Antibiotics in Animal Feed" and has arrived nearly a half-century later. [Washington Post]

How Campbell Soup and Panera See Shifting Consumer Tastes
At a recent food forum, the CEOs of Campbell Soup and Panera discussed the strides their companies have made in terms of meeting their customers desire for healthier, more sustainable and more transparent food options. As Panera's Ronald Shaich said, "[t]oday's consumer is really in conflict between what they think they should eat and what they want," and food companies that bridge the gap and bring consumers both will be leaders in the industry. [Wall St. Journal]

Hurricane Matthew Leaves the Farmers and Fishermen of Haiti Struggling to Survive
Everything from goats, to fruit trees, to whole farms were all part of the agricultural foundation that was washed out by Hurricane Matthew's Category 4 winds, rain and storm surge. In all, 90 percent of the crops in Haiti's southern coast are estimated to be lost, along with most of the its fishing nets, boats and other fishing gear, putting the entire island's long-term food supply and food security at risk, according to the World Food Program. [Miami Herald]

Consumers Hooked on Sustainable Fish as Global Sales Pass $4 Billion Mark
In 2015-2016, people worldwide purchased 659,399 tons of sustainably caught seafood worth $4.6 billion, showed new data published by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). For MSC-certified seafood only, there was a 6 percent increase during the same time, proving that consumers are seeking out and willing to pay for sustainable seafood. [Food Navigator]

An Ancient Drought-Friendly Farming Process Could Become the Next Organics
Farming with rainfall only has been done for eons, but with the advent of widespread irrigation in California, it's been drastically underutilized. With years of drought, dry-farming is making a comeback, especially in the vineyards, as farmers look to employ the method for other crops throughout the state. [Quartz]

First Farm to Grow Veg in a Desert Using Only Sun and Seawater
Sunshine and seawater: that's all a new, futuristic-looking greenhouse needs to produce 15,000 tons of tomatoes per year in the South Australian desert. [New Scientist]

Monday Campaigns

The Menu Option Millennials Need in Campus Dining May Surprise You
Fall is in the air and with it comes the delicious harvest of winter squash, dark leafy greens, root vegetables and more that veggie lovers look forward to year after year. And it's not just vegetarians delighting in the bounty. Although vegetarianism, at least among the ever-influential millennial demographic, is estimated to be as high as 12 percent, a whopping 43 percent of 18- to 34-year olds report they often seek meatless meals when dining away from home. [Huffington Post]


Waterkeeper Alliance and North Carolina Riverkeepers Conduct Aerial Patrols of Hurricane Matthew Damage
Waterkeeper Alliance activated its Rapid Response protocol with 13 North Carolina Riverkeeper organizations to document the serious flooding impacts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew from the ground, in the air and on the water. Many CAFOs and coal ash ponds were flooded out releasing serious contaminants that threaten health and the environment. [Waterkeeper]

Planet Money: Episode 627 : The Miracle Apple
For a long time, pretty much every apple in the grocery store looked and tasted the same, and they weren't very good. Today on the show, how we got from mealy, nasty apples to apples that actually taste delicious. The story starts with a breeder who discovered a miracle apple. But discovering that apple was not enough. [NPR]

Eco News contributed by Gabrielle Blavatsky; Kai Olson-Sawyer;James Rose and Robin Madel.

Image "Apples" by Tom Gill  on Flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.