This Week in Eco News - February 10, 2017

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30 Days of Wearing My Trash
For 30 days, Rob Greenfield wore every single piece of trash he created, while living just like the average American. This is what it looked like. [Rob Greenfield]

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News From Around the Web

Top US Chicken Processors Face Lawsuit Over Farmer Pay
The  biggest players in the poultry industry are  being accused of illegal collusion yet again. According to the civil lawsuit filed last Friday in a federal court in Oklahoma by a group of US chicken farmers, Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride Co., Sanderson Farms Inc. and other companies illegally conspired to share detailed data on their farmers' compensation with one another to keep their pay below competitive levels. [Reuters] 

Garbage Food: Climate Change May Be a Hot Button, but Food Waste Is a Bipartisan Target
Even in these politically contentious times, curtailing greenhouse emitting food waste is one climate change-related issue that people on the left, right and in-between can agree upon. The fact that around 40 percent of all food in the US is wasted doesn't sit well with a growing coalition of companies, tech startups, governments, scientist and churches, says Dana Gunders, senior NRDC scientist. [Salon]

Foodies Know: Boulder Has Become a Hub for New Producers
Boulder is perhaps best known for craft beer and bicycles -- there's almost one for every person living here -- and for being home to Mork and Mindy. But among foodies, it is also known as the place where new companies are challenging the old guard in the food business. [New York Times]

Did Someone Say Food Fight? US Farmers -- and Especially Those in California -- Fret Over a Possible Trade War
The Trump administration announced last week that they're thinking about financing his long-promised southern border wall with a 20 percent tax on "imports from deficit countries, like Mexico." This appears to be part of a plan for a massive tax overhaul aimed at altering the US  trade balance, country by country. US farmers, who get about 20 percent of their annual revenue from trade, could be hit especially hard if countries choose to retaliate. Consumers, too, would suffer if a border tax increases the price of imported Mexican avocados, vegetables and fresh fruit we've come to depend on. [LA Times]

Microplastics Found in Supermarket Fish, Shellfish
Findings from a new study prepared for the International Maritime Organization -- the UN agency responsible for preventing marine pollution -- show that pieces of plastic are making their way into fish and shellfish found at the supermarket. It's not yet been established what effect these tiny particles of plastic will have on the humans who consume them, the report says. [CBC News] 

Tackling Food Waste Around the World: Our Top 10 Apps
Around the world, dozens of apps are diverting perfectly good food away from bins and into rumbling stomachs. From redistributing leftovers to the poor in India to luring Dutch shoppers into supermarkets to buy lingering produce, app designers are finding ways to stem the flow of food to landfill. Here are 10 of our The Guardian's favorites. [The Guardian]

Soy and Deforestation: The Easiest Step to Take Is Also the Most Impactful
Soy is a cheap, versatile crop that contains large amounts of useful protein and oil, but much of it is planted after clearing huge swaths of forest, especially South American rainforest, a climate-harming activity. Moreover, about 75 percent of soy goes to animal feed, which further adds to environmental and climate pollution, so reduced meat eating and corporate soy certification can help. [Edie] 

Sustainable Agriculture, Better-Managed Water Supplies, Vital to Tackling Water-Food Nexus
Without proper management, water scarcity could reduce food production just as the world population surpasses the nine billion by 2050, warns the UN agricultural agency. The UN outlined ways to produce up to 60 percent more food from current levels while relying on virtually the same amount of water, aided by strategies like cutting food waste and promoting sustainable diets. [Eco-Business]

Guardians of a Vast Lake, and a Refuge for Humanity
Great Bear Lake straddles the Arctic Circle in the remote Northwest Territories of Canada. After being declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve and with self-government announcements, the small population of the town of Deline has the ability to control what happens to the lake. [New York Times]

News From Monday Campaigns

Give Your Heart Some Lovin'
What is encouraging is that heart disease is preventable by keeping heart health top of mind all year-round. One of the top ways to decrease your risk of heart disease is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. For many, this means reducing the amount of meat consumed each week and replacing it with vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. In fact, eating less meat and more fruits and veggies also lowers your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. [Yahoo News]


Clean Water, Clearer Future
Clean water is vital for generating energy, growing food and sustaining life itself. As demands on limited water resources continue to increase, engineers are creating efficient new systems for water treatment, distribution, reuse and recovery. In the future, new water technologies and systems will make "wastewater" a dirty word. [NSF]

Sustainable Management of Food: Tools for Assessing Wasted Food
The EPA provides a variety of wasted food assessment tools to suit a food service establishment's unique circumstances. Those just starting to consider measuring and tracking their wasted food may want to check out and implement some of these tools. [EPA]

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

Image"Oysters" by Jeremy Keithon Flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.