5@5: Bezos' climate pledge won't make up for Amazon's damage | Fighting obesity with food texture

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February 19, 2020

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5@5: Bezos' climate pledge won't make up for Amazon's damage | Fighting obesity with food texture

Bezos' $10B climate fund won't make up for Amazon's damage, activists say

Although Jeff Bezos recently pledged $10 billion toward an initiative to "explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share," critics are pointing out that Amazon itself has an enormous carbon footprint. It relies on diesel vehicles for its same-day delivery service and uses an exorbitant amount of electricity to power its expanding number of Amazon Web Services data centers, not to mention it works with oil and gas companies to help them extract fossil fuels. Read more at CNET

Scientists are exploring food crunchiness as a tool to fight obesity

A small, recent study out of New Zealand indicates that crunchiness is a key factor when determining satiety in addition to the taste of food. This could have important implications for obesity reduction because food manufacturers could feasibly alter the desirability of healthier products simply by making them crunchier. Read more at Quartz

General Mills' plans to revive cereal sales include selling a box for $13 

General Mills' newly launched Morning Summit cereal is marketed toward health-conscious consumers who, in recent years, have ditched cereal in favor of more protein-rich breakfast options. It's $13 and lists almonds as the very first ingredient. Two other releases attempting to reinvigorate the category are Blueberry Cheerios and GoodBelly's probiotic cereal. Read more at CNBC

Why isn't blood a bigger ingredient in 'American' food?

Blood is nutritient-dense, protein-rich and has been historically consumed in most human societies across the globe. But its disappearance from modern Americans' diets underscores how divorced most people have become from the "visceral nature of meat production" since the advent of industrial animal agriculture practices. Read more at Eater

Autopsy of an organic grocery

Organic grocery stores such as Fairway, Dean & Deluca and scores of smaller independent gourmet markets have folded in the face of "online shopping and grocery delivery, big-box incursions, and the proliferation of food halls." Americans have changed the ways they eat (largely for the better) so much over the last decade that once-niche offerings have been absorbed into the mainstream, and the flip side of this is that corporations are killing off the small, boutique businesses that first introduced them. Read more at Heated

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