5@5: Coca-Cola faces backlash over 'be less white' diversity training materials | Instacart, Walgreens launch same-day delivery nationwide

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New Hope Network staff

February 23, 2021

2 Min Read
5@5: Coca-Cola faces backlash over 'be less white' diversity training materials | Instacart, Walgreens launch same-day delive

Coca-Cola faces backlash over 'be less white' learning plan

Coca-Cola responded to accusations of anti-white rhetoric this week after an internal whistleblower leaked screenshots of diversity training materials that encourages staff to "try to be less white." A spokesperson for the company confirmed that the course is "part of a learning plan to help build an inclusive workplace," but also stated that "the video circulating on social media is from a publicly available LinkedIn Learning series and is not a focus of our company's curriculum." Newsweek has the story.

Instacart and Walgreens launch same-day delivery nationwide

Walgreens announced today that it is partnering with Instacart to roll out its same-day delivery service across the U.S. Last year the drug store company partnered with DoorDash for delivery in select U.S. cities and expanded its partnership with Postmates nationwide. A recent market survey from Brick Meets Click showed that in January 2021, 70 million U.S. households placed an average of 2.8 grocery orders online for pickup, delivery and ship-to-home orders. The Spoon reports. 

Atlanta creates the nation's largest free food forest with hopes of addressing food insecurity

Thanks to a U.S. Forest Service grant and a partnership between the city of Atlanta, its Conservation Fund and Trees Atlanta, there are currently 7.1 acres of land ripe with 2,500 pesticide-free edible and medicinal plants just 10 minutes from Atlanta's airport. The forest is part of the city of Atlanta's larger mission to bring healthy food within half a mile of 85% of Atlanta's 500,000 residents by 2022, though as recently as 2014 it was illegal to grow food on residential lots in the city. Learn more at CNN.

The way we eat could lead to habitat loss for 17,000 species by 2050

Meat production requires a ton of land, and as more developing countries get richer and eat more meat as a result, we're looking at the demise of thousands of species over the next few decades unless we seriously cut back on the amount of meat we eat and change how we farm. Because of animal farming, experts say, our planet’s previously diverse animal population has largely been replaced with farmed livestock. Another huge part of the problem? the “cheap food paradigm,” wherein the price of a given food product is held above other considerations like environmental damage and poor human health. Read the rest at Vox.

We haven’t seen a quarter of known bee species since the 1990s

A study published in January reveals that in recent decades the number of bee species reported in the wild has declined globally. The sharpest decrease occurred between 2006 and 2015, with roughly 25% fewer species spotted. Though they may be lesser known, wild bees supplement the work of honeybees in managed hives and can help beekeepers mitigate potential losses when disease outbreaks decimate honeybee populations. Head to National Geographic for the details.

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