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5@5: Lockdown habits reduce food waste | Kroger private-label packaging goes sustainable

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August 18, 2020

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Lockdown, leftovers and how food frugality is a climate boon

Emerging surveys show that food waste was significantly lowered in the months following pandemic-related lockdown orders. Consumers have leveled up their meal planning efforts, are shopping for food less and learning to cook; these new habits are likely to stick around, which has brands and retailers rushing to conform to the new at-home cooking norm. Food waste is responsible for 8% of greenhouse gases, which is similar to the contribution of road transportation. Read more at Reuters...

 

Kroger to migrate all Our Brands products to sustainable packaging

Kroger's Our Brands private-label portfolio will now implement 100% recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging by 2030. The company has also committed to reduce its absolute enterprisewide greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in the same time frame. Read more at Supermarket News

 

USDA proposes tighter organic standards

USDA is considering tightening up requirements for organic food and beverage products in addition to strengthening fraud detection according to a news release from the organization.The new rule would require organic operations to develop an organic fraud protection plan and conduct a vulnerability assessment for maximum effectiveness. Read more at Food Processing

 

Company fined for importing sweetener US says was made with Chinese prison labor

A Chicago-based company has been fined $575,000 for importing at least 20 shipments of stevia powder and derivatives from China that were likely manufactured using forced labor. Federal law has banned the import of items made by forced labor, which includes indentured child labor and convict labor, since 1930. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.…

 

Researchers find every human tissue tested can absorb microplastics

A new study shows that microplastics, in addition to being extremely damaging to the environment, can be absorbed into human organs and tissue. Scientists are concerned that the nonbiodegradable materials will accumulate to unsafe levels in human tissues because the health effects of this are unknown and probably risky. Read more at Science Focus

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