And now for something really gnu…
April 7, 2018
Some Good Bits: Does a fresh, new season inspire you to take some fresh, new action? Here are some of our fav fresh takes from this week: FitMenCook re-invented #TacoTuesday, Claro Restaurant in BK took a cool approach to a veggie cocktail, and The New Yorker has us feeling new appreciation for the many reinvented lives of one of our favorite proteins.
Read: So – Americans are getting fatter. Is that news? It’s not new news, but it remains an all-too-often-and-frequent topic of conversation. The alarming part of increasing obesity rates, in both adults and children is that we know better.
As Mark Bittman and David L. Katz recently wrote, “Really, we know how we should eat, but that understanding is continually undermined by hyperbolic headlines, internet echo chambers, and predatory profiteers all too happy to peddle purposefully addictive junk food and nutrition-limiting fad diets. Eating well remains difficult not because it’s complicated but because the choices are hard (ed. to make) even when they’re clear.”
Battling misconceptions is an ongoing, uphill battle for food. Eating the right foods can improve health, help to battle depression, and aid in weight loss. The most important factor to remember: when it comes to nutrition, what you eat matters more than any other single factor.
The good, the bad, & the ugly (in that order):
Read: Six billion Sbux cups hit landfills each year. Is that all Starbucks’ problem? They’re doing their part by shelling out cash to develop a better alternative to single-use cups. (Nevermind all the grocery bags and takeout containers we consume.) This is a project that’s no small feat – and goes beyond the materials used in production. There’s the issue of (in)consistency across recycling and composting centers. We’re talking things as simple as labeling; or, sadly, consumer, municipal and industry disinterest or misinformation. So… they’re working on it. In the meantime… and maybe for all time… use a recyclable vessel for your morning joe. Buy one of their branded cups or, if vanity isn’t important, BYOM!
“Thus, the single-use cup’s evolution to a more sustainable model becomes far more than an issue of design and innovation. ‘It’s not about getting the perfect cup,’ Senge says. ‘It’s about getting a whole lot of people working together in a way they really don’t work together.’ That means the onus is not only on Starbucks but also on consumers.”
Read: If Costco and Whole Foods (prior to the big merger) had an organic baby, it might go by the name of Thrive Market. Launched in 2014, Thrive has drawn a roster of high-caliber investors and grown to reach a massive audience with their natural and organic offerings at reduced costs. Now, they’re entering the meat game. Selling meat, poultry, and fish in curated bundles, while lowering prices for customers (by selling direct to consumers) AND providing more top line revenue for farmers and fishermen… which, in turn, offers more support for sustainable agriculture practices. Everybody wins!
> Thrive Market gets into perishables, wants to improve the way farmer and fishermen do business (ooph… long title, eh?)
Read: In 2014, Paris’ newly-elected mayor declared her intention to make Paris a greener city. With Parisculteurs, she’s done just that. Now businesses, politicians, and civilians alike are getting involved in developing greenspaces to be used for urban gardening. Hey, nobody said changing international food culture would be easy. But starting in one of the world’s largest cities is a step in the right direction. Bien fait, Paris!
AND… ONE LAST THING BEFORE WE GO…
> Drugs (and screens) are bad… mmmkay? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ srsly.
Also published on Medium.