GoodNews of the Week
A handful of good food news to get you through the final stretch of the week:
Less Happy Meals Means More Healthy Meals.
While McDonald’s remains the dominant force in the fast food world, they are steadily falling out of favor with American consumers. In fact, of 610 Americans questioned on their fast food habits, half said they ate at McDonalds far less than they did just 5 years ago. Even if McDonalds shifts towards antibiotic-free and cage free chickens and starts serving all day breakfast, this consumer report suggests that McDonald’s problems stem from “a shifting public awareness of healthful eating,” and won’t be solved easily.
Good News for Chipotle Lovers.
The bad news is that, “most meat served by America’s top chain restaurants comes from animals raised in industrial-scale facilities where they are routinely fed antibiotics.” The good news is that some fast casual favorites are raising the bar on ethical animal policies. Both Panera and Chipotle are committed to serving meat from animals not treated by antibiotics. But beware of favorites like Starbucks, Subway, Domino's, and 16 others that all received big fat F’s for their antibiotics and sourcing policies.
Millennials are Paving a Greener Road for the Future of Food.
The number of younger consumers who regularly consume vegetarian or vegan meals is 45%, as compared to a mere 30% amongst older consumers. This trend has paved the way for shelves stocked and menus lined with more vegetarian and vegan options. In fact, if brands intend to stay relevant in the coming years, they can expect to adapt to the new value standards of nutrition, transparency, and conscious capitalism championed by millennial consumers.
One Step Closer to Ending Monsanto’s Food Control.
California’s Environmental Protection Agency is moving towards a decision that will require Monsanto to add a new label to their herbicide Roundup. That’s because Roundup contains glyphosate, a chemical recognized by the World Health Organization as a “probable carcinogenic.” In alignment with Prop 65—a regulation that has been in place since the 1980’s mandating that chemical companies must label products that are known to cause birth defects or cancer—Monsanto will need to add a cancer warning to this spray.
Giant Fans Might Be Our Next Best Defense Against Climate Change.
A British Columbia based company backed by Bill Gates has developed an air-capture plant designed to capture atmospheric CO2. Previously a task accomplished only by trees, this plant is actually 1000 times more effective than trees at capturing the less concentrated CO2 produced by transportation pollution. And to boot, unlike trees, these giant fans can convert captured CO2 to fuel and can be built on land that can’t be cultivated.