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Category Archives: Food and Nutrition

‘Forever Chemicals’ Found In Chesapeake Seafood And Maryland Drinking Water

Chesapeake Bay Journal – “More testing has found so-called “forever chemicals” in a striped bass, blue crab and oyster from the Chesapeake Bay, as well as in drinking water from household taps in Maryland’s Montgomery County. Laboratory analyses released by the nonprofit group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility detected 16 different per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances,… Continue Reading

Plastic Pollution: 2020 Edition

Pace Environmental Law Review: “Throughout its “lifecycle,” plastic poses major risks to environmental and human health,affecting “terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric environments.” Health-harming toxins released from raw materials extraction (i.e., oil and natural gas); refinement- and production-associated air pollution; toxins inhaled or ingested through microplastics; and food chain contamination are some of the many plastic-associated public… Continue Reading

FDA Releases New Outbreak Investigation Table

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is committed to transparency and keeping the public and stakeholders informed of our work upholding the safety of our food supply. As part of this continued commitment, today we are releasing a new tool to communicate foodborne illness outbreak information frequently and as soon as the FDA begins an… Continue Reading

Are ‘Edible Landscapes’ the Future of Public Parks?

Smithsonian Magazine – Green spaces planted with fruits, veggies and herbs are sprouting across the globe, and the bounty is meant to share – “Imagine strolling through an urban public park, admiring the trees and flowers. Your stomach starts to rumble. You reach up and pluck a few greengage plums from the tree overhead, and… Continue Reading

Pet Food Pantries by State

Alley Cat Allies is Working to Keep Cats Fed and Cared for During the COVID-19 Crisis. Information will be updated regularly as this crisis unfolds. “Need assistance with food for cats and dogs for whom you care? Here is a compiled state-by-state directory of animal food banks you can try. Many of them have lifted… Continue Reading

How to Join a Community Garden

LifeHacker – “Gardening has always had its fair share of fans, but it’s another example of an activity—like baking, knitting, and doing puzzles—that has taken off even more since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Not only do some people find it relaxin; gardening also has mood-boosting and mental health benefits. Plus, at a time when everything… Continue Reading

The Potential Role Of Open Data In Mitigating The COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges And Opportunities

Health Affairs: “The scale and diffuse impact of the global 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetime. As of October 23, 2020, less than a year into the pandemic, there have been more than 41.7 million cases and more than one million deaths globally. Without a vaccine or widespread treatment access, the… Continue Reading

Covid Superspreader Risk Is Linked to Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels

Nature – “How to stop restaurants from driving COVID infections – US mobile data suggests restaurants, gyms and cafes can be covid hotspots — and reveals strategies for limiting spread. In cities worldwide, coronavirus outbreaks have been linked to restaurants, cafes and gyms. Now, a new model using mobile-phone data to map people’s movements suggests… Continue Reading

Where Did Trump Get the Idea That Americans Have the Cleanest Water?

Slate – “It was overshadowed among Donald Trump’s other outrageous claims in Thursday’s debate, but once again the president asserted that Americans enjoy the cleanest water in the world. “We have done an incredible job environmentally, we have the cleanest air, the cleanest water, and the best carbon emission standards that we’ve seen in many,… Continue Reading

How to safely and graciously host friends and family as the weather gets colder

Washington Post – “…For inspiration, we might look to Nordic countries, where the combination of cold temperatures and shorter days is part of the circle of life. In Stockholm, friends still meet often to take brisk walks in the woods in January, when the sun sets before 3 p.m. “Meeting outdoors, even when it’s cold,… Continue Reading