The Breakdown: May 28th

A selection of notable publications on sustainability, climate change, organics recycling, and soil nutrition brought to you by Full Circle Environmental. As innovators in organics recycling, we want to help our friends and partners stay informed about the topics that motivate us every day. 

From trash to treasure: Upcycled food waste is worth $46.7B

A new study from Future Marketing Insights using data published by Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data found that food waste is a booming business worth $46.7 billion in 2019 and has an expected CAGR of 5% for the next 10 years.

The beverage industry in both North America and Europe are poised to see the most lucrative growth from new diversion techniques and interest in rejected fruits that, although too cosmetically damaged for retail sale, are still nutritionally valuable when processed. Mango peels, for instance, contain a high amount of pectin and can be used in jams and jellies.
Bakery is the second ripest segment to take advantage of food waste as it looks to utilize nutritious and gluten-free flours from alternative sources that are also cost-effective.

For decades, American consumers have been trained to "eat with their eyes," but the trend appears to be shifting. While a recent survey from The Harris Poll showed that 81% of respondents said appearance is at least somewhat important to their produce purchase decisions, 62% of consumers also said they would be at least somewhat comfortable eating "ugly produce."

Continue reading on Food Dive.

How Hope and Doubt Affect Climate Change Mobilization

The severe threats posed by anthropogenic climate change make hope and a sense of efficacy key ingredients in effective climate communication. Yet little is known about what makes individuals hopeful–or in contrast, doubtful–that humanity can reduce the problem, or how hope relates to activism. This study uses mixed-methods with two national surveys to (1) identify what makes people hopeful or doubtful that humanity will address the problem (Study 1, N = 674), and (2) whether hopeful and doubtful appraisals are related to activism or policy support (Study 2, N = 1,310). 

Read more on Frontiers.

Researchers outline vision for profitable climate change solution

A relatively simple process could help turn the tide of climate change while also turning a healthy profit. That's one of the hopeful visions outlined in a new Stanford-led paper that highlights a seemingly counterintuitive solution: converting one greenhouse gas into another.

The study, published in Nature Sustainability on May 20, describes a potential process for converting the extremely potent greenhouse gas methane into carbon dioxide, which is a much less potent driver of global warming. The idea of intentionally releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere may seem surprising, but the authors argue that swapping methane for carbon dioxide is a significant net benefit for the climate.

Keep reading on Phys.org.

Urban farmers transform Vancouver lawns into vegetable gardens

An innovative urban farm in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighborhood is going even more hyper-local than a farmers' market by growing carrots and kale on the very blocks its customers live on.

Elana Evans, an urban farmer, along with her business partner Maddy Clerk, run City Beet Farm. The organization converts regular yards — in the front or the back — into vegetable plots. 

In exchange for the use of the land, each homeowner gets a share of the vegetables grown on the plots. City Beet Farm sells the excess produce through a vegetable box program which runs during the summer months from June to October.

Read more on CBC.CA.

Terracycle's Loop launches with P&G, Kroger, Walgreens on board

Loop, the "circular shopping platform" developed by recycling company TerraCycle, launched its e-commerce site this week and announced Kroger and Walgreens as founding retail partners at a press conference in New York.

The list of vendors that have now developed multi-use packaging designed to be purchased, returned (via UPS), cleaned, refilled and resold has grown to roughly 25. That includes founding vendors Unilever, Mars, Nestle and PepsiCo, as well as new additions Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble. Products currently listed on the Loop site require a $1 to $5 deposit for the package. Users will send packaging back to Loop to be cleaned via a partnership with UPS. 

Read more on Waste Dive.

‘Now I Am Speaking to the Whole World.’ How Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Got Everyone to Listen

“Can you hear me?” Greta Thunberg asks the 150 members and advisers in the U.K. Houses of Parliament. She taps the microphone as if to check if it’s on, but the gesture is meant as a rebuke; she’s asking if they’re listening. She asks again later in her speech. “Did you hear what I just said? Is my English O.K.? Is my microphone on? Because I’m beginning to wonder.” There is laughter, but it’s unclear if it’s amused or awkward. Thunberg is not smiling. She’s here to talk climate; a catastrophe is looming, her generation will bear it, and she knows whom to blame. “You did not act in time,” she declares.

Castigating the powerful has become routine for the 16-year-old. In December, she addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland; in January she berated billionaires at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Her London speech was the last stop of a tour that included meeting the Pope. (“Continue to work, continue,” he told her, ending with, “Go along, go ahead.” It was an exhortation, not a dismissal.)

Keep reading in TIME.
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