Here are some of the best food stories we came across this week:
- Greenpeace Releases Its Fish Counter Scorecard – For the first time since the inception of Greenpeace’s Carting Away the Oceans ratings, two retailers actually received a “good” score for sustainable seafood practices: Safeway and Whole Foods Market. In last place was BI-LO/Winn-Dixie.
- USDA Ending Pathogen Testing for Produce Via Budget Cuts – The Microbiological Data Program that tests about 15,000 fruits and vegetables for E. coli and other dangerous pathogens will probably end in the fiscal year 2013. The Senate Appropriations Committee decided not to fund the $5 million program, which provides close to 90% of all bacterial pathogen data about produce.
- Californians Poised to Vote on Prop to Label All GMO Food – The Right-to-Know campaign has gathered enough signatures on its petitions to get a prop on the Nov. 6, 2012, ballot that would require manufacturers to label all foods containing GMO ingredients sold in California.
- Anti-Bottled Water WeTap App Finds Closest Water Fountains – As part of a commitment to stop landfills from overflowing with water bottles, Evelyn Wendel created an app that allows users to bookmark drinking fountains using GPS and Google Maps, rate the quality of the faucets, and share the news with other users.
- Study Details Which Countries Consume the Most Meat – The Economist reported that overall worldwide consumption of meat is on the rise. Surprisingly, the country that eats the most is not the U.S. (which came in second). Luxembourg leads the globe, at 136.5kg per person. India was last, at 3.2kg each.
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