Here are some of the best food stories we came across this week:
- Whole Foods Tests Color-Coded Labels Indicating Healthfulness – Whole Foods is testing a color-coding system designed to inform consumers whether the product they’re buying is healthful, with green stickers that progress to yellow and orange. Unhealthy foods will not receive a label. The criteria includes: sugars and sweeteners, sodium, whole grains/level of grain processing, animal product content, percentage of calories from saturated fat, and calorie density.
- Will Farming’s Future Be Found in Cities? – A host of vertical farms — urban greenhouses that unfurl upward instead of horizontally on land — are up and running in the U.S. and overseas, providing fresh produce and reducing emissions. There’s a 12-story building going up in Sweden, where plants will travel on tracks from the top floor to the bottom. In Chicago there’s The Plant, a former slaughterhouse where vegetables grow on floating rafts, nourished by waste from nearby fish tanks. Continue reading