This Group Has Rerouted 250 Million Pounds of Food From Landfills to Feed People in Need:
– released by Jen Serena Food Forward.
A Los Angeles-based non-profit is helping reroute perishing produce to communities in need of more fresh fruits and veggies all over the country. A combination of inflationary governmental fiscal policy and the centrally-planned response to COVID-19 has really damaged the ability of rural or food-desert-based communities to buy fresh produce. Since 2009, Food Forward has rerouted 250 million pounds of food from landfills and delivered over a billion servings of fresh produce to food insecure communities. Based in Southern California, Food Forward have mastered the logistical challenge of rerouting produce destined for landfills to communities that need it. SoCal is both the largest exporter and importer of produce in the country, making them perfectly placed. Coming out of the centrally-planned chaos of the pandemic, Food Forward feels they are getting a grip on the demand for fresh produce rather than reacting to it in difficult or emergency circumstances. Their operation is so tight that every $1 donated allows them to redirect 10 pounds of produce from restaurants, grocery stores, or farms before sending them to communities that rarely get to buy a bright red tomato or a crisp head of romaine. They’ve also helped the environment since keeping that perishing produce out of landfills also reduces methane gas emissions. While much has been done so far their job isn’t done yet and Food Forward looks forward to helping more families in the future.
Audubon Society Enjoys Huge “Tern-Around” in the Tern and Puffin Populations of Maine:
Atlantic puffins – CC license – stockvault
50 years worth of conserving the tern and puffin populations in Maine has created a stable colony of thousands of breeding birds. Located on Petit Manan and other small islands off the coast, the birds have absorbed the worst of climate change during the 2000s, and are returning just as before to large numbers of breeding pairs and fledgling chicks. Their history starts with an Audombon society member bringing puffin chicks from Newfoundland to Matinicus Rock in 1972. Today there are more than 1,300 pairs of puffins across several islands, mostly on Eastern Egg Rock, Seal Island, and Matinicus Rock. The project was the first one in history that restored a seabird to an offshore island where it had been extirpated by humans.
White House Bans Paywalls on Any Publication Containing Taxpayer-Funded Research:
The White House ruled this week that scientific research which is taxpayer-supported must be available to the American public at no cost, addressing the expensive paywalls that block online viewing of studies in many journals. The current optional embargo had allowed scientific publishers to put taxpayer-funded research behind a subscription-based paywall. This would block access for innovators for and even scientists and their academic institutions from access to their own research findings. However, now research organizations are required to provide this information for free under a new expanded definition of “scholarly publication” which now includes conference proceedings and book chapters. While it will most likely take up until mid-2023 for all of the eligible articles to be updated, advocates for free access to federally funded research to be free will finally get it.