We Throw Food Away All the Time, But We Don’t Have To
A new law just passed in France has got us thinking about alternatives.
France has just passed a law that requires large supermarkets to have contracts with charity groups as a means of giving away their food waste, rather than throwing it out. The law, which had been stalled after a procedural holdup earlier this year, also puts an end to the practice of pouring bleach over unsold food before throwing it out.
France’s new legislation seems like a big step forward in a world struggling to achieve a more sustainable future. One can’t help but wonder whether these sorts of measures will become more of a necessity rather than a luxury. Landfills can only hold so much, and they can only decompose so quickly.
The way that you think about stress can actually transform the effect that it has on you – and others.
- Stress is contagious, and the higher up in an organization you are the more your stress will be noticed and felt by others.
- Kelly McGonigal teaches "Reset your mindset to reduce stress" for Big Think Edge.
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Three scientists publish paper proving that not Venus but Mercury is the closest planet to Earth
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbour must be planet two of four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
- Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbour is... Mercury!
The blood of horseshoe crabs is harvested on a massive scale in order to retrieve a cell critical to medical research. However, recent innovations might make this practice obsolete.
- Horseshoe crabs' blue blood is so valuable that a quart of it can be sold for $15,000.
- This is because it contains a molecule that is crucial to the medical research community.
- Today, however, new innovations have resulted in a synthetic substitute that may end the practice of farming horseshoe crabs for their blood.
The distance between the American dream and reality is expressed best through literature.
- Literature expands our ability to feel empathy and inspires compassion.
- These ten novels tackle some facet of the American experience.
- The list includes a fictional retelling of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard and hiding out in inner city Newark.
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