FDA approves Impossible Burger sales at grocery stores

August 5, 2019 by  
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Fake meats have had a great year. Sales for artificial, plant-based and lab-grown meats have skyrocketed, and they are even predicted to surpass the meat industry in the next 20 years . But there’s one fake burger that shines above the rest: the Impossible Burger. Already sold at high-end restaurants around the world as well as major fast-food spots like Burger King and White Castle, the Impossible Burger tastes the most like real meat. It even has a blood-like substance called soy leghemoglobin, which received Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approval on July 31, which means Impossible Burgers are approved for sale in grocery stores starting September 4. The soy substance, generally called heme, was thought to be an allergen, but the FDA just deemed it safe for sale to customers in raw burgers. Meat products also contain an animal-based heme, which gives red meat its juicy flavor, texture and feel. The scientists behind the Impossible Burger have mimicked animal heme so closely that customers claim this burger is the closest thing to the real thing. Related: Impossible Foods tests a fish-less fish protein Impossible Foods, the creator of Impossible Burgers, will have to significantly ramp up its production to meet the demand of grocery stores around the country. Critics argue that the fake meat trend is just a fad and that it has yet to impact animal-based meat sales, but the expansion of the Impossible Burger and other Impossible Foods products might make enough waves to actually impact and disrupt the meat industry. Ninety-nine percent of all animal-based meat products consumed in the U.S. originate from factory farms with abusive animal conditions. The livestock and meat industry is also a major contributor to carbon emissions. Artificial meat products offer a solution for animal lovers and environmentalists. Impossible Foods also believes that with its top-notch recipe, it can even convert meat-lovers who want a guilt-free product without sacrificing taste. + Impossible Foods Via Gizmodo and Vox Image via Impossible Foods

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A native meadow green roof camouflages a low-impact Hamptons home

August 5, 2019 by  
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When a husband and wife purchased five acres of bluff top property overlooking the Peconic Bay in the Hamptons, they knew from the beginning that landscape preservation would be a major focus of their future home. To bring their vision of an environmentally sensitive residence to life, the couple turned to Mapos , a New York-based architectural studio that they had worked with previously. By treading lightly on the site, the architects crafted a modernist multigenerational family retreat—the Peconic House—that blends into its meadow setting with a lush green roof, Corten steel exterior and timber interior. Designed in part as a reaction against the “insensitive residential development…and reputation for showing off” that has characterized recent real estate development in the Hamptons , the Peconic House is a callback to the modernist legacy of Long Island’s South Fork. Featuring simple and low-slung proportions, the rectangular 4,000-square-foot shuns ostentatious displays and instead uses a roof of native meadow grasses to camouflage its appearance and minimize its impact on the watershed. The residence also embraces indoor/outdoor living with a 2,000-square-foot terrace that faces the Peconic Bay and culminates in a 75-foot-long infinity-edge lap pool. In positioning the building, the architects were careful to preserve the property’s existing vegetation—particularly a 70-foot-tall sycamore located at the center of the meadow. To relate the architecture to the old-growth forest, the architects relied on a predominately timber palette that includes cedar and reclaimed ipe wood that are complemented by concrete and Corten steel. All materials are left unfinished and will develop a natural patina over time. Related: The Beach Box is the First Hamptons Home Built With Recycled Shipping Containers! Inside the open-plan living area “further abstracts the bluff-top landscape, with unfinished cedar and reclaimed white oak,” note the architects. The blurring of indoors and out are also achieved with 100-foot-long walls of glass that slide open and seamlessly unite the indoor living spaces with the outdoor terrace. The cantilevered roof helps block unwanted solar gain and supports a thriving green roof of native grasses that promote biodiversity. + Studio Mapos Via ArchDaily Images by Michael Moran

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We Earthlings: Burger Wisely, If You Burger At All

July 16, 2019 by  
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What connects us all? Nature and our shared relationships through … The post We Earthlings: Burger Wisely, If You Burger At All appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Meatless burger that cooks, smells, and bleeds like beef previews in San Francisco

June 23, 2016 by  
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Impossible Foods has perfected a juicy, bleeding, meatless hamburger that mimics beef down to its distinct aroma – and they just debuted the revolutionary vegan patty in San Francisco. Engineered to evoke the taste, smell, and cooking reactions of beef, this food innovation could change family cookouts forever. Impossible Foods founder Patrick Brown told The Wall Street Journal , “The whole mission of this company is to make eating animals unnecessary. So, we don’t want our product to just be delicious, we want it to be as delicious as meat.” Now you can have a juicy, bleeding, meatless burger – and eat it, too. Impossible Foods hit the headlines last year for reaching over $108 million in investments , and the final total is estimated to be around $183 million today. A shining reputation helped Patrick Brown, co-founder of plant-based cheese company Kite Hill , attract investors – including Bill Gates – to his new endeavor. Research and development has been underway in an unassuming Silicon Valley laboratory for over five years, and the fruits, er, proteins of their labor are finally ready for the public. Related: Plant-based burger company receives huge $108 million investment San Francisco haunt Jardinière featured the plant-based patty in a pop-up event where it was topped with avocado, caramelized onion, vegan dijonnaise, and served on a potato bun. The burger itself is a product of sophisticated engineering. Coconut oil lends to the juiciness while it cooks (did we mention the patties are purchased raw and cooked up like traditional hamburgers?) and potato compounds create a familiar crisp when prepared. A molecule from honeydew melon creates the mouth-watering aroma akin to grilled meat. Impossible Foods doesn’t plan on stopping at a few, select pop-up events. Because beef production requires more resource input than the final product and is a main culprit in environmental devastation, Brown argues we need to find alternatives, and soon. The Impossible burger gives us an alternative that is both tasty and conscientious. + Impossible Foods Via San Francisco Eater Images via Impossible Foods

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Burger King’s Horse Meat Scandal is a Whopper to Rein in

February 1, 2013 by  
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Burger King image, Shutterstock Residents of the United Kingdom are outraged following Burger King’s timid announcement that trace amounts of horse DNA were found in meat at its production plant, and the scandal is proving to be a whopper to rein in. Previously believed to be spared the recent embarrassment faced by various UK retailers such as Tesco that were forced to pull their burgers from shelves, Burger King announced on Thursday night that there “very small trace levels” of horse DNA were discovered in their meat processed at the Silvercrest plant in Ireland. Social media sites have since been inundated with a fiery outcry. Read the rest of Burger King’s Horse Meat Scandal is a Whopper to Rein in Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ABP Food group , burger king , Environment , fast food , food and health , horse DNA , horse meat scandal , Ireland , News , rein in Burger King horse meat scandal , silvercrest , UK , whopper

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Burger King image, Shutterstock Residents of the United Kingdom are outraged following Burger King’s timid announcement that trace amounts of horse DNA were found in meat at its production plant, and the scandal is proving to be a whopper to rein in. Previously believed to be spared the recent embarrassment faced by various UK retailers such as Tesco that were forced to pull their burgers from shelves, Burger King announced on Thursday night that there “very small trace levels” of horse DNA were discovered in their meat processed at the Silvercrest plant in Ireland. Social media sites have since been inundated with a fiery outcry. Read the rest of Burger King’s Horse Meat Scandal is a Whopper to Rein in Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ABP Food group , burger king , Environment , fast food , food and health , horse DNA , horse meat scandal , Ireland , News , rein in Burger King horse meat scandal , silvercrest , UK , whopper

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Brazilian Fast-Food Chain Cuts Waste By Serving Up Burgers Wrapped In Edible Paper

December 17, 2012 by  
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A Brazilian fast-food chain has introduced a clever solution for customers tired of having to unwrap their hamburger before eating it: edible packaging . As part of a marketing campaign designed to position their burgers as literally irresistible and reduce paper waste headed for the landfill, a restaurant chain called “Bob’s” recently experimented with a burger wrapping made from edible paper.  According to PSFK , the campaign was so successful that not a single customer threw away the wrappings, which meant a lot less trash to haul out to the dumpster. I’m sure you’re wondering exactly what this so-called edible packaging is made from and what it tastes like. Unfortunately, those details are a little hard to find.  Comunicadores  reports that agency NBS created the packaging, and that the specially wrapped burgers were only available in Bob’s restaurants for a limited time. Most edible papers are made from sugar or rice, so its conceivable that those ingredients also come into play with the NBS packaging. As you’ll see in the video it’s possible to apply condiments and stuff the burger in your mouth wrappings and all, so it can’t taste that bad. Although the gastrointestinal wisdom of eating an unwrapped hamburger is questionable, there’s no denying that this type of packaging could be great for the environment. Remember when public pressure forced major fast food chains to abandon Styrofoam boxes for the paper wrap and paperboard boxes used today? While it’s better for the environment, paper packaging still come with a huge carbon footprint and creates mountains of unnecessary waste. Edible packaging is biodegradable and compostable, reducing the amount of litter that must be carted off to the landfill. via DesignTaxi

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A Brazilian fast-food chain has introduced a clever solution for customers tired of having to unwrap their hamburger before eating it: edible packaging . As part of a marketing campaign designed to position their burgers as literally irresistible and reduce paper waste headed for the landfill, a restaurant chain called “Bob’s” recently experimented with a burger wrapping made from edible paper.  According to PSFK , the campaign was so successful that not a single customer threw away the wrappings, which meant a lot less trash to haul out to the dumpster. I’m sure you’re wondering exactly what this so-called edible packaging is made from and what it tastes like. Unfortunately, those details are a little hard to find.  Comunicadores  reports that agency NBS created the packaging, and that the specially wrapped burgers were only available in Bob’s restaurants for a limited time. Most edible papers are made from sugar or rice, so its conceivable that those ingredients also come into play with the NBS packaging. As you’ll see in the video it’s possible to apply condiments and stuff the burger in your mouth wrappings and all, so it can’t taste that bad. Although the gastrointestinal wisdom of eating an unwrapped hamburger is questionable, there’s no denying that this type of packaging could be great for the environment. Remember when public pressure forced major fast food chains to abandon Styrofoam boxes for the paper wrap and paperboard boxes used today? While it’s better for the environment, paper packaging still come with a huge carbon footprint and creates mountains of unnecessary waste. Edible packaging is biodegradable and compostable, reducing the amount of litter that must be carted off to the landfill. via DesignTaxi

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Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards

December 17, 2012 by  
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If you drive a Ford C-Max or a Ford Fusion Hybrid , you might want to double check the fuel economy of your car. Two of Ford’s hybrids, the C-Max and the Fusion, fell short of fuel economy targets when tested by Consumer Reports , said the Detroit automaker on Friday. But Ford isn’t shying away from this potentially embarrassing issue, saying that it wants to work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the way it determines fuel efficiency, claiming that the current testing methods leave too much to chance and produce erratic results. Read the rest of Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Consumer Reports blows whistle on Ford hybrids , environmental protection agency , EPA testing methods for fuel economy , Ford C-MAX , ford fusion , Ford hybrid vehicles , Ford hybrid vehicles fall short of EPA targets , miles per gallon , Raj Nair , vehicle fuel economy , vehicle fuel efficiency , vehicle fuel performance

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Burger King goes cage-free: What it means for egg suppliers

April 25, 2012 by  
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In a move that could grow the market for cage-free eggs, Burger King is pledging to switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2017. It also plans to eliminate gestation crates for breeding pigs.

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