Halved, pre-peeled packaged avocados reveal wasteful packaging at its worst

January 18, 2017 by  
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Just when you thought food packaging couldn’t get more wasteful, along come pre-peeled, halved Hass avocados . Sealed in plastic and cardboard, the avocados sell for around $3 a piece. California-based Calavo Growers are peddling the fruit encased in packaging to whomever can’t take an extra two seconds to cut one open with a knife, and there’s no sign they plan to stop selling them. No, Avocado Halves aren’t a prank, and no, they’re not Photoshopped. Twitter user Eric Huang posted a picture of the avocado halves, saying, “Lazy? Party of 1? Your #avocado is ready.” Even better evidence can be found right on Calavo’s website , where the company brags they sell “fresh refrigerated guacamole, avocado halves, and pulp” in “tubs, pails, pouches, canisters, singles, and easy squeeze options.” They also offer nutritional information for the avocado halves – which are packaged to not go brown but must be refrigerated – as well as information on how their products can possibly keep fresh for as long as 90 days via Ultra-High Pressure. Related: Whole Foods orange packaging megafail breaks the Internet Calavo says they place their products under about 87,000 psi of pressure with Ultra-High Pressure technology, a process that doesn’t require flavor-damaging heat and is better than cold pasteurization, according to the company. Grocery stores say the avocados are intended for people who have trouble telling how ripe an avocado is – a problem, to be sure, but is it one that really needed to be solved with more waste? Each package of Calavo’s Avocado Halves contains a single avocado, that was once packaged in a perfectly good compostable , waste-free peel. Although consumers have complained – one wondered if it would take more time to open the packaging than to simply cut open the fruit – few grocery stores have shown signs of pulling the product from their shelves. Via Gizmodo Images via Eric Huang on Twitter and Pixabay

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Obama spends $500 million on climate change before Trump takes office

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With mere days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, President Barack Obama has made one final move to help tackle climate change . The U.S. Department of State announced yesterday they’ve given a $500 million grant to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). That $500 million is just part of a $3 billion commitment, one many people fear Trump won’t honor. The GCF enjoyed worldwide support from 194 governments when it was founded back in 2010 to help developing countries reduce emissions and adjust to climate change, and fight a global temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius . In 2014 the United States committed to investing $3 billion to the fund. The new $500 million adds to an additional $500 million granted last year, leaving America still $2 billion short of their pledge even as a climate change denier is slated to take office. Related: Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding Trump said he’d defund global climate action , including the GCF, during his campaign; the GCF is helping carry out the Paris agreement . However, it doesn’t matter if Trump blusters over this $500 million – he’s not getting it back. President Obama was able to dodge a Republican-filled Congress to send the money to GCF by using executive power to draw the money from the state department. A movement of almost 100,000 people called for the president to transfer the full $2.5 billion to the GCF, but leaders of the movement are still calling the $500 million a victory. Tamar Lawrence-Samuel, Associate Research Director for Corporate Accountability International , told The Guardian, “The Obama administration is refusing to let President-elect Trump’s posse of oil barons and climate deniers dictate how the world responds to the climate crisis. This victory is the climate justice movement’s opening salvo to the Trump presidency. And we’re not going away.” Via The Guardian and Grist Images via Ash Carter on Flickr and IIP Photo Archive on Flickr

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