As you will learn in this week’s Food List, it’s important we search for plant-based compostable material that can degrade in our own backyards, and not pollute our soil and watersheds.

As Grist reports, while you’re probably eager to find alternatives to land-filling packaging, don’t be fooled by marketing schemes of “compostable” and “biodegradable.”

OSC² identifies packaging as the “Achilles heel” of our food system and gathers progressive business leaders to tackle the problem.

From the homefront, Susie Wyshak of FoodStarter shares with us her quest for sustainable packaging and some tips to keep in mind to lower our carbon footprint.

Civil Eats outlines the external costs of many typical packages and motivates us to demand better alternatives.

Chef Kelsie Kerr applies an alternative and thinks outside the box at her Standard Fare Kitchen and Pantry in the Bay Area. Alter Eco takes us on a journey in understanding what it means to be an eco-friendly food producer for flora, fauna, and fields. And In.gredients are pioneering the possible and pursuing zero waste as a food retailer in Austin.

Learn how you can lower your carbon footprint and practice reducing your waste with these three simple lifestyle tips.

This week's terms


"To respect Mother Earth. Respect the land. Learn from the animals. When foraging, always leave something behind for whoever comes next. In this way, you're sure to find something when you come back."

External Costs

Health, social, and environmental costs constitute external costs. We pay for these through our taxes, through higher healthcare rates, and through pollution to the environment. 

Carbon Footprint

"'Carbon footprint refers to the quantity of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere during the life cycle of any product or activity and is expressed in terms of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-e). For food items, the major activities included are production phase (cultivation of crops, fruits, etc. rearing of animals), processing, distribution, sales and sometimes to consumption.
Carbon footprints basically represent the GHG intensity of any activity and hence indicates contribution of any activity to global warming. Originally this term was derived from the concept of ‘Ecological Footprint’ and exclusively was concerned with CO2. But, it has evolved with a potential role as GHG intensity indicator. Therefore, now days, carbon footprints considers all significant GHGs including CO2."


Composting is the process of aerobically decomposing a diverse mix of organic materials.  

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