(We Don't Like Boiled Ribs...No Good Experiences There..Sorry Dave!- GI)
Seven national fast food chains agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches. Washington's Attorney General signed binding agreements with McDonald's, Auntie Anne's, Arby's, Carl's Jr., Jimmy John's, Cinnabon and Buffalo Wild Wings, noting chains that don't follow suit will be sued by the state, reported Business Insider.
(Has This Really Been A Problem With The Industry..Poor Pimple Faced Kids Can't Switch Jobs?- GI)
A lawsuit seeking class action status contends Canada Dry Ginger Ale is falsely labeled as being made from real ginger. The suit alleges Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. and Dr. Pepper/Seven Up Inc. committed common law fraud, deceit and/or misrepresentation as the product is made only with a "miniscule amount" of a ginger flavor extract, reported Legal Newsline.
(No Ginger? Really? Guess What There's No Cocaine in Coke Either!- GI)
The U.S. will be able to export sheep and goat products to Japan for the first time in 17 years, according to USDA. The exports will be allowed following Japan's finalization of technical requirements for import processes.
(It's About Time... It's Been A B-a-a-a-a-D 17 Years!- GI)
Certain types of dairy fat may help guard against severe stroke, according to research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The researchers found people with higher fatty acid levels, suggesting higher consumption of whole-fat dairy products, had a 42% lower risk of dying from stroke, reported ScienceDaily.
(DRINK YOUR MILK- EAT THAT ICE CREAM- SPREAD THE BUTTER FOLKS!- GI)
The Organic Consumers Association filed a lawsuit against Ben & Jerry's Homemade for deceptive labeling, marketing and sale. The organization claims Unilever uses conventional sourcing and has contributed to a water pollution crisis in Vermont despite advertising that it is committed to a clean environment and high animal welfare standards, which the group argues fosters brand loyalty and allows the company to charge a premium.
(Liberal Wing Wangs Suing Liberal Wing Wangs!- GI)
PepsiCo launched The Hive, an innovation group for its emerging products. PepsiCo's CEO noted its scale can cause issues for the company's smaller brands, and The Hive will look to nurture its promising new products, reported Beverage Daily.
(We Hear There's Quite A Buzz About This!- GI)
A natural compound found in red raspberries may help improve vascular function in the short term, according to a study in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Participants showed significant improved blood flow to the heart two hours after consuming a red raspberry drink.
(So If You Have No Aspirin..Go Eat A Pint Of Raspberries!- GI)
A planned class action lawsuit alleges the Campbell Soup Co. deceptively markets its canned soup products as containing no preservatives. The plaintiffs argue the "no preservatives added" claim is contradicted by the use of citric acid and/or abscorbic acid, rendering the label misleading, reported Legal Newsline.
(The World Has Gone Lawsuit Crazy!- GI)
A lawsuit alleges Good Health's snack products misrepresent nutritional and health qualities. The suit, which seeks class action status, claims Utz Quality Foods LLC, Good Health Natural Products Inc. and fellow defendants misrepresent the vegetable content in Good Health Extra Goodness products, reported Legal Newsline.
(More Wing Wangs Suing Wing Wangs- GI)
Micro-shopping trips are becoming increasingly common thanks to grocery services that offer online ordering and in-store pick-up. The trips, defined as shopping experiences that take less than five minutes, can result in higher-proportioned revenue as shoppers make split-second purchase decisions, reported Forbes.
(Cool-At some point in time there will be no lines at the Wal-mart Cashier Lines! GI)
Amazon will feature discounted strawberries, chicken breasts and cod fillets at Whole Foods Market during its Prime day event. The company will offer Prime members $10 to spend online during Prime Day if they buy at least $10 of groceries at a Whole Foods store July 11 to 17, reported The Seattle Times.
(Time To Stock Up On Cod!- GI)
American Airlines plans to stop using plastic straws and drink stirs and replace them with biodegradable alternatives. Starting in August, its airport lounges will serve drinks with straw and wood stir sticks and begin moving to what it called eco-friendly flatware. In November, on board planes will replace plastic stir sticks with ones made from bamboo, reported The Seattle Times.
(Straws Are The Biggest Joke Stories of 2018- SEE BELOW STARBUCKS STORY! - GI)
Southwest Airlines will stop giving away peanuts on flights in August. The company is pulling peanuts from all flights because of concern for peanut allergies and will be replaced by pretzels and, on some longer flights, other free snacks, reported Portland Press Herald.
(This Pisses Us Off! We Are Going To Boycott! - GI)
Breakfast cereals may lose potential cancer-fighting compounds during processing, according to a study published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. The study found that phenolic acids, which are present in corn, are removed during processing. The researchers found that dry-milling could be a way to increase phenolic acids in such products, reported Newsweek.
(Does This Include Fruit Loops? -GI)
Amazon's mere presence in the meal-kit market has already fundamentally altered it. Subscription services are adding celebrity spokesmodels, catering to specialized diets and promising customers everything from 30-minute meal prep to curbing heart disease. Meal kits are also now available in supermarkets and drug stores, according to CNBC.
(Amazon Is In To Everything! Is There No End?-GI)
A wild banana species from Madagascar may be the key to defeating the fungal Panama disease, which threatens to wipe out the commercially-available Cavendish variety, according to researchers. Scientists hope to save and replenish the Malagasy variety, of which there are only five mature trees remaining, and create a hybrid between the two varieties, reported Yahoo! News
(We Must Have Our Bananas! God Let's Hope This Works! GI)
Savory foods may promote healthy eating through effects on the brain, according to a study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The study found that those who consumed a broth or soup supplemented with monosodium glutamate had a decreased appetite and lower food intake shortly after consumption of the broth, especially amongst women, reported ScienceDaily.
(Alcoholic Drinks Also Affect The Brain-GI)
(NOW CHECK THIS OUT! SHOWS HOW STUPID THE STRAW ISSUE IS!!!-GI)
Starbucks Bans Plastic Straws, Winds Up Using More Plastic
A Reason.com investigation reveals that the coffee giant's new cold drink lids use more plastic than the old straw/lid combo.
2018 will forever be remembered as the year that hating plastic straws went mainstream. Once the lonely cause of environmental cranks, now everyone wants to eliminate these suckers from daily life.
In July, Seattle imposed America's first ban on plastic straws. Vancouver, British Columbia, passed a similar ban a few months earlier. There are active attempts to prohibit straws in New York City, Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco. A-list celebrities from Calvin Harris to Tom Brady have lectured us on giving up straws. Both National Geographic and The Atlantic have run long profiles on the history and environmental effects of the straw. Vice is now treating their consumption as a dirty, hedonistic excess.
Not to be outdone by busybody legislators, Starbucks, the nation's largest food and drink retailer, announced on Monday that it would be going strawless.
"This is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways," said Starbucks Kevin Johnson CEO in a press release announcing the move.
The coffee giant says that by 2020 it hopes to have eliminated all single-use plastic straws at its 28,000 stores worldwide. It will now top all its cold drinks with fancy new strawless lids that the company currently serves with its cold brew nitro coffees. (Frappuccinos will still be served with a compostable or paper straw.)
As is to be expected, Starbucks' decision was greeted with universal adulation.
The World Wildlife Fund and Ocean Conservancy both provided ebullient quotes for Starbucks' press releases. Liberal magazine The New Republic praised the move as an "environmental milestone." Slate hailed the Starbucks straw ban as evidence of as a victory for a bona fide anti-straw movement, one that would hopefully lead to bans of more things plastic in years to come.
Yet missing from this fanfare was the inconvenient fact that by ditching plastic straws, Starbucks will actually be increasing its plastic use. As it turns out, the new nitro lids that Starbucks is leaning on to replace straws are made up of more plastic than the company's current lid/straw combination.
Right now, Starbucks patrons are topping most of their cold drinks with either 3.23 grams or 3.55 grams of plastic product, depending on whether they pair their lid with a small or large straw. The new nitro lids meanwhile weigh either 3.55 or 4.11 grams, depending again on lid size.
This means customers are at best breaking even under Starbucks' strawless scheme, or they are adding between .32 and .88 grams to their plastic consumption per drink. Given that customers are going to use a mix of the larger and smaller nitro lids, Starbucks' plastic consumption is bound to increase, although it's anybody's guess as to how much.
In response to questions about whether their strawless move will increase the company's plastic consumption, a Starbucks spokesperson told Reason "the introduction of our strawless lid as the standard for non-blended beverages by 2020 allows us to significantly reduce the number of straws and non-recyclable plastic" as the new lids are recyclable, while the plastic straws the company currently uses are not.
This is cold comfort given the fact that even most of the stuff that is put in recycling bins still winds up at the dump. The company did not address, nor did it dispute, that its transition to strawless lids would increase its overall plastic consumption.
The weight of plastic—not the raw number of plastic objects used, or whether those objects are recyclable or not—is what should really concern environmentalists.
Pictures of turtles with straws up their noses are certainly jarring. However most plastic, whatever form it enters the ocean as, will eventually be broken up into much smaller pieces known as micro-plastics. It is these micro-plastics that form those giant ocean garbage patches, pile up on the ocean floor, and leech into the stomachs and flesh of sea creatures.
Reducing the amount of micro-plastics in the ocean thus requires cutting down on the aggregate weight of plastics entering the ocean each year. It cannot be stressed enough that straws, by weight, are a tiny portion of this plastic.
At most, straws account for about 2,000 tons of the 9 million tons of plastic that are estimated to enter the ocean each year, according to the Associated Press—.02 percent of all plastic waste. The pollution problem posed by straws looks even smaller when considering that the United States is responsible for about one percent of plastic waste entering the oceans, with straws being a smaller percentage still.
As countless experts have stressed, truly addressing the problem of marine plastic pollution will require going after the source of this pollution, namely all the uncollected litter from poorer coastal countries that lack developed waste management systems.
Straw banners have proven stubbornly resistant to this logic. Instead, they have chosen to rely on either debunked statistics (such as the claim that Americans use 500 million straws a day, which was the product of a 9-year-old's research) or totally unproven notions (like the theory that straws are a "gateway plastic") in order to justify petty prohibitions on innocuous straws. And they have been helped along by an uncritical media. Coverage of Starbucks' strawless move saw The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic all cite the 500-million-straws-a-day figure.
By adopting a myopic focus on banning straws, environmentalists, city councils, and conscious capitalists are, at best, having no significant impact on the overall problem of marine plastic waste. At worst, they are pushing expensive prohibitions on consumer choice that are counter-productive—at least in the case of Starbucks' ban—and come with all sorts of unintended consequences.
For instance, straw bans will likely hurt disabled people who lack the motor skills necessary to pull off a flawless cup-to-lip motion. While reusable straws exist, they are hard to clean and not always handy when one needs them. "What if you decide on the spur of the moment to go have a drink with friends after work but forgot your reusable straw that day? [That] doesn't leave a lot of room for spontaneity—something nondisabled folks get to largely take for granted," Lawrence Carter-Long of the national Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund told NPR. Senior citizens and parents with young children will likely be affected for the same reasons.
Why not use more eco-friendly disposable straws? Because they are terrible. Paper straws are known to collapse halfway through a drink. Compostable straws cost six to seven times more than their plastic alternatives, don't keep for long, and fall apart when exposed to high heat. Reported By Reason.com