Here in the United States, an astounding 40 percent of the country’s food goes to waste—it’s just uneaten and tossed out. And at the same time, study after study shows that millions of Americans can’t access healthy meals. Now Congress wants to do something about it.
Yesterday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation in the Senate that would reduce food wasted in the U.S. According to reporting from Huffington Post, The Food Recovery Act isn’t the first bill to tackle the issue, but it is one of the most expansive.
This bill is a “companion” to similar legislation introduced in the House of Representatives back in December 2015.
It would fund campaigns to educate consumers about food waste, as well as promote efforts to teach kids in schools about waste. It would also strengthen Good Samaritan laws, which shield businesses that donate old food from lawsuits if recipients of their food get sick, and establish an Office of Food Recovery to oversee the country’s efforts to reduce food waste.
It’s unclear so far what kind of opposition the bill could meet. But just about everyone agrees: A 40 percent waste rate is unacceptable—and it’s time to do something about it. Discuss
Officials in Turkey now say that at least 41 people were killed during a terror attack at a large airport in Istanbul. At least 239 were injured and more than 100 of those remain in the hospital. Three terrorists opened fire on the Ataturk Airport yesterday, before detonating suicide bombs. Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, officials say that it has the signatures of ISIS terrorists.
Turkey has recently ramped up their own military efforts against ISIS and the terrorist group the PKK. The country also allows the U.S. military to fly over its airspace to conduct aerial attacks on ISIS strongholds in nearby Syria. Terror attacks by radical Islamic groups have become increasingly common in the country, with at least 140 being killed in a series of attacks this year. Discuss
Tuesday night, several suicide bombers blew themselves up at Europe's third largest airport in Istanbul, Turkey, according to multiple sources. At least 28 were killed, and at least 60 injured at Ataturk International Airport.
The attack was seemed to have been coordinated, according to the BBC and led by as many as three attackers—one shooting a gun at the terminal entry points, and the other two carrying out the suicide bombing.
Anadolu Agency, the state-run news agency, reported that the Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said a terrorist used an AK-47 assault rifle to fire before they detonated.
A Turkish government official reported that the police fired at the two bombers, in an attempt to keep them from reaching a security checkpoint, but they were unsuccessful.
Details continue to emerge about the attack, which comes as the sixth terrorist attack of the year in Turkey—most of them carried out by suicide bombers in public places. Discuss
Photographer Johnny Millier has captured some absolutely shocking images that show the dramatic discrepancies between how differently rich and poor residents of South Africa live. He writes, on the Unequal Scenes site:
During apartheid, segregation of urban spaces was instituted as policy. Roads, rivers, “buffer zones” of empty land, and other barriers were constructed and modified to keep people separate. 22 years after the end of apartheid, many of these barriers, and the inequalities they have engendered, still exist. Oftentimes, communities of extreme wealth and privilege will exist just meters from squalid conditions and shack dwellings.
My desire with this project is to portray the most Unequal Scenes in South Africa as objectively as possible. By providing a new perspective on an old problem, I hope to provoke a dialogue which can begin to address the issues of inequality and disenfranchisement in a constructive and peaceful way.
Images show crowded slums that back up to luxury suburbs; golf courses that border tiny homes and more. It’s stunning look at income inequality, wealth and poverty. Discuss
American adults spend almost every waking hour consuming some sort of media. According to a new report from Nielsen, in the first quarter of this year, the average adult in the U.S. consumed media for 10 hours 39 minutes every single day. That’s up by about an hour compared to the same time last year.
Considering that the report found that nearly half of the homes in the country now subscribe to at least one streaming service (like Netflix or Hulu), it’s probably not all that surprising that people are doing more binge watching. Plus, live TV-watching continues to be on the slow decline. The biggest culprits according to their research though, are mobile devices: Usage of both phones and tablets significantly are on the rise.
We are moving ever closer to the world of Wall-E. Discuss