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Organizations are Awesome: On College Campuses, CoFed Replaces Fast Food with Good Food

Research shows that fast food can cause cognitive difficulties that result in lower test scores. So why are college campuses serving it? Enter CoFed.

Last summer we told you about Yonatan Landau, who, as a UC Berkeley undergrad, was successful in mobilizing students to prevent the opening of a Panda Express on campus. Victory led to bigger goals, and Landau went on to co-found CoFed, which trains students to create ethically-sourced, community-run foodservice on college campuses. The youth-led organization has just launched national programs that will incubate student leadership on 20 campuses this summer to create edible classrooms educating their peers about sustainable food.


This effort takes more than good intentions and hard work, though. It also requires funding. CoFed has committed the month of March to finding 100 people to give monthly donations for 10 months as a part of their strategy to create a national movement for cooperative, sustainable food. Take your inspiration from the organizations' core supporters who include Michael Pollan, 350.org's Bill McKibben, Slow Food USA's Josh Viertel, and Slow Money Northern California. Can you help? Just $10 a month will support a student’s tuition to a summer-long incubation training; for $100 a month, Landau will even write and record a song for you.

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Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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The U.K. is trying to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but aviation may become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.K. by that same year. A new study commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and conducted at the Imperial College London says that in order for the U.K. to reach its target, aviation can only see a 25% increase, and they've got a very specific recommendation on how to fix it: Curb frequent flyer programs.

Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

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