What Should I Eat: Big Environmental Questions and Cutting Edge Cuisine

When you think about an exquisitely prepared multi-course meal served at the famed James Beard House in New York city, feedlot beef and supermarket tomatoes probably aren’t the first ingredients that come to mind. But that’s exactly what was on the menu at a recent dinner hosted by the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental organization based … Continue reading What Should I Eat: Big Environmental Questions and Cutting Edge Cuisine

Hamburger and fries in a basket lined with a red and white checkered paper.

The Impossible Quest for a Vegan Burger in a Doublemeat-Lovin’ World

A plant-based burger that has the taste and texture of a real burger. These “meats” could help reduce our meat intake, benefiting both our health and the environment. But most veggie burgers lack the fatty flavor of meat. They’re too spongy, dry, grainy—actually, there aren’t enough adjectives to describe the many ways it just doesn’t … Continue reading The Impossible Quest for a Vegan Burger in a Doublemeat-Lovin’ World

Risk in perspective infographic showing population risk is not individual risk. The general population includes people who are genetically predisposed to disease and those who have a protective genotype.

Risk In Perspective: Population risk does not equal individual risk

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. We tend to think in very small … Continue reading Risk In Perspective: Population risk does not equal individual risk

Alternative goody bags: metal reusable pails with brightly colored containers of playdough and kinetic sand.

Goody Bags: Why Do We Keep Giving Them Despite Their Environmental Footprint?

Open my son's drawer of toys and at the very bottom, you'll find fistfuls of whistles, bracelets, keychains, and small plastic figurines that we've collected over the years from goody bags given away at birthday parties. They're branded with Paw Patrol, Hot Wheel, Shimmer & Shine, and a bunch of other Nickelodeon characters that have … Continue reading Goody Bags: Why Do We Keep Giving Them Despite Their Environmental Footprint?

Two cooked steaks with a sprig of rosemary laid across them.

Ask SciMoms: What’s the environmental impact of beef?

This is the first post in a new segment we're naming "Ask SciMoms". Every month, we'll pick a few questions we've received and answer them. If you have a submission, you can send it to us by our social media channels or by emailing questions@scimoms.com. In our first post, we answer a question related to … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: What’s the environmental impact of beef?