first_imgFounded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day has emerged as a national awakening to society’s growing disregard for the planet’s health and well-being. From the destruction of waterways and treasured wild lands to rampant air pollution and harmful mining practices, post 1970s America placed little emphasis on environmental preservation. While Earth Day’s founding ushered in an unprecedented level of awareness about environmental issues, pressing problems persist. In honor of Earth Day, educate yourself about some of those issues with this top 10 list of eco-minded documentaries, complete with trailers and Netflix descriptions.1. River of No ReturnThis film is a journey into one of America’s best-kept secrets: the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, with a pair of newlyweds as guides.2. VirungaThe Oscar-nominated true story of the rangers risking their lives to save Africa’s most precious national park and its endangered gorillas3. Mission BlueThis documentary follows oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s campaign to save the world’s oceans from threats such as overfishing and toxic waste.4. Vanishing BeesThis documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a puzzling phenomenon: a dwindling world honeybee population.5. DamNationThis documentary reveals the ecological cost of two centuries of American dam building, from degraded waterways to the loss of wildlife habitat.6. A Fierce Green FireThis documentary profiles the evolution of environmental movements, from early efforts at conservation to current concerns over global climate change.7. WatermarkExploring the force that sustains all life, this documentary brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water8. PumpAfter World War II, consumer tastes and government policy steer America into a fateful reliance on oil-fueled technology that must and can be broken.9. 180 Degrees SouthA band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out — in 2007, by boat — on a journey to Patagonia, South America, in this adventure documentary10. The Great InvisibleThis film plumbs the depths of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe, including the causes and aftermath of the unprecedented disaster. All of these documentaries are currently streaming on Netflix.last_img read more


first_img“What I want to do with my profits is set up little algae plants in all the countries we’ve destroyed through global warming,” she adds. “It can grow anywhere with tiny amounts of recyclable water.”Mills eventually wants the VBites logo to become the trusted brand for all vegan foods. Businesses including Great Western Railway and Morrisons have already asked permission to use the brand, which she says will ultimately be licensed out. “More and more people will want to use the logo versus, say, the Vegan Society, as they don’t have the traceability we offer.” Mills also launched a vegan make-up range last month, called Be at One, which she thinks will be a hit in countries such as the UAE, as “most people don’t know there is pig in make-up”As plant-based food is “now a movement not a trend”, Mills believes meat and dairy companies will need to adapt to stay in business over the next 10 years. They will need to “start replicating whatever they are doing” with plant-based alternatives, she predicts. “Otherwise they are out.” In 20 years, she argues, eating animal protein will be viewed as “like smoking” or even heroin. It’s not just talk. Mills clearly believes in the potential of her business. She currently works from 4am to midnight, apart from “a few hours off in the morning and the evening” to spend with her daughter. “That’s what you have to do” at this point in her business, she says. “I don’t plan to be doing that forever. It’s about what are you prepared to risk and you will never become a big entrepreneur unless you are prepared to take that risk.” “I’ll either be the most successful vegan entrepreneur in Europe or go completely bust.”,Kevin WhiteKevin is The Grocer’s fresh foods editor, overseeing our coverage related to the retail fresh foods sector, including dairy, meat, fish, poultry, fruit & veg and eggs, as well as the plant-based foods category.He also assists in production of The Grocer’s annual Dairymen supplement, while also writing about food commodities, sourcing, sustainability, politics and regulation; and has appeared as a commentator on both radio and TV on the state of the UK food industry.Prior to joining The Grocer in 2014, Kevin wrote about retail financial services for a Financial Times business publication, and began his career as a journalist working for regional newspapers in Wales.Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevWhite77 “The biggest Achilles heel for anyone going into the vegan sector is scale,” she says, citing the difficulties plant-based brands such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have faced in meeting the growing demand for their products.Plant-Based Valley – which includes the former factories of Walkers Crisps at Peterlee, Coty/P&G in Newcastle and another plant in nearby Benton – is the solution, she claims. “We do all our R&D and speciality stuff at Corby, and once a company orders over a certain amount, we then scale it up.” Not short of confidence, Mills is also advising a number of meat and dairy companies on how to go vegan. “We’re showing them how they can make money by growing oats to make into oat protein isolates, or growing mushrooms so we can do hydroponics, but most importantly algaes.”Mills is particularly passionate about algae. It has the potential to end vegan food’s dependence on often expensive commodities such as soya and pea protein, she suggests. “We’ve created an algae protein isolate that will become the biggest ingredient going,” she claims. “It would stop climate change from meat and dairy manufacturing if everyone just moved to algaes. SnapshotName: Heather MillsAge: 51Family: One daughter, Beatrice, 15, from her marriage to Paul McCartneyPotted CV: Moves to the former Yugoslavia to volunteer as an aid worker during the Balkan war in 1990. Loses leg in road traffic accident in 1993. Acquires VBites predecessor Redwood Wholefood Company in 2009, and opens VBites café in Hove. Officially opens Plant-Based Valley in 2019Business mantra: Be prepared to live in a caravan and get to the precipice and be ready to fall over. I tell people “don’t own a business, always work for someone”. You can have a life and switch off.Hobbies: Skiing, languages, playing the saxophone, spending time with my daughter and dinner with friends – I don’t cook any more.What’s the main obstacle to success in business? Cashflow and risk-averse banks. center_img When Heather Mills started out, vegans were seen as ‘smelly, hairy-armpit, boring people’. Now she’s building a Silicon Valley for plants – in Newcastle,Talking about “putting journalists in prison” is not the most auspicious start to an interview with the former wife of a Beatle, who has just won “the highest libel settlement in British legal history”.Happily, that’s something Heather Mills wants to put behind her. Having received an undisclosed sum and apology from the News of the World’s former publisher News Group Newspapers over the summer, she wants to start “rebuilding and repairing all the damage they had done”.Namely, that means shedding more light on her burgeoning vegan food business, VBites. Mills had previously kept her link to the business low-key “because I was fighting with Murdoch”, she says. “That’s why we never came out of the woodwork. But as soon as we put the journalists in prison we knew they weren’t going to come after us again.”The self-confessed workaholic, who is either “always on or always off”, certainly has no shortage of ambition. Her plan is to create the “environmental equivalent” of Silicon Valley in her native northeast – dubbed ‘Plant-Based Valley’ – which was officially unveiled in September. It’s a tough challenge. But when Mills sets her mind to something, she seems to make it happen. In the space of the past two decades, she has rarely been out of the public eye – rubbing shoulders with world leaders and gaining recognition as a model, downhill skier, activist and charity campaigner, while also battling the controversial headlines about Lady McCartney.Her interest in veganism predates her time in the public eye, though. It all began after the devastating collision with a police motorbike that led to the loss of her left leg in 1993. An ongoing infection meant doctors had to “keep chopping away” at her limb over the course of five months, until a friend suggested she adopt a vegan diet. “I was like, what the hell is vegan?” she recalls. “And I basically got dragged out by her, because they couldn’t heal me in the hospital.” Mills checked into a Florida-based alternative medicine centre – the Hippocrates Health Institute – which advocated a raw vegan diet. It was this regime, she says, that ultimately helped her wounds to heal. “But as I got healthier, I felt all I was doing was eating raw food,” she says. “I didn’t feel part of society, I was always freezing, and I missed the taste of meat, fish and dairy.” Faced with vegan food fatigue, she started making her own meat and dairy alternatives.Substituting the doner kebabWhat followed were several years of “behind the scenes” work in vegan food development for meat companies. At a time when veganism was still a niche concept, that was tricky. Mills took a degree in nutrition and food science but says nutritionists “didn’t understand vegan meat” at the time. The real learning came from developing plant-based food on her own, she says. Mills’s main inspiration for her recipes came from people looking to reduce their meat intake, rather than committed vegans. She wanted to avoid people saying: “I’d go vegan but I’d miss my doner kebab”. By 2009, she had acquired the Redwood Wholefood Company – which eventually became VBites – and operated out of a “tiny” factory in Corby, Northamptonshire. She went on to open the VBites café in Hove, West Sussex in the same year, which was loss-making but allowed her to finesse her recipes. “The whole goal was to feed the carnivore, never the vegan” and to change perceptions of vegans as “smelly, hairy-armpit, boring people”.By the early 2010s the Corby plant was “doing well” and full to capacity. “Then we had a choice,” says Mills. “Go big or go bust.” She has firmly decided to go big. By next year, Mills hopes to take the headcount of her businesses – VBites, and SME incubator business VBites Ventures – from 160 people to 400. That will be the start of the Plant-Based Valley vision (three factories based around Newcastle) coming to fruition.Mills’s factories now represent more than 600,000 sq ft of manufacturing capacity. But the VBites branded range, available on its own site, Morrisons and Ocado, is only a small part of the operation. The company supplies products to myriad food manufacturers, retailers and food service operators, including Bakkavor, Birds Eye, Greene King’s pub chain, Papa John’s and Frankie & Benny’s. Mills is also increasingly pushing her factories as a manufacturing facility for other businesses.“The biggest Achilles heel for anyone going into the vegan sector is scale”last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Just like he did prior to the Cornell game, Jerami Grant shot warm up jumpers more than an hour before tipoff.This time, though, instead of changing into street clothes, he played. And he posted his first career double-double, scoring 16 points and notching 10 rebounds. Grant returned from a one-game suspension due to playing an extra summer league game, and Syracuse felt his presence immediately.Grant’s point and rebound totals were both career highs. His all-around performance and spark off the bench ignited Syracuse (2-0) to an 89-74 win over Fordham (1-1) on Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome in front of 22,667. He looked sharp in his first action of the season, showing off an improved mid-range jumper and dominating on the glass.“He brings energy and scoring,” Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis said. “We missed him a lot.”When Grant checked in at the 17:21 mark in the first half, he almost did so with a boom. Ennis lobbed a pass Grant’s way, but it was overthrown and sailed out of bounds. Grant hung on and bent the rim, clearly eager to be back on the court. It was his first regular season game in eight months.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust more than a minute later, though, Grant tapped in a C.J. Fair miss to give Syracuse an 8-2 lead. That was his first of seven offensive rebounds, three of which led to field goals.“He’s such a good offensive rebounder,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.Boeheim said that the increase in fouls — there were 55 total on Tuesday — favors Grant and complements his game. He naturally wants to drive to the basket, and with the new rule, Boeheim says, there’s a “90 percent chance” there’s going to be a foul called.It helped that four of Fordham’s starters were 6 feet 3 inches or shorter, but Grant gobbled up rebounds all evening and lived at the free throw line, attempting nine foul shots in all. He bullied Branden Frazier and Ryan Rhoomes on the glass, establishing himself early inside.But Grant also showcased an improved jumper. Before the game, when he warmed up with assistant coach Adrian Autry, Grant canned jumpers from all over the floor. He rotated around the court, taking 15-footers from five different spots.His jumper looked smooth and natural, and in the game it was no different. In the second half, with Syracuse up by 22, Grant power-dribbled past Mandell Thomas to the middle.He pulled up and shot a one-handed floater that swished through the net.“I definitely can hit those shots I took today,” Grant said. “I missed a couple, but at the same time I can hit them.”Ennis said Grant worked diligently with Autry and by himself in the offseason to hone that element of his game. Fair added that Grant is more confident taking mid-range jumpers than he was last season.“It helps me out personally a lot,” Fair said. “He’s one of them players that can knock down the open shot.”Grant said Fair told him to be aggressive when he got in. That’s what Fair did a couple years ago, and now it’s Grant’s turn.For a player who averaged just four points last season, his minutes and numbers will likely see a significant spike this year. Tuesday was just a glimpse of what the 6-foot-8 forward may provide this year.Fair is Syracuse’s main scoring guru. He had a career-high 26 himself. But when teams focus in on Fair, Grant is there to provide a second punch. He scored eight points before Fordham cracked double digits.In the first half, he flushed home a dunk off a pass from Ron Patterson to give the Orange a six-point lead.But his highlight-reel play came with 5:28 to go in the game and clamped the faintest of comeback hopes Fordham had. Grant swooped in and corralled a Fair miss mid-air. He thrust the ball through the hoop with one hand as the Carrier Dome crowd erupted.“Jerami’s going to have a lot of those,” Fair said. “We’re expecting a big year from him.” Comments Published on November 13, 2013 at 12:07 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more