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For years, Rosa Diaz has helped put food on America’s table, working five days a week picking squash, pumpkins and other vegetables from the fields around Homestead, Florida. But lately, she has struggled to feed her own child.

Nine-month-old Jennifer lives almost entirely on formula, which remains hard to find even a month after President Biden announced extraordinary measures to help ease a nationwide shortage. Diaz, 30, who doesn’t own a car, is often forced to pay for trips from store to store to track down the yellow cans of Enfamil her daughter is drinking.

Last week, Diaz’s husband found a single container, enough to last about three days. Once exhausted, she does not know what they will do.

“My pediatrician told me to boil some vegetables and puree them,” said Diaz, a mother of three who stopped working outside the home after Jennifer was born. With the baby on her hip, Diaz keeps moving, bending down to pick up toys and put them in a trash can as she sneaks into the apartment’s small kitchen to take stock. “I can’t find enough of a formula. I used to go to a store to find it.

The crisis that has sent parents across the country scrambling to find formula for their babies continues, hitting low-income families particularly hard, including in farmworker communities such as Homestead. As more affluent parents turn to expensive European brands or comb through the internet, sometimes willing to pay exorbitant markups when they find what they need, mothers, including Diaz, are often forced to rely on the variety they can find at their local stores, even if sudden dietary changes make their babies sick. Others are turning to homemade options that pediatricians say can be dangerous for infants.

The difficulties experienced by low-income women add to the financial burdens caused by inflation. Diaz now pays $21 a can for a formula that used to cost $14, she said. She says she gets a few cans a month from the WIC food assistance program, but Jennifer drinks 12. Repeated trips to the stores come at a financial cost in the age of $5 gas. And in an agricultural area where everything is spread out, the journeys are not short. They are also often unsuccessful.

Formula makers have ramped up production and the shortage is expected to ease in the coming weeks. But progress is often two steps forward, one step back: This month, a recently reopened formulas plant in Sturgis, Michigan, whose closure had been at the heart of the shortage, closed again after storms caused flooding at the facility. Across the country, retail store restocking progress remains slow: store shelves were 76.5% full for the week ending June 12, down slightly from the previous week, according to the cabinet. IRI studies.

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In Homestead, an agricultural area south of Miami, many of those struggling to feed their children are farmhands. About half of agricultural workers say they live with minor children, according the most recent national survey of agricultural workers, compared to a quarter of all adults. About a third of agricultural workers are women, according to the survey. Most farm workers are of childbearing age and 8 out of 10 are Hispanic, most from Mexico.

Many depend on formula milk when their children are babies – some by choice, but many because they spend long days in the fields where it is difficult, if not impossible, to breastfeed or pump to maintain their milk supply.

“Women farmworkers are always the worst off, and there are so many levels of disadvantage,” said Rick Nahmias, founder of Food Forward, a California food nonprofit. “They deal with sexual harassment and the burden of raising children. And because women are squatting in a field for six to nine hours a day, there is no opportunity to express breast milk or bring milk to their children.

Farmhand Elia Funez, 34, picks pumpkins, corn and squash in Homestead. Like Diaz, she struggled to find formula for her 5-month-old baby Victoria. A single mother living in a rented caravan with her daughter and three boys, aged 5, 7 and 10, Funez says she earns about $80 a day and doesn’t have the time or money to take on this new challenge.

After working a 10- or 11-hour day, she grabs her kids and sets off to find infant formula, traveling up to 45 minutes and paying up to $50 per box, she said. She said she initially breastfed Victoria, but was unable to do so afterwards. She tried switching brands when she managed to find them, she said, but they often make Victoria sick, she said.

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Undocumented workers have found themselves at a particular disadvantage amid the formula shortage as they are ineligible for some food safety net programs. But even legally residing immigrants are often hesitant to take advantage of these programs because of a Trump-era “public charge” rule that threatened to deny green cards to immigrants who used food stamps or other benefits. public. The Biden administration rolled back the public charge rule last year, but many immigrants still fear that taking public assistance will hamper their ability to live and work legally in this country.

Many food charities in agricultural areas have been unable to secure formula milk to give to needy families, said Melissa Acedera, executive director of Polo’s Pantry, a food charity in southern California. It has been supplying non-profit organizations in the Coachella Valley, including Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, with infant formula and diapers for several months.

“We really felt it as soon as the shortage hit,” Acedera said. “We literally did the shopping ourselves. I went to 10 different stores and was only able to get 15 cans because they all had limits [on how many cans shoppers could buy]. Target and Walmart had bare shelves.

There is a shortage of grocery stores in neighborhoods and farming communities, so some of the convenience stores are able to charge extortionate prices, Acedera said.

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“The level of access farm workers have to these necessities just isn’t there,” she said. “And they don’t have the salaries to pay what’s being billed. We fundraise specifically to purchase infant formula.

The Federal Trade Commission recently launched an investigation to determine whether small retailers and independent retailers had particular difficulty accessing limited supplies of formula compared to large chains, and to identify online scams.

Language barriers can also make it difficult for farm workers to find what their families need. This population is also susceptible to scams, said Mily Treviño-Sauceda, executive director of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, an advocacy organization for women agricultural workers. The fear of complaining to authorities can put them at particular risk, she said.

“These women say they go to family convenience stores, the only stores nearby, and often much more expensive than going to a supermarket, which are often too far without a commute, or with gas prices so high. Some will use public transport, but there are not enough routes,” she said, so they often have to pay the exorbitant “scarcity” prices that small independent shops charge for formula .

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas calls on the FTC and the Department of Justice to hold accountable those who have left some of the country’s most vulnerable workers without recourse.

“It gives me chills to think how bad it is with these families,” Treviño-Sauceda said.

]]> What is the best non-dairy milk for you? Here’s how to choose and use them. Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:08:18 +0000
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Although they have been around for thousands of years, plant-based milks are increasingly found in grocery stores and home kitchens. The wide range is a boon for cooks, although it can also be daunting.

Here’s a guide to what to consider when choosing a plant-based milk for your recipe, as well as an overview of some options.

When it comes to using plant-based milks for traditional dairy, “you can pretty much do it 1 for 1,” says recipe creator and blogger Jessica Hylton Leckie of Jessica in the kitchen.

In one piece about oat milk on Serious Eats, Elazar Sontag shares insights from baking expert and cookbook author Stella Parks. Parks says dairy is often used primarily for hydration, while it also helps with browning (from its natural sugars) and body (it’s thicker than water). Plant-based milks can serve many of the same purposes. Parks only warns against plant milks in recipes where the primary flavor is dairy, such as vanilla custards.

“People assume they’ll taste bad,” Hylton Leckie says of non-dairy milks. With so many extra options and upgrades, that’s increasingly unlikely.

Gan Chin Lin, a vegan recipe developer and writer, says soy and oat milks are among the most neutral in flavor. Some people may be sensitive to some of the bitter compounds in almonds. Keep in mind that flavors may dissipate once cooked, but you should use milk that you like the flavor of.

Rice is neutral, while you’re more likely to get stronger flavors with nut or hemp milks. If you’re leaning into a nut-based dessert, says Gan, an almond or cashew milk might be perfect. Check out Hylton Leckie’s Vegan Eggnog Cookies in our 2021 Holiday Cookie Collection.

All Hail oat milk, the cheap and easy dairy alternative to make at home

Doron Petersan, cookbook author and owner of the Washington Vegan Sticky Finger Bakerysays store-bought milks tend to have a more neutral flavor than fresh or homemade versions.

There is an array of textures when it comes to non-dairy milk. “Soy is magical in that it holds 100 times its weight in water,” Petersan says of his favorite option. It is full of starches which gelatinize and give a thick and creamy texture. Oats are similar in this way. Coconut milk (the canned version, not the chilled drink) is thick due to its high fat content.

You’ll find rice, flax, hemp, and almond milks on the thinner side.

Consistency and flavor can vary between brands, even among a single type of milk, so you may need to try a few to see what you like.

Plant-based milks can be fortified with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin D or vitamin B12 to help people following a vegan diet.

Other additives “are there to keep the milk from separating and give it a better mouthfeel,” says Petersan. Examples include gellan gum, locust bean gum, soy lecithin and, in the case of oat milk, vegetable oil. Even with additives, it’s important to shake plant milk well before using it, says Gan.

Avoid baking or cooking with flavored (i.e. vanilla) milks. Milks labeled “original” may contain added sugar. Hylton Leckie says these have better texture and color, “closer to the creaminess and texture of dairy milk”, ideal for cereals and recipes. “It’s not necessarily ‘sweetened’ but is that milk you might drink by the glass.” If you want fewer calories or less sugar, use unsweetened milks, although they are thinner with a different flavor.

If a recipe calls for a particular type of plant milk, use that if possible. The consensus, however, of everyone I spoke to was that herbal options are largely interchangeable. Although you may have variations in results based on fat content or thickness, generally “it will work,” says Petersan. Muffins, pancakes, waffles and cookies are examples of indulgent recipes where the type of milk is not too heavy. Likewise, with an oil-based chocolate cake, where cocoa is the predominant flavor and oil the predominant fat, don’t worry too much about the type of milk.

Let’s take a side-by-side look at cow’s milk and some plant-based options. I will address flavor, consistency, where they are good substitutes (King Arthur cooking provides helpful tips, although not hard and fast rules) and nutritional information per cup, unless otherwise specified, in some common store brands. Some offer blends with multiple types.

Cow milk (all generic). Calories: 150; Total fat: 8 g; Saturated fat: 4.5 g; sodium: 95mg; Carbohydrates: 12g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 8g

Almond. Stronger flavor. Thin. Substitute skim, reduced or low-fat milk.

Nutrition (Original Almond Breeze): Calories: 60; Total fat: 2.5g; Saturated fat: 0 g; Sodium: 150mg; Carbohydrates: 8g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 1g

Coconut. Stronger flavor. Canned substitute for whole milk (may curdle if cooked too long at high heat); The coconut milk drink is ideal for drinking or as a substitute for skimmed, reduced or low-fat milk.

Nutrition (Thai Kitchen canned unsweetened, per 1/3 cup): Calories: 120; Total fat: 12 g; Saturated fat: 11 g; Sodium: 30mg; Carbohydrates: 2g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 1g

Nutrition (SO Delicious original organic drink): Calories: 70; Total fat: 4.5 g; Saturated fat: 4 g; Sodium: 30mg; Carbohydrates: 8g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 0g

Hemp. Stronger flavor. Thin. Substitute skim, reduced or low-fat milk.

Nutrition (Original Pacific Foods): Calories: 140; Total fat: 6 g; Saturated fat: 1 g; Sodium: 130mg; Carbohydrates: 19g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 4g

Oats. Neutral. Thick. Substitute for whole milk.

Nutrition (Oatly-original): Calories: 120; Total fat: 5 g; Saturated fat: 0.5 g; Sodium: 100mg; Carbohydrates: 16g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 3g

Rice. Neutral. Thin. Substitute skim, reduced or low-fat milk.

Nutrition (Original rice dream): Calories: 130; Total fat: 2.5 g; Saturated fat: 0 g; sodium: 95mg; Carbohydrates: 27g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 0g

Soy. Neutral. Thick. Substitute for whole milk (cashew also works well here).

Nutrition (original silk): Calories: 80; Total fat: 4 g; Saturated fat: 0.5 g; Sodium: 75mg; Carbohydrates: 3g; Dietary fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 7g

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Plant-based wellness brand PlantFuel teams up with Europe’s largest sporting goods retailer North America to integrate into its new in-store experience

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — PlantFuel Life Inc. (CSE:FUEL) (OTC:PLFLF) (FSE:BR1B) (“PlantFuel” or the “Company”), the science-based, plant-based wellness company is pleased to announce its partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods and their House of Sport in-store retail experience stores which will be on shelves in June 2022.

DICK’S Sporting Goods (aka DICK’S), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Pennsylvaniais the largest sporting goods retailer in North America operating more than 850 stores. In 2021, DICK’S began opening concept stores called DICK’S House of Sport, interactive in-store experiential experiences designed to drive destination shopping. House of Sport stores feature 17,000 square feet of outdoor turf and running tracks, climbing walls, batting cages, golf simulators, putting greens, health and wellness centers for the recovery and wellness, and hardened service areas against broken gloves for stringing lacrosse sticks and fixing bikes.

Developed by athletes, formulated by doctors, and clinically proven for peak performance, PlantFuel is a premium plant-based health and wellness company founded by a former NFL player and serial entrepreneur. brad pitt. Beginning in late May, PlantFuel will be featured at DICK’S House of Sports locations within their deployed Health and Wellness Centers across June 2022. The first PlantFuel products available from DICK’S Sporting Good will include:

  • All-in-one nutrition containing 20g of complete plant-based protein plus 29 fruits and vegetables, plus clinically studied Wellmune® beta-glucan for immune system health to provide you with complete nutrition on the go. Chocolate and Vanilla.
  • Performance protein providing 20g of complete plant-based protein with added fermented vegan BCAAs in the form of InstAminos® and PeakO2® performance mushrooms. Chocolate and Vanilla.
  • All-in-one pre-workout Unique patented 3DPump -Breakthrough™ features with fermented vegan citrulline, glycerol and Amla fruit extract to support exercise performance, recovery and nitric oxide; with 250mg of Purcaf® organic caffeine plus 85mg of Dynamine® to increase perceived energy and alertness. Fruit punch, watermelon and blue raspberry.
  • All-in-one recovery providing fermented vegan BCAAs like InstAminos® with essential amino acids like vegan Amino9® plus fermented vegan creatine and BetaPrime® to reduce soreness and recovery time and optimize muscle protein synthesis. Blood orange and berry breeze.
  • Daily immunity + hydration with clinically proven Wellmune® ingredients to boost the immune system and Aquamin™ Calcified Sea Algae to provide superior hydration benefits. PlantFuel® Daily Immunity + Hydration is the proven choice for fueling your daily active lifestyle. Citrus explosion, tropical punch and raspberry lemonade.

“DICK’S is the pinnacle of sporting goods retail, and House of Sport represents the future of experiential shopping, so we are honored to partner with such a forward-thinking company to continue to lead the health category and herbal wellness.,” said brad pittCEO of PlantFuel.

This partnership with DICK’S reinforces PlantFuel’s strategic channel and distribution growth strategy, but also aligns with the brand’s lifestyle, combining true integrated experiences with premium products to create an authentic connection.

About Dick’s Sporting Goods
DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) creates confidence and excitement by personally equipping all athletes to achieve their dreams. Founded in 1948 and based in Pittsburgh, the leading omnichannel retailer serves athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in over 850 DICK’S Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, Public Lands, Going Going Gone! and outlet stores, online and through the DICK’S mobile app. DICK’S also owns and operates DICK’S House of Sport and Golf Galaxy Performance Center, and GameChanger, a youth sports mobile app for scheduling, communications, live score tracking and video streaming.

About PlantFuel Life Inc.
PlantFuel Life Inc (also known as PlantFuel) is a plant-based, science-based wellness company run by successful entrepreneurs with extensive experience in consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, logistics and distribution.

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This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities of United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “United States Securities Act”) or any state securities law and may not be offered or sold in United States or to US persons, unless they are registered under the US Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

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USGC: Indy 500 highlights role of ethanol in racing and global market Fri, 17 Jun 2022 04:28:30 +0000 By US Grains Council | June 16, 2022

Delegations from Japan, South Korea, India and Indonesia recently traveled to the United States to participate in the Indianapolis 500. Hosted by the US Grains Council in conjunction with Indiana Corn Marketing Council, the group saw firsthand the role ethanol plays in the annual car race.

Exposing international stakeholders to the US value chain enables them to learn and integrate practices that have contributed to the development of US industry. Stakeholder visits like this help position the United States as a technical resource for countries interested in developing ethanol-friendly policies to help them meet their carbon reduction commitments.

Before heading to Indianapolis, two teams of government officials, marketers and members of the media traveled to Illinois and Missouri, learning how America’s ethanol industry has grown and seeing first-hand the entire US value chain.

Fourteen participants from Indonesia, Japan and Korea traveled to Illinois to gain hands-on experience, including stops at farms, gas stations and ethanol plants.

Similarly, a group of 11 participants from Indian auto trade, government and petroleum industry traveled to Missouri to better understand the value chain of ethanol in the United States and the environmental, economic and health that ethanol presents. Discussions at the various facilities focused on ethanol pump technology, retail infrastructure and production capacity.

Upon arrival in Indiana, both groups had the opportunity to meet several drivers competing in the race before participating in an educational session on ethanol blending and its benefits. The group heard from several speakers during the session: ethanol distributors and retailers, an automobile repair shop and a racing agency. The presentations facilitated technical conversations on ethanol blending best practices between participants from different countries.

“The Indy 500 was an innovative opportunity to showcase the benefits of ethanol in the racing industry. Attendees were intrigued to hear IndyCar drivers talk about the engine performance and safety that the ethanol provides as racing fuel,” said Joana Hassan, manager of global ethanol programs at USGC.

On race day, the group toured the IndyCar Garage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before watching Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson take home the trophy.

Face-to-face relationships are essential to strengthening the Council’s mission – to grow markets, enable trade and improve lives. By welcoming this team to the United States, the Council was able to showcase the high quality products it represents and the relationships it has with growers and industry representatives across the country.

“We are grateful to our state partners, Illinois Corn and Missouri Corn, for hosting the teams in their states and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council for the opportunity to show the benefits of ethanol,” Hassan said.

Ather Energy: Hero MotoCorp-backed electric vehicle maker Ather Energy is in talks with states to set up a third manufacturing plant Wed, 15 Jun 2022 05:29:00 +0000 According to sources, Hero MotoCorp-backed electric two-wheeler maker Ather Energy is in talks with several state governments to set up a new manufacturing facility in the country. The company is reportedly in talks with officials from several state governments, including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana and Karnataka, to set up an additional manufacturing facility with an annual capacity of around 15 lakh units.

The sources said the company is in the final stages of negotiations and is expected to finalize the location within the next month.

When contacted, a company spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.

According to the sources, the company, which sells two electric scooters – the 450X and 450 Plus – is considering around 100 acres of land to build its third facility in the country.

Ather has a factory in Hosur, Tamil Nadu with a current capacity of 1.2 lakh units per year.

The capacity is expected to reach four lakh units per year with the establishment of a new facility in Hosur, which is expected to be operational later this year.

Last month, Ather Energy raised $128 million (about Rs 991 crore) from the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIFL) Strategic Opportunities Fund (SOF) and Hero MotoCorp, along with other investors .

The company plans to use the funding to expand its manufacturing facilities, invest in research and development, recharge infrastructure and expand its retail network.

Hero MotoCorp is an early investor in Ather Energy and has been part of its growth story since 2016.

The company currently has a roughly 35% stake in the electric two-wheeler maker.

Ather announced its highest ever monthly sales of 3,807 units in May.

It is currently present in 32 cities with 38 experience centers. It aims to have 150 such centers in 100 cities by 2023.

Players fight climate change – Wooga pledges to plant 200,000 trees following successful in-game tree planting event with June’s Journey players Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:00:00 +0000

Between 5e-6e June, Wooga, in collaboration with the search engine Ecosia and within the framework of this year Green game jam, saw trees planted virtually via June Journey player contributions. The popular free-to-play mobile game offered players the opportunity to reforest in-game while collectively promoting direct climate action and planting trees in places around the world where they are needed most. Ecosia, responsible for coordinating real-world tree planting, supports more than 60 tree planting projects in more than 30 countries around the world, prioritizing biodiversity hotspots – areas with a particularly high number of rare species.

The Green Game Jam is an initiative of Play for the planet Alliance facilitated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). It aims to leverage participants’ playerbases to inspire people to learn and take action for the environment through in-game green activations. The themes for Jam 2022 are Food, Forests and Our Future and the collective goal of participating game studios is to change the food choices of one million gamers for the environment and to plant and protect one million trees . This year saw the biggest edition of the Green Game Jam to date, with around 40 studios from around the world.

Nai ChangCEO of Wooga, said: “Given the overwhelming enthusiasm and passion shown by our players during our 2021 Green Game Jam initiative, it was clear to us that in 2022 we can and must aim much higher. to have succeeded in 8X the number of trees to be planted this year! This corresponds to our belief at Wooga in the importance of raising awareness and taking action against climate change; the minimum that we should all do as individuals , consumers and responsible businesses.”

Sam BarrattHead of Youth, Education and Advocacy at UNEP’s Division of Ecosystems, said: “It’s great to see Wooga’s growing contribution to landscape restoration following the Green Game Jam. We look forward to seeing what more Wooga can do to restore landscapes through the power of play in the years to come. come.”

Jon MarksBusiness Development Manager at Ecosia, said: “We’re thrilled to provide June’s Journey players with an easy way to get active on the climate when they come together for the Green Game Jam. Our partnership with conscious companies like Wooga allows us to continue to fund and protect the reforestation in biodiversity projects around the world to secure the future of our planet.”

Along with this year’s tree-planting event, Wooga continues to raise awareness of this year’s Green Game Jam with social media activities, conducts pre- and post-campaign surveys to better understand players’ opinions on green activations in games and invites the player community to take part in a forest-themed quiz with a chance to win exciting in-game bonuses.

This follows Wooga’s successful participation in the Green Game Jam last year, which saw real-world trees planted for purchase of in-game tree decorations during June’s Journey up to 25,000 trees – this initiative Wooga received the 2021 ‘Player’s Choice’ award. This was in addition to Wooga’s in-game fundraising campaign with TreeSisters on Earth Day 2021, when ~116,000 trees were planted as part of of the Root to Rise charity campaign.

Wooga has built its corporate social network sustainability (CSR) in recent years, becoming a carbon neutral mobile game developer since 2020 and increasingly promoting eco-friendly and climate-active messaging in its games while implementing small but meaningful acts through its Berlin-studio based on stopping the use of bottled water and switching to completely green energy.

June’s Journey is free to download from the App store and google play.

* Between January 2020 and April 2022June’s Journey was #1 in consumer spending in the Hidden Object (Puzzle) subgenre on iOS and Google Play worldwide, according to

About Wooga®

Wooga GmbH, the BerlinNew York-based mobile game developer, established in 2009, has created successful and unique mobile app games including June’s Journey, Pearl’s Peril® and Switchcraft®. In 2018, Wooga was acquired by social game company Playtika.

About June’s Journey®

June’s Journey invites players to unwind with a story of romance, intrigue and mystery in a glamorous hidden object game straight out of the Roaring Twenties. Players have the option to take on the role of an amateur detective June Parker and go on a journey and escape to a bygone era as they search for clues of hidden objects, in the living rooms of New York on the sidewalks of Paris.

About Playtika®

Playtika Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: PLTK) is a market leader in mobile gaming technology and entertainment with a portfolio of multiple game titles. Founded in 2010, Playtika was among the first to offer free social games on social networks and, soon after, on mobile platforms. Based in Herzliya, Israeland guided by a mission to entertain the world through endless ways to play, Playtika has offices around the world and employs over 4,000 employees.

About Green Game Jam

The first Green Game Jam grew out of gaming industry commitments at the 2019 Climate Action Summit, after which many Playing for the Planet Alliance members wanted to do more to harness the power of gaming. The Playing Alliance for the Planet was created to help the video game industry achieve the following fundamental goals: 1. Mobilize the industry to reduce its carbon footprint and ensure it has the tools to measure, reduce and set decarbonization goals. 2. Inspire environmental action through green activations in games. 3. Share lessons learned from the initiative so that other industry players can follow suit. 4. Explore new strategies for the future around new games and approaches to storytelling.

About Ecosia

Ecosia is the search engine that plants trees, planting in over 30 countries with local organizations. Ecosia restores and protects biodiversity hotspots and, instead of monocultures, it grows over 500 different native species where they are needed most – always shoulder to shoulder with local communities.


Protect the garden before and after summer storms Sat, 11 Jun 2022 13:05:27 +0000

As we celebrate the blooming of roses, the ripening of tomatoes and the pollinator frenzy in our backyards, we gardeners also need to be aware of the downsides of summer: thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an “above-normal 2022 Atlantic hurricane season,” and even as tornado season ends, some threat remains year-round in some parts of the country.

So what’s a gardener to do? After ensuring the safety of people, homes and other structures, our thoughts naturally turn to our beds and borders. We’ve poured our blood, sweat, tears and money into it, so it’s important to protect our investment and the joy it brings.

Before the storm

When storms are forecast, close umbrellas and store patio furniture indoors, if possible. Examine trees for cracked or broken branches and remove them before they are torn by high winds and sent flying. If these trees are large, hire a certified arborist to inspect them; the cost is nothing compared to the damage they could cause if they break or fall over.

In warmer climates, palms are well adapted to strong wind conditions, so there is no need to prune them, but remove the coconuts and store them safely indoors.

If your soil is wet — either naturally or from a recent rain — apply 3 inches of mulch to flower beds and borders. This will provide protection against the soaking effects of a deluge, which could uproot trees, especially those with shallow roots like white pine, birch, willow, and tulip poplar, among others.

Plant any newly planted trees for support and bring hanging baskets and planters into the house, shed or garage. If that’s not possible, line them up against the house or another protected location.

Protect the flowers of small flowering plants by covering them with buckets or cloches topped with a heavy object, such as a brick, to hold them in place. Wrap larger plants with burlap secured with twine. Orchids, bromeliads, succulents, air plants and other arboreal plants can be tied in place with fishing line.

Check that all climbing plants are secured to their supports and that the supports are planted firmly in the ground. If they don’t feel safe, remove the supports and put them – and the plants – on the ground until the threat passes.

Lay the row cover fabric over the tender seedlings and pin it in place with landscape stakes.

after the storm

Once the storm has passed, remove fallen fruits and vegetables, which could attract rodents if they rot on the ground, and remove protection around plants.

Inspect trees for damage. If you can safely remove broken, hanging branches while standing on the ground, do so. But avoid trimming anything higher than your head or climbing a ladder to trim. These jobs are best left to a professional – and that doesn’t mean a guy showing up on your doorstep with a chainsaw, who’s unlikely to know what he’s doing and might just be a scammer.

The International Society of Arborists maintains a list of certified arborists on its website at; start your search here.

If a small tree has been knocked over or uprooted, straighten and stake it as soon as possible, packing the soil firmly as you replant it. Insert stakes into the ground around the trunk, tie a string, rope or cord to the stakes and secure them to the tree. Apply 3 inches of mulch or straw to the soil, keeping it 3 to 4 inches from the trunks, and water the tree regularly for the rest of the growing season. This will help restore the root system.

Wind swinging helps trees develop strong trunks and roots, so don’t keep the tree staked for longer than six months to a year.

Salt spray can dry out or dehydrate trees and shrubs near the coast, and they may show no symptoms until the following year. Mulch around trees to retain soil moisture and water deeply and repeatedly to remove salts.

Refrain from pruning evergreens or removing dry tips until new growth appears the following spring.

If high tides encroach on your property, the salt will likely form a crust on the surface of the ground, leading to dehydration. Most plants won’t survive such devastation, but soil can be restored: Water thoroughly, then spread gypsum over the soil. It will react with the salt to form sodium sulfate, which will wash out the soil with repeated waterings. Continue to water abundantly the rest of the year.

Michigan parents still scramble to find formula for their babies despite formula factory reopening Thu, 09 Jun 2022 20:12:00 +0000

Michigan parents are still struggling to find infant formula due to a massive national shortage that has lasted nearly four months.

The federal government has tried to alleviate the problem by importing supplies and working with a closed formula factory in Michigan to restart production, but the FDA chief warns it will still take time to get the formula back on the shelves. shelves.

Low-income families and parents of immunocompromised children are the most affected.

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Anna Lia Bynes with her eight-month-old son, Maliki. Bynes has struggled for the past month and a half to find formula for her baby. Because he was born several weeks early, he needs a special formula to help his brain develop. This formula was very difficult to find.

Each week, AnnaLia Bynes teams up with her mother, Joey-L Gomez, to go from store to store in the middle of Michigan in search of formula for her eight-month-old son Maliki.

Maliki was born several weeks earlier. He also has Down’s Syndrome and needs a special kind of formula with extra nutrients to help his brain grow.

“With kids with Down’s syndrome or similar, in terms of development, it’s really a good formula for development. Kids like that, who’ve been in NICU or something like that,” Bynes explained.

Bynes is feeling the effects of the nationwide formula shortage since a mass recall of formulas and the closure of the Abbott Nutrition plant in Sturgis, Michigan. The manufacturer, which accounts for a large share of formula production in the United States, halted production at its plant in February due to potential contamination that could have killed two babies.

And the rising gas prices aren’t helping either. Gomez, who works two jobs, said last month she drove more than an hour to a Meijer supermarket outside Detroit to find a box of formula for her grandson. A box of Maliki formula lasts just over a week.

Empty baby formula displays at a Target grocery store in Michigan.

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Empty infant formula displays at a Target store in Michigan.

“I went to the Brighton Meijer and I went to the Ann Arbor Meijer, and they were both out of stock. So, I did this trip in the rain, and it was really bad on the highway” , Gomez said.

Bynes participates in a government food aid program called Women Infants and Children, or WIC. It provides low-income parents with funds for formula milk. While the state has expanded the list of formulas covered by WIC since the shortage, the family says they still had to pay out of pocket for several cans. Gomez says it’s a stressful experience having to find different brands.

“I was like, really stressed last week. And then when I got the Meijer mark, I was like, ‘Well, that’s going to hold for a little while. But like I said, we’re on our last box of that one,” she said.

I was really stressed last week. And then when I got the Meijer brand, I thought, well, this will hold up for a little while. But like I said, we’re down to our last can today.

Joey-L Gomez

Anne Devitto, a dietician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sparrow Hospital, helps parents like Bynes find the right formula for their baby.

“I help parents a lot to negotiate…by going to sites like and I always look at the grocery stores I go to to see what’s on the shelves,” she said.

Devitto says low-income parents, babies with food allergies and premature babies are hit hardest by the shortage.

“I get a lot of messages from panicked parents saying, ‘How is my baby going to get home? I can’t, you know, we have this formula here, but I can’t find it in the store’ , she said.

Since the shortage, Devitto has spent most of his working day helping parents find the formula they need.

“I’ve personally pulled strings with some infant formula suppliers to get formulas delivered, especially very specialized formulas for babies who are immunocompromised, on WIC, and/or have allergies,” Devitto explained.

Facebook is another place where Devitto says she sees parents turning to formula.

Personally, I’ve pulled strings with some infant formula suppliers to get formula delivered, especially those really specialized formulas for WIC-immunocompromised babies and/or babies with allergies.

Anne Devitto, Sparrow Health System Dietician

“There are a lot of families saying, ‘Hey, I got this formula in the mail, it’s not part of the recall. Pickup from the porch,'” she said. “So there’s a lot of sharing of resources between different communities. It’s been very helpful. But it’s still a struggle.”

During a US Senate hearing last month, FDA Director Dr. Robert Califf said he was doing everything he could to ensure formula milk reached families in need.

“Personally, I was driven by memories of the month my daughter spent in the intensive care unit as a baby, and the deep concern and anxiety of a parent determined to protect a child. innocent,” Califf said during the May hearing.

As the Abbott formula factory in Sturgis reopened last weekend, Dr Califf predicted it will take a few months for the formula to become more readily available.

Meanwhile, Maliki’s pediatrician says he can begin his transition to solid foods, which would give his mother and grandmother some respite from the weekly hunt for formula.

SKYMINT – Michigan’s First Vertically Integrated Cannabis Operator Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:40:00 +0000

Vice President of Creative Strategy at SKYMINT, Sarah Bullockhas selected New York based illustrator Mister Bodega to present his first offering in the series.

“Connection, creativity and collaboration are three of our core values ​​at SKYMINT. With this new series, we aim to celebrate artists and musicians, giving them a platform to show off their creativity while giving back to our community. We’re excited to launch the series in June to celebrate Pride.” Sarah BullockVice President of Creative Strategy for SKYMINT.

Monsieur Bodega, the pen name of Austin Roseaurecently started exploring product and packaging design as an extension of his own creative brand and was thrilled when SKYMINT approached him to collaborate on this exciting new creative venture.

“When SKYMINT contacted me, they asked me to create something I liked for Pride Month. I immediately thought of the Pride Parade. When you’re young and queer, going to something like it’s life changing.” Austin Roseau (Mister Bodega), SKYMINT’s first artist in residence.

The product assortment will include pre-rolls and eighths (3.5g) of SKYMINT’s new variety, Lemon Mintz.

Launched in June as part of the statewide SKYMINT Pride celebration, proceeds from the sale of items in this highly anticipated line will benefit Transgender Michigan. Mr. Bodega worked closely with SKYMINT to identify and select transgender Michigana MichiganLGBTQ nonprofit, as a benefactor. transgender from michigan primary mission is to provide advocacy, support and education while serving to build coalitions in the state of Michigan to unify and empower transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

The collection will be available at all Skymint Premium Cannabis retail stores and select 3Fifteen Cannabis retail stores from June 1st. For more details on SKYMINT’s Artist Collaboration Series and to learn more, please visit

Austin Roseaualso known as Mister Bodega, is a queer graphic designer and illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and her thirteen-year-old cat. He has been illustrating for three years and is influenced by cartoons and nostalgic films from his childhood, as well as by popular art and ancient civilizations. It is inspired by the processes that the artists of the first cultures used to visually communicate their message. Follow him on Instagram @misterbodega.

Start of operations in the fall of 2018 and head office in Ann ArborMINT SKY is from michigan leading vertically integrated cannabis company and largest recreational licensee in the state. With two state-of-the-art indoor growing facilities as well as SKYMINT Farms™, a 1,000-acre sustainable sun-grown farm, the Company grows, processes, markets, distributes and sells a full line of branded cannabis products, including SKY MINT™, North Cannabis™, Cheerful Edibles™, the two joints™ brand, which benefits the Last Prisoner Project.™ Just as SKYMINT treats its plants like people – tending and caring for them by hand, and even playing music for them – each product is handcrafted to ensure the safest, most clean and of the highest quality at the best value. SKYMINT™ products can be found at all SKYMINT and 3Fifteen outlets across Michigan. As purveyors of premium cannabis, SKYMINT™ has developed a portfolio of the best cannabis brands available for everyday wellness, healing, or just getting high through life. Visit

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The Sari-sari store owned by a Filipino worker at a successful fish processing plant in Canada Mon, 06 Jun 2022 05:59:22 +0000

Cebu, Philippines – January 7, 2013: A woman in a convenience store, locally known as sari-sari, on Bacalso Avenue in Cebu City, Philippines, Asia.

A former fish processing factory worker is now making waves as a famous sari-sari shop owner in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Filipino entrepreneur Ruby Lubigan’s business recently won an Emerging Business Award from the West Prince Chamber of Commerce, according to CBS News. It was presented as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Lubigan runs the Sari-Sari Retail Store business in Bloomfield, where she primarily sells Filipino food products to the many Filipinos living in her community. Customers often come to the store to buy ingredients for dishes such as adobo, pancit bihon, and sinigang.

Currently working full-time in a bank, the permanent resident first came to Canada in 2011 as a temporary foreign worker. Lubigan’s first job was at a fish factory in a rural province, and she also worked as a full-time high school cleaner.

The store started in her living room in 2018, before expanding and moving to a building built on her yard.

She told CBS News: “When I left my country, I never thought, I never dreamed that I would be here in Canada. Because my life in the Philippines is really poor. We (were not) able to get food three times a day. There was a time when we still only ate once a day.