When Daniel Brown meets prospective clients of Rust Belt Riders, his Cleveland food-composting company, the pitch for the operation’s services is fairly straightforward: “If you have people who eat at your place of employment, we can capture your food scraps,” said Brown, 30. The South Euclid native, along with co-founder Michael Robinson, has parlayed this simple concept into a thriving business that composted 1.3 million pounds of food waste in 2018, a figure expected to double by the end of this year. The company currently services some of Cleveland’s best-known restaurants, grocery stores, businesses and nonprofits, among them Spice Kitchen + Bar, Zagara’s Marketplace, University Hospitals and Quicken Loans Arena. “We’ve had a 100% growth rate year over year,” said Brown, who founded Rust Belt Riders in 2013. “It’s been like riding a bucking bronco to keep up.” He attributes some of that momentum to mounting … [Read more...] about Special Report: Rust Belt Riders promises to ‘feed people, not landfills’
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By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: December 7, 2018 at 12:21 pm | UPDATED: December 7, 2018 at 12:54 pm Most everyone knows about the abundance of free food at tech companies — a perk popularized by Google and others to attract talented workers with dining choices that make it unnecessary to leave campus. From the South Bay to the Peninsula to San Francisco, these companies employ hundreds of thousands of employees in the Bay Area. That’s a lot of food — and not all of it is consumed every day. What happens to what’s left over at the end of each day? Many of the companies donate their excess food, often through the outside caterers they use. For example, Google has donated nearly 60,000 pounds of food from January through October, spread out through different organizations. But Facebook — among the biggest and most high-profile of Silicon Valley tech giants that gives its employees free food — does … [Read more...] about Where does all the uneaten free tech food go?
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade relief strategy to protect agricultural producers. According to a press release from the USDA, President Donald Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. Announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations. “Early on, the President instructed me, as Secretary of Agriculture, to make sure our farmers did not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs. After careful analysis by our team at USDA, we have formulated our strategy to mitigate the trade damages sustained by our farmers. Our farmers work hard, and are the most productive … [Read more...] about USDA releases details of relief strategy for agricultural producers
Mitchell Schmidt The Gazette State commission approves five-year road and infrastructure plan Cedar Rapids utilities stronger following 2008’s flood Second Avenue SE to close temporarily for railroad work Cedar Rapids neighborhoods reinvestment & renewal USDA announces $7.4 million in loans to improve Iowa’s rural energy infrastructure All articles by Mitchell Despite having some of the cheapest housing in the nation, Iowa’s minimum wage still falls far below what many workers who earn it need to be able to afford rent, a new study has found. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2018 “Out of Reach” report, Iowa ranks fairly well — 45th best in the country — in terms of the wage needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home. Still, the study found a … [Read more...] about Report: Iowa’s minimum wage far below cost of rent
Republicans may be overusing their attacks on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Paul Kane wrote the Big Idea today. James will be back from vacation on Monday. With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve. THE BIG IDEA: Republicans have been banking on a strategy of tying Democratic candidates to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to save their majority. But some GOP strategists are becoming increasingly worried their party is relying too much on attacking the would-be speaker rather than their own accomplishments. Some Republicans fear this Pelosi-heavy strategy is one with diminishing returns. These Republicans view recent special election results as evidence the GOP needs more than just an anti-Pelosi campaign to win over key independent voters who will decide the critical elections in November that will determine the majority. “There is increasing evidence that tying candidates to … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Hey, Republicans: Pelosi attack ads may not be enough to keep the House