Retired food director completes sugary ride for non-profit

Good News Notes: “Most people would celebrate their retirement after 40 years of service by maybe playing a round of golf or packing for a long cruise, but Miguel Villarreal kicked his off by riding to the top of Mt. Diablo with 10 pounds of sugar strapped to his bike. It was all for a…

How one social worker is giving back to his childhood community

Good News Notes: “When he worked as a student advocate at Fort Vancouver High School, Damien Wheeler connected with a student who was at risk of failing. Wheeler said the student wasn’t asking his teacher for help, so he stepped in. “He felt comfortable because he had someone on his side,” Wheeler said. “And he…

€1 Million Prize for Plastics-to-Protein Research Awarded to Steve Techtmann, Ting Lu

Good News Notes: “Plastic waste and access to nutritious food top the list of humanity’s challenges. Yet humans are nothing if not innovative, especially in the face of adversity. Michigan Technological University’s Steve Techtmann, associate professor of biological sciences, aims to convert plastic waste and inedible biomass into edible protein — a biological sleight of hand…

Suns fan donates to Wisconsin charity, notes Milwaukee generosity

Good News Notes: “Milwaukee, you’ve welcomed the world with open arms – and as we revel in the excitement of our World Champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, we should also be proud of an accomplishment made off the court.  A lot of mail gets sent to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, but rarely does it make everyone there stop what…

Google launches new search tool to help combat food insecurity

Good News Notes: “Google announced a new website designed to be a “one-stop shop” for people with food insecurity. The “Find Food Support” site includes a food locator tool powered by Google Maps which people can use to search for their nearest food bank, food pantry, or school lunch program pickup site in their community. Google is…

Restaurateur Fights Food Insecurity One Refrigerator At A Time

Good News Notes:  “Mark Bucher, co-owner of Medium Rare, is taking a new approach to tackling hunger. On March 6, 2020, Bucher started delivering free Medium Rare meals to older people who could not easily access food during the coronavirus quarantine. COVID-19 had not officially arrived in the DMV yet, but Centers for Disease Control…

This NASA-inspired technology converts carbon dioxide into food.

Good News Notes: “NASA asked the same question in the 1960s. And the challenge of feeding a year-long space mission led to a remarkable discovery: when astronauts exhale, the carbon dioxide in their breath can be captured by a special class of microbes – and potentially turned into nutrients. Now an American company has taken…

China Harvests First Crop of ‘Space Rice’ in Food Security Push

Good News Notes: “China harvested its first batch of “space rice” from seeds that returned from a lunar voyage last year, with scientists hoping it could help create new plant varieties and safeguard the country’s food security. The crop was grown from the 40 grams of seeds that traveled with the Chang’e-5 lunar probe in…

Xbox donates to animal shelter to honour River, ‘Fallout 4’s’ Dogmeat

Good News Notes: “Xbox and Bethesda have donated money to the Montgomery County Humane Society in honour of River, the dog responsible for inspiring the design of Fallout 4’s Dogmeat. $10,000 USD was donated to the charity, which aims to prevent cruelty to animals and provide homes for them as well. Xbox said in a tweet: “In honor of River,…