The end of October was a sugar avalanche as kids dress up in their Halloween costumes and stumble upon as many sticky sweets as possible. But the prospect of collecting a whole bag of trick-or-treat candy and eating it gets a little intimidating when you think about the effect.
Not just the most Halloween favorite not good for children’s healthHowever, many of the candy’s ingredients are obtained through processes that harm the planet. Cocoa is often grown in Rainforest that was clear cut for cultivation, for example. Unsustainable sugarcane production can also result in large amounts of greenhouse gases.
Then there’s all the candy that goes to waste In the aftermath.
But Amy Keeler says she has a great solution. Keeler is a member of Spangler candy The Family – The company behind popular sweets such as Dom Dums Lollipops. It puts a new twist on the family business by trying to tackle child nutrition, global food waste and the climate crisis Climate candy.
FAVES vegan and pressed candy contains ingredients like tapioca syrup, a low-calorie sweetener, stevia extract, and sustainable palm oil. The company says that each package of FAVES contains four servings of fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be wasted on farms and grocery stores. They include carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, squash and squash — all nutritious foods — and come in flavors like cherry, orange, lemon, and strawberry.
“Food is the fuel,” Keller, co-founder and CEO of PurePlus told CNN. “For me, building something like Climate Candy is something that is affordable and accessible. You get to the doorsteps of the house, come into the house, and have people talk about the climate in a very interesting way.”
about a third of all food is lost globally, according to Withdrawal from the projectand that food waste is responsible for approximately 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, ReFed—a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending food loss and waste across the country—estimated that Nearly 90 billion meals of food either unsold or not eaten each year.
This is horrific for the planet, because food wasted—whether from grocery shelves, leftovers in restaurants, or perishables forgotten in refrigerators—ends up in landfills, where It generates methanewhich is an invisible, odorless gas with a heating power of more than 80 times in the near term than carbon dioxide.
Keeler said that Climate Candy offers a solution to the food waste problem due to the ingredients its company chooses.
The best fruits and vegetables usually end up in grocery stories. They are the right shape and dimensions for sale in stores and fit consumers’ ideas about what fruits and vegetables should look like.
There is a second category of products that “end up either being unharvested, returned to the land, or sent to livestock feed or landfills,” said Keeler, who has been working on environment and health. “And these are perfectly fine fruits and vegetables.”
Climate Candy keeps a little of this product from getting lost and turns it into something with a longer shelf life.
“There’s enough to go around,” Keeler said of wasted produce. “And none of the food banks can keep up because it’s perishable.”
With Halloween fast approaching, Keeler said Climate Candy would be a valuable addition to trick-or-treat bags — but she also envisions the treat as a healthy alternative to traditional candy year-round.
“Halloween is coming and everyone is craving what a snack size is, and that’s your one day to be fun,” Keeler said. “What we’re saying is, guess what, the other 364 days of the year? That could be what you could have from a sweet tooth perspective. And I think it’s just something that could be nostalgic for the next generation.”
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