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Michelin Is Now Noting Which Restaurants Are ‘Sustainable’

Plus, Coors Light will give you money to adopt a dog, and more news to start your day

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Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

Of the 3,435 restaurants in the Michelin France’s 2020 guide, about 50 made the cut

Despite the protests of an increasing number of chefs, earning a star from Michelin is still a goal for many restaurants. But this year, the guide introduced a different designation—the sustainability clover, which highlights chefs and restaurants “who have taken responsibility by preserving resources and embracing biodiversity, reducing food waste and reducing the consumption of non-renewable energy.” It’s a lil clover and it’s adorable.

Food & Wine reports that over 50 restaurants were awarded the designation in the most recent Michelin guide to France, and while the company cites things like permaculture gardens and a “bio-waste recycling program,” it’s unclear what the criteria is to be awarded a clover. “The ideas, methods and know-how developed by these chefs will thus help raise awareness of an entire sector to its customers and the general population,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of Michelin Guides. However, Michelin, a tire company, could probably do more by not encouraging diners to drive around so much.

And in other news...

  • Trickling Springs Creamery of Pennsylvania is accused of running the state’s largest Ponzi scheme, and targeting members of the Amish and Mennonite communities. [Vice]
  • A new sugar substitute made from discarded apples and pears could be better for the planet. [Fast Company]
  • “Citrus greening” is a disease that’s been devastating Florida’s citrus farms, but dogs may be the key to detecting it. Good boys. [Modern Farmer]
  • Speaking of dogs, Coors Light will give $100 each to 1,000 people who adopt dogs for Valentine’s Day. [CNN]
  • Ok Brexit is bad but the UK does have this Pizza Hut x KFC popcorn chicken pizza collab. [Delish]
  • Hedge funds are taking up more “sustainable” investments like avocados, proving that the solution to destructive capitalist greed is...making sustainability profitable. Or something. [Bloomberg]
  • According to some psychologists, people hate vegans because they know eating meat is wrong but they don’t want to admit it. [BBC]
  • Wendy’s is launching a nationwide breakfast next month. [NRN]
  • An appreciation of the arts is so important

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