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New James Cameron Documentary Explores The Athlete Vegan Movement

By Rachel Krantz, Good Sports


A new documentary called “The Game Changers” is out to prove that a plant-based diet is the most advantageous one for athletes — or, really, for anyone interested in improving their health.

The film, executive produced by “Titanic” and “Avatar” director James Cameron, is slated for release in fall 2018. It’s the latest signifier of the growing trend in sports in which an increasing number of athletes are choosing a plant-based diet — eschewing the traditional high-protein or high-carb diets of the past.

Everyone from Venus Williams to the defensive line of the Tennessee Titans to the NBA’s Kyrie Irving and the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick is eating plant-based diets, citing numerous health benefits as their motivations.

Several other films, such as “What the Health” and “Forks Over Knives,” also focus on the health benefits of a plant-based diet, but “The Game Changers”’ producers have a clear and somewhat new angle: It also aims to dispel myths tying manhood, virility, and strength to meat consumption.

In one section of the film, researchers conduct an experiment proving that a plant-based diet leads to stronger and more frequent erections — and it’s led to some, shall we say, firm responses.

At our very first screening at the Sundance Film Festival, I had a long line of people who wanted to know how to start eating plant-based RIGHT NOW,” U.S. Olympian Dotsie Bausch, an athlete spotlighted in the film, says. “After seeing the film, no one wants to wait or make the transition slowly. My hope for ‘The Game Changers’ is that it jump starts this plant-based revolution.”

Bausch, the oldest Olympic competitor in her discipline, stood as a plant-based athlete on the Olympic platform at almost 40 years old. She experienced nearly immediate changes when she went vegan. “My blood flow increased, my digestion improved, my recovery time was cut in half, and I had teammates who were 10 years my junior chasing me around the track,” Bausch tells GOOD.

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Food Industry Leaders in Seattle Share Best Practices in Getting Extra Food to the Hungry

By John Nicely, KIRO 7

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SEATTLE – Seattle restaurants and food recovery organizations are leading the charge to prevent food waste and to give that extra food to those who need it most.  About 100 food industry leaders met at CenturyLink Field Thursday to share what’s working and learn from each other.

The Environmental Protection Agency organized the event and laid out these sobering statistics: 40% of food goes uneaten, 97% of food waste ends up in a landfill, 1 in 5 households in Washington are food insufficient.

“It’s always been that area of caution because of food safety issues,” he said. “The easy part of it is we’re already preparing the food. What comes out of that is the challenge is to take care of it in a proper way with the timing, making sure it gets cold fast enough.”

Justin Zeulner, who is with the Green Sports Alliance and works with sports stadiums, shared how the efforts from sports teams impact the thousands of fans.

“The fan enters this facility, they see the food is being prepared here local and organic, and they see the food is being composted,” he told KIRO7.  “And all of a sudden they say I’m inspired, I can do this, too.”

The Pacific Northwest has always been a leader on this issue. For example, the Green Sports Alliance started here in 2011 with six teams, including the Seahawks and Sounders. Now they have more than 600 members worldwide, including all major sports leagues.

Operation Sack Lunch, or OSL, is an organization that takes extra food from restaurants and prepares it for 15 downtown emergency shelters, food banks and other organizations.

“Each of our kitchens is sort of like the show ‘Chopped,’” Taran Graham, of OSL, told KIRO 7.  “A restaurant would contact us and say alright we just did an event and have this leftover food. So the first questions I ask are food was always at temperature control, cooled properly, heated properly, packaged and ready to go, labeled properly.”

Many participants on Thursday talked about how much technology and new apps they’ve created have helped fuel the movement.

“Really,” Zeulner said, “this is a movement that’s growing at a really rapid rate.”

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Member Spotlight: Delaware North

Alliance Blog, Content provided by Delaware North

Delaware North Sportservice, which provides food, beverage and retail services at more than 50 sports venues across the country, and its environmental stewardship platform GreenPath® is committed to maintain the highest sustainability standards at its ballparks, arenas and stadiums.  Delaware North Sportservice’s team at Progressive Field, along with its partner the Cleveland Indians, have implemented a system to not only cut down on waste at the ballpark, but also convert it into renewable energy.

Progressive Field hosts thousands of fans each year and produces hundreds of tons of waste from unused food and other products. Much of this waste, however, can be diverted from landfills and converted into an energy source.

By partnering with Grind2Energy, the team at Progressive Field installed a system to collect waste that will eventually be turned into energy. Organic waste from the ballpark is collected after each game and pushed through a commercial disposal and piped into a large tank.

When the tank is full, our end user collects the waste and trucks it to their nearby facility, where is it converted through anaerobic digestion into electricity. The facility is completely self-sustaining and any remaining electricity is pushed into the Cleveland Public Power grid. The unprocessed organic waste (after digestion) is then turned into organic fertilizer.

Progressive Field -- Grind 2 Energy

Since implementing the system in 2014, 192 tons of waste has been collected and converted. In 2016, 76 tons of food scraps were collected and converted into energy and fertilizer, which is equal to:

  • Heating 41 homes with natural gas for one month
  • Powering 27 homes with electricity for one month
  • 10,596 pounds of nutrient rich fertilizer
  • Eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from 121,783 automobile miles

Working with the Cleveland Indians, the majority of initial cost of the waste collection system was covered by a grant through the Ohio EPA.

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