Air industry seeks to tackle emissions crisis

(CNN) – The European Commission says a round trip flight from Lisbon, Portugal, to New York generates about the same level of emissions as the average EU resident heating their home for a year.

But the aviation industry gradually shifting from traditional jet fuels to more sustainable energy sources would go a long way in reducing these emissions, and it hopes to wean itself off hydrocarbons.

Cooking oil, food waste, even your old clothing: It could all be used to fly a plane and combat climate change.

Sustainable aviation fuels, or SAFs, are fuels made from renewable energy sources. They could potentially cut carbon emissions from aviation by up to 80%.

The EU has made some ambitious proposals for aviation as part of its green deal.

From 2025, planes taking off from EU airports would have to use a blend of at least 2% sustainable aviation fuel, rising to 5%

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Food pantries rise to the pandemic challenges

Between cooking meals and making deliveries to combat increasing needs, food banks have had their hands full during the pandemic. But as Massachusetts residents and businesses adjust to accommodate growing vaccination rates and expiring government benefits, so have food pantry services.

Food insecurity reached new highs over the last year, but experts worry the full effects of the issue will come to light even as vaccination rates rise. Western Massachusetts saw an approximately 47% increase in hunger over the pandemic with the greatest impact on children, according to Feeding America. A growing number of visits to food pantries and use of government services, including SNAP benefits, reflected the increase in Berkshire County.

“During COVID, we saw a lot more people who had never used our services and had never needed support, ever,” said Lillian Baulding, communications and engagement officer at Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

While food pantries welcomed growing

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Ken Morris, Cooking for Comfort: Mood Enhancing Stews | Food Columnists

Food can influence your feelings so when daylight diminishes and you have to bring out your winter coat, you know that is a good time to make that great mood enhancer: stew.

But right about now you’re wondering, what is the difference between a soup and a stew? The short answer is: liquid. The National Soup Control Board may disagree with me here but in soup the ingredients will be completely submerged in liquid, or could just be liquid, while in stews, the meat, fish, or vegetables are just barely covered. Maybe an easier way to look at it is a stew is much heartier and thicker than a soup. How much heartier and how thicker? That’s a judgment call.

I’ve picked out three stews from three distinct areas, hoping that at least one of them will speak to you to make. Everyone needs a good beef stew

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Food Network signs SC native Kardea Brown to two-year contract extension | Food

A South Carolina-based show that’s reached 3.5 million viewers since its Aug. 29 premiere is returning to the Food Network for a sixth season in 2022, and its host, Kardea Brown, has signed a two-year contract extension.

“Delicious Miss Brown” will begin production on Edisto Island this fall as season five continues to air on the Food Network. 

“It’s a dream come true. I’m excited to continue to share my family, my food and my culture,” Brown said Oct. 28 after wrapping up on the “Delicious Miss Brown” set. 

Charleston Gullah chef hosts third season of Food Network show 'Delicious Miss Brown'

Brown made her Food Network debut in 2015 on an episode of “BBQ Blitz” after gaining a national following with her traveling New Gullah Supper Club. On July 28, 2019, “Delicious Miss Brown” made its network premiere, giving Brown a national audience eager to learn about the Southern recipes she learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen.

Brown’s new

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