Plant-based eggs join meatless options at Tim Hortons | CBC News (5 minute read)
A new plant-based egg omelette made by California-based company, Just, is being tested by Tim Hortons in two regions in southern Ontario. The fake omelette is made with mung bean and protein isolate. So far, the plant-based food menu items appear to be winning customers over on taste. Research shows that many Canadians are hungry for meatless alternatives, for both ethical and health reasons. While Canada's new food guide advises eating less processed and fatty meat and more plant-based protein foods, the plant-based products served at a fast-food chain are often high in sodium and saturated fat.
This startup just raised $33 million to vaporize trash (2 minute read)
Trash does not only take up space, it also becomes a major source of methane, a greenhouse gas that is almost 86 times as potent as CO2. A new startup called Sierra Energy raised $33 million through Breakthrough Energy Ventures to handle the millions of tons of waste that currently goes to landfills. Sierra Energy is able to process nearly anything, recycling everything into electricity, plastics, fuels, and a range of other products, without any external energy or emissions. It works by heating up the waste to over 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit using a chemical reaction with carbon and pure oxygen, and then capturing all the gasses and recycling them. A demonstration plant located on an Army base in California currently uses garbage to generate both fuel and electricity, but future plants will only do one or the other.