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What Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy teaches about activism as companies take a stand

by // January 18, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 90 on January 15th. As Americans observe his birthday on the January 21st federal holiday, he still has near-universal appeal. Overall, 90 percent of Americans view King favorably, according to a fresh Ipsos poll. The civil rights leader’s enduring favorability highlights how his reputation over time has changed.… continue »

Americans resolve to be better, more patient people. Five ways brands and BeSci can help you nail your New Year’s goals.

by // January 15, 2019

Beyoncé and Jay-Z want their fans to try going vegan in this new year. Blogger and mom Stephanie Ortiz plans to be more patient with her kids. People across the U.S. plan to make similar changes in 2019, according to a recent Ipsos survey. Yet, creating new habits and sticking to them is challenging. The good… continue »

Multivore diet families are going mainstream

by // January 10, 2019

It’s been 10 years since Michael Pollan published his book, “In Defense of Food,” with the mantra, “eat food, not too much, mostly plants,” for improved health. How has the western diet changed since then? For one, Whole Foods has a meatless phenom in its TTLA sandwich with tempeh bacon, tomato, lettuce and avocado. In… continue »

Most Americans are optimistic about 2019

by // January 2, 2019

“Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now,” sing the Schuyler sisters in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.” They seem to sum up the optimism that Americans have for themselves in reflecting on 2018 and entering 2019. It’s a buoyant way to look at the past year’s trip around the sun,… continue »

I’ll be home for the holidays. Can I bring my cat?

by // December 19, 2018

There are some guests during the holidays that people welcome with trepidation. It used to be the in-laws or someone’s new significant other. Increasingly though, it’s a visitor’s pet. As Americans have elevated pets to human status, they want to bring their (usually) hairy extended family along for the holidays. One in three pet owners… continue »

What’s for dinner?

by // December 4, 2018

It’s about as fundamental a question as you’ll find in most people’s day-to-day lives. And while the answer can take many forms in terms of the incredible range of cuisines served, whether dinner is eaten as a family around a table, on couches in front of the TV, or on the run to soccer practice, the conversation about food today is much broader. It encompasses topics such as the way food gets to you, how it is grown or prepared and even how it’s packaged or sold. read more »

Editor’s Note

by // December 4, 2018

Over the past year, we have talked about the trends impacting changes to three of the top areas of consumer spending: housing, transportation and health care. This issue is focused on a fourth key sector: food. Specifically, we have conversations with the difference-makers about how our food gets to us, where that food comes from today and will come from tomorrow. The answers to these seemingly straightforward questions are in a surprising amount of flux. read more »

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