In Venice: Unsustainable Tourism

In Venice: Unsustainable Tourism

November 23, 2019

Venice’s tourist population has swelled to 30 million people a year, and many arrive on the approximately 570 cruise ships that make calls in the lagoon.

Desperate to preserve the city’s image, the Italian transport minister is pulling the plug on large ship access to the Grand Canal near Piazzo San Marco square beginning in April 2020.  Reductions in the number of cruise ships entering the area were already introduced in August 2019.

In addition, beginning in July 2020, day-trippers arriving by public transport will pay a fee of three euros during the off-season and eight euros in high season to help preserve the city’s quality of life.  Those who choose to visit during peak times, such as summer weekends, will have to pay an additional 10 euro charge to visit the city center and islands of the lagoon.


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This post is based on the Express article, Tourism crackdown: Venice to ban large cruise ships in bid to save city, by Leonie Chao-Fong, November 7, 2019; the Worth article,  Facing Rising Water Continue reading

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Plant-Based Sausage Pizza in a Round box

Plant-Based Sausage Pizza in a Round box

November 3, 2019

Pizza Hut is adding to the growing list of restaurants that are experimenting with or adopting plant-based meat.

In one Phoenix restaurant location, for one day only, on October 23, 2019, Pizza Hut introduced a Morning Star Farm’s plant-based sausage pizza, and packaged it in a “planet friendly” round pizza box made by Zume, Inc.

If the one-day test goes well, Pizza Hut will evaluate rolling out one or both innovations to more locations.


Video Spotlight: Pizza Hut testing plant-based sausage topping in Phoenix


This post is based on the Nation’s Restaurant News article, Pizza Hut Testing Plant-Based Sausage Served in Zume Round Box, by Nancy Luna and Gloria Dawson, October 22, 2019; the Fast Company article, Two Years in The Making, Pizza Hut Tests a Round Pizza Box, by Jeff Beer, October 22, 2019; and the YouTube video, Pizza Hut testing plant-based sausage topping in Phoenix, by 12 News, October 22, 2019. Image source: D. Hurst / Alamy

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1. Why introduce a plant-based sausage?

Guidance: The tremendous success of other plant-based meats by several fast-food restaurants is driving more restaurants to consider adding it to their menus.  Several have seen Continue reading

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