Some School Districts Quit Healthier Lunch Program. After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money. Federal officials say they don’t have exact numbers but have seen isolated reports of schools cutting ties with the $11 billion National School Lunch Program, which reimburses schools for meals served and gives them access to lower-priced food. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

High Plains Aquifer Under Threat, Report Warns. The High Plains Aquifer, a critical water source for US farmers and ranchers, is diminishing at an accelerated rate and nearly 70 percent of it will be pumped out within the next 50 years if existing trends don’t change, according to a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. About 30 percent of the groundwater has already been pumped from the aquifer. Read more at environmentalleader.com.

New Study Of Traveler Eating Interests Shows Promoting Culinary Activities Can Pay Off. WASHINGTON — A new study of traveler behavior reveals that the way to tourists’ wallets may be through their stomachs. Conducted by the travel market research firm Mandala Research and sponsored by the World Food Travel Association and other tourism organizations, the study shows that almost a third (30%) deliberately choose destinations based on the availability of activities related to local food and drink, whether it’s a beer or wine festival, a farmers market, or a farm to table experience. Read more at hospitalitynet.org.

Dow’s 6 Secrets to Corporate Sustainability Leadership. Corporations, like leaders, display habits that can identify their commitment to sustainability, says Dow Chemical’s vice president of sustainability and environment, Neil Hawkins. He singles out six habits that he says leading green businesses must embody in a column for Ensia magazine. Hawkins categorizes the habits under three core ideas: demonstrate leadership, collaborate with others instead of trying to be an island and win by netting profits that funnel these efforts. Learn more at environmentalleader.com.