Food & Agriculture
For the past 40 years, Bill Niman’s name has been synonymous with ethical ranching. Meat from his humanely-raised hogs, cattle and poultry have graced the tables of some of Northern California’s most respected restaurants. Last month, Niman sold his prized BN Ranch to Blue Apron for an undisclosed amount. The move will still give Niman the opportunity to do what he loves best: raise animals humanely and teach others about the benefits that come from it.
The biotech firm PimaCott says it can treat cotton so that it can be easily scanned and identified, which in the long term could help improve traceability within the global cotton supply chain.
The newswires were buzzing last week over the story that pirates hijacked a commercial ship off the shores of Somalia — but the focus on “pirates” overlooks factors such as overfishing, poverty, smuggling and even deforestation.
Protecting forests isn’t just critical for the health of our planet; it’s also smart business, argues Carlos Saviani, VP of sustainable food for the World Wildlife Fund.
Yesterday the $26 billion food giant Kraft Heinz announced a commitment to create a more sustainable supply chain — in part by revamping its palm oil policy. NGOs, so far, have replied with caution.
The new policies cover a wide range of animal welfare issues, including cage-free chicken and sow housing, as well as the responsible use of antibiotics.
General Mills and its Cheerios brand wanted to give away wildflower seeds to protect bee populations, but some on the web are calling the effort mere lip service.
The U.K.’s Prince Charles hosted a meeting that brought representatives of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers, including Mars, Nestlé, Mondelēz and Hershey, together to discuss deforestation.
If ever there were a canary in a coal mine, the wild bee in the almond patch is it: The decline in pollinator populations could have broad-sweeping effects for global agriculture. Ice cream purveyor Häagen-Dazs wants to do its part to save the bees — and one of its key ingredients, the California almond.
The Nile River Valley, which sustained Egypt since before the reign of the pharaohs, is at a tipping point. And a new dam in Ethiopia and unchecked development could render much of this country uninhabitable as its population continues to surge.
In this supply chain success story, Peet’s Coffee has a new idea to engage customers around the work it’s already doing to support smallholder coffee farmers around the world.
More global companies are not only developing deforestation commitments, but are also sharing and updating their progress publicly, according to a report issued today by the NGO Forest Trends.