Canada, one of the world’s largest beef producers, has issued new dietary guidelines in an effort to promote healthy eating. And beef is no longer on the menu.
Food & Agriculture
The global banking giant HSBC has launched an investigation of a major Indonesian palm oil supplier over allegations that the company has been ready to clear cut thousands of hectares of rainforests in a remote corner of the island country.
A United Kingdom study recently concluded that biofuels can have a critical role to play in the mitigation of future climate change risks, but not if they are derived from food crops.
MillerCoors, the second largest brewer in the U.S., recently announced it conserved at least 15 billion gallons of water across its entire value chain last year largely due to improvements across its supply chain.
Mars Inc. recently launched The Farmer Income Lab, intended to be a “think tank” to ensure that global supply chains work for both small farmers and businesses.
Levanta Coffee describes itself as a “socially-innovative start-up” that can spark much better economic opportunities for the coffee farmers in Honduras with its “social microlot model” – one that will pay farmers 50 percent more than typical prices.
A recent report reveals Brazil is becoming more aggressive about being a major player in the global palm oil industry. While this development raises fears that deforestation in Brazil could accelerate, some NGOs insist that a boost in Brazil’s palm oil production could be a net positive for the environment.
The meteoric growth of the global shrimp industry has an ugly side. The increase in shrimp farms worldwide has been tied to environmental degradation and human rights violations. But the World Wildlife Fund has a fix to recommend.
Building on its success marketing egg-free cookie dough and sandwich spreads, the Silicon Valley food technology pacesetter Hampton Creek plans to have have laboratory meat on the market by the end of 2018.
Beyond Meat, the alternative meat company found in many Whole Foods, has landed its popular Beyond Burger at eight locations of the chain BurgerFi. All 101 of that company’s outlets will serve the fake burger by the end of this summer.
The EPA scored much criticism when it reversed a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos in March. Even low exposure to chlorpyrifos has been shown to cause developmental delays in children. Now it turns out EPA head Scott Pruitt met with the CEO of Dow Chemical, a manufacturer of the pesticide, a few weeks before the policy reversal.
Gonzales prides itself on running a streamlined and business-friendly development review process that at the same time promotes sustainability. It’s producing real economic results for local business Taylor Farms.
While speculation still unfolds over the reasons behind Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, the founders of the “conscious capitalism” movement say this is a huge opportunity for Amazon to emerge as a responsible business leader.