Gulf Flood Waters — Breeding Grounds For Mosquitoes, Raising Zika Concerns

For decades governments have been using insecticide spray and other chemicals to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. But now scientists have come up with another method, thanks to help from Nature — oh, and about 50 years of plodding through tropical jungles. The answer all along, was in the soil …

Baby Food for the 1%

It was really only a matter of time before the cold-pressed, cold-packed, hand-selected direct-to-your-door meal movement made its way to baby food. But is this start-up from Jennifer Garner and the former CEO of Annie’s Homegrown solving a real problem?

How Food Waste Reduction Can Save Wildlife

Human activity has numerous impacts on biodiversity, but none is more significant than food production. Everything we eat represents a sacrifice: a sacrifice of energy, water and often wildlife habitat to grow and produce our food. When food is wasted, everything that goes into growing and transporting food is wasted.

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Ben & Jerry’s: Why Brands Taking Stands is Smart Business

Few brands are as famous for their social activism than Ben & Jerry’s. The Vermont ice cream maker with global revenues of more than $1.2 billion (2015) is as much known for its social conscience as for its creamy, irresistible ice cream flavors. Pick a flavor and chances are you’ll walk away with more than just a good feeling in your tummy: You’ll feel you’re making a statement.

Renewable Fuel Standard Ready for an Overhaul?

A coalition of environment groups has urged the federal government to enact more cuts in biofuels production, as they claim the environmental promises promised by the Renewable Fuel Standard have failed to materialize 10 years after the program launched.

Timberland Helps Cotton Production Return to Haiti

Timberland and the Smallholders Farmers Alliance have reintroduced cotton as not only a way to help revitalize the economy, but to also claw back against ongoing deforestation that has contributed to the country’s stubborn poverty.

Samsung Note 8 Linked to Deforestation, Says NGO

According to Mighty Earth, Samsung is using proceeds from the sales of products such as Note 8 smartphones to develop palm oil plantations with some of the most notorious agribusiness interests in Indonesia.

GMO Crop Yields Uncertain in Warming Climates According to New Research

The world’s population is expected to increase to just under 10 billion by 2050. Food production must be smart, efficient and sustainable say scientists, and new research suggest it’s agroecology, not genetic engineering, that has the best tools at hand for providing enough food for hungry populations.

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How General Mills Celebrates Honey Bees

National honey bee day is this Saturday. In honor of America’s hardest workers, General Mills teamed up with the USDA to fund the Xerces Society the world’s oldest pollinator conservation nonprofit.