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Farmed Fish Production Overtakes Beef

A major milestone was reached in 2011: for the first time, world farmed fish production topped world beef production. The gap widened last year as fish farming, or aquaculture, reached a record 66 million tons, compared to beef production of 63 million tons. And, according to an Earth Policy Institute report, 2013 might be the first year that people consume more fish raised on farms than wild-caught fish.

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McDonald’s Customers Don’t Buy Salads – But Whose Fault is That?

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said last week that salads make up 2 to 3 percent of U.S. restaurant sales. In other words, McDonald’s customers might be into a grilled chicken but not so much into a grilled chicken salad. But whose fault is it and is McDonald’s decision to focus its advertising on hamburgers, not salads, the right one?

Shareholders say McDonald's targeting of children through products like Happy Meals has contributed to childhood obesity.

McDonald’s Shareholders Vote on Marketing Unwholesome Food

A resolution at the McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting today will seek to prevent the fast food giant from marketing unhealthy food to children. While the majority of McDonald’s shareholders will likely reject the resolution when they vote, Sara Deon, director of Corporate Accountability International’s “Value [the] Meal” campaign insists that whether or not the resolution passes is of little consequence.

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Fast Food Workers Strike – Is a Living Wage Really Possible?

Living wage proponents want to peg the minimum wage to the cost of living so that all workers, including those working in fast-food and retail settings can be assured a wage that will adequately cover their living expenses. While there is a fair amount of resistance to the idea in the U.S., the concept is catching on in the U.K., where employers report lower turnover and better worker attendance from happier employees. The companies are happy as well, since lower recruitment and retention costs mean better profits.

The Moringa Tree is a plant native to parts of Africa and Asia renowned for its nutritional value.

Moringa – The Superfood That Could Alleviate Hunger in Developing Regions

Move over, Iron Man. A new kind of “superfood” is emerging that promises to save more lives than your high-tech armor ever could. The Moringa Tree is a plant native to parts of Africa and Asia renowned for its nutritional value – each leaf contains seven times the Vitamin C of oranges, four times the vitamin A of carrots, four times the calcium of milk, three times the potassium of bananas and twice the protein of yogurt.

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Unearthing the Value of Soil

Soil is the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. Just one teaspoon contains as many as one billion bacteria, which provide vital services to support the growth of plant species and the myriad creatures who feed on them. Without healthy soil, everything from human health and food security to the resilience and biodiversity of the planet is at risk.

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Lessons Learned From Hyundai’s Failed Suicide Ad

Hyundai’s latest ad about a man who tried to commit suicide by inhaling gas fumes in his garage but failed because the Hyundai he was in output 100 percent water emissions, was met with outrage. What does this latest marketing blunder tell the rest of us about sustainable marketing?

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Olazul: Addressing Fishery Degradation

Introducing Olazul, a non-profit organization dedicated to develop sustainable livelihoods in balance with healthy ecosystems through the principle of ecological aquaculture.

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Increased Corn Prices Threaten Ethanol Fuel’s Long Term Viability

Ethanol has seen several hiccups as of late. A drought has caused water shortages wreaking havoc on corn crops, driving up the price of ethanol fuel and jeopardizing its long-term viability. Increased costs and dwindling demand has already caused 10 percent of the nation’s ethanol plants to halt production. According to the USDA, the record-high corn prices could spike by as much as 19 percent in 2013.

Genetically-modified maize. Petri dish containing sprouting genetically-modified (GM) maize kernels (Zea mays). Maize, commonly known as corn, is grown for food in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Genetic modification of plants involves altering their DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid), the chemical which controls every part of an organism's growth and development. This modification may give the plant desirable characteristics, such as resistance to disease and herbicides. In this case the maize plant has been modified to improve its resistance to glyphosinate-type weedkillers. It is controversial whether GM foods are safe to eat.

Genetic Modification: Time for a More Nuanced Debate

The more nuanced aspects of the GM debate are beginning to find voice. Leading environmentalists, including two of the UK’s highest profile ones, Jonathon Porritt and Tony Juniper, say that their minds are not closed as to the future of GM.