Cotton is the livelihood for an estimated 250 million people — saying no to cotton is hardly the solution. Saying yes to more responsible cotton, however, can help mitigate this crop’s impact on people and the environment — and even improve living standards worldwide.
Food & Agriculture
Even if the recycling system was perfect, the fact still remains that we will always rely on a portion of virgin input materials. This is why renewable materials and sustainable sourcing are critical to the circular economy.
USAID is teaming up with coffee pod giant Nespresso and the NGO TechnoServe to revitalize South Sudan’s coffee industry. The three organizations will invest over $3 million in funds to jumpstart the industry and help farmers become more economically secure.
Former NBA player Seth Sundberg’s experience as a convict led him to launch Prison Bars, a social enterprise that aims to market healthful snack bars while giving a second chance to former inmates.
Imagine you had to run a 10 km race without running shoes. Certainly you would make do with what you had, but you probably would end up blistered and near the back of the pack. In a simplistic way, this is what smallholder farmers in Africa experience every day. But in their case, their lives depend on it.
The idea is this: If Costco can invest in producers to help them transition to organic, then the retailer can rely on them through “first buyer” agreements and get more organic food for its stores.
Inspired in part by University of Connecticut research, Long Islander Bren Smith shifted away from culling oysters and is now recognized as a leader in 3-D ocean farming.
A research fiasco at the University of Maryland College Park finally ended last week when the university’s administration returned over $228,000 in funds. The cash contributed to a dubious study that claimed a brand of chocolate milk alleviated the health effects of concussions.
There are few federal, state or local regulations on food date labels, who sets them and what they actually represent. A new bill aims to address standardization head-on in California.
How do you increase awareness of buying sustainably among consumers? The key is getting information to them.
After an investigation concluded that Malaysia-based IOI Group, one of the largest suppliers of palm oil on the planet, was responsible for deforestation in Indonesia, Unilever severed business ties with the company.
A major $90 million sustainable food supply initiative will set up collaborative efforts to transform the production of top commodities such as beef, soy, tuna and shrimp.
Now Chipotle wants to enter the burger market, as reported by many business news outlets earlier this week. It turns out Chipotle’s legal team has applied for the “Better Burger” trademark.