Industrial Farming’s Food for Thought

On a cold night last January, stakeholders made the trek to Austin, Minnesota, for the annual shareholder meeting of Hormel Foods. Among the issues to be voted on that night was a shareholder proposal asking Hormel to disclose the risks associated with allowing producers to lock breeding pigs in tiny cages called gestation crates.

Dialogue participants listening to a presentation from the AMANAH Association of oil palm smallholders

Dialogue in Action: Deforestation-Free Commitments in Indonesia

The Forests Dialogue launched its first of a series of field dialogues on understanding “deforestation-free” commitments in Riau Province, Indonesia. As stated by Andika Putraditama of World Resources Institute, one of the co-chairs of the meeting: “A big challenge is that key stakeholders on the ground don’t interpret the goal [of deforestation-free] and how to get there in the same way. This dialogue helps us understand issues faced by the people who are implementing and are directly affected by the pledges.”

timberland SFA Haiti children tree nursery

Smallholder Farmers: The New Global Food Frontier

A new global food scare is under way. While the last one led to the proliferation of industrialized agriculture in developing countries, this time around some prominent multinational corporations are coming to the aid of the world’s 2.5 billion smallholder farmers. These forward-thinking firms are partnering with locals and NGOs to launch market-based initiatives that revitalize smallholder farms and rural communities.

Rude Food

Food Waste is the New Haute Cuisine

Food waste is one of the most pressing social and environmental justice issues of our time, and innovators and entrepreneurs are jumping in to capture the waste. One catering service in Malmö, Sweden, is taking things beyond dumpster-diving. Rude Food is an all-volunteer, mostly vegan, food waste pop-up kitchen and catering service. Instead of just using leftovers, Rude Food intervenes at the farming, production, wholesale and retail levels to tackle waste across the value chain.

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Imperfect Foods Wants You to Buy Ugly Fruits and Vegetables

For those of us who are or have indulged in gardening, misshapen fruits and vegetables can be one of the joys of growing your own food. But as a society, something gets lost in translation when we go to the local supermarket or warehouse store: We expect our fruits and vegetables to be uniform in color, size and texture. To that end, the Oakland, California, startup Imperfect Foods is trying to change attitudes toward funny-looking fruits and vegetables while increasing waste diversion.

Nutella, mon reve by Kazu Letokyolte

Go Nuts with Ferrero’s Hazelnut Carton Board Packaging

Ferrero uses 25 percent of the world’s supply of hazelnuts to make 180 million kilograms (397 million pounds) of its Nutella spread each year. Now those hazelnut shells won’t be going to waste every year.


Used Cooking Oil Wreaks Havoc on Sewers

Improper disposal of used cooking oil is harmful to the environment and can cause structural damage. However, certain organizations have stepped up to not only offer a ready and safe disposal service, but also a way to repurpose the oil into a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels.

Panera Bread

Panera Bread Saying ‘Bye-Bye’ to Artificial Ingredients

Panera Bread shares progress on meeting its commitment to remove artificial ingredients from its U.S. Panera Bread and St. Louis Bread Co. menus. The company’s “No No List” is bans more than 150 ingredients, including artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives.

Miguel Angel Girón Orellana adds wax to timber in an FSC-Certified sawmill in Peten, Guatemala

Making a Market Deep in the Rainforest

Rainforest Alliance is betting a true triple-bottom-line project can protect the Guatemalan rainforest. Can they pull it off?


Tyson Foods Chickens Soon Antibiotic-Free

On Monday, Tyson Foods announced it will phase out the use of antibiotics in its U.S. broiler chicken flocks, chickens raised for meat, by September 2017. The Natural Resources Defense Council called Tyson’s decision a “tipping point” for removing antibiotics from the nation’s chicken supply chain.

Backseat chickens may not be common in Capurtino, California, today -- but they could be in the near future.

Channeling the Beverly Hillbillies in Cupertino

The Urban Homesteader is a project that teaches essential homesteading skills in bite-sized, accessible, entertaining chunks of content. Rather than presume people have Pinterest-ready backyards, or any at all, the video series teaches the hosts how to build their own solar panels, catch rain on an apartment building and, yes, raise chickens, among other things.