Monsanto 2015 Sustainability Report: Does It Go Far Enough?

Reductions in water usage, a drop in emissions and bolder goals are among the highlights of Monsanto’s 2015 report. It also increased production of four key crops. Is that what consumers are looking for, and will its goals help us stave off climate change risks? We take a look at some of the issues facing Monsanto right now.

While Olive Garden Donates Food, Its Employees Are on Public Assistance

Because they receive tips, many servers at restaurants such as Olive Garden are paid a minimum wage far below what the U.S. government requires for most workers. And while the company donates millions of meals annually, one Olive Garden employee reports that workers are not allowed to take leftover food home — and often rely on public assistance to get by.

Reducing Food Waste By Feeding Scraps To Pigs

Taiwan is one of a handful of countries that have institutionalized the practice of feeding food scraps to livestock. About two-third’s of the country’s food waste is fed to its 5.5 million pigs.

Greenpeace: Tuna Recalls Aren’t Big Enough

Bumble Bee is recalling more than 31,000 cases of chunk light tuna after a malfunction left the cans partially cooked. Two other companies have also issued recalls. But Greenpeace is asking whether, given human rights and environmental abuses it says it has documented on contracted tuna seiners, this limited recall is enough.

Starbucks Ramps Up Food Donations Nationwide

Long notorious for its food waste, Starbucks is working with two nonprofits to do something with those unwanted food products that far too often end up in landfill.

TriplePundit TweetUp: Monsanto Responds

Two weeks ago Monsanto’s CEO, Hugh Grant, participated in a TriplePundit Twitter chat. We received dozens of questions during the hour-long chat. Here are the company’s responses to those we didn’t have time to address.

Think the DARK Act Was Defeated? Not So Fast

Hold on to that favorite box of cereal, GMO opponents. Last week’s celebratory news that the DARK Act had met its timely death may not be quite that straightforward. A bill to stop Vermont’s upcoming labeling law is alive and well in Senate. It’s called the Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, and it lives deep in the recesses of an old marine conservation bill where few would likely look for GMO legislation.

The Face Behind Your Food: Three Farmworkers Share Their Stories

Lupita López Dearcia Comitán is a farmworker in Sonora, Mexico.  She’s forty-four years old, has five children, and just so happens to grow the cucumbers you put in your salad last night. It’s a job she has a lot of pride in. Most people don’t know that cucumbers grow on vines like tomatoes, requiring constant … Continued

Why GMO Labeling Matters

After a long fight, Vermont’s GMO-labeling law will take effect this summer. One of the largest food companies in the U.S. now says it will start disclosing GMO ingredients on all of its labels. Watch for others to follow suit.

Are You A Food Voter?

Food voters use their pocket books, and increasingly their votes, to select foods, food suppliers and politicians based on their support of values like sustainable sourcing of food, food label transparency and health claim authenticity.