The Cocoa Industry’s Road to Sustainability

Even as demand for cocoa climbs, smallholder cocoa farmers often struggle to make ends meet. Taco Terheijden, director of cocoa sustainability for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, explores how the company is helping farmers increase profits in key cocoa-growing nations like Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

National Academy of Sciences Weighs In On Genetically-Engineered Foods

After examining genetically-engineered foods for two years, the National Academy of Sciences released its report. If you were expecting a silver bullet that would put this topic to rest, you may be left wanting. And it did little to pacify proponents or critics of GMO technology.

Monsanto Says ‘No’ to Bayer, But Still Faces Long-Term Struggles

After mulling Bayer’s takeover bid, Monsanto rejected the acquisition offer yesterday as being “incomplete and financially inadequate,” but said it would leave the door open to future discussions with Bayer. But the company’s pricey legal fights should temper investors’ enthusiasm for such a deal.

Hard Rock Cafe London Cuts Food Waste With a Digester

The Hard Rock Cafe in London — which houses an Eric Clapton guitar and one of Madonna’s credit cards — is turning to tech to address its food waste problem. The iconic restaurant installed the Eco-Safe food waste digester by BioHiTech Global to cut costs and divert organic material from local landfills. The food waste digester not only … Continued

Harpooners Buy Themselves A Beer Company

When faced with a tough financial decision, Harpoon Brewery opted not to sell to a large investor, and instead put almost half the company into an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Two years later, with Harpooners at the wheel, the company is growing — and its founder is now a champion of ESOPs as a solution for craft brewers nearing retirement.