What’s in my SpaghettiOs? Should I assume there’s no dog in my hot dog? We all want to know what’s buried in the food we eat. We also want to know about the welfare of any animals involved in the process. Sadly, food companies haven’t always been transparent, but Campbell Soup and Smithfield are plodding along toward the goal of complete transparency. Here are some of their recent initiatives and stances.
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If you ever want to one-up someone in a conversation about corporate social responsibility, all you have to do is toss in the words “Unilever” or “Paul Polman,” and it’s over. But you know what would even be an even bigger win? Becoming a company like Unilever or a CEO like Polman. So, I interviewed the CEO of everyone’s favorite Unilever brand, Ben & Jerry’s. Part man, part dessert god, Jostein Solheim shares how to integrate social good into your business model, measure impact and recruit more brand fans.
Pets outnumber people in many countries. Despite our own increasing carbon footprint, the paws, wings and claws of our house animals also contribute to the matter. In a perfect world, how can we project a sustainable future for the pet industry?
Never before has eating your veggies looked so good. Actress, vegan chef and eco-lifestylist, Leslie Durso, refuses to compromise style for sustainability. America’s “Veggie Dreamgirl” shares her farm-to-stylish-table recipes, warmhearted sensibilities, and passion for fresh whole foods daily via her website and live appearances on the Food Network, the Discovery Channel, CNN and more. But establishing herself a leading foodpreneur, healthy living educator and eco-lifestylist is not without its challenges.
Israel has given us technological breakthroughs like the PillCam, MobilEye and the USB flash drive. But the latest news out of a small northern town near the Palestinian West Bank has garnered almost as much global attention: A shopkeeper with a talent for making great Israeli cuisine has found a way to bring common dialogue back to the table. He is offering deep discounts to any Arab and Jewish patrons who are willing to break bread together. And it isn’t just the consumers who are benefiting from the connection: His bottom line is as well.
TriplePundit chatted w sustainable seafood pioneers Whole Foods & Seafood Nutrition Partnership about how to help everyone eat more, better, healthier fish.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Problem with Food Waste
It’s a never-ending cycle: An over-plentiful food production that exists to satiate our needs and preferences — and which, in its abundance, also feeds landfills instead of families in economic need … all the while creating increasing fuel for climate change. We speak with Mathy Stanislaus of the EPA to get the straight skinny on this burgeoning problem and what the U.S. government, businesses and consumers are doing to help break the cycle.
Food recalls are still highly prevalent in America, causing many consumers to be hospitalized. In severe cases, some even lose their lives to foodborne illnesses as a result. Here are some key methods to help food production companies provide safer products for their consumers.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of Fair Trade
Fair Trade Month is a time to spread the word about who and where our products come from. This means putting the spotlight on challenges like child labor in cocoa and slavery in seafood, and also celebrating the farms, factories, brands and retailers that are doing things differently. As we dive into the second half of October, there are three important things to know about Fair Trade Month.
Corporate responsibility programs are on autopilot. Donate to the local nonprofit. Fill up backpacks for school kids. Assemble bicycles for Christmas gifts. Those are good deeds but … they’re about as exciting as the 2-year-old PB&J sandwich you found under the seat of your car. Sometimes, your community engagement program needs a dose of the novel, exciting and adventurous. Here are some ideas.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Problem with Food Waste
“I believe we no longer sell packaging,” said Jerome A. Peribere, president and CEO of Sealed Air, “we sell increased shelf life.” But a longer shelf life on perishable food items isn’t the only way this packaging company is helping others in its supply chain reduce waste.
Call it JFK Airport’s farm-to-tray program. With any luck and a whole lot of tender loving care, Jet Blue passengers will be able to sample home-grown potatoes during their in-flight dinners and snacks — straight from the airport’s Terminal 5. It’s part of Jet Blue’s effort to spruce up the environment at the JFK, and give a little back to Mother Nature and local communities.
Right on the heels of last week’s landmark passage of the SB 350 climate bill, which commits the state to reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030, California passed SB 27, which limits the use of antibiotics in livestock.
Today, Yum! Brands, the U.N. World Food Program, Food Donation Connection & TriplePundit came together at #3pYumChat for a conversation about global hunger.