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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?

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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.

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Chipotle Eliminates GMOs

Chipotle announced this week it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its restaurants. No more soybean oil or GMO corn. Here’s why.

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3 Sustainable Alternatives to Polystyrene

As things stand today, a much wider ban on polystyrene foam containers seems imminent – and welcome. As we phase out a once ubiquitous product, it’s time we started considering sustainable substitutes.

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Photos: These 4 Maps Give a Unique Look Into Global Challenges

In centuries past, two-dimensional, hand-drawn maps were indispensable to global exploration and travel. Today our technologically-produced maps are our visual keys to understanding the world’s greatest societal challenges: The world’s growing water risk, the geography of modern-day slavery and the visual impact of poverty all are a bit easier to visualize.

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Is Mass Balance Pushing Your Chocolate Bar Too Far?

Big chocolate is jumping in the fair trade movement — thanks to mass balance. Commodities are difficult to track and mass balance makes it easier. But critics argue to pushes the chocolate bar past the point of fair trade recognition. Two industry experts share their perspectives on whether mass balance helps or hinders the fair trade movement.

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Refrigeration Battery Could Lower Supermarket Energy Use By 40 Percent

The capacity to deliver continuous electricity for refrigeration is one of the central planks of the modern-day food distribution system. Enter Berkeley, California-based Axiom Energy and its Refrigeration Battery: a water- and ice-based backup cooling system designed for use in large supermarkets and food distribution facilities.

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6 Rainforest Products You’ve Never Heard Of

Fair trade isn’t just for coffee and cocoa! Check out these products coming to you from rainforest communities in Guatemala. Sustainably produced and harvested by rural communities, these products are making their way into your gum, furniture and maybe even your flour.

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SCOTUS to Foreign Victims of Corporate Human Rights Abuse: Stay Away

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear plaintiffs’ appeal in Cardona v. Chiquita Brands International, a lawsuit brought by victims of terrorism and crimes against humanity in Colombia. The Court may also have, once and for all, shut the door to the American courts for individuals harmed by American corporations abroad.

Original Unverpackt co-founder Sara Wolf (left) packs up some perfectly-portioned bulk buys.

3p Weekend: 10 Companies That Are Rethinking Food Waste

Food waste is a staggering global problem: Roughly a third of the food produced for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — is lost or wasted. But a select few companies are taking innovative approaches to cut those figures down to size. From small startups to major multinationals, this week we tip our hats to 10 companies that are rethinking food waste.

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McDonald’s Commits to Removing Deforestation From Its Supply Chain

This week, McDonald’s announced a commitment to remove deforestation from its supply chain. The global fast food company’s commitment includes its entire supply chain but places a priority on certain products, including beef, fiber-based packaging, coffee, palm oil and poultry.

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Nestlé USA Announces Factories Now Landfill-Free

In recognition of Earth Day 2015, Nestlé USA has announced its latest accomplishment: All of its U.S.-based manufacturing centers are now landfill-free. The news is the latest stage in the U.S. company’s efforts to retool the way it does business. But changing consumer behavior when it comes to packaging disposal can be a lot harder: More than 80 percent of the water bottles manufactured by today’s water companies still end up in the landfill.

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‘Organic Ready’ Corn: The Fight to Stop GMO Cross-Pollination

Frank Kutka, the maker of Organic Ready, is out to save organic corn. Oddly enough, he is doing it by an old-fashioned, home-grown method that has been around for at least a couple of centuries: meticulous genetic breeding that takes advantage of Mother Nature’s best traits of self-preservation and doesn’t artificially modify the plant’s genes. Can he succeed? Farmers in Argentina, Poland, Chile and a growing list of U.S. states think so.

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For Agriculture, California Drought Part of Broader, Global Trend

The historic drought in California is making headlines across the United States, but any farmer, anywhere in the world, knows firsthand that this isn’t an isolated event. The issue before us today isn’t whether climate change is real, but how we adapt and respond to increasingly volatile weather, Kerry Preete, executive vice president of global strategy at Monsanto, argues in this exclusive op-ed. Nobody is more vulnerable than farmers to the effects of climate change, she says, and doing nothing is not an option.