Hellmann’s says its entire U.S. consumer portfolio is now made with only cage-free eggs. The Unilever subsidiary is the latest to make the switch as a growing number of consumer firms seek to bolster their animal welfare standards.
Food & Agriculture
While most consumers assume the USDA Organic standard includes animal welfare protections, that’s largely untrue — though a rule enacted this week might soon change that.
Like the United States, the U.K. faces a childhood obesity epidemic. A third of U.K. children are either overweight or obese. But unlike the U.S., the U.K. government is putting policies into place to address the problem head-on.
The vast majority of chickens raised for meat live in windowless warehouses and suffer from a number of welfare concerns. But thanks to animal protection organizations and conscientious consumers, that’s likely to change in 2017, says Kenny Torrella of the Humane Society of the United States.
Chipotle worked with Compassion in World Farming USA and the Humane Society of the U.S. to develop the new standards, which go way beyond cage-free.
If industry stakeholders continue to slowly trail entrepreneurs rather than expedite their own efforts, it will be at their own peril; those who fail to adapt will find that consumers are taking their business elsewhere — even for vital, basics products like food
American workers are exploited in industries from agriculture to manufacturing to sex trafficking — and the H2 visa program contributes to the problem.
Hemp? Beet juice? Pea protein? They’re all on the menu for America’s leading plant-based brands. And these pioneering companies are quickly bringing the trend into the mainstream — landing space on grocery giants’ shelves and winning acclaim from vegans and non-vegans alike.
SPECIAL SERIES: Progress to 2020: Tackling resource use from all angles
The U.S. tosses a staggering $161 billion worth of food every year. And while more Americans are talking about the problem, efforts to address it are taking place mostly at the local level or in the business sector. While that is necessary, national- and international-level policy has a role to play as well. And that is one area where Europe is far ahead.
“Vegetables in 2017 will extend their domination of the dinner plate, shoving animal protein to the edges … or off the plate altogether,” predict international food and restaurant consultancy Baum and Whiteman. Whether you agree or not, it’s tough to ignore the ballooning market for plant-based proteins.
As science and policy swirls around the introduction of sterile male mosquitoes to help eliminate the global scourge of malaria in some regions, Chicago has its local version.
Sub-Saharan Africa is already heavily reliant on grain imports. And this will only increase if populations grow as expected, researchers warn in a new study. But they say accelerated production coupled with sustainable agriculture can help.
Food2Soil, a micro-enterprise founded and supported by NGO Inika Small Earth, exists to “resource the local food web,” Sarah Boltwala-Mesina, executive director of Inika Small Earth, explains.