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How Strong Are Commitments to Source Sustainable Palm Oil?

Many of the largest players in the palm oil industry have made commitments to make their supply chains more sustainable. But what do all the commitments really mean? Luckily, the Rainforest Action Network can help us sort through it all with its latest progress report.

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Nourishing 9 Billion: Millennials Weigh in on Global Food Challenges

To contribute to the solutions for a sustainable future, Net Impact and CollaborateUp hosted two “Nourishing 9 Billion” SolutionLabs at the University of California, Davis and Tufts University this spring. One thing was clear: This issue matters to millennials. Four young leaders share their thoughts in short video interviews.

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General Mills Invests $50,000 in Prairie Organic Grain Initiative

General Mills announced earlier this month that it is investing $50,000 in the Canada-based Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, a multi-year program with the goal of building resiliency and stability in the organic field-crop sector. Jeff Harmening, executive vice president and CEO of General Mills, told investors that the company’s goal is to “build a $1 billion natural and organic business by 2020.”

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France Bans Roundup, While Monsanto Eyes U.K. as New Home

The Europeans’ love-hate relationship with Monsanto can be dizzying at times. While the American agrichemical company is courting (or trying to court) its Swiss competitor Syngenta, Monsanto is also reportedly looking for a home in the U.K., an area not historically known for its enthusiasm for the GMO industry. Meanwhile, in a move that seems suspiciously coincidental, France took rapid steps to ban the sale of Roundup on Sunday. And Syngenta’s stockholders? Still unimpressed with American brashness.

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Federal Guidelines Just Might Tell Americans to Put Down That Cheeseburger

The federal government just may recommend that Americans eat less meat when new guidelines are released in the fall. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has outlined recommendations that include reducing red meat and processed meat consumption and eating more fruits and vegetables.

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MillerCoors Announces Zero Waste-to-Landfill Brewery and Campus

MillerCoors brewing company announced today that both its corporate headquarters and its Milwaukee brewery are now landfill free. This is the seventh of the company’s eight major breweries to achieve this status and the first complete campus (brewery plus offices) to get there.

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Why Foster Farms is Dropping Antibiotic Use in Chickens

Foster Farms’ two new product lines are a big deal to the 76 year-old poultry manufacturer. But it’s even bigger news for the industry, which is being transformed by the FDA’s call for nixing human antibiotics in livestock. But will it be enough to bolster Foster Farms’ sales, given that consumers are now moving toward other companies that already offer antibiotic-free poultry?

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To Smoke or Not to Smoke? That is the Environmental Question

For a minute, consider the environmental impacts of worldwide tobacco usage instead of the health risks that are associated with it. As a former smoker, the thought never crossed my mind to explore the cumulative effects of my choice to light up.

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Consumer Brands, Big Investors Call for Stronger Sustainable Palm Oil Standard

Archer Daniels Midland, ConAgra, Kellogg and institutional investors responsible for some $4 trillion of capital are among members of a multi-stakeholder group that delivered a letter to RSPO. The letter asks the world’s leading sustainable palm oil self-regulatory organization to prohibit clearing of high-carbon forests and peatlands, as well as strengthen protection of human rights.