Food & Agriculture
How will we feed our rapidly expanding global population, set to hit 9 billion by 2050, while not contributing to climate change in the process? This past week at SXSW Eco, a panel of experts from business, academia and the farming community took on this question, asserting that we’ve got part of the answer right under our feet: microbes.
Around 5 million farmers now use the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a change that has lifted thousands out of poverty and food insecurity. It all sounds great until you learn that there are about 162 million acres of rice fields on the planet. So, why isn’t SRI catching on faster?
Palm oil supply chains span the globe, and palm oil is hidden in half of the packaged products at the grocery store. TriplePundit’s editor in chief Jen Boynton sheds some light on the complicated process of making palm oil more sustainable.
Talk doesn’t help someone out of poverty; that takes doing. And Manoj Bhargava, billionaire CEO of 5-Hour Energy drinks, is committed to doing just that.
How do you reuse a dirty, smelly waste material like the sludgy mess from industrial food production to create bioplastic? One team is doing just that. Whether driven by the desire to be gold star eco-citizens or because they hope to succeed where others have failed, Brian and Ian with Full Cycle Bioplastics shared their team’s award-winning plan with me and at SXSW Eco this week.
India now wants to cut back on palm oil imports by promoting oil palm cultivation on Indian soil. Will this happen at the expense of sustainability?
Forests are an indispensable piece of the climate puzzle, which is why they’re prominent in the U.N.’s new Sustainable Development Goals, and why they will also loom large at the COP21 Paris climate talks.
Greenpeace just launched a global campaign against Thai Union Group (TUG), the world’s largest canned company, which owns Chicken of the Sea. Greenpeace is calling on the company to eliminate labor abuse and fishing practices that cause environmental damage from its supply chains.
Ikea recently announced that all of the 23 species of seafood sold in its stores now only come from sources certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Stewardship Council.
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The days of business push-back on environmental legislation are in the rearview mirror, at least for the food industry.
Honest Tea, based in Bethesda, Maryland, recently issued its annual sustainability report, touting the achievements and challenges faced by the 17-year-old tea and infusion bottler.
What’s not to love about fresh fruit and veg? The preserved-food industry lobby is pouring money into campaigns to feed children less-than-fresh foods.
The “McB,” McDonald’s first 100% organic beef burger, is coming to a store near you–if you happen to be in Germany and Austria this fall. Is this a step towards the Golden Arches revamping its menu . . . and image?