Despite the many types of sustainable cotton now making up around 10 percent of global supply, there is a gap between supply and uptake. Presently, a significant amount of ‘more sustainable’ cotton ends up on the conventional market and is not sold as sustainable.
Food & Agriculture
A Washington state court ruled in a recent summary judgment that when the Grocery Manufacturers Association tried to conceal the identity of contributors to anti-GMO political campaign in 2013, it broke the state’s strict campaign finance laws. The question that is about to come before the court is whether the GMA intentionally broke the law in an effort to deceive voters. If so, in accordance with Washington’s campaign finance laws, the organization and its 300 member companies will pay some steep fines.
Once again this year, the government of Uzbekistan forcibly mobilized its citizens to the cotton fields to prepare carry out the 2015 harvest of the country’s “white gold.” Worse still, according to the Cotton Campaign and other observers, the forced labor practices of Uzbekistan are now being employed by the government in neighboring Turkmenistan as well.
Hampton Creek, the company behind Just Mayo, continues to find success with its egg-less products. New pancake and cake mixes, salad dressings, and an egg-free breakfast scramble will be available at more stores — including Walmart and Target.
Kraft ditched the artificial yellow colorings in its original Macaroni & Cheese product in favor of dyes derived from annatto, paprika and turmeric. It used the new ingredients quietly for three months, without making any public announcement until last week.
TriplePundit asked the chairman of the Just Label It initiative and founder of organic dairy company Stonyfield Farm to explain why the DARK Act looms so large in the food debate these days. Here’s what Gary Hirshberg had to say.
From organic fast-fashion to fair trade, these 10 brands are showing it’s possible to do sustainable cotton right.
Four Cargill feedlots in Colorado, Kansas and Texas, in addition to four cattle yards run by the company’s partner Friona Industries, will reduce their use of antibiotics by 20 percent.
Last year’s horrendous Southeast Asian forest fires should have been a wake-up call to companies to ensure their supply chains were free of unsustainable palm oil, the primary cause of deforestation in Indonesia. Yet, Greenpeace finds that, out of 14 major U.S. brands, only one can trace its palm oil, and few have made any discernible action in light of last year’s tragedy.
Thane Kreiner of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University recently returned from a trip to Ghana and Sierra Leone. He shares his observations, in hopes of spurring conversation around how the capacity-developing world could better approach social entrepreneurship efforts.
Today, Monsanto’s CEO, Hugh Grant, along with Dr. Nick Goeser (National Corn Growers Association’s Soil Health Partnership) and Pradip Das (Principal Researcher of the Climate Corp.), came together for a Twitter Chat at #Ag4thefuture. This conversation looked at the tools in a modern farmer’s toolbox for mitigating climate change, preserving our resources and feeding our growing population.
The first inklings of international labor standards were hammered out almost a century ago, with the optimism that human rights abuses could be managed through international consensus. Today, those concepts seem far less realistic, especially when it comes to the growing garment industry and the profitable cotton trade. But organizations, consumers and businesses are making strides at lessening the social impact of forced labor and child labor in the cotton supply chain.