Pictures to Decode Produce Age and Increase Food Safety

Best known for its fingerprint and facial recognition software, NEC’s new invention could revolutionize the global produce industry. With a simple digital picture, NEC’s Fruit Identification System will be able to tell you the original date the fruit was picked and shipped, as well as it’s type, like a delicious Honeycrisp apple. The photo will … Continued


Video Interview: Collaborating with the EDF

Environmental issues are best solved in collaboration. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) partners with businesses, governments and communities to find practical solutions to environmental problems. Beth Trask focuses on developing corporate partnerships at EDF.  In this interview she shares the latest activities and resources available to businesses.  EDF started 20 years ago with the first corporate … Continued

How Do Organic Farmers Use Technology?

By Hunter Richards Demand is on the rise for organic produce. A survey by the Organic Trade Association found that sales revenue from organic food in the U.S. had exploded to $25 billion by 2009 – twenty-five times that of 1990. Organic farmers can’t use the same technology as conventional farmers – like pesticides and … Continued


Water Offsets: Real, Beneficial, and Here

Something interesting is bubbling up in the Pacific Northwest. And it’s not beer. But it has a connection to it. Water offsets, or as their creator BEF calls them, Water Restoration Certificates do the seemingly impossible: Bring water back to dead or seasonally running waterways. Four billion gallons as of 2010. But it’s not some … Continued


EDF & McDonald’s Celebrate 20 Year Partnership

20 years ago McDonald’s Corp. and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) created a partnership unique for a corporation and an environmental organization at the time.  As Gwen Ruta, Vice President of EDF’s Corporate Partnerships Program explained in a recent Huffington Post article, “The alliance was very risky. Both sides stood to lose big if results failed … Continued

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Ultimate Bait and Switch? Prop 26 Backers Quietly Hiding Behind Public Outcry on Prop 23

What do Philip Morris, Chevron, Anheuser-Busch, and ConocoPhillips have in common? They’re all enjoying the darkened recess in which their anti-taxpayer, anti-public health, anti-environmental Proposition 26 is hiding while Prop 23 steals the spotlight (and most of the good guys’ contributions) in the battle over clean tech in California.  And they’re all supporting it by … Continued

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Prop 23: A Bad Deal for California’s Farmers

By Matthew Green, Outreach and Media Coordinator, California Climate and Agriculture Network With three weeks to Election Day, one of the most widely watched initiatives on the ballot is Proposition 23, which pits oil company interests against the possibility of a clean, green energy future for California. By now you probably know that most of … Continued

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The Water-Soil Nexus: Groundwater and Sustainable Agriculture

By: Alexis Van Gelder It’s not a stretch to say that agriculture is incredibly dependent on water.  After all, in countries across the world, agriculture uses between 70% and 80% of the total water supply.  What may not be so obvious, however, is that water is also heavily reliant on agriculture.  In other words, the … Continued


CleanSource Launch Accelerates Sustainable Seafood [VIDEO]

At Socap I was lucky enough to sit down wtih Tim O’Shea, CEO and Co-Founder of CleanFish, fresh after his keynote in which he announced the launch of CleanSource, an exciting new fund.  Watch the video to learn: How O’Shea plans to jumpstart “Aquaculture 3.0” with CleanSource How he is applying lessons learned on the … Continued


How Food & Energy Efficiency Can Support a Growing Population

By David Croushore The world population is expected to reach 7 billion in the next year, before climbing as high as 10 billion this century.  In the past, population projections like these have often underestimated future population growth.  When considering the world population, it is common to ask whether or not we have enough natural … Continued

Politics, Corporations Interfere with Food Safety

A joint study that the Union of Concerned Scientists and Iowa State University conducted reveals some disturbing trends. Of the 1700 employees at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) who answered the 44-page survey, many state that public officials and business interests too often interfere with the food safety process.

NewSeed Advisors Connects Investors to Sustainable Agriculture

Led by Janine Yorio, a former investment banker at Salomon Brothers, NewSeed Advisors is organizing conferences that will link financiers to those in the agricultural and food production sectors, with the goal to yield both a positive impact on the planet while gaining returns for the investment community.


Sustainability for All: Three Cheers for McDonalds

Often, when we think of sustainable companies and corporate social responsibility we think of Patagonia, Stonyfield, Seventh Generation and the like: companies that have sustainability as part of their DNA and stakeholder engagement as the foundation for company culture. But what about the sustainability efforts of not so green companies? What about the CSR initiatives … Continued