Ethanol has seen several hiccups as of late. A drought has caused water shortages wreaking havoc on corn crops, driving up the price of ethanol fuel and jeopardizing its long-term viability. Increased costs and dwindling demand has already caused 10 percent of the nation’s ethanol plants to halt production. According to the USDA, the record-high corn prices could spike by as much as 19 percent in 2013.
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The more nuanced aspects of the GM debate are beginning to find voice. Leading environmentalists, including two of the UK’s highest profile ones, Jonathon Porritt and Tony Juniper, say that their minds are not closed as to the future of GM.
World Water Day this year highlights the role of cooperation in managing the many competing needs for the resource, a topic near and dear to Future 500’s heart. Demand for water is surging as global population booms and developing economies continue their steady hum. Meanwhile, climate change is projected to greatly alter water supply, placing additional strain on … Continued
“We need women playing a role at all levels, from product development to government policy – alongside their role as consumers, making choices for themselves and their families. Many women do not realise the huge impact they could have on society and the environment.”
This post first appeared on GreenBiz and can be viewed here. In recent weeks, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Clorox’s Green Works have been the targets of sometimes scathing criticism for launching sustainability-related campaigns. These campaigns have been described by some as “breathtakingly dumb,” “ridiculous” and “not so sustainable.” While each campaign is different, all three strive to … Continued
Mike Crispino of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation explains the connection between fisheries management, food security and jobs for coastal and island countries.
The World Resources Institute released the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, an online tool offering users a way to create customizable maps of water risk.
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Last week, McDonald’s exhibited bold leadership by agreeing to shift their entire seafood supply-chain to Marine Stewardship Council-approved fish.
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Olazul seeks to address both the social and environmental impact of fishery collapse by building community-scale aquaculture systems that innovate new alternatives to conventional large-scale industrial farming systems while providing local fishing communities with an economically viable product and business model.
The Environmental Working Group released a report on Iowa’s poor water quality. Businesses must step in and address the challenges of water pollution.
Last week, the food justice movement received a publicity boost when Newark mayor Cory Booker announced that he would try living off of a budget equivalent to his state’s food stamp program. Booker said that his goals for the challenge included raising awareness about food security problems, and elevating “innovative local and national food justice initiatives and food policy.”
On Saturday, Greenpeace announced that Zara has agreed to eliminate all discharge of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products by 2020. As always, the Greenpeace campaign provided not just impressive results, but also some valuable lessons. Here are five of them.