The Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia’s Aceh province is 6.5 million acres of tropical lowland rainforests, mountains and peatlands. It’s also a place where palm oil is sourced, and the palm oil industry is having devastating effects.
Food & Agriculture
Journalist, educator and foodie Simran Sethi spent her life obsessed with food. So, she was surprised to learn that agrobiodiversity loss put many of her favorites at risk. She set out to learn more and chronicled her findings in her new book, “Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love,” excerpted here.
The El Niño phenomenon of 2015-2016 is expected to be rival that of 1997-1998, which caused losses equal to 14.5 percent of Ecaudor’s GDP. If predictions are correct, the months ahead could cause debilitating floods, outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses, and catastrophic crop and infrastructure damage. How is the country preparing?
Fetzer has been pioneering earth-friendly winemaking long before it was a buzzword. But Fetzer is on a mission to become better than sustainable: The company set the ambitious goal to become completely net positive by 2030.
That little can of tuna many people love to eat is packed with more than just protein. It likely is linked to human rights abuses. Take Thai Union, the largest canned tuna producer on the planet, which supplies brands and retailers around the world. Despite media attention, the company has failed to do anything about human rights abuses in its tuna supply chain, according to a recent Greenpeace report.
Last month, the USDA announced a goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030. But how are we going to get there? One thing is for sure: We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. The traditional models of food recovery and food assistance aren’t solving the problems. Here’s what Food Shift is doing differently and why it’s important in the effort to reduce wasted food and hunger.
SPECIAL SERIES: In Our Sights: a Signed Climate Commitment in Paris
San Francisco-based company EOS Climate wants to change the way the world looks at the refrigerant market — and, in the process, reduce global warming.
The corporate philanthropy of tomorrow will focus on issues material to the business and seek collaborative partnerships to create impact that can stand the test of time. “Kombit: The Cooperative,” a film by Found Object, documents how one company, in partnership with a local nonprofit, sought to test whether this type of engagement could truly be successful in practice.
What will it take to build a thriving social enterprise sector that can lead the way to the next economy? Don Shaffer, president and CEO of RSF Social Finance, suggests a new, bold funding model.
The seafood industry has one of the most complicated supply chains in the world, often with five to seven companies involved from catch to plate, each keeping records on paper in far-flung locations. In these murky waters a new wave of entrepreneurs sees opportunities to make the seafood industry more transparent to consumers, businesses and governments striving for sustainability.
Ben & Jerry’s is making a “major, multi-year commitment” to the movements for voting rights and racial equality, said Chris Miller, who manages the company’s activism programs.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Problem with Food Waste
The Natural Resources Defense Counsel shocked the nation in 2012 when it released its report, ‘Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.’ How could we actually waste such a large amount of food, and have so little national awareness of the issue? Three years later, TriplePundit spoke with Dana Gunders, the author of the report, to find out what has changed.
Food companies are feeling the pinch from worsening droughts in the U.S. Southwest, Australia and beyond. Firms like Cargill and Unilever reported drought-related losses over the past fiscal year. Yes, water risk is a pressing issue — and investors are demanding to know more about how food companies plan to tackle it. Now, six brands are stepping up to the plate.
Small organic farms are becoming tech-savvy. These tools and innovations could be the difference between feast and famine as the global population grows.
What’s in my SpaghettiOs? Should I assume there’s no dog in my hot dog? We all want to know what’s buried in the food we eat. We also want to know about the welfare of any animals involved in the process. Sadly, food companies haven’t always been transparent, but Campbell Soup and Smithfield are plodding along toward the goal of complete transparency. Here are some of their recent initiatives and stances.