In response to an unprecedented decline in bee populations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released new pesticide labels that forbid the use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.
Food & Agriculture
Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for many bottom lines. A Union of Concerned Scientists report places a dollar value on the benefits of a healthier society.
Following the strikes of fast food workers who want to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, McDonald’s should be thinking about innovation and design thinking.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that when participants were given calorie guidance, before eating at McDonald’s where calorie labeling is already available, they consumed no fewer calories than if they were given no calorie advice at all. But is this really the case? Does menu labeling really have no impact on consumer behavior?
Animals rights groups, PETA and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), filed a lawsuit challenging Utah’s “ag-gag” law, enacted last year, which bans secretly documenting animal abuse at agricultural operations.
Albion Fisheries, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Ipswich Shellfish Group, Santa Monica Seafood, Seacore Seafood and Seattle Fish Co. aim to leverage their roles as wholesale seafood distributors to bring about positive industry change that will not only enhance the sustainability of seafood production, but enhance the health and integrity of marine ecosystems and help assure decent livelihoods for future, as well as current, generations of fishermen, fishing fleets and aquaculture industry participants.
A major milestone was reached in 2011: for the first time, world farmed fish production topped world beef production. The gap widened last year as fish farming, or aquaculture, reached a record 66 million tons, compared to beef production of 63 million tons. And, according to an Earth Policy Institute report, 2013 might be the first year that people consume more fish raised on farms than wild-caught fish.
SPECIAL SERIES: Introduction To Environmental Justice
In Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley, a strong environmental justice movement is taking shape, fighting to raise awareness about devastating health issues.
McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said last week that salads make up 2 to 3 percent of U.S. restaurant sales. In other words, McDonald’s customers might be into a grilled chicken but not so much into a grilled chicken salad. But whose fault is it and is McDonald’s decision to focus its advertising on hamburgers, not salads, the right one?
The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) named the Israeli drip irrigation technology firm Netafim its annual Industry Water Award winner.
A resolution at the McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting today will seek to prevent the fast food giant from marketing unhealthy food to children. While the majority of McDonald’s shareholders will likely reject the resolution when they vote, Sara Deon, director of Corporate Accountability International’s “Value [the] Meal” campaign insists that whether or not the resolution passes is of little consequence.
The court ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto, concluding that patent exhaustion does not apply to this case and that Vernon Hugh Bowman violated Monsanto’s seed license.
Living wage proponents want to peg the minimum wage to the cost of living so that all workers, including those working in fast-food and retail settings can be assured a wage that will adequately cover their living expenses. While there is a fair amount of resistance to the idea in the U.S., the concept is catching on in the U.K., where employers report lower turnover and better worker attendance from happier employees. The companies are happy as well, since lower recruitment and retention costs mean better profits.