Bees, Almonds and Ice Cream: Häagen-Dazs Makes the Connection

If ever there were a canary in a coal mine, the wild bee in the almond patch is it: The decline in pollinator populations could have broad-sweeping effects for global agriculture. Ice cream purveyor Häagen-Dazs wants to do its part to save the bees — and one of its key ingredients, the California almond.

Egypt: Ground Zero for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The Nile River Valley, which sustained Egypt since before the reign of the pharaohs, is at a tipping point. And a new dam in Ethiopia and unchecked development could render much of this country uninhabitable as its population continues to surge.

The World’s Leading Companies on Human Rights

A new report, co-written by several NGOs and human rights organizations, looks at some of the world’s largest companies to give a snapshot of their human rights performance.

Unseasonable Warm Spells Endanger Fruit Crops Nationwide

Plants are blooming early across the country as a result of this winter’s ongoing record warmth, which many connect to climate change. And some fear that an impending freeze could destroy countless fruit flowers and wreak havoc on the industry.

Food Waste Guru Jonathan Bloom: New Date Labels Aren’t Enough

Last month, grocery manufacturers and retailers came together to standardize date labels on food packaging — which experts have long linked to increased food waste. But the author of pioneering food waste book “American Wasteland” insists labels alone won’t solve our problem.

Greenpeace: Brazil Could Soon Deforest Protected Land

Citing aerial photographs, Greenpeace says more of Brazil’s forested areas are being primed for development. And its federal government is mulling a decision to reverse protections for up to 1 million hectares of virgin forests across the Amazon.