EPA Administrator Met Privately with Dow Chemical CEO Before Reversing Pesticide Ban

The EPA scored much criticism when it reversed a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos in March. Even low exposure to chlorpyrifos has been shown to cause developmental delays in children. Now it turns out EPA head Scott Pruitt met with the CEO of Dow Chemical, a manufacturer of the pesticide, a few weeks before the policy reversal.

Did Amazon Acquire Conscious Capitalism Along with Whole Foods?

While speculation still unfolds over the reasons behind Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, the founders of the “conscious capitalism” movement say this is a huge opportunity for Amazon to emerge as a responsible business leader.

SPECIAL SERIES: Responsible Forestry

Supply Chain Transparency: Making the Consumer Connection for Forest Responsibility

Humans have always had an intimate, complicated relationship with forests. We clear away trees to make room for development and agriculture, harvest them for paper, pulp, and palm oil and seek refuge in their remaining intact solitude. Human wellbeing depends on trees. Efforts are now under way to connect the consumer-brand-supplier triad so that they will remain a renewable resource.

Burger King Promises Path to Sustainability – Eventually

Burger King has announced that it will transition to antibiotic-free chicken by 2018 and is stepping up its effort to stop its support for deforestation in South America by 2030 where soy is grown for its products. But environmentalists say that a 13-year window to stop its use of deforestation is too long, calling in questions about its commitment to sustainable business practices.

Biodegradable and Biobased Plastics Not Created Equal

Bioplastics is an umbrella term that includes products that are biobased, biodegradable and/or compostable. There are distinct differences between these classifications. Additionally, each has some unique advantages.

Reducetarian: 2017’s Diet Trend for Planetary Wellness

If a group of forward-thinking sustainable food leaders have their way,  the term “Reducetarian” will join the everyday lexicon of those who care about the environment, the food supply and public health.

Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods: Death to Retail?

The acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon raises a bevy of questions about the future of retail. Are we seeing automation gone awry, or are about to embark on new ideas that could actually save brick-and-mortar stores?

SPECIAL SERIES: Responsible Forestry

America’s Small Landowners: One Forest at a Time

Building strong relationships with small landowners is key to a sustainable timber industry, says Domtar. We speak with one small landowner from Southeast Arkansas about what’s critical to maintaining a healthy, vibrant tree farm. And we chat with Paige Goff, Domtar’s vice president of sustainability about what the company has learned from landowners, its most dedicated stewards of America’s forests.

U-Haul Invests in New England Wild Spaces

U-Haul and supermarket supplier C&S Wholesale Grocers announced a commitment to work with The Conservation Fund to offset their wood consumption by boosting the protection of a forest ecosystem in rural New Hampshire.

To Reduce Meat Consumption, Gussy Up Those Menus

Two recent studies suggest that boosting the consumption of meat alternatives and vegetables could be simple. In fact, subliminal messaging, or even more vibrant descriptions of food, could persuade consumers to explore meals without animal protein.

The Power of a Conservation Easement

A new conservation easement in eastern Oregon protects the Zumwalt prairie. The land owners teamed up with TNC, NRCS and The Climate Trust to ensure their 12,225-acre ranch will benefit both ranching livelihoods and native habitat.