Retailers Cite Low Wages as Major Threat to Business

The horrible irony is that many of these retailers, acknowledging that stagnant incomes hurt their sales, are part of their own problem. They pay low wages while lobbying aggressively to keep the minimum wage low.

Seen and Heard at SXSW Eco: Day 2

In a whirlwind lineup of events, panelists discussed everything from sustainable seafood and reducing waste to urban mobility and protecting the honeybee population. At Triple Pundit’s happy hour event last night, we asked folks to share their key takeaways from the day. The responses were as diverse as they are.

Hershey Expands Ivory Coast Cocoa Farmer Program

Earlier this month, the Hershey Co. announced the expansion of its cocoa farmer training and community initiatives in the Ivory Coast. The company will partner with Cargill to expand the initiative, called ‘Learn to Grow Ivory Coast,’ to include seven farmer cooperatives and 10,000 cocoa farmers.

Greenpeace India: Tea Leaves Show DDT Pesticide Residue

Here in the West, NGOs like Greenpeace are often equated with environmental stewardship. But its message can be controversial in India sometimes, especially when the nonprofit says it can prove that pesticides are evident in India’s most cherished beverage, chai. But a recent suit by the agrochem industry hasn’t dented its continuing effort to steer some tea growers away from pesticide use.

White House, USDA Give Clean Energy Sector $68 Million Boost

Following through on President Barack Obama’s plans to combat climate change and boost energy productivity, the Agriculture Department on Sept. 18 announced it’s providing $68 million in funding for 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through the Rural Energy for America Program.

Researchers Tally Up the Ecological Cost of Eating Beef

Can we afford to eat beef? Supermarket prices may suggest so, but our ecological footprint is another matter, say researchers. And what about raising cows for dairy? It’s better, but it still comes with its own costs.

3p Twitter Chats: Top 10 Tweets of Substance

Let’s be honest: You’ll probably spend half the weekend on social media anyhow. So, why not learn something in the process? With this in mind, this week we rounded up 10 thought-provoking quotes from our recent Twitter chats. Read, get inspired and RT away!