American eating habits have been the joke of the world for years. The fat, lazy American filling up on junk food and soda proved to be both a punchline and an unfortunate reality. But if recent trends are any indication, the American food industry may be changing for the better.
Food & Agriculture
The pressure is on in Sacramento, where activists protest that Nestlé is draining local aquifers of as much as 80 million gallons annually.
Union of Concerned Scientists released its 2nd annual palm oil report, which tracks 40 large companies sourcing huge amounts of palm oil within its supply chains.
The smartest food supply chain conversations today begin with data. Author Andrea Learned recently talked with Good Company sustainability consultants Justin Overdevest and Kelly Hoell about how their small- and medium-sized food industry clients manage for operational efficiencies. As they see it, one key in the evolution of these businesses over recent years has been the ability to select customized data points that matter to their specific business model.
Food and commodities giant ADM, which has reached over US$80 billion in revenues, says it will develop a no-deforestation policy in a move to source soy and palm oil more responsibly. The change occurred after a shareholder proposal, submitted by Green Century Capital Management and the New York State Common Retirement Fund, requested that ADM set quantitative goals for a reduction in supply chain impacts from deforestation.
The drought in California continues, so the state is targeting green lawns. Meanwhile, almond farms consume 9 percent of the state’s water.
Mono-crops certainly have their problems. But the volume of corn and soybean calories they produce are difficult to argue with, especially with a rapidly expanding population. What to do?
We’ve already covered sustainable beer and wine in our 3p Weekend series, but what about sustainable spirits? From grain-to-bottle to fair trade certified, no bar cart is complete without these sustainable sips.
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Farmworkers across the globe are out in the fields from dawn to dusk, working hard to feed the world. But at what cost?
Monsanto has launched an attack against the World Health Organization — accusing it of selective science and bias in research that linked glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, to cancer.
Students, faculty and staff at Skidmore College in upstate New York are now being served a variety of fresh seafood certified to have been sustainably caught, processed and distributed.
Jessy Servi, sustainability manager for Milwaukee’s Outpost Natural Foods, the fourth largest consumer food cooperative in the U.S., talks about her company, how it works and how the co-op model has helped make sustainability a reality.
The color of food plays a perhaps surprisingly large role in our perceptions of its attractiveness, as well as our expectations of how it will taste. Take salmon, for example. Studies have shown, and salmon prices reflect, our inherent bias and preference for salmon that is orange to reddish in color.