In-N-Out Burger, a fast food chain in California and the Southwest, starts its employees off at a wage of $10.50 an hour. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez makes a good point. If In-N-Out Burger can do it–remain profitable and still provide what has arguably been deemed a superior product–why can’t McDonald’s?
Food & Agriculture
A new set of ads from Long John Silver’s raise the Jolly Roger in honor of sustainable food and more environmentally sound eating, citing the lower methane and greenhouse gas footprint of fish compared to livestock, and real free-range food from “the final frontier,” otherwise known as the North Pacific.
Despite understandable excitement and anticipation, the 2014 Sochi Winter Games have been somewhat tainted by Russia’s passage last summer of anti-gay legislation.
With citizen demonstrations, calls for product boycotts and hashtag hijacking, sponsors are put in the position to defend rather than celebrate their association with the Olympic Games. But a select few companies have used the controversy as an opportunity to take a stance on human rights.
We have now entered the age of the Anthropocene, where humans dominate the earth. Our collective activities are causing great changes even to the climate. Agriculture is both the most common expression of this dominance and the human activity most impacted by the changes. If agriculture is to survive in the Anthropocene, it must develop new sustainability characteristics.
McDonald’s pulled its employee website last week after it came to the realization that it was actually advising its employees that it was unhealthy to buy its Big Macs. Calling a hamburger, fries and large drink “unhealthy” may have seemed OK in comparison to a sub and salad, but it didn’t go down well with McDonald’s administration.
Sustainable aquaculture in the Coachella Valley may get a boost from OriginOil’s new showcase integrating algae farming with fish farming at Aqua Farming Technology.
In an effort to bring technology to rural communities in Colombia, SAP announced last week that it has joined forces with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) and the Manuel Mejía Foundation to improve the quality of life for Colombian farmers by providing them with the technology and training they need to develop more sustainable business practices.
BSR’s President Aron Cramer made a big commitment at this week’s conference in San Francisco. He and the BSR team are doubling down on 2 degrees Celsius, drawing a line in the sand and committing to use the power of their network to avoid breaching a global temperature rise above it. Two degrees is, of … Continued
Monsanto’s purchase of Climate Corp for $930 million makes sense, in a way, for a company that has a lot invested in agriculture. But how much play does it give the biotech company when it comes to the world’s most vital resource: food?
Hunger is the most pressing issue we face, especially considering one out of every eight people in the world today suffers from chronic undernourishment caused by food scarcity. And many believe this number is likely to increase as rapid population growth taxes limitations on food, water and farmland regionally—and growing development and affluence change our diets.
A report just out by the UC Berkeley Labor Center says that low-paying fast food jobs cost taxpayers $7 billion a year in benefit programs designed to support low-income families. Programs like Medicaid, SSI and food stamps are lifelines for workers who aren’t being paid enough to feed and clothe their families.
New survey found that 69 percent of Americans would not take a job with a company that had a bad reputation, even if they were unemployed. Is it really possible that reputation has become such an important factor that 7 out of 10 people would actually say no to a new job just because they feel the company is not good enough? And if so, what does it mean exactly for companies, especially when it comes to sustainability?
A new study shows 100 top professional athletes’ endorsement of food and beverages and how many of them endorses unhealthy products. Why we should be worried about it and what can make athletes reconsider their participation in such campaigns?