US Food Distribution Should Adopt a Regional Approach

I’ve been covering the food distribution market over at Software Advice for the last year, and one thing that’s perplexed me is the insistence of U.S. food distributors to stick to a centralized approach to distribution. While a centralized approach to food distribution does offer economies of scale, it has negative impacts on the quality … Continued

Organic Equivalence Deal Affords International Markets for Organic Producers

A transatlantic organic equivalence arrangement has been negotiated between representatives from the US Department of Agriculture and EU Agriculture and Regional Development department, allowing for more market access of organic products certified under both the EU and US organic standards.  This means that although these sets of standards do contain certain variances, the US National … Continued

8 Ways for Fast Food Companies to Green Their Packaging

An interview with Scot Quaranda, Campaign Director at Dogwood Alliance on their new report, “Greening Fast Food Packaging: A Roadmap to Best Practices,” which outlines eight key attributes of environmentally friendly fast food packaging and provides guidance for fast food companies on how to assess environmental impacts in the supply chain.

Monterey County Bans Harmful Chemicals on Strawberry Farms

Grist reported on Valentine’s Day that one of the biggest farm communities in California – Monterey County – banned the notorious fumigant methyl iodide. Along with Santa Cruz, Monterey County has taken this step of doing away with this harmful chemical from farmlands. Methyl iodide is the the replacement for ozone-depleting methyl bromide. Methyl bromide … Continued

Get Ready for Forest Footprint Disclosure

If you were wondering what would be the next stop in the journey of businesses to identify their impacts and dependencies on ecosystem services, you got an answer earlier this week. After disclosing their carbon and water footprints, companies are moving now to disclose their forest footprint. Why they do it? Are these companies becoming the new treehuggers?

Millets Need a Comeback for a More Sustainable Indian Diet

In India, millets have formed the core of the everyday diet for millenia. However after the Green Revolution, subsidies for wheat and rice, and the food distribution system millets are slowly dying out.

India Needs More then the Food Security Bill to Alleviate Hunger

After a lot of debate, the Indian cabinet finally cleared the National Food Security Bill (NFSB) amidst doubts of whether this would really help create a hunger-free India. According to the Food Security Bill, India will need 60 – 61 million tons of grain to feed people who will be eligible for assistance. This means food … Continued