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?
Food & Agriculture
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?
Oregon-based natural foods company Pacific Food is donating line time at its factory to produce a minimum of 24,000 cartons of soup per month exclusively for the Oregon Food Bank – totaling 576,000 free meals a year.
Last Thursday, McDonald’s announced its plans to make significant changes in its menu and marketing, increasing “access to fruits and vegetables to help families make informed choices.” Why? In one word: Millennials.
General Mills (GM) has announced that it will be making changes to how it harvests and packages 10 of the top ingredients that it uses in its cereals and other products in an ongoing effort to increase sustainability in its manufacturing process.
In response to an unprecedented decline in bee populations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released new pesticide labels that forbid the use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.
Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for many bottom lines. A Union of Concerned Scientists report places a dollar value on the benefits of a healthier society.
Following the strikes of fast food workers who want to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, McDonald’s should be thinking about innovation and design thinking.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that when participants were given calorie guidance, before eating at McDonald’s where calorie labeling is already available, they consumed no fewer calories than if they were given no calorie advice at all. But is this really the case? Does menu labeling really have no impact on consumer behavior?
Animals rights groups, PETA and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), filed a lawsuit challenging Utah’s “ag-gag” law, enacted last year, which bans secretly documenting animal abuse at agricultural operations.
Albion Fisheries, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Ipswich Shellfish Group, Santa Monica Seafood, Seacore Seafood and Seattle Fish Co. aim to leverage their roles as wholesale seafood distributors to bring about positive industry change that will not only enhance the sustainability of seafood production, but enhance the health and integrity of marine ecosystems and help assure decent livelihoods for future, as well as current, generations of fishermen, fishing fleets and aquaculture industry participants.