‘Super Grass’ from Denmark May Reduce Emissions from Cattle

Researchers at a university in Denmark say they are close to developing a variety of grass species that are easier for cattle to digest. The result could be a decrease in methane emissions, as well as improved dairy and meat production.

Ripple, a New Kind of Plant-Based Milk

Despite an abundance of choices, it’s still hard to find plant-based milks without loads of added sugars that still have the protein levels comparable to an animal-derived milk.
At the 2016 SXSW Eco conference, we learned about a new brand, Ripple Foods, which was created in hopes of disrupting these norms.

Indirect Suppliers, Deforestation and Brazil’s Beef Industry

Brazil’s beef industry is booming, with plenty of environmental and social consequences. When it comes to deforestation, indirect suppliers with a huge role in the country’s supply chain present a massive challenge stakeholders are trying to address.

Food Waste: We All Know the Stats, So Why Has Nothing Changed?

It’s true that the global food waste crisis is — finally — having a moment in the international dialogue. But while more people know about the problem than ever before, statistics on waste levels refuse to budge. At SXSW Eco this week, experts discussed how to finally move the needle.

Water and Human Rights: Canadians Call for a Boycott of Nestlé Products

The Council of Canadians, one Canada’s most respected social advocacy organizations, is doing the unthinkable: It’s calling for a boycott of Nestlé Water. The company stands accused of taking advantage of its access to Canada’s aquifers while local residents struggle to find safe water supplies.

Foreign-Owned Farms Could Cause Instability Across Africa

According to researchers at a Swedish university, foreign companies have already leased about 3 percent of land in Africa, which could have a long-term impact on communities as competition for resources such as water increase.