TriplePundit asked the chairman of the Just Label It initiative and founder of organic dairy company Stonyfield Farm to explain why the DARK Act looms so large in the food debate these days. Here’s what Gary Hirshberg had to say.
Category: Food & Agriculture
From organic fast-fashion to fair trade, these 10 brands are showing it’s possible to do sustainable cotton right.
Four Cargill feedlots in Colorado, Kansas and Texas, in addition to four cattle yards run by the company’s partner Friona Industries, will reduce their use of antibiotics by 20 percent.
Last year’s horrendous Southeast Asian forest fires should have been a wake-up call to companies to ensure their supply chains were free of unsustainable palm oil, the primary cause of deforestation in Indonesia. Yet, Greenpeace finds that, out of 14 major U.S. brands, only one can trace its palm oil, and few have made any discernible action in light of last year’s tragedy.
Thane Kreiner of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University recently returned from a trip to Ghana and Sierra Leone. He shares his observations, in hopes of spurring conversation around how the capacity-developing world could better approach social entrepreneurship efforts.
Today, Monsanto’s CEO, Hugh Grant, along with Dr. Nick Goeser (National Corn Growers Association’s Soil Health Partnership) and Pradip Das (Principal Researcher of the Climate Corp.), came together for a Twitter Chat at #Ag4thefuture. This conversation looked at the tools in a modern farmer’s toolbox for mitigating climate change, preserving our resources and feeding our growing population.
The first inklings of international labor standards were hammered out almost a century ago, with the optimism that human rights abuses could be managed through international consensus. Today, those concepts seem far less realistic, especially when it comes to the growing garment industry and the profitable cotton trade. But organizations, consumers and businesses are making strides at lessening the social impact of forced labor and child labor in the cotton supply chain.
Boxed wines are on the come-up, and leading marketers are trying to further distinguish their offerings with sustainable packaging that appeals to discriminating buyers.
Three top grocery chains, including the two largest in the U.S., announced that they will switch to cage-free eggs by 2025. Is this the tipping point that makes battery cage operations unviable?
A study released last week by UCLA found that commonly-used pesticides, which are known to be harmful, can be even worse when mixed, as is commonly done in farms all across California.