Category: Food & Agriculture
McDonald’s latest PR strategy may have delighted millions of fast-food consumers with active (if not strange) imaginations, but it’s likely not to sit well with those who just want to be tantalized by the taste of a good, old fashioned hamburger. The company’s latest tack however, does beg a lot of questions about what really sells an unbeatable brand.
As the world population soars toward 9 billion people, the demand for food is expected to more than double. Lack of water is a critical constraint to increasing food production, particularly as climate change makes water even scarcer. Big Data is helping to meet that challenge.
The horrible irony is that many of these retailers, acknowledging that stagnant incomes hurt their sales, are part of their own problem. They pay low wages while lobbying aggressively to keep the minimum wage low.
In a whirlwind lineup of events, panelists discussed everything from sustainable seafood and reducing waste to urban mobility and protecting the honeybee population. At Triple Pundit’s happy hour event last night, we asked folks to share their key takeaways from the day. The responses were as diverse as they are.
In the past, efforts to feed the world focused on boosting agricultural output to produce more food, but today’s challenges – including climate change – demand a new approach.
Earlier this month, the Hershey Co. announced the expansion of its cocoa farmer training and community initiatives in the Ivory Coast. The company will partner with Cargill to expand the initiative, called ‘Learn to Grow Ivory Coast,’ to include seven farmer cooperatives and 10,000 cocoa farmers.
Here in the West, NGOs like Greenpeace are often equated with environmental stewardship. But its message can be controversial in India sometimes, especially when the nonprofit says it can prove that pesticides are evident in India’s most cherished beverage, chai. But a recent suit by the agrochem industry hasn’t dented its continuing effort to steer some tea growers away from pesticide use.
World famous rum maker Bacardi and the World Wildlife Fund Bacardi are aiming to advance sugarcane standards in Fiji with a model sugarcane farm program.
Following through on President Barack Obama’s plans to combat climate change and boost energy productivity, the Agriculture Department on Sept. 18 announced it’s providing $68 million in funding for 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through the Rural Energy for America Program.
The California drought highlights the need for more efficient uses of water by the agricultural sector. The key for the survival of California agriculture is for farmers to adapt.
Can we afford to eat beef? Supermarket prices may suggest so, but our ecological footprint is another matter, say researchers. And what about raising cows for dairy? It’s better, but it still comes with its own costs.