The RSPO recently announced that 21 percent of the world’s palm oil supply is now certified as sustainably sourced. NGOs reply, however, that there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Food & Agriculture
The way we produce, manufacture and distribute food must change, says Unilever, if we are going to meet critical 2050 targets to ensure everyone on the planet has nutritional food. To increase dialogue and innovation in that quarter, Unilever is launching a new manifesto, calling for companies big and small, to take initiative in changing the way we address the world’s need for adequate food.
Ahead of this week’s World Oceans Day, 3p spoke with Julie Packard, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium as she prepared for the U.N. oceans conference.
The Trump Administration has instructed the FDA to rescind a rule that would have streamlined calorie disclosure requirements on chain restaurants’ menu items. But businesses are saying the decision adds to labeling confusion that is a burden on the industry in the first place.
The sparsity of key agency personnel cannot be blamed on Senate Democrats. But this may be good for the environment. The goings-on at the USDA may offer some insights into the future.
As the urban farming industry gains more profile (it was a hot topic at this year’s Sustainable Brands conference in Detroit), a growing number of companies are turning greens into gold.
Could Americans really give up beef in exchange for more plants? One group of researchers say it’s the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions.
Wrangler plans to expand a pilot program to boost the supply of more responsible cotton in the U.S., the company announced during the Sustainable Brands conference in Detroit this week.
A study reveals that tree species in the U.S. are moving north and west — suggested a disruption to ecosystems, and businesses, in the future.
The NGOs Mighty Earth, Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace insist that deforestation in countries such as Brazil and Bolivia is only becoming worse. Mighty has satellite photos that it says confirms these claims. But the political situation in Brazil means this problem will not become resolved anytime soon.
The global meat alternative industry is estimated to be worth a whopping $3 billion and is expected to keep on growing. Dozens of companies already came to market with their own unique meat alternatives, but one Silicon Valley startup is aiming for the brass ring: a vegan product that can imitate gelatin.
The U.S. chocolate and candy industry says it’s serious about portion control and sugar intake. A trade group representing some of America’s largest brands pledged to offer smaller sizes of popular candies and prominently disclose caloric information. But is this the last gasp of a struggling industry?
Some organic corn and soy imported into the U.S. actually shows high levels of pesticide residue — potentially creating a huge problem for many organic food companies’ supply chains, the Washington Post reported in a new investigation.
To help spur what it calls the “New Plastic Economy,” the Ellen MacArthur Foundation plans to launch a $2 million innovation prize in partnership with the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit.