Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, Indonesia, Malaysia, deforestation, RSPO, Leon Kaye

Leading Palm Oil Producer Sues RSPO in Swiss Court

The Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group is suing the RSPO in a Zurich, Switzerland court, over what it says is an unfair suspension from the global standards board for sustainable palm oil.

Solazyme, terravia, algae, brazil, sugar cane, algae oils, omega 3, DHA, Leon Kaye

Could Omega-3s from Algae Save the World’s Oceans?

TerraVia, formerly known as Solazyme, announced that it is entering the aquaculture sector with an algae-based feed product that it says can help reduce destructive overfishing in the world’s oceans.

Nespresso, coffee pods, recycling, waste diversion, Leon Kaye, Nestle, UPS

Nespresso Expands U.S. Recycling Program, But Is It Enough?

Nespresso says its recycling program — which it plans to expand to the contiguous 48 states of the U.S. — mitigates the environmental impact of single-use coffee pods. But not everyone is buying into the company’s communications plans.

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Trix Cereals Ditch Artificial Colors, But Consumers Don’t Care

Earlier this week, General Mills’ social media team reminded the public about the new Trix cereal in a cute video posted on the company’s Facebook page. While the bunny scored some points, the post was overwhelmingly panned by commenters.

Ben & Jerry's voiced its support for Oregon's failed mandatory GMO labeling legislation by erecting this billboard in Portland in 2014. While the USDA and other agencies maintain that GMOs are safe, the debate about whether or not such ingredients should be labeled rages on -- and it's a case study for transparency.

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Transparency and the Key to Consumer Trust

More than 100 years ago, the first fledgling calls for business transparency were heard. At that time, it was in the grueling textile mills where children worked intolerable schedules in place of school. Today, transparency figures into every business sector. Businesses know that consumers care not just about what they buy, but also the values the company puts to work. And they are willing to ask for accountability.

Menus of Change

Food 2.0: More Plants, Less Meat

While humane, environmental and hunger-relief organizations are seeking ways to feed the ballooning population that is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, health organizations are scrambling to curb obesity and stymie heart disease. An abundance of research supports the notion that one of the easiest and most powerful interventions to address all of these challenges is a plant-based diet.

McDonalds, chicken, supply chain, organic, Leon Kaye, chicken mcnuggets, fast food

McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets Score a Natural Makeover

Considering that the current recipe for McNuggets has over 30 ingredients, the fact McDonald’s has taken so long to change the recipe makes one wonder if the company’s product-development team is a few French fries short of a Happy Meal.