Twitter Chat Recap: Food & Sustainability Nexus, #FutureOfFood

Today, TriplePundit and Diplomatic Courier hosted Mars, Inc., IBM Research, The World Food Prize and National Geographic Magazine for a special Twitter Chat about the intersection of food and sustainability – at #FutureOfFood. Special thanks to Mars, Incorporated for sponsoring the conversation!


Dissecting the Farm-to-Table Fable

To hear some farmers tell it, the farm-to-table concept doesn’t work. There’s too much opportunity for restaurants to build on hype, and too little assurance the consumer is getting what is paid for. But one popular farm-to-table program is defying that statement, proving that farm-to-table partnerships can not only inspire consumers to come to the table, but sink valuable dollars into regional businesses as well.

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Freshwater Institute’s Fresh Ideas About Sustainable Seafood

The folks at the Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute, nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, know sustainable seafood. They’ve been raising delicious and nutritious trout and salmon there for over 20 years. And they’ve been doing it in a manner that’s about as sustainable as you can get, other than catching it in the wild, something that’s become increasingly rare and expensive. RP Siegel takes a drive down to see what they are up to.

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Prisoners Work Programs: Needed Skills or Exploitation?

Cañon City, Colorado, has a massive six-prison work complex where 4,000 prisoners do a wide variety of jobs. They even farm organic tilapia that you may have eaten. Is it fair to only pay prisoners $1.50 an hour when they earn the prison $63 million per year?

Wild Maine Blueberries Combine History and Ecotourism

When the glaciers receded from Maine after the last ice age, blueberries were one of the first plants to populate the landscape. Wild blueberries can grow in highly acidic soils, where few other crops flourish. Native Americans started burning the fields, to discourage weed growth, giving the blueberries full sun and have been harvesting them for … Continued


The Diminishing Tuna: Round Two

How do you stop the extinction of a species? That seems to be today’s big question, especially when it comes to finding world consensus on overfishing.

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Court Strikes Down Idaho Ag-Gag Law

A U.S. District Court recently struck down Idaho’s ag-gag law, ruling it is unconstitutional. The court held that the law violates first and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The decision marks the first time a court has ruled that an ag-gag law is unconstitutional.


The Case For a Meat Tax

Sweden is leading the way and looking at implementing a meat tax to promote domestic farmed goods. Is it time for America to follow suit?


Better Know a Deal: A First for Benefit Corporations

What will be the next public Benefit Corporation or B Corp? This spring Etsy went from private B Corporation to public. Now there’s talk of global consumer packaged goods giant Unilever taking the plunge. Whichever firm it is will benefit from the experience of Plum Organics, a B Corporation purchased last year by Campbell Soup Co.


Quick Guide to the FDA’s Food Labeling Regulations

Whether you approve of or criticize the FDA’s approach to food regulation, there’s no way of going around meeting their guidelines if you are a food producer. The FDA is in charge of regulating about 80 percent of food products and food packaging labels on the US market, so if you are a food producer, you better familiarize yourself with the agency’s requirements for proper food labeling.

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Coho Salmon’s Survival in California an Upstream Swim

Coho salmon are making a comeback in Northern California, but if salmon species such as the Coho have a fighting chance of surviving in the Golden State, then the efforts of companies such as the Mendocino Redwood Company are important.

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Clif Bar Founders Invest in Farm-to-Food Truck

While Clif Bar continues to thrive under CEO Kevin Cleary, co-founders Kit and Gary were ready for a new challenge: food and wine. The Clif Family Winery and Farm was founded in 2004 and has flourished in recent years, in line with Gary and Kit’s departure from the day-to-day at Clif Bar. The three-acre farm grows a variety of heirloom veggies including tomatoes, corn and peppers that are used to stock their popular Bruschetteria food truck, which is often found stationed outside their tasting room, Velo Vino.


Wendy’s Eases Into Antibiotic-Free Chicken

Wendy’s is testing antibiotic-free chicken products in Orlando and Gainesville, Florida, Kansas City, Missouri, and Austin, Texas. During the test period, the fast food chain will “gauge consumer perception and supply availability,” according to news reports.


Costco Ditches Antibiotic-Laced Chilean Salmon

The nation’s third largest retailer ditched Chilean salmon in favor of antibiotic-free Norwegian salmon, Reuters reported on Thursday. Why stop selling Chilean salmon? In response to an aggressive bacteria plaguing their aquaculture environments, Chilean fish farmers used 1.2 million pounds of antibiotics to produce less than 900,000 tons of salmon last year.