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.
Food & Agriculture
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.
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.
What does the pioneering ’50s sitcom have to do with weight loss — or sustainability, for that matter? It turns out that Lucy, Ethel, Fred and Ricky had a secret sauce: team power.
From a health and sustainability perspective, the problem isn’t with having a sweet treat now and then. It’s with the artificial ingredients found in most mass-produced candy and the quantity that people are eating.
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Oft maligned for its hefty environmental impact, the beef industry is finally taking notice of the shifting marketplace. Companies across the value chain formed a coalition, the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, to improve sustainability — but many advocates aren’t buying it. To learn more about the organization’s aims and the future of the beef industry, 3p spoke with its new executive director, Ruaraidh Petre.
Did you know that current organic standards include few protections for animals? The USDA just released new standards for organic livestock that could change that. But the proposed changes will take years to implement.
The Union for Concerned Scientists suggests that four commodities, timber, soy, palm oil and beef, are responsible for the majority of deforestation worldwide.
Here comes some disturbing news: Glyphosate residues are “widely distributed” in breakfast foods such as bagels, breakfast cereals and eggs, according to a new report.
MorningStar Farms worked with the consultancy Quantis to cobble together an online calculator that enumerates the environmental benefits that can result from eating less meat.
This month, two more companies — Walmart and Darden Restaurants — announced plans to make their egg supply chains cage-free. The announcements are indicative of a trend among companies away from battery cages. And consumer pressure is driving the shift, experts told 3p.
Privately-owned food giant Mars is raising the bar with a bold, yet potentially slippery, new approach toward food labeling. What stands out most is the company’s drive to label “everyday” versus “occasional” foods.