New satellite photos released by the NGO Mighty reveal evidence that a South Korean-owned palm oil producer is violating its self-imposed moratorium on felling virgin rainforest. But that’s not the only company NGOs say is breaking the rules when it comes to deforestation and human rights.
Food & Agriculture
A school district in Indiana rescued more than 11,200 food items in five months, with the help of Chartwells K12 and K12 Food Rescue. And organizers say the program also catalyzes student leadership around sustainability.
In its most recent impact report, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) claims the industry has made “tremendous progress” on improving ethics and sustainability. But many NGOs would say otherwise.
President Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has frayed relations between the two countries. But as one economist pointed out, there’s a lot more at risk than the economy of North America’s poorest nation.
Considering all the pledges by food companies to serve antibiotic-free meat, you would expect antibiotic use in livestock to be in decline. But a new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concludes the opposite.
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Mastercard helped the U.N. World Food Program to bring electronic payments to 2.2 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan — giving them the money they need to buy food and other necessities. The company’s humanitarian efforts are especially poignant as the Trump administration seeks to bar Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.
Half of the country’s corn harvest could be wiped out by 2100 without efficient reductions in greenhouse gases, according to a new study. Production of soybeans and wheat could also fall significantly.
“For too long, companies that produce and use palm oil have gotten away with paper commitments that they are repeatedly found violating,” one NGO leader told TriplePundit. A new set of standards aims to change that.
Hellmann’s says its entire U.S. consumer portfolio is now made with only cage-free eggs. The Unilever subsidiary is the latest to make the switch as a growing number of consumer firms seek to bolster their animal welfare standards.
While most consumers assume the USDA Organic standard includes animal welfare protections, that’s largely untrue — though a rule enacted this week might soon change that.
Like the United States, the U.K. faces a childhood obesity epidemic. A third of U.K. children are either overweight or obese. But unlike the U.S., the U.K. government is putting policies into place to address the problem head-on.
The vast majority of chickens raised for meat live in windowless warehouses and suffer from a number of welfare concerns. But thanks to animal protection organizations and conscientious consumers, that’s likely to change in 2017, says Kenny Torrella of the Humane Society of the United States.