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For Agriculture, California Drought Part of Broader, Global Trend

The historic drought in California is making headlines across the United States, but any farmer, anywhere in the world, knows firsthand that this…
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How Government Subsidies Drive Deforestation and Inequality

While contributing to agricultural and natural resource development and GDP, government subsidies are drivers of deforestation and marginalization of indigenous communities in environmentally…
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Food Supply Chains and Data: Starting Sustainability Conversations

The smartest food supply chain conversations today begin with data. Author Andrea Learned recently talked with Good Company sustainability consultants Justin Overdevest and…
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As the Drought Worsens, California Has to Make Some Tough Choices

The drought in California continues, so the state is targeting green lawns. Meanwhile, almond farms consume 9 percent of the state's water.
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Is There a Future With Enough Food — But Without Big Ag?

Mono-crops certainly have their problems. But the volume of corn and soybean calories they produce are difficult to argue with, especially with a…
Elvia Almachi, 32, holds a bundle of recently harvested Fair Trade-certified roses. Elvia has been working at Agrogana for 12 years, and has been part of the Fair Trade committee. She has two daughters, 9 and 12. Elvia and her husband Luis Alberto Villegas, also an Agrogana employee, both participate in the weekend adult school program paid by the Fair Trade Premium.

Farmworker Awareness Week: Do You Know Who Picks Your Produce?

Farmworkers across the globe are out in the fields from dawn to dusk, working hard to feed the world. But at what cost?
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Cool Planet’s Biochar Reduces Water Use, Increases Crop Yield

Cool Planet's enhanced biochar can help farmers reduce water use and increase crop yield, an important benefit in California's current drought conditions.
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Agriculture Drones Help Farmers Reduce Resource Use

With better information, farmers working with Agribotix in Boulder, Colorado have reduced fertilizer use by 40 percent -- promising technology.
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Sustainable Flower Growers Are a Few Roses Among Many Thorns

You may want to consider more sustainable flower growers that are on the market next time you want something delivered for that special…
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3p Weekend: 11 Sustainable U.S. Wineries

A few months back, we ran a roundup of the top 10 sustainable U.S. breweries. As the list made its rounds on social…
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Keurig Helps Farmers Cope with ‘Coffee Rust’

Climate change and other factors have made the recent outbreak of La Roya, or "coffee leaf rust," particularly devastating. What is the industry…
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Panera Bread Shares Animal Welfare Progress

Panera Bread shared its progress on reducing antibiotic use and confinement for farm animals in its U.S. supply chain.
An enthusiastic Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue, gives her keynote presentation "Sustainable Seas: The Vision and the Reality" at the 2014 SXSW Eco Conference.

Seen and Heard at SXSW Eco: Day 2

In a whirlwind lineup of events, panelists discussed everything from sustainable seafood and reducing waste to urban mobility and protecting the honeybee population.…
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Climate Change Requires New Approaches to Food Security

In the past, efforts to feed the world focused on boosting agricultural output to produce more food, but today's challenges – including climate…
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Hershey Expands Ivory Coast Cocoa Farmer Program

Earlier this month, the Hershey Co. announced the expansion of its cocoa farmer training and community initiatives in the Ivory Coast. The company…