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Irvine, California: Planning (Indoor) Agriculture for the 21st Century

Freelance blogger Jim Pantaleo has fond memories of youth in agricultural Irvine, California, a place which would soon morph into a bedroom community…
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Kendall Jackson Goes for Sustainability Gold

While producing America's best-selling Chardonnay, Jackson Family Wines is gunning for sustainability glory with an aggressive plan to manage water use and adopt…
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Water and Corporate Culture at Golden State Foods

Golden State Foods has grown alongside California agriculture to become a multinational business. And it made water conservation a focal point for the…
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Monsanto Tests the Waters with Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ Session

Monsanto took to the Web in an unusual question-and-answer session last week, as part of Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) platform. The questions…
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Israel to California: Here’s How to Overcome Drought

What can a tiny nation smaller than Lake Michigan teach a state like California? According to Mother Nature, plenty. Israel, which has had…
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Michigan Good Food Fund Provides Loans to Expand Food Access

Michigan makes you think of cars instead of farms, but the truth is that the Wolverine State grows some of the best local…
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How Strong Are Commitments to Source Sustainable Palm Oil?

Many of the largest players in the palm oil industry have made commitments to make their supply chains more sustainable. But what do…
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The Untapped Market of Progressive Animal Product Sourcing

More and more Americans say they support humane treatment of farm animals. Fortunately, animal welfare and affordability aren’t mutually exclusive.
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General Mills Invests $50,000 in Prairie Organic Grain Initiative

General Mills announced earlier this month that it is investing $50,000 in the Canada-based Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, a multi-year program with the…
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France Bans Roundup, While Monsanto Eyes U.K. as New Home

The Europeans' love-hate relationship with Monsanto can be dizzying at times. While the American agrichemical company is courting (or trying to court) its…
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Federal Guidelines Just Might Tell Americans to Put Down That Cheeseburger

The federal government just may recommend that Americans eat less meat when new guidelines are released in the fall. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory…
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To Smoke or Not to Smoke? That is the Environmental Question

For a minute, consider the environmental impacts of worldwide tobacco usage instead of the health risks that are associated with it. As a…
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Mexican Workers File Lawsuits Against Kentucky Farmers After Mistreatment

Mexican migrant workers cleared to work legally in the U.S. were housed in rat-infested rooms, paid illegally low wages and restricted from leaving…
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The Coming, Preventable Phosphorus Crisis

We're running out of phosphorus, one of the most important elements in soil that is critical for agriculture. Time to expand ecological farming,…
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Why Climate Change is a Business and Human Rights Issue

This is a key year for climate action by both governments and companies. In the lead-up to the much-anticipated Paris climate talks, states…