Levanta Coffee describes itself as a “socially-innovative start-up” that can spark much better economic opportunities for the coffee farmers in Honduras with its “social microlot model” – one that will pay farmers 50 percent more than typical prices.
Food & Agriculture
A recent report reveals Brazil is becoming more aggressive about being a major player in the global palm oil industry. While this development raises fears that deforestation in Brazil could accelerate, some NGOs insist that a boost in Brazil’s palm oil production could be a net positive for the environment.
The meteoric growth of the global shrimp industry has an ugly side. The increase in shrimp farms worldwide has been tied to environmental degradation and human rights violations. But the World Wildlife Fund has a fix to recommend.
Building on its success marketing egg-free cookie dough and sandwich spreads, the Silicon Valley food technology pacesetter Hampton Creek plans to have have laboratory meat on the market by the end of 2018.
Beyond Meat, the alternative meat company found in many Whole Foods, has landed its popular Beyond Burger at eight locations of the chain BurgerFi. All 101 of that company’s outlets will serve the fake burger by the end of this summer.
The EPA scored much criticism when it reversed a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos in March. Even low exposure to chlorpyrifos has been shown to cause developmental delays in children. Now it turns out EPA head Scott Pruitt met with the CEO of Dow Chemical, a manufacturer of the pesticide, a few weeks before the policy reversal.
Gonzales prides itself on running a streamlined and business-friendly development review process that at the same time promotes sustainability. It’s producing real economic results for local business Taylor Farms.
While speculation still unfolds over the reasons behind Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, the founders of the “conscious capitalism” movement say this is a huge opportunity for Amazon to emerge as a responsible business leader.
SPECIAL SERIES: Responsible Forestry
Humans have always had an intimate, complicated relationship with forests. We clear away trees to make room for development and agriculture, harvest them for paper, pulp, and palm oil and seek refuge in their remaining intact solitude. Human wellbeing depends on trees. Efforts are now under way to connect the consumer-brand-supplier triad so that they will remain a renewable resource.
Burger King has announced that it will transition to antibiotic-free chicken by 2018 and is stepping up its effort to stop its support for deforestation in South America by 2030 where soy is grown for its products. But environmentalists say that a 13-year window to stop its use of deforestation is too long, calling in questions about its commitment to sustainable business practices.
Bioplastics is an umbrella term that includes products that are biobased, biodegradable and/or compostable. There are distinct differences between these classifications. Additionally, each has some unique advantages.
If a group of forward-thinking sustainable food leaders have their way, the term “Reducetarian” will join the everyday lexicon of those who care about the environment, the food supply and public health.