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Category: Food Systems :: Global Food System
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Why agtech is critical for regenerative agriculture 17.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Why agtech is critical for regenerative agriculture Heather Clancy Thu, 09/17/2020 - 01:30 Early this month, McDonald’s made headlines when it teamed with Cargill, Target and The Nature Conservancy to put $8.5 million toward helping Nebraska farmers cultivate regenerative agriculture practices over the next five years. The initiative, like others emerging in the past several years from Cargill , General Mills, Danone and other big companies in the food system, is aimed at promoting natural carbon sequestration practices — and it is piloting ways farmers can be rewarded for embracing them. As much as I’m encouraged by these efforts, I’ve often wondered: What metrics are being used to evaluate them? What does success look like? What will it take to scale these pilots? And how on earth is this all being measured? A new relationship between Microsoft and Land O’Lakes points to part of the answer. The multiyear alliance centers on the farmer cooperative’s agtech software portfolio, including its Winfield ...
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Fighting Food Waste: Lessons from COVID 15.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Fighting Food Waste: Lessons from COVID   What emerging strategies have been employed to tackle food waste during the pandemic, and how can we scale these strategies in the future? When the coronavirus pandemic first disrupted food supply chains earlier this year, huge amounts of animals and produce raised for human consumption were lost. But the food system sprang into action — adapting operations, overcoming barriers and scaling promising innovations to reduce the amount of waste. In this discussion, industry experts who have been leading efforts to tackle food waste during the pandemic share what they have learned. Hear innovative thinking about scaling food-waste technologies, building more resilient donation systems and developing new supply chains that connect farmers with food recovery channels. Speakers Jackie Suggitt, Stakeholder Engagement Director, ReFED Zeb McLaurin, Director of Sustainability, Goodr Aidan Reilly, Student, Brown Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 - ...
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Scaling Composting Infrastructure in North America 11.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Scaling Composting Infrastructure in North America What will it take to build robust composting infrastructure at scale in the United States? Composting should be a win-win. In theory, corporations and cities could divert food waste from landfills and create a valuable agricultural product in the process. Yet examples of large-scale composting infrastructure are hard to find in the United States. According to the most recent EPA data, less than 10 percent of food waste finds its way into composting systems. Contamination of waste streams, haulage costs and “compostable” materials that don’t actually biodegrade are all part of the problem. Meet the entrepreneurs, city officials and corporate leaders who are turning things around. Speakers share details of successful composting businesses, systems for scaling up food waste collection and strategies for diverting corporate food waste into composting systems. Speakers Alexa Kielty, Residential Zero Waste and Special Projects Assistant, San Francisco ...
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Hard truths from a decade of investing in regional food systems 10.9.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Hard truths from a decade of investing in regional food systems Meredith Storton Thu, 09/10/2020 - 02:00 The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the inequities and fragility of our industrialized food system and accelerated the movement to create strong regional food systems that support local growers, provide food security, give communities agency over their food supply and yield environmental benefits. These systems will remain out of reach, though, unless we address persistent, decades-old structural issues. Price pressures continue to challenge the viability of decentralized food systems and communities of color continue to be underserved — as farmers, food chain workers, supply chain entrepreneurs and consumers. We need to change both who we fund and how we fund if we want to create equitable, thriving regional food systems. What will it take to achieve such massive shifts? RSF Social Finance has been reflecting on that question as we wind down our Food System Transformation Fund, a pooled loan fund ...
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How Cargill’s new science-based water targets go with the flow 27.7.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
How Cargill’s new science-based water targets go with the flow Joel Makower Mon, 07/27/2020 - 02:11 Cargill, the giant food and ag conglomerate, last week announced a new set of 2030 corporate water targets, the latest to do so among firms in its sector. But this was no me-too kind of endeavor. Rather, it put the company at the front of the pack, going well beyond its own operational footprint to engage its entire supply chain, and to do so using a novel science-based approach for water. Specifically, Cargill said that by the end of the decade it would restore about 158 billion gallons of water, reduce about 5,500 tons of water pollutants and boost access to safe drinking water — all in what it refers to as  priority watersheds , regions around the world where the company has a significant operational or supply-chain water footprint.  This isn’t small potatoes. Agriculture represents about 80 percent of freshwater use in the United States and about 70 percent globally. Ag also is a major contributor both ...
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Danone's Eric Soubeiran: 'The food system is broken' 20.7.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Danone's Eric Soubeiran: 'The food system is broken' Cecilia Keating Mon, 07/20/2020 - 00:30 Earlier this year, Danone became the first listed company to become an "enterprise à mission," a new type of corporation created by a 2019 French law. The pioneering governance structure will see the food giant officially entrench environmental, social and societal objectives into its bylaws, alongside more typical profit goals. Danone, founded more than a century ago and famously declared an asset of national importance by the French government in 2005, has long prided itself on being a purpose-led business. Its new status is the latest in a string of moves the company has made to boost its environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials as it works towards meeting a highly publicized aim of becoming one of the first B Corps certified multinational. Eric Soubeiran, the company's vice president of nature and water cycle, explained that weaning the company off intensive farming is at the core of its new ...
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Timberland invests in regenerative leather ranches 19.6.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Timberland invests in regenerative leather ranches Deonna Anderson Fri, 06/19/2020 - 02:45 Regenerative agriculture practices have received a lot of attention in recent years, and much of the focus has been on food production. But more companies outside of the food space are figuring out how they can invest in or use regenerative practices in the supply chain for their products.  One of those companies is Timberland, which in late May announced a new partnership with the Savory Institute, a nonprofit focused on the large-scale regeneration of the world’s grasslands. The move comes on the heels of Timberland's announcing a collaboration with Other Half Processing , which sources hides from Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed regenerative ranches, to build a more responsible leather supply chain. The new partnership with the Savory Institute is two-pronged. One of those prongs is Timberland’s move to co-fund the Savory Institute’s ecological outcome verification (EOV) programs on all ranches within the Thousand ...
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Inside Cargill’s experiment to pay farmers for carbon sequestration 15.6.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Inside Cargill’s experiment to pay farmers for carbon sequestration Heather Clancy Mon, 06/15/2020 - 00:15 Over the past year, agricultural commodities giant Cargill stepped up its global sustainability initiatives substantially, with a series of programs created to support its science-based target of reducing supply chain emissions by 30 percent by 2030.  Like many other food companies, it’s dedicating resources to promoting regenerative agricultural practices among the farmers and seeking ways that farms can profit from their efforts to sequester carbon dioxide. That’s the backstory behind its relationship with the Soil & Water Outcomes Fund , a program intended to support farmers who design and implement initiatives aimed at improving water quality and mitigating flooding and runoff, increasing carbon sequestration, reducing emissions from on-farm operations, and creating or protecting habitat. These include practices such as planting cover crops, reducing tillage and preserving edge-of-field ...
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The decarbonization promise of indoor agriculture is still in the seed stage 22.5.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The decarbonization promise of indoor agriculture is still in the seed stage Jim Giles Fri, 05/22/2020 - 01:18 Here’s a tale of two chefs. Both are based in the Midwest and both are preparing a Caesar salad. One uses lettuce shipped from where much of our lettuce is grown: The fields around Monterey, California. The other sources her greens from a nearby indoor farm. Out in Monterey, the farmer used diesel-powered machinery, pumped water, fertilizer and pesticides. At the indoor farm, precision systems provided the lettuce with exactly the amount of water and nutrients the crop requires — and no more. The pickers in California discarded lettuces that didn’t look perfect. That wasn't an issue indoors: Conditions are so well controlled that almost all the crop met consumers’ exacting standards. Finally, when the crop was packed and ready, the indoor farmer drove 20 miles or so to drop the lettuce at our chef’s restaurant. The Monterey produce had to travel 2,000 miles. Which chef is preparing the more ...
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Will COVID-19 help save small slaughterhouses? 20.5.2020 High Country News Most Recent
As laborers for the Big Four meatpackers fall ill, small slaughterhouses see unprecedented demand.
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6 resources to help navigate the COVID-19 crisis 29.4.2020 GreenBiz.com
Because everyone can use some extra help and additional perspective right now.
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Episode 217: Checking in with CSOs, biodiversity talk, the 'fragility' of auto-centric cities 24.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Plus, McKinsey Partner Dickon Pinner offers advice on how corporate sustainability professions can apply lessons from the COVID-19 crisis to long-term climate strategy.
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What happens to corporate sustainability amid the COVID-19 crisis? Some reflections 21.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Leaders from Amazon, Danone, Salesforce, Mars, General Mills and others share how plans have changed and where they’re holding firm.
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PepsiCo CSO: We can’t ‘lose sight’ of the long-term crisis 20.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Simon Lowden on the company’s new science-based commitment, food security amid COVID-19, and why key climate action partnerships are stronger than ever.
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Episode 216: Commemorating Earth Day amid the pandemic 17.4.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Leaders from Archer Daniels Midland, Danone, Herman Miller, Mars, Perdue and more share how their companies are marking the 50th anniversary, while keeping their sights firmly focused on addressing COVID-19.
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Addressing the social impacts of our food system 16.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
U.S. farmworkers face a slew of social, economic and political challenges that have caused a decades-long farmworker shortage. Here's how brands such as Alter Ego, Clif Bar, Driscoll's, Kuli Kuli and Philz Coffee are stepping in.
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This is agtech's fertile future 2.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
The hunger for alternative protein and non-synthetic approaches to cultivation are inspiring new innovation recipes for animal health and aquaculture.
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Why protecting soil carbon is a win-win for farmers and the planet 2.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The benefits of protecting and restoring soil carbon go well beyond any one farm or any one year. But not enough people are taking these steps.
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Cowboys, Impossible Whoppers and the stories that sell food 1.4.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Plant-based burger ads offer a new twist on the cowboy icon while perpetuating industrial food culture.
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Sodexo doubles down on food recovery as clients shut doors amid pandemic 26.3.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
With school closures and companies mandating employees to work from home, the facilities management company's food waste reduction efforts have even more relevance.
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