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3 Ways NGOs Can Help Sustainable Supply Chains Grow 29.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Maggie Monast Earlier this week, a former sustainability executive with McDonald’s delivered a wake-up call for environmental groups, listing “ 5 ways that NGOs stunt sustainability .” In this article, Bob Langert explains the ways that nonprofits are failing to help companies turn sustainability commitments into on-the-ground results. In the context of sustainable palm oil, he notes: “You can’t just go after big brands and expect them to manage a supply chain that has them seven stages removed, starting with the smallholders, to mills, then plantations, to storage facilities, refineries, ingredient manufacturers and then product manufacturers, then into a final product a retailer sells, such as ice cream, a granola bar or shampoo — with palm as a minute ingredient.” He’s right – sustainability in supply chains, especially in agriculture, is incredibly complex. So how can environmental groups effectively champion sustainability progress throughout global supply chains, from the C-suite to crop ...
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Cooking up an Organic Future - Is a Check-Off the Right Recipe? 28.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Organic food and fiber in the US are growing despite themselves. Even last week Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, touted the double-digit growth of certified operations in the US are now 21,000 with 31,000 around the world. While this $40+ billion industry is indeed exploding on the shelves in US supermarkets, only 1% of agriculture, in the US is dedicated to growing organic. This ravenous appetite for organic food and fiber is percolating into a frothy peak, yet we just aren't producing what we need to feed the growing hunger. The fact that Costco is buying land and equipment, partnering with organic growers to meet demand is commendable -- but it's not going to quench the bigger dilemma. A spark is needed in agriculture and the Organic Check-off may be the ingredient that serves up the juiciest future. Right now in US agriculture, it pays to do the wrong thing. Our tax dollars get funneled into farm subsidies that support the largest polluters, the biggest pesticides ...
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Could US Trade Threaten Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba? 27.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Ming Chun Tang

With limited access to chemical and mechanical inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides and farm machinery, Cuban farmers have pioneered innovations in sustainable agriculture out of necessity since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc.

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Ugly fruit may pack more nutrition 27.4.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Why are some fruits and veggies born ugly? Fighting off fungus, heat and pests can leave blemishes. Some researchers think these battle scars may boost the antioxidant content in produce.
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Beneath An Ugly Outside, Marred Fruit May Pack More Nutrition 27.4.2016 NPR News
Why are some fruits and veggies born ugly? Fighting off fungus, heat and pests can leave blemishes. Some researchers think these battle scars may boost the antioxidant content in produce.
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How a Shrub in Africa Made Me Want to Change the Food Industry 26.4.2016 WRI Stories
How a Shrub in Africa Made Me Want to Change the Food IndustryAdd Comment|PrintIf the average American halved their meat and dairy consumption, the land use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with their diet would be cut nearly in half. Photo by Harry Lawford/Flickr In 2004 I was on my knees scrabbling through the Cameroon rainforest. A keen botanist, I’d signed up as a volunteer with an NGO to help map the forest and search for new species. One day whilst hiking along a surging river, I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Organic Consumers Association Sues Two Infant Formula Makers for Falsely Labeling Products Organic 26.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Organic Consumers Association The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) announced today that the nonprofit consumer advocacy group has filed suit against two infant formula makers—The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN), owner of the Earth’s Best infant and toddler formula brands, and The Honest Co.—for falsely labeling “organic” products that contain ingredients prohibited under the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 ...
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Wal-Mart to Drop Wild Oats Organic Food Brand 26.4.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Wal-Mart is phasing out its Wild Oats organic food brand, a line introduced two years ago to bring inexpensive organics to the masses.
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After The Battle, The Harvest: Programs Help Vets Move Into Farming 24.4.2016 NPR: Sunday
As thousands of younger Americans leave the military — which has been downsizing lately — the USDA would like them to consider carrying the torch as older farmers start to retire.
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24 things you can do in 24 hours to save the world 21.4.2016 TreeHugger
Because small acts help big movements.
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Shifting Diets for a Sustainable Food Future 20.4.2016 WRI Stories
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Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts 20.4.2016 WRI Stories
Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts 7 Comments|Add Comment|PrintNew research shows the average American can cut his or her diet's environmental impacts in half by eating less meat and dairy. Photo by Fabrice Florin/Flickr We are what we eat, and what we eat has a profound impact on the planet. When people think about food and sustainability, they typically focus on how the food is produced. Is it, for example, locally sourced, GMO-free, pasture-fed, organic or certified?... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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RELEASE: WRI offers new approach to help move billions to more sustainable diets 20.4.2016 WRI Stories
RELEASE: WRI offers new approach to help move billions to more sustainable dietsShifting Diets from Meat to Plants Can Cut Environmental Impacts Nearly in Half WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2016)—New research from World Resources Institute finds the average American could cut their diet-related environmental impacts nearly in half just by eating less meat and dairy. Shifting Diets for a Sustainable Food Future presents solutions to the challenge of feeding a growing population by reducing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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In Denmark, Dancing Organic Dairy Cows Signal Start Of Summer 20.4.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
It's the time of year when Denmark's organic dairy cows come dancing out of their barns and into the fields of spring while thousands of Danes cheer them on. This year, the farmers may be dancing too as organic milk proves to be the one bright spot in an otherwise dismal global dairy market.
How Passion Can Make You Happy and Effective in Your Business 20.4.2016 Yahoo: Business

How Passion Can Make You Happy and Effective in Your BusinessCredit: ShutterstockWhen traveling, I am constantly reminded of how we destroy the natural beauty our world holds. New York streets are filled with litter, trash constantly floats down Parisian waterways, and Los Angeles winds carry airborne pollution. I was disgusted to see historical cities being changed to landfills and knew I had to take a...


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Egg producer Rembrandt Foods to build new cage-free farm 18.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of the nation’s largest egg producers says it plans to build a new cage-free farm in eastern South Dakota that will house 3 million egg-laying hens. Spirit Lake, Iowa-based Rembrandt Foods supplies egg products to food manufacturers, food service providers, restaurant chains and retail grocers. It announced plans to […]
"Gold Standard" tarnished? As organic sees record growth internal battles plague industry 15.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The numbers don't lie - U.S. consumer demand for organic food is surging as people look for what they see as healthy offerings for themselves and their families. But meeting the growing consumer demand is not proving easy, and a deepening divide within the industry is now roiling the landscape of the $39 billion industry amid allegations of an erosion in the rigid standards that have drawn consumers to the premium market. The internal battle is creating what some call "two organic industries," and is sparking litigation and allegations that the well-known label marking foods as organic no longer assures consumers that foods are free from chemicals and other materials, or that organic meat was raised naturally. One particularly bitter battle now being waged is over the use of carrageenan, a thickening substance that critics say is shown to be dangerous to human health and is not needed in organic production, but which supporters say has long been proven safe and needed. That issue and others are expected ...
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As demand for organic feed surges, U.S. cows feast on Romanian corn 15.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

Because most of the corn and soybeans harvested across the Midwest come from genetically modified seed and use crop chemicals shunned by the organic industry, an increasing amount of specialty grain used to produce organic milk, eggs and meat is being imported.
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Costco Is Selling So Much Organic Produce, Farmers Can't Keep Up 14.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Costco has a voracious appetite for organic fruits and veggies — so much so that it can't get enough of them to sell. The warehouse retailer recently passed  $4 billion in annual sales from organic produce , eclipsing Whole Foods for the title of organic heavyweight champion in the U.S. Now, organic farmers can't grow produce fast enough to supply the retailer. To help nudge supply in the right direction, Costco is lending money to farmers, allowing them to buy land and equipment to grow more organic produce. Costco CEO Craig Jelinek told investors about the effort at the company's annual shareholder meeting in Bellevue, Washington, earlier this year. "We cannot get enough organics to stay in business day in and day out,” he said. The company  has only embarked on a pilot program  so far, The Seattle Times reports. It helped San Diego-based Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce purchase 1,200 acres in Mexico along with the requisite equipment to farm it. In return, Costco has first dibs to purchase ...
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Group releasing undercover video for cage-free egg push 14.4.2016 Philly.com News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An animal welfare group said it hopes undercover video filmed inside a farm showing how hens are treated will get more U.S. food sellers behind cage-free eggs.
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