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Kraft Heinz sustainability chief reflects on 'interdependence' 28.10.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Kraft Heinz sustainability chief reflects on 'interdependence' Heather Clancy Wed, 10/28/2020 - 01:00 Food company Kraft Heinz has been relatively quiet about its corporate sustainability strategy in the five years since it was formed through the merger of food giants Kraft and Heinz — stepping out in early 2018 to provide an update . In September, the maker of well-known brands such as Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Planter’s Nuts and Heinz Ketchup — which had $25 billion in revenue last year — spoke up again with a second combined report that shows it stalled on 2020 goals for energy and water through last year (it will miss both) and doubles down on work to create circular production processes for packaging (it’s ahead of schedule and will introduce the first circular Heinz bottle in Europe next year). Kraft Heinz also updated its commitments with new targets pegged to 2025. Here are some of the latest commitments, along with perspective on progress so far: Procure most electricity from renewable sources by ...
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Chlorpyrifos: Common Pesticide Tied To Brain Damage in Children 27.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Chlorpyrifos insecticides were introduced by Dow Chemical in 1965 and have been used widely in agricultural settings. Commonly known as the active ingredient in the brand names Dursban and Lorsban, chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide, acaricide and miticide used primarily to control foliage and soil-borne insect pests on a variety of food and feed crops. Products come in liquid form as well as granules, powders, and water-soluble packets, and may be applied by either ground or aerial equipment. Chlorpyrifos is used on a wide variety of crops including apples, oranges, strawberries, corn, wheat, citrus and other foods families and their children eat daily. USDA’s Pesticide Data Program found chlorpyrifos residue on citrus and melons even after being washed and peeled. By volume, chlorpyrifos is most used on corn and soybeans, with over a million pounds applied annually to each crop. The chemical is not allowed on organic ...
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The U.S. Still Uses Many Pesticides Banned in Other Countries 21.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A total of about 400 different agricultural pesticides were used in the United States in 2017, the latest year data is available. More and more pesticides have been used because they “contribute to higher yields and improved product quality by controlling weeds, insects, nematodes, and plant pathogens,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Research Links Industrial Pig Farming and Virus Outbreaks 20.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In recent months, meatpacking companies in different parts of the world have been associated with large clusters of COVID-19 infections. The Tönnies meat-processing plant in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, was temporarily closed, and U.S.-based pork processor Smithfield became a major focus of the disease in South Dakota, one of the country’s least-populated states. In Brazil, complaints abound about COVID-19 at slaughterhouses: 20% of the industry’s workers have been infected, according to the National Confederation of Workers in Food and Related-Industries (CNTA).

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Microplastics in Farm Soils: A Growing Concern 7.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Mary Beth Kirkham hadn't studied microplastics when she was invited to co-edit a new book about microplastics in the environment—but something stood out to her about the existing research. 

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What Regenerative Farming Can Do for the Climate 7.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Tropical Storm Isaias downed power lines and trees across the greater New York City area in early August, snapping limbs from the ancient oaks that ring Patty Gentry’s small Long Island farm. Dead branches were still dangling a month later. But rows of mustard greens were unfurling nearby, and a thicket of green vines reached toward the sun, dotted with tangy orange bulbs.

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Organic Food Is a ‘Human Right’, Says Leading Food Scientist 29.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

From seed to harvest, the food that arrives on our plates is far from its natural form. Whilst the majority of the population trust in farmers, supply chains and environmental regulations, we are often exposed to a toxic concoction of chemicals. 

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Op-Ed: One water district is trying to make sure agriculture cleans up its own mess 24.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

In the Salinas and Santa Maria valleys, farmers may finally be fined if they don't restrict the nitrate seeping into the region's groundwater.

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Letters to the Editor: Fish farms foul ocean water and ruin ecosystems. Don't allow them off our shores 24.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Offshore, open-water fish farms may seem like a good solution to our increased appetite for protein, but they have devastating consequences.

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International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Is a Food Industry Lobby Group 23.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a corporate-funded nonprofit organization based in Washington DC, with 17 affiliated chapters around the world. ILSI describes itself as a group that conducts “science for the public good” and “improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment.” However, investigations by academics, journalists and public interest researchers show that ILSI is a lobby group that protects the interests of the food industry, not public health.

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Our Food System Is Broken and Inhumane, But It Can Be Fixed 23.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The facts are clear and they are shocking: Factory farming is unhealthy for consumers, dangerous for workers, and devastating for the environment, and it is the largest cause of animal cruelty in the history of mankind.

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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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Marion Moses, Cesar Chavez confidant and expert on farmworkers' health, dies 4.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

Marion Moses, a leader on pesticides who advocated for the health and safety of farmworkers, was 84.

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Stop Eating Pesticides: Which Produce Should You Pick? 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But produce sometimes comes with potentially harmful pesticide levels.

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Monsanto-Sponsored Panel Featured CSPI Food Policy Group 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which is supposed to be a "food police" and consumer advocacy group, was co-founded in 1971 by Michael Jacobson, who is still the executive director to this day. CSPI also manages the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, which is the largest nutrition advocacy coalition in the United States.

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Connecting the Dots: Big Meat, Big Pharma, Big Vaccines and Big Pandemics 21.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is surely the worst in recent memory, but prehistory is full of records of plagues and pandemics. In more modern history, we’ve seen the Asian flu pandemic of 1957, the Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968 and the AIDS pandemic of 1981. Then, a decade ago, along came H1N1 , a novel flu virus hosted by pigs. H1N1 was followed in 1997 by H5N1 , a bird flu virus that first surfaced  in Hong Kong. What's different about these more recent pandemics? They're directly linked to the “intensive confinement of animals” in factory farms, according to the Journal of Public Health ...
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6 Ways the US Can Curb Climate Change and Grow More Food 21.8.2020 WRI Stories
6 Ways the US Can Curb Climate Change and Grow More Food Comments|Add Comment|PrintHarvesting corn. Photo by United Soybean Board/Flickr American agriculture is among the most productive in the world. It employs 2.6 million people in growing food and other products worth nearly $400 billion annually. Over 20% of that output is shipped abroad, making the United States the largest exporter of agricultural products globally. U.S. agriculture has also grown more efficient in recent years,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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From Farm To Factory: The Unstoppable Rise of American Chicken 20.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Acentury ago, Americans would not recognise our modern hunger for chicken. The year-long market for tender but relatively bland chicken meat is a newish phenomenon, and without it the idea of chicken cutlets, $5 rotisseries, or the McNugget would be a fantasy.

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Farmers Reject Biden’s Pro-Corporate Rural Advisers 20.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Political conventions traditionally feature an orgy of corporate lobbyists and big money courting public officials. You’d think such displays wouldn’t factor into a convention-at-home setup in 2020. After all, where would the lobbyists and hangers-on congregate? The answer is, apparently, on Zoom.

Organic Diets Quickly Reduce the Amount of Glyphosate in People’s Bodies 13.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Eating an organic diet rapidly and significantly reduces exposure to glyphosate—the world's most widely-used weed killer, which has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other harmful impacts, according to a new study.

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