(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Organic food is bucking downward food market trends and gaining share year over year. According to the Organic Trade Association, sales have increased dramatically in the U.S. in recent years. In 2016, it generated sales revenue of $47 billion, including $3.7 in new sales. It now accounts for more than 5 percent of total U.S. food sales.
FROM THE EDITOR
Canadian Climate Change Program Promises Big Impact
In the Quietly Making Progressive News department . . . our eminently sensible neighbors to the north are engaging in innovative research into sustainable agriculture. The federal Canadian government is sponsoring 20 new projects with the CD$27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a partnership with universities and conservation groups across the country, reports Markets Insider. The goal? “The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.” The AGGP investments support the Global Research Alliance (GRA) on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, a group of 49 countries working to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions. (Agriculture, along with forestry, account for 30% of global GHG emissions.) Innovative, collective, government-backed action to deal with climate change: anybody in the US polity interested?
John Howell, Editorial Director
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The future of the car industry is looking electric. The benefits of increasing investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure outweigh the costs by more than three to one, a new analysis by Ceres and M.J. Bradley & Associates has found. An infrastructure investment of $17.6 billion would yield $58 billion worth of benefits by 2035.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The US has 10 cities with a population of more than 1 million. China has 116, and that number is growing fast. Many of these cities are woefully underprepared for the challenge of supporting more people as an increasing number of people move to urban settings. Policymakers around the world are now recognizing the urgent need to build sustainable cities.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent; disrupting national economies, affecting lives, communities and costing business dearly. We are all experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, from changing weather patterns to rising sea level and more extreme weather events.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability drives innovation and value creation. But companies need better data to make sense of complexity and link sustainability with business performance. Every employee, team, department and business should know what they have done this week, month, quarter or year towards aligning strategy with sustainability.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — From the standpoint of utilities, renewables are the new kids on the block, that they knew very little about until they moved in. The same can be said of many renewable providers.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Between now and 2030, the climate commitments made following the Paris Agreement are expected to realize over $23 trillion in investment potential in 21 emerging markets. Apart from the governments, more than a thousand large businesses have made ambitious climate commitments, and are putting their pledges into action by investing in low-carbon solutions.