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Sysco Develops 'Superior' Supply Chain

British American Tobacco Advances Sustainable Agriculture to Support Farmers

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – To reduce global hunger and provide food security for about 10 billion people by 2050, farm productivity needs to be increased. Large agro-based companies need to continue to encourage crop diversification, the application of new technologies, and the development of agro-forestry models as a priority for farmers to improve their resilience.

Mars to Spend $1B to Combat Climate Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The agriculture sector is not only a major contributor to climate change, but also among the sectors most impacted by it. Agriculture can be one of the keys to address the problem of climate change. By some estimates, sustainable farming can potentially mitigate about six giga-tons of carbon equivalent by 2030, mainly by improving the capacity to absorb organic carbon in land and vegetation.

Green & Black's Chocolate Launches Products Without The Fairtrade Label

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Green & Black's, the brand which pioneered organic Fairtrade chocolate, is now launching its first UK product without the familiar Fairtrade label.

Mighty Earth Report Shows Who’s Responsible For Largest ‘Dead Zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A new report by Mighty Earth shows what is responsible for the widespread manure and fertilizer pollution, causing one of the largest ‘Dead Zone’ on record in the Gulf of Mexico this year made headlines globally. Much of this pollution comes from the vast quantities of corn and soy used to raise livestock, which has contaminated water from the Heartland of America to the Gulf.

80% Of Americans Want Good Conditions for Animals Raised for Food

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – We know that animals have always played an important role in agriculture. Now, with rising public awareness of the way animals are raised for food, animal health and welfare is an important area for businesses today — particularly for consumer-facing brands.

Sustainable Brands Detroit 2017 Sets Out to Redefine the Good Life


(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Sustainable Brands kicked off their 2017 event in downtown Detroit with a record crowd of over 2,000 attendees.  After a day filled with extended interactive workshops, the official welcome ceremony featured a who’s who of sustainability thought leaders. Koann Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Brands, welcomed the crowd that packed the Cobo Center’s main hall. She set a somewhat sober tone for the event, citing that we live in an age of unintended consequences, and that we have clearly gotten off track in our pursuit of happiness. “Our push for productivity and efficiency has inclined us to forget how inextricably connected we are.”
But, she said, “Businesses are uniquely equipped…to help us shape our collective future.” Describing the decision to move from San Diego to Detroit, she called the actively rejuvenating Motor City, ‘a fantastic living lab.” Indeed Detroit could be the poster child for a place where the industrial age has run its course and is now ready for what comes next. Citing Harris poll data, she said that a clear shift is happening across the US in the definition of the good life.


Next, Kim Patel Ford’s VP of Sustainability spoke. Quoting her boss, Bill Ford, who she was standing in for, she said, “You can do good work for the planet and for the company.” Describing the company’s shifting commitment to mobility, she quoted Mayor Mike Dugan, who said, “Great if you have a good job, but if you can’t get there, what’s the point.” 

 
Cradle to Cradle originator Will McDonough made a number of terse, but punchy points.   
How do we make the world better because we are here?
Being less bad is not being good.
We need to think differently about carbon. There are three types: Fugitive carbon, Durable Carbon, and Living Carbon  We need less of the first one and more of the other two
By 2050, the weight of plastics in the ocean will be equal to the weight of all the fish.
As a roadmap for making things better he suggested five goods, to take the place of the numerous less bads.
Good Materials are safe, healthy, biological.
A Good Economy is circular, sharing, and shared
Good Energy is clean and renewable.
Good Water is clean and available.
A Good Life is creative and dignified.
What’s next is what’s now.
How much can we give for all that we get?  
Goodness is a living things.
It’s going to take forever, but that’s the point.

Tony Chocolonely’s Chocolate Is Changing The Business of Chocolate

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Chocolate is one of the most popular and widely consumed products in the world, with North America devouring the lion's share, followed by Europe.

English Tea Shop’s Focus On Organic Makes Good Business Sense

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Globally, it’s accepted that Britain is a tea drinking nation, with a 165 million cups drunk daily.  Tea is a plant containing high levels of anti-oxidants, which can help with a wide variety of ailments and is known for its ability to console, uplift and relax.

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