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How Solar Energy Affects Micro Farming

Guest blog by Brigg Patten

Algae Fuel Producers Look Beyond Fuel to Stay Afloat

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - Just about every start up has to face the dreaded “Valley of Death,” the time that comes after they have demonstrated their idea and before they are producing it at significant scale and generating revenue. Generally speaking, money has been borrowed, payments are due on rent, employee salaries, commercial licenses and various other expenses. If the borrowed money runs out before significant revenue starts coming in, then it’s usually game over.

Furthermore, when the product you are hoping to replace, is not only mature, with a massive infrastructure and active investment that has, despite soaring demand, brought prices down to levels not seen in years—that makes it even harder. Add to that the fact that your technology is taking quite a bit longer to reach scale than was originally expected, and you find yourself in the position of advanced biofuel producers.

By conventional logic those companies should be out of business by now, but a number of them, while perhaps not exactly thriving, are hanging in there, thanks to some nimble maneuvering, a versatile product platform, and what you might call “out of the barrel” thinking.

Sustainable Fish Creates Business Opportunity for Seafood Restaurants

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the National Fisheries Institute, shrimp, salmon and canned tuna alone make up 60 percent of the seafood Americans eat. However, most of these species are endangered and, more often than not, are a product of unsustainable fishing practices.

William Jackson Food Group Helps Feed Malawi

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Malawi is a small landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa, bordering Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, with an estimated population of 14 million.

Hotels and Restaurants to Launch Sustainable Seafood Week

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – More than half of the world's population lives within 100 km of the coast. While human beings have always depended on the ocean for food, advancements in fishing technology and unsustainable fishing practices are now taking their toll. Fish stocks in continental shelf areas are considered to be fully or over exploited. Fishing techniques such as trawling and dredging are causing serious damage to marine habitats and organisms living on the sea floor.

How Companies Can Invest in Sustainable Food Brands

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – One out of nine people on the planet is chronically hungry, while the world faces a humongous challenge to feed an additional two billion mouths by 2050. Companies can turn this challenge into an opportunity by investing and innovating in crop science, livestock growth, water efficiency and supply chain management, to create a sustainable global food system.

Net Impact: Collaborating to Nourish Nine Billion

Guest blog by Mac Marshall, Monsanto

I’ve been back in the office for a few weeks now, but I’m still – for lack of a better phrase – basking in the glow of my Net Impact experience.

Are Almonds Really Water Villains?

Despite the El Nino weather pattern that is bringing much needed rain to California, experts say it will likely not be enough to lift the state out of drought. So, water conservation will be on the radar for the foreseeable future. 

“Green & Lean”: New Range Of Sustainable U.K. School Meals From Sodexo And WWF

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Worryingly, the U.K. now has the highest rate of obesity in Europe, with one in three children overweight or obese by year six. Obesity in children under 11 has risen by over 40 percent in ten years. If this trend continues, half of U.K. children will be obese or overweight by 2020. London has the highest obesity levels for children in reception and year six compared to other parts of the country.

DuPont Commits $10B Investment in Sustainable Food R&D

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the world has the capacity to produce enough food to feed everyone adequately. However, nearly 800 million people still suffer from chronic hunger, despite the progress made over the last two decades. More than 160 million children below five years of age continue to be chronically malnourished.

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