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The Environmental Challenges and Opportunities Facing Food and Beverage Companies

(3BL/JustMeans) — Food and beverage companies need to buy agricultural commodities to make their products. Commodity sourcing can be very challenging. Agricultural productivity is affected by the increasingly erratic weather patterns that climate change brings, plus groundwater depletion and soil erosion. Illegal and questionable practices in supply chains are brought to light by campaign groups.

25 Global Companies Launch FReSH To Create A Global Food Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Close to 100 percent of the food consumed across the world is produced and supplied by the private sector.

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.

Hot Bread Kitchen: Supporting Low Income Women Living In New York City

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Hot Bread Kitchen, based in New York City’s East Harlem neighbourhood, is a basic fabric of that local community, offering the foreign-born and low-income women based here a life line by helping to create lasting economic security for these women, introducing them to job opportunities in the culinary industry.

Winner of the World Food Prize: Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, A Man Who Has Worked to Alleviate Hunger

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The world owes a lot to thanks to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh, and now, his significant work has been recognised.

Can Big Data Feed Us All?

(3Bl Media/Justmerans) - We’ve heard a lot about how the ubiquitous and free flow of information is going to improve our quality of life, through smart phones, smart grids, smart cities and smart cars. That’s all well and good, but what about basic questions like can I get enough to eat?

Well it turns out, big data has some good news for us there, too.

Ramez Naam, in his book The Infinite Resource, described some cutting edge agricultural projects with yields anywhere from ten to a hundred times the norm. Using this as a benchmark, Naam surmises that we will have plenty of food to feed ten billion mouths. Agronomist Kenneth Cassman from the University of Nebraska, took this idea to the work boots on the ground level when he and his colleagues unveiled the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas last month at the Water for Food conference in Seattle where the theme was “Harnessing the Data Revolution to Ensure Food and Water Security From Field to Global Scales.”

The map contains site-specific data that shows where actual yields fall short of their potential due to any number of factors including drought, soil, and farming practices. Big Agro companies, like Monsanto and Syngenta, who sponsored the conference, can use their data to target development and marketing of specific products. But the data can also be used to help small farmers who number over 500 million and produce half the world’s food.

Farm Credit Canada Exceeds Food Drive Goal: 6.5 Million Pounds Collected

When I first reported on Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Drive Away Hunger Campaign in the spring, the agricultural lender was aiming to collect five million pounds of food to be distributed through Food Banks Canada. In the end, the 10th anniversary campaign, which wrapped up recently, outdid the target and increased donations by 108 percent over last year.

Focus on Food: Growing a Local, Sustainable Supply Chain

There was a time when grain for bread was grown and milled locally in Southern Ontario. But that tradition has long past, forcing Toronto-based bakery Stonemill Bakehouse to source the ingredients for its healthy artisanal breads from Western Canada, the U.S. or even abroad.

Hungry for Profit: The Ethics of Speculating on Food Prices

From wheat to cattle, sugar to hogs, food commodities have become big business. But should society be playing with its food for financial gain? 

Investing in the stock market has been likened to gambling. Of course, they are fundamentally different. Gambling is a zero-sum game; no actual value is created, the loser's money is simply given to the winner.

New Book Serves Up Ideas About Food Sustainability

New book features experts' views on food sustainability.

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