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Cultivating a Local Food System for Kansas City

RSF Social Finance Seed Fund Grantee Highlight

by Meredith Storton

Kansas City, Kansas, like many urban areas in the United States, has its share of food deserts – low-income neighborhoods devoid of fresh, healthy foods; it also has its share of vacant land. Cultivate Kansas City, a local non-profit, is changing the landscape and engaging the entire community with a healthy, environmentally-sustainable venture: urban farming.

#DardenDigest: Advancing Ethical Practices in Seafood Sourcing


How do consumers select what fish they should and shouldn’t buy? How are fishermen conserving the oceans and supporting the availability of seafood in the long-term? What are the most innovative practices emerging in fisheries today?  These are just a sample of the questions asked of four distinguished panelists during a seminar at the University of Florida titled, “Advancing Ethical Practices in Seafood Sourcing.”

Hershey Exceeds 2013 Certified Cocoa Goal

18 percent of all cocoa sourced globally in 2013 was certified compared to goal of 10 percent
Press Release

HERSHEY, Pa., January 28, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today announced that 18 percent of all the cocoa the company sourced globally in 2013 was certified, nearly double the company’s original 2013 goal of 10 percent. With nearly one-fifth of cocoa sourced through sustainable practices, Hershey is on track to meet its goal of sourcing 100 percent certified cocoa by 2020.

Farmers and Partners Are Poised to Make Big Impact on Key Global Challenges, Preserving Natural Resources

Monsanto Company Leaders Discuss Role Of Farmers And Public-Private Partnerships In Making World Economic Forum’s New Vision For Agriculture A Reality
Press Release

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Millions of farmers around the world, both smallholders and large-scale producers, will play a pivotal role in addressing the needs of an additional 2 billion people worldwide over the next few decades, said Hugh Grant, chairman and chief executive officer of Monsanto Company. Grant noted the focused efforts of farmers, food companies, retailers, public-private partnerships and Monsanto as they work together to improve agricultural productivity and natural resource efficiency.

With help from Kiva & Capital One, entrepreneurs like Elizabeth can keep dreaming...and start doing.

Multimedia with summary

Life changed in an instant for Elizabeth when her husband passed away. The mother of three was now the family breadwinner, a role she wasn’t fully prepared for.

“Something’s different about your whole focus to life,” she says of her husband’s passing.

Elizabeth, who lives in Charlottesville, Va., knew she had to work but she found that traditional forms of employment weren’t readily available. So she decided to rely on her own skills and pursue her dream of opening a tomato sauce manufacturing company.

The Uncle Ben’s® Brand Awards Second Grader $30,000 For School Cafeteria Makeover And $15,000 Cash Prize For Inspiring Families To Cook Together

The UNCLE BEN’S® Brand, the number-one selling brand of rice in the United States, named Claire Noles, 7, and her mother Rachel of Boaz, Alabama the grand prize winners of the Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest.

The UNCLE BEN’S® Brand, the number-one selling brand of rice in the United States, named Claire Noles, 7, and her mother Rachel of Boaz, Alabama the grand prize winners of the Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest.

Mars Named a Finalist for the 2013 U.S. State Department Award for Corporate Excellence

Company Recognized for Cocoa Sustainability and Economic Development Efforts in Indonesia

Mars, Incorporated announced today the company was named one of the top 12 finalists for the Secretary of State’s 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its cocoa sustainability and economic development work in Indonesia.


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