sustainable agriculture

Why Soil Health Matters for Food and Beverage Businesses

by Jerry Lynch, Jerry Lynch, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at General Mills
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When I speak about our work in soil health, I will often see a head tilt with a questioning look. Why would a food company have any interest in soil? That’s when I take a step back and share that 99 percent of our food comes from the soil. Being a food company, the connection is instantaneously made.

Healthy Soil 101: Why Soil Health Matters and How the Food Sector Can Help

by Mary Mazzoni
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Most of us don’t think too closely about dirt, but perhaps we should. After all, it’s the foundation of all life on Earth.

Beyond sustaining plant life—and the rest of the food chain along with it—soil itself is very much alive. One handful of dirt contains up to 50 billion bacteria and hundreds of thousands of individual fungal cells. As these microorganisms move through the soil, they feast on minerals and dead organic matter and leave nutrients behind, allowing plants to grow and ecosystems to thrive.

PMA and United Fresh Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices Gains First Endorsement from Third-Party Certifier

SCS Global Services says charter helps bring social responsibility to the mainstream
Press Release

EMERYVILLE, Calif., October 22, 2018 /3BL Media/  SCS Global Services (SCS), a leading international third-party certification body and standards developer, is pleased to announce its endorsement of the Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices, a joint initiative of the Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association. The Charter establishes baseline principles for the ethical treatment of workers in the global fresh produce and floral industries.

Project Gigaton Q&A: The Role of Agriculture in a Company’s Carbon Footprint

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Walmart’s Project Gigaton is a supplier-focused initiative to prevent one gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions across their global supply chain over 15 years (2015-2030). Project Gigaton aims to inspire suppliers to reduce emissions across their own operations and supply chains.

Sustainable Agriculture Means Sustaining More Young Farmers

by Tina Casey
Article

According to some U.S. food industry observers, interest in small farms and sustainable agriculture is on the rise among young people.

General Mills Works to Decouple Emissions from Business Growth

by Mary Mazzoni
Article

Agriculture accounts for around 9 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The global tally of agricultural emissions is even higher, with estimates ranging from 13 to 24 percent of total GHGs.

Leading the Fight Against Climate Change Like a Woman

By Yesh Pavlik Slenk
Article

Ten years ago, one question had Radhika Lalit re-evaluating her career path.

At the time, Lalit was working for a non-profit that devised solutions for sustainable agriculture in the Himalayas. As she conversed with local villagers to learn of the problems they are faced with when farming, one woman turned and asked her, point blank: “What are you going to do to help?”

Grow North Announces Inaugural Food, Ag, Ideas Week

Entrepreneurs, industry leaders and more will come together to drive visibility, connectivity and growth for Minnesota's food and agriculture sector
Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS, August 2, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Grow North is launching the first-ever Food, Ag, Ideas Week on October 8-12, 2018. The event will convene diverse perspectives and communities to create a more interconnected, dynamic and competitive ecosystem for food and agriculture entrepreneurship and innovation.

PepsiCo Digs Deep in Agriculture and Water

by Margaret Henry, Director, Sustainable Agriculture at PepsiCo
Blog

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of participating on a panel, ‘Building Brand Value While Mitigating Your Water Risk,’ at the Sustainable Brands 18 Conference in Vancouver.

How Governments Can Monitor Progress Towards Better Nutrition

Stochastic Impact Evaluation is being used to model the impacts of policies and other decisions about agricultural development on household nutrition.
Blog

Goal 2 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on governments to "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture". Each of the 193 countries that adopted the Agenda are faced with their own set of uncertain factors that influence their progress, making it difficult to obtain information to support policy, planning and implementation of practices that will result in better nutrition.

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