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Ecocentricity Blog: People Will Come

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We built the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. But we didn’t know if teams would enter. We didn’t know if their ideas would be as innovative and impactful as we hoped, as we need. We didn’t know if “people would come.”

James Earl Jones was right. I mean, of course he was. He’s James Earl Jones. If I ever met James Earl Jones and he told me direct exposure of sunlight to my retina is a good thing, I might throw my sunglasses away.

Efficiency Meets Sustainability: First-ever Fair Trade USA Certified Organic Palm Oil Now Available

Daabon Group, Hain Celestial and Fair Trade USA lead efforts to address social, environmental concerns regarding the world’s most-used vegetable oil crop
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MIAMI, October 14, 2016/ 3BL Media/ -  Socially and environmentally conscious cooks can now bake their cake and eat it, too. Today Daabon Group announced it has achieved the first-ever Fair Trade USA certification of a palm oil product. 

California Water Action Collaborative Announces Drought Coalition

Environmental Leaders, Fortune 500 Companies Announce Collaborative Investments to Protect California’s Water Future
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SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 13, 2016 /3BL Media/ - As California enters its sixth year of record-breaking drought, twenty leading organizations today announced their collaborative support for critical projects designed to protect California’s water future. Together the groups form the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC).

World Bank Group and Nespresso Partner to Help Coffee Farmers in East Africa

BioCarbon Fund grant to combat climate change
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October 7, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Nespresso has today announced a joint investment of $6 million with the World Bank’s IFC (International Finance Corporation) in a landmark collaboration project to support coffee farmers in East Africa to combat the effects of climate change.

Nespresso and Local Coffee Farmers in South Sudan Progress in Rebuilding Coffee Industry

Nespresso launches 2nd edition of Limited Edition SULUJUA ti South Sudan
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October 5, 2016 ​/3BL Media/ - Despite the ongoing conflict, South Sudanese coffee farmers are making progress in reviving the country’s coffee industry.  The result of their hard work and dedication – the Nespresso limited edition Grand Cru SULUJA ti South Sudan* - will launch in five new countries later this month, having previously only been available in France.

U.S. Farm Labor Shortages

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The diminishing supply of farm labor is one of the most threatening issues affecting our nation’s fresh produce industry, a sector largely dependent on labor for the harvest and packing of delicate fruit and vegetables. As of last year, an estimated $3.1 billion had been lost in farm income due to labor shortages according to a 2015 report by the Partnership for a New American Economy.

Sorghum Beer — A Growing Staple for the Ugandan Economy

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A pint of East Africa’s Eagle Lager Beer looks like most other lagers — rich gold in hue and frothy on top. But that’s where the resemblance ends. For this beer is designed to do more than just quench thirst: it seeks to transform a society, for the better, one glass at a time.

Launched a decade ago, Eagle is the creation of Nile Breweries Limited, a Uganda-based subsidiary of SABMiller. Eagle uses locally produced crops, which supports the region’s economy and promotes sustainable development.

How PepsiCo is Taking Action on Palm Oil – Interview

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PepsiCo published the first update on its Palm Oil Action Plan. Ben Cooper spoke with Andrew Aulisi, senior director, global environmental policy at ‎PepsiCo, about the progress to date and how the company's initial actions and achievements are likely to be received by environmental campaigners.

Vertical Farming Offers Solutions to Food Scarcity in Singapore

A visit to wealthy Singapore shows what's possible when resources are focused on what really matters.
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Back in May I was invited to Singapore to tour schools, IT hubs, hospitals and startups. The size of the country, as well as their government structure, allows them move towards their objectives more quickly than other countries. What I witnessed during my visit was a nation determined to be seen as a leader in the technology sector and to be recognized as a nucleus for some of the top innovators in the world.One aspect of the trip that really resonated with me was the country's use of vertical farming and other cutting edge agricultural techniques.

Agriculture, Food, Environmental Leaders Launch Effort to Support Farmers, Strengthen Conservation in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska

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BOONE, Iowa, September 2, 2016 /3BL Media/ — For the first time ever, leading food and agriculture supply chain companies and conservation organizations have formed an “end-to-end” partnership to support farmers in the improvement of soil health and water quality. The collective announced today the launch of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative — a broad-based effort to support, enhance, and accelerate the use of environmentally preferable agricultural practices already underway in Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska.

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