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We Now Interrupt This Program…Focus on Food Waste

Ecocentricity Blog by John A. Lanier

What?! You think I’m lazy!?!?!?

Okay, maybe a little bit. But really, I’m taking this week off from writing because I just happened to stumble upon a video that connected too perfectly to my last post. Remember when I said that tossing out a single strawberry wastes about a half-gallon of water? Well, the folks at decided to create a two-minute film showing you the full life of that wasted strawberry.

The American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture (ANSI/LEO-4000) Is Open to Registrants!

Tools and Materials Now Available for ANSI/LEO-4000
Press Release

MADISON, Wis., April 25, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Leonardo Academy Inc, The Sustainability Experts®, announced today that the ANSI/LEO-4000, the new American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture is open for business.

It’s Full Speed Ahead for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator Teams


Reprinted from Biomimicry Institute Blog

It’s been a busy six months for the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge finalists. Last October, eight teams from around the world were chosen to be part of the first-ever biomimicry food systems accelerator. After pitching and getting feedback on their design concepts in-person during SXSW Eco in Austin, TX, these intrepid innovators began working furiously to test and prototype their nature-inspired design concepts.

Enhancing Economic Power Through “Traditional” Women’s Work

Northern Ghana Shea joins the Business Call to Action with a commitment to diversify markets and increase production of smallholder women producers
Press Release

NEW YORK, April 20, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Northern Ghana Shea (NGS), a social enterprise operating in the Upper West region of Ghana, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to expand market access for 4,000 rural women who pick shea nuts and produce shea butter, and to diversify their customer base by securing at least two international buyers by 2018. As part of its commitment, by 2017 the company will increase the volume of these small-scale farmers’ production by 60 percent. 

The Water We Eat


I expect most of us believe that the greatest amount of water we consume comes in the form of showers, baths, and drinks. Nope, and it’s not close. 

My Dad has always loved the water. He grew up in Miami, which probably has something to do with his attraction to it. Whether skiing, fishing, or boating, any time he is on the water he is happy.

Two SCS Sustainably Grown Certified Clients Named “Produce Trailblazer” Award Winners

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. and Peri & Sons Farms Cited by Grocery Headquarters for Sustainability Achievements
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Each year, Grocery Headquarters Magazine recognizes the country’s most notable growers, packers and distributors of fresh produce. This year’s 2016 Produce Trailblazer Awards, handed out earlier this month, included Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. and Peri & Sons Farms, both of whom were cited for their sustainable agriculture initiatives.

A Banner Year for Sustainability: Translating the Results of 2015


2015 was a pivotal year for global sustainability.  In September, the leaders of 193 United Nations (UN) Member States adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The SDGs, comprised of a set of 169 targets, are the heir to Millennium Development Goals and represent a shared vision for what needs to be achieved by 2030 to secure a sustainable future.   A few months after the SDGs were announced, world leaders gathered in Paris and agreed in principle to a new global framework to address climate change. 

Streamlining the Farm-to-Buyer Process to Improve the Livelihoods of Ecuador’s Corn Farmers

New Business Call to Action member Pronaca is breaking with tradition to increase productivity and sustainability
Press Release

New York, April 14, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Pronaca, a major producer of poultry and pork products, and the leading buyer of hard yellow corn in Ecuador, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to engage 500 smallholder farmers in the company’s corn value chain as well as increase their production 5 percent by the end of 2016.

Food Waste: The Harvest is Just the Beginning


Harvest. It feels like an old word, something people used to do centuries ago. Kind of like blacksmithing and spinning thread. It also feels like Autumn, mainly because the closest I’ve ever come to harvesting anything is picking apples in October in the mountains of Virginia.

Harvesting still happens every year though, and it is the beginning of a journey for our food. If our food successfully makes the trip, it will be nourishment for someone. If not, our food will be lost or wasted, and it would be better if it had never been grown at all.

It’s Time for Responsible Leaders to Take Action to Eliminate Child Hunger (SDG 2)


This week, Global Sourcing Council's 17 Weeks for 17 SDGs Intiative explores Goal 2 with examples of action from organizations and businesses to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture in their business strategy.


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