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Top Chefs Urge Congress to Address Nation’s $200B Food Waste Problem
Top Chefs Urge Congress to Address Nation’s $200B Food Waste Problem

WASTE NOT - Award-winning chefs from across the country, including ‘Top Chef’ head judge Tom Colicchio, gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 25 to advocate for food waste reduction in the American food system. In hopes of educating lawmakers on the severity of the issue, the group met with 22 Senate and House offices in tandem with a first-of-its-kind House Agriculture Full Committee hearing assessing food waste from farm to table.

Nestlé Announces the Finalists for the 2016 CSV Prize
Nestlé Announces the Finalists for the 2016 CSV Prize

PRESS RELEASE - With the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Nestlé has announced the finalists for the Creating Shared Value [CSV] Prize 2016: Natural Extracts Industries [NEI] from Tanzania and Agro-Hub from Cameroun. After four screening phases, the two finalists were selected from a group of 450 applicants by the Nestlé CSV Council, along with 9 independent experts and 9 Nestlé internal experts.

Analysis Finds GMOs Are Safe, But May Not Increase Crop Yields
Analysis Finds GMOs Are Safe, But May Not Increase Crop Yields

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Genetically engineered crops may be completely safe for human consumption – but they also are an unlikely solution to world hunger. A comprehensive new analysis found that genetically engineered (GE) crops, often called genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or biotech crops, do not appear to pose health risks, nor have they accelerated increases in yield.

Kashi Launches Scheme to Help Reward, Incentivize Transition to Organic Farmland
Kashi Launches Scheme to Help Reward, Incentivize Transition to Organic Farmland

SUPPLY CHAIN - According to the USDA, consumer demand for organic foods has grown by double-digits every year since the 1990s — but organic acreage has not kept up. Today, only about one percent of US farmland is organic and farmers looking to transition to organic face real barriers, including shouldering financial uncertainty during the three year transition period required to be eligible for USDA Organic certification.

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New Doc from Nat Geo, C&A Highlights Business Case for Organic Cotton Production
New Doc from Nat Geo, C&A Highlights Business Case for Organic Cotton Production

COLLABORATION - Cotton is planted on 2.4 percent of the world’s crop land and yet it accounts for 24 percent and 11 percent of the global sales of insecticide and pesticides, respectively. Organic cotton represents less than 1 percent of the global total annual crop, but National Geographic, international clothing brand C&A, and activist and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau believe that needs to change.

4 Challenges Shaping Tomorrow’s Cities — and How Brands Can Help
4 Challenges Shaping Tomorrow’s Cities — and How Brands Can Help

COLLABORATION - More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities and this is expected to reach 66 percent by 2050, according to the United Nations, when 2.5 billion people will be added to urban populations — with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa. In the fight against climate change, cities represent the greatest challenge and opportunity — while they generate a vast majority (70 percent) of global greenhouse gas emissions, those who live in them actually have smaller carbon footprints than the national averages.

TerraVia's Algae-Based DHA to Provide Sustainable Omega-3s for Aquaculture Market
TerraVia's Algae-Based DHA to Provide Sustainable Omega-3s for Aquaculture Market

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - TerraVia (formerly Solazyme) and agribusiness giant Bunge Limited have announced the launch of native, whole algae DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) as a sustainable specialty feed ingredient for the aquaculture market, a roughly $3 billion market for omega-3 ingredients. DHA is a long chain omega-3 fatty acid that is a critical element for humans and animals, including fish, for healthy growth and development.

AkzoNobel Partners to Develop Sustainable Cellulose Products from Sugar Beet Waste
AkzoNobel Partners to Develop Sustainable Cellulose Products from Sugar Beet Waste

THE NEXT ECONOMY - AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have partnered to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing. The partnership will combine Royal Cosun's specialist knowledge in separating and purifying agricultural process side streams with AkzoNobel's expertise in the chemical modification of cellulose.

F&A Next Showcasing Innovations That Will Shape the Future of Food & Agriculture
F&A Next Showcasing Innovations That Will Shape the Future of Food & Agriculture

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Robots farmers; intelligent crop monitoring; vertical city farms; algae- or lupine-based ingredients; and sustainable methods for growing, nutrient extraction and waste valorization – if the latest crop of F&A Next finalists is any indication, all of these could be revolutionary new components of our food and agriculture systems in the near future.

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General Mills, NGOs Speak for the Bees: Pollinators Need Help From Companies
General Mills, NGOs Speak for the Bees: Pollinators Need Help From Companies

COLLABORATION - An estimated 3,300 acres on oat farms that supply oats for Honey Nut Cheerios will soon provide new dedicated, flower-rich habitat for pollinators. General Mills is partnering with the Xerces Society, a pollinator and wildlife conservation organization, to plant wildflowers on the supplier farms by the end of 2020.

Europeans Want Cheap, Pesticide-Free Food; Industry Campaign Says It Can’t Be Done
Europeans Want Cheap, Pesticide-Free Food; Industry Campaign Says It Can’t Be Done

SUPPLY CHAIN - Do Europeans have unreasonable expectations for the agriculture industry? New poll results suggest that 91 percent of consumers think food should remain affordable, but just 54 percent think that farmers should be able to use pesticides to keep prices down.

How Increasing Transparency Can Help Prevent Further Devastation in Indonesia
How Increasing Transparency Can Help Prevent Further Devastation in Indonesia

CLEANTECH - Late last year, devastating fires engulfed 2 million hectares of land in Indonesia, impacting the health of 43 million people around Southeast Asia, and emitting as much greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as Brazil does in a year. They were driven by years of rampant, unregulated deforestation, chiefly for the expansion of paper pulp and oil palm plantations.

Industry Giant GAR to Fully Trace Its Palm Oil Supply Chain to the Plantation by 2020
Industry Giant GAR to Fully Trace Its Palm Oil Supply Chain to the Plantation by 2020

SUPPLY CHAIN - One of the world’s largest palm oil companies, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), has published a 4-year plan to trace its entire supply to the growers’ plantations. Earlier this year, GAR mapped its entire supply chain to 489 individual mills, and plans to build on that progress by achieving 100 percent traceability to plantation for all of the palm oil purchased and processed by the company by 2020.

New Research from MorningStar Farms, WRI Illustrates Environmental Benefits of Eating Less Meat
New Research from MorningStar Farms, WRI Illustrates Environmental Benefits of Eating Less Meat

CLEANTECH - This week, both the World Resources Institute (WRI) and MorningStar Farms — producer of veggie burgers, sausages and other faux meat items beloved by vegetarians across the U.S. — have unveiled research asserting that the average American could cut their diet-related environmental impacts by nearly half just by eating less meat and dairy.

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Fetzer Vineyards Using Regenerative Filtration, Worms, Microbes to Treat 100% of Winery Wastewater
Fetzer Vineyards Using Regenerative Filtration, Worms, Microbes to Treat 100% of Winery Wastewater

WASTE NOT - Fetzer Vineyards, a leader in regenerative winegrowing, is revolutionizing the way U.S. wineries conserve water, announcing today that it will install the BioFiltro BIDA® System at its Mendocino winery. In doing so, Fetzer — a certified B Corp — will become the first American winery to use the closed-loop biological wastewater treatment system to process 100 percent of its winery wastewater.

Unilever, Kellogg, Mars Drop Major Palm Oil Supplier After RSPO Revokes Its Certification
Unilever, Kellogg, Mars Drop Major Palm Oil Supplier After RSPO Revokes Its Certification

SUPPLY CHAIN - Six years after NGOs released a scathing report on Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) decided to suspend IOI last Monday.

Supply Chain Traceability Key to Fulfilling Sustainability Promises
Supply Chain Traceability Key to Fulfilling Sustainability Promises

SUPPLY CHAIN - Consumers these days want to know that when a business says that it is producing something ethically and sustainably, that it can back up such claims throughout its entire supply chain. After all, a business’s claims to operating sustainably are only partly fulfilled when it can’t confirm the sustainability of its raw materials or other products involved in production. So customers increasingly expect businesses to make sure their supply chain is as committed as they are to principled behaviour.

BASF launches Maglis, a new online platform to help farmers improve crop management
BASF launches Maglis, a new online platform to help farmers improve crop management

PRESS RELEASE - Limburgerhof, Germany – March 3, 2016 – Today, BASF has launched MaglisTM, an online agricultural platform set to become a key partner in helping farmers manage their crops. With the platform, farmers will be able to gather, interpret, and monitor a range of crop-related data that will support them in making better decisions on how to grow and market their crops. The launch took place at the Commodity Classic agricultural convention and trade show, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Hershey Partners with Blommer Chocolate and Olam Cocoa to Build Health Center in Cote D’Ivoire
Hershey Partners with Blommer Chocolate and Olam Cocoa to Build Health Center in Cote D’Ivoire

PRESS RELEASE - Access to basic health care is critical for the wellbeing of rural West African cocoa communities. To help meet the need, The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) partnered with cocoa suppliers Blommer Chocolate and Olam Cocoa to fund and build a community health center in Cote d’Ivoire in the town of Teapleau on the Western side of the country. Cote d’Ivoire is one of the largest cocoa-producing countries in the world.

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Trending: GAR, Astra International Fulfilling Palm Oil Supply Chain Promises
Trending: GAR, Astra International Fulfilling Palm Oil Supply Chain Promises

SUPPLY CHAIN - Two powerful palm oil companies are fulfilling promises related to accountability in their supply chains and bolstering their sustainability.

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