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3 Ways Farmers Can Use Tech for Bigger Yields, Greater Sustainability
3 Ways Farmers Can Use Tech for Bigger Yields, Greater Sustainability

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With technologies such as these coming to market all the time, farmers now have the option to grow more profitable, high-quality crops with more efficient input use — supporting their business, as well as the environment.

Certifying Private-Label Brands Leads to 200% Increase in Farmer Premiums
Certifying Private-Label Brands Leads to 200% Increase in Farmer Premiums

SUPPLY CHAIN - Countless studies have shown companies no longer need to choose profits over people; valuing people and sustainability is profitable. Consumers vote every day with their dollars and are rewarding the brands that embed sustainability into their ethos.

New Farm Powered Strategic Alliance Highlights Circular Solution to Food Waste, GHG Reduction
New Farm Powered Strategic Alliance Highlights Circular Solution to Food Waste, GHG Reduction

CLEANTECH - Unilever, Starbucks and Dairy Farmers of America have joined the historic alliance, which calls on the food industry to embrace the simple, circular relationship between food waste and its potential to reduce greenhouse gases.

Busting Myths About Biodiesel’s Environmental Impact
Busting Myths About Biodiesel’s Environmental Impact

CLEANTECH - Debate about whether biofuels are environmentally friendly goes on — especially around land use. At issue is whether the amount of land available for agricultural production can support the growing global population’s demand for both food and fuel.

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Murals Honor the Farmers Behind Our Favorite Products, Benefits of Fair Trade
Murals Honor the Farmers Behind Our Favorite Products, Benefits of Fair Trade

MARKETING AND COMMS - The murals were part of a Fairtrade America campaign during October for Fair Trade Month, to raise awareness of Fairtrade’s positive impacts. Shoppers voiced their choice for Fairtrade and won various Fairtrade prizes.

Combatting Food Insecurity Takes More Than a Village
Combatting Food Insecurity Takes More Than a Village

COLLABORATION - As Congress signs off for Thanksgiving, roughly 12 million Americans could soon lose jobless benefits. The hope is that people and companies continue to step up; government programs continue, and the flexibility the food supply chain has gained during COVID will enable a nimbler switch to accommodate future need.

IKEA, Unilever Sowing More Seeds for a Plant-Based Food Future
IKEA, Unilever Sowing More Seeds for a Plant-Based Food Future

THE NEXT ECONOMY - With the global plant-based meat and foods markets growing like a tsunami, it’s no wonder that more and more global food companies are positioning themselves to ride the wave.

Trucking Fleets Don’t Look Back After Switch to Biodiesel
Trucking Fleets Don’t Look Back After Switch to Biodiesel

CLEANTECH - As fleets look to reduce GHG emissions, they are looking beyond improvements in fuel economy to advanced technologies and alternative fuels — which can also offer financial savings over petroleum diesel.

How Your Company Can Enact the #1 Solution for Combating Climate Change
How Your Company Can Enact the #1 Solution for Combating Climate Change

WASTE NOT - Consumers are increasingly aware of food waste, and its impact on food access and on climate change. Those businesses that commit to responsible food-waste recycling can turn a problem into a point of pride, customer loyalty and cost reduction.

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This Cidery Is Restoring Biodiversity While Reviving Traditional Cider-Making
This Cidery Is Restoring Biodiversity While Reviving Traditional Cider-Making

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - By reviving traditional meadow orchards in its native Luxembourg, where much of the cider industry had died and fruit was going to waste, carbon-negative Ramborn Cider Co. has set about reversing the loss of biodiversity in the region.

Repurposing Farm-Based Food Waste Provides Pathway to a Healthier Planet
Repurposing Farm-Based Food Waste Provides Pathway to a Healthier Planet

WASTE NOT - Food waste handling presents itself as either a generator of deadly greenhouse gases — or a tool for immediate decarbonization of the food cycle, and an increase in the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices.

Scarcity Breeding Increasingly Innovative Water-Saving Strategies in Agriculture
Scarcity Breeding Increasingly Innovative Water-Saving Strategies in Agriculture

SUPPLY CHAIN - By incorporating new technologies and tactics into farming practices, agriculture can promote more efficient irrigation and water management — and play a major role in global water conservation and reuse.

Chipotle’s Real Foodprint Tracks Sustainability Impact of Menu Items
Chipotle’s Real Foodprint Tracks Sustainability Impact of Menu Items

MARKETING AND COMMS - Guests ordering on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com now get a first-of-its-kind look into the brand’s sourcing efforts, down to the ingredient — and can track how Chipotle reduces its environmental impacts.

Precision Ecosystems: An Improved Model for Better Indoor Crops
Precision Ecosystems: An Improved Model for Better Indoor Crops

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The progress of humankind is heavily linked to technological changes in how farming is done. Today, farming in the US faces challenges never before seen that require supplementing traditional agriculture with new approaches.

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Soybean Farmer Takes Active Role in Biodiesel Industry
Soybean Farmer Takes Active Role in Biodiesel Industry

CLEANTECH - Rob Shaffer — a fourth-generation soybean, corn and Angus cattle farmer — has been active in industry organizations for more than a decade. He was invited to join the National Biodiesel Board in 2012 and hasn’t looked back.

How the Cocoa Industry Can and Must Change to Tackle the Climate Crisis
How the Cocoa Industry Can and Must Change to Tackle the Climate Crisis

SUPPLY CHAIN - Ceres’ new Investor Brief on Cocoa identifies three key challenges posed to the cocoa industry by shifting social and environmental conditions, and the actions companies can take today to mitigate the material financial risks embedded in cocoa supply chains.

‘Cool Food Meals’ Badge Helps Diners ID Climate-Friendly Restaurant Meals
‘Cool Food Meals’ Badge Helps Diners ID Climate-Friendly Restaurant Meals

MARKETING AND COMMS - Now, just as diners can make decisions based on nutritional information, they can also decide what to eat based on the climate impact of a dish.

Back to the Roots Fills Growing Need for Organic, 100% US-Grown Seeds
Back to the Roots Fills Growing Need for Organic, 100% US-Grown Seeds

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The food and gardening startup furthers its mission to “undo food” with the release of organic, non-GMO, domestically grown seeds for 92 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers — in packaging made of 100% recyclable materials.

Cover Crops Helped Farmers Thrive During Difficult 2019 Weather
Cover Crops Helped Farmers Thrive During Difficult 2019 Weather

SUPPLY CHAIN - According to an annual farmer survey conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center, cover crops improved yields and made farms more resilient to the especially wet spring weather last year.

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It Takes a Village: Driscoll’s Dives Deep into Water Stewardship
It Takes a Village: Driscoll’s Dives Deep into Water Stewardship

SUPPLY CHAIN - “One question we had to ask ourselves was: Are we a sustainability department or are we a company that holds water sustainability in high regard? We need to be the latter to really be successful.”

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