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Forum for the Future Sheds Light on Global Trends Shaping the Future of Sustainability
Forum for the Future Sheds Light on Global Trends Shaping the Future of Sustainability

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In a new report, Forum for the Future calls on leaders to better understand the dynamic trends that are shaping the future in order to create strategies that effectively navigate today’s complex challenges and unlock new opportunities for sustainability.

Unilever and PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) reach agreement to accelerate production of sustainable palm oil in Indonesia
Unilever and PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) reach agreement to accelerate production of sustainable palm oil in Indonesia

PRESS RELEASE - Davos, Switzerland – Unilever and Indonesian government-owned palm oil plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in Indonesia to support local mills and smallholder farmers to produce palm oil according to the standards of no deforestation, no development on peat and no exploitation of people and communities (NDPE). This produce-protect partnership will help farmers to increase their yields and improve their livelihoods.

WaterBit Uses AT&T Connectivity in Smart Irrigation Solution
WaterBit Uses AT&T Connectivity in Smart Irrigation Solution

PRESS RELEASE - WaterBit and AT&T are making automated irrigation easier for growers. WaterBit chose AT&T to provide highly secure connectivity to its autonomous irrigation solution. The smart irrigation solution helps farmers increase yield and conserve resources. In-field data collection of soil moisture and nutrients gives farmers near real-time insight into crop conditions. Integrating data collection with WaterBit’s cloud-based software lets growers monitor and analyze soil moisture, as well as plan and control irrigation with pinpoint accuracy. “With WaterBit, precision and science will better inform water delivery and translate into higher yields that can be sustained," said Chandler Bennett, production manager at Madison Farms - WaterBit customer.

Next Step to Eliminating Food Waste? Making It Relevant, Surmountable to Farmers
Next Step to Eliminating Food Waste? Making It Relevant, Surmountable to Farmers

WASTE NOT - Globally, food loss and waste prevention efforts at farm and production level are, in many respects, still in their infancy. Many growers around the world are not required to record or report on their post-harvest crop losses — the dearth of data in this area makes it hard to determine exactly how much food never makes it beyond the farm gate.

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‘Speed Breeding’ Could Hold Key to the Future of Food Security
‘Speed Breeding’ Could Hold Key to the Future of Food Security

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Between climate change and a rapidly expanding population, the future of food security is uncertain. Scientists at the John Innes Center, University of Queensland and University of Sydney have been working around the clock to develop a new “speed breeding” technique that could prove promising in helping feed the nine billion people excepted to inhabit this planet by 2050 in the face of unpredictable climatic conditions.

Cargill, Techstars Aim to Future-Fit the Food System with Farm-to-Fork Accelerator
Cargill, Techstars Aim to Future-Fit the Food System with Farm-to-Fork Accelerator

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Cargill is betting on tech to future-fit the food system: the agricultural giant has partnered with Techstars and Ecolab to launch the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in an effort to accelerate food industry innovation. Based in Minneapolis, MN, the Accelerator will kick off in the summer of 2018.

RSPO Launches New Network to Accelerate Sustainable Palm Oil, But Is It Enough?
RSPO Launches New Network to Accelerate Sustainable Palm Oil, But Is It Enough?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - A key ingredient in everything from beauty products to detergents and even ice cream, palm oil is an important commodity that generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. However, unsustainable palm oil production practices are the root cause of considerable environmental and social risks. Efforts to address issues such as deforestation and human rights violations are on the rise as a result of increasing pressure from consumers and investors, as well as a growing awareness of the threat inaction poses to future business, yet a sustainable palm oil industry is still a long way off.

Trending: High-Tech Shipping Crates, Precision Technology Poised to Revolutionize Urban Ag
Trending: High-Tech Shipping Crates, Precision Technology Poised to Revolutionize Urban Ag

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Between a growing global population — which is estimated to reach 9.5 billion by 2050 — rapid urbanization and climate change, shifting agricultural to a more sustainable model is essential for safeguarding the future of our food system. Startups in the United States and Singapore are ready to rise to the challenge, championing food sustainability through new technologies and infrastructure solutions designed with urban environments in mind.

Provenance Partners with Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Banks, to Aid Smallholder Farmers
Provenance Partners with Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Banks, to Aid Smallholder Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Provenance is leading a new collaboration of fintech startups to test whether blockchain technology can help unlock financial incentives that improve transparency and sustainability in agricultural supply chains.

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Nestlé, Danone, M&S Among Few Companies Walking the Talk on Ending Deforestation
Nestlé, Danone, M&S Among Few Companies Walking the Talk on Ending Deforestation

SUPPLY CHAIN - As an issue putting nearly a trillion dollars at risk, deforestation has quickly become a front-of-mind concern for businesses dependent on forest-risk commodities, such as timber, palm oil and cocoa. However, new data released by the Forest 500 shows that the 250 companies with the greatest influence over forests are failing to adequately address deforestation risks, and will not meet 2020 goals to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains.

Trending: Cocoa Giants Embrace Sustainability, But Consumers Remain Key to Lasting Progress
Trending: Cocoa Giants Embrace Sustainability, But Consumers Remain Key to Lasting Progress

SUPPLY CHAIN - The cocoa industry is undoubtedly changing for the better, but the road to a sustainable sector is a long one. According to industry experts, long-term, sustainable change can’t be made without paying farmers a premium.

Why Do Small, Rural Family Landowners Matter to the Global Supply Chain?
Why Do Small, Rural Family Landowners Matter to the Global Supply Chain?

SUPPLY CHAIN - Approximately 21 million Americans own woodlands in the United States. Collectively, these family-owned forests account for nearly 290 million acres, or more than one-third of U.S. forests — more than the federal government or the forest industry. What’s more important for supply chain and sustainability managers, is that 50 percent of the wood flowing into your supply chains originates from these family-owned forests.

New BASF Rice Knowledge Center to help farmers in Asia boost yields and reduce emissions
New BASF Rice Knowledge Center to help farmers in Asia boost yields and reduce emissions

PRESS RELEASE - BASF inaugurated a new Rice Knowledge Center at its Agricultural Research Station in Bay, Laguna, Philippines. The new facility centralizes BASF’s global expertise in rice cultivation, and supports the delivery of enhanced agronomic and technical support to farmers seeking to increase productivity more sustainably. “Rice is the staple food of more than half the world’s population, and farmers have an extraordinary challenge to meet growing demand for rice, while minimizing the impact to the environment,” said Gustavo Palerosi Carneiro, Senior Vice President, Crop Protection, Asia Pacific, BASF. “The new BASF Rice Knowledge Center will enable us to share the latest technologies and best practices with growers, so that we can drive further innovation in rice production.”

Wilmar Embraces Sustainability-Linked Finance, Unveils Child Protection Policy
Wilmar Embraces Sustainability-Linked Finance, Unveils Child Protection Policy

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Wilmar International, the world’s largest producer of palm oil, has announced major steps forward in reducing its environmental and social impacts. The company has worked out an innovative financial deal with ING to link its existing loan to its sustainability performance, and has unveiled a policy aimed at protecting children living on its palm oil plantations. But human rights campaigners say it may be little more than a band-aid.

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How Thrive Farmers Is Collaborating to Create Sea Change in the Coffee Industry
How Thrive Farmers Is Collaborating to Create Sea Change in the Coffee Industry

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - “The most important resource a customer, coffee brand or even the roaster has in the coffee industry is the relationship with a farmer,” said Thrive Farmers’ co-founder and chief sustainability officer, Ken Lander, from his small coffee farm tucked away in the village of San Rafael de Abangares, Costa Rica.

Braskem Strikes Up New Partnerships to Take Sustainable Packaging to the Next Level
Braskem Strikes Up New Partnerships to Take Sustainable Packaging to the Next Level

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Thermoplastics resin producer Braskem has been keeping busy, entering into a series of new partnerships to make bio-based packaging the mainstream choice for the personal care and consumer goods industries.

'Your Food's Roots' Series Aims to Reconnect People with Their Food
'Your Food's Roots' Series Aims to Reconnect People with Their Food

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Consumers have a critical role to play in pushing forward the sustainability agenda, particularly when it comes to food. But initiating change requires both educating the public about the issues and inspiring them to action, the latter of which isn’t always a straightforward process.

How Organic Underwear Can Help Save the World
How Organic Underwear Can Help Save the World

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In an era where brands are becoming increasingly socially conscious to keep up with societal trends, Marc Skid is no exception. The recently launched online underwear retailer is using the finest, sustainably grown materials to provide its customers both a high-quality product and an opportunity to donate to feed, cure and save the world.

Mars Wrigley Launches Program to Boost Income, Climate Resiliency for Mint Farmers
Mars Wrigley Launches Program to Boost Income, Climate Resiliency for Mint Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - An estimated 750,000 farmers in India produce 80 percent of the world’s supply of mint and the oil derived from the crop — commonly referred to as “liquid gold” — is an important source of income for farmers.

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Trending: Resource Optimization Is Driving the Future of Food
Trending: Resource Optimization Is Driving the Future of Food

WASTE NOT - In the face of climate change, embracing new methods of agricultural production, consuming responsibly and adopting circular business models will be critical to forging a sustainable future and achieving both income and food security.

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