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LIVING X Elements Deep Dives Into The Power Of Choice With The Drop of Oyster X SmartSink
LIVING X Elements Deep Dives Into The Power Of Choice With The Drop of Oyster X SmartSink

PRESS RELEASE - SB’18 Vancouver, June 7, 2018 – Last week at SB18 Vancouver Living X Elements announced the launch of Oyster X SmartSink a carbon in the soil solution platform as a tool to normalize biomass reduction at human scale. The platform is designed to create a transparent full chain of custody for clean biomass waste sources such as forestry, agriculture and specific urban sources and return them to the landscape as a Smart X Char bio carbon. The platform is underpinned by a soon to be released carbon standard by Living X Elements and its partners in the project.

Trending: AT&T, Nestlé, Cargill Tap IoT, Partnerships To Save Water in Ag Supply Chains
Trending: AT&T, Nestlé, Cargill Tap IoT, Partnerships To Save Water in Ag Supply Chains

COLLABORATION - Farmers are faced with constant pricing pressures, water limitations and labor shortages, leading many to seek solutions to help them be more innovative and efficient in growing their crops. Technology and food companies alike are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) to help.

Q&A: A Cattle Rancher Shares Her Beef with Food Labeling
Q&A: A Cattle Rancher Shares Her Beef with Food Labeling

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - In the sustainability world, the conversation around beef mostly involves reducing the environmental impacts of its production (deforestation, methane emissions, etc). But Cassidy Johnston can offer a perspective we don’t often get to hear in the Sustainable Brands conversation — a New Mexico-based cattle rancher and newly appointed Sustainability Officer for the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), Johnston is eager to share ranchers’ side of the story with the public and help dispel what she says are common misconceptions behind beef and its role in a sustainable food future.

5 Teens’ Hunger Relief Projects Earn $10-50K Through New General Mills Program
5 Teens’ Hunger Relief Projects Earn $10-50K Through New General Mills Program

LEADERSHIP - By 2050 there will be over 9 billion people on the planet, and food production will have to increase by as much as 70 percent to feed everyone. We are already struggling to feed everyone today, even in America.

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3 Key Things to Understand About Soil Health
3 Key Things to Understand About Soil Health

SUPPLY CHAIN - Half of the soil on our U.S. farmland is gone. Conventional agricultural practices and conversion of land to cropland caused this devastating loss. The good news is that the rate of soil erosion has declined, with an even brighter path ahead.

2018 Promises to Further Raise the Sustainability Bar
2018 Promises to Further Raise the Sustainability Bar

SUPPLY CHAIN - As we approach the 2020 deadline for many corporate sustainability pledges, plus the commitments made in the New York Declaration on Forests, sustainable business practices are front and center in the minds of decision-makers. The next twelve months will be pivotal in achieving these goals.

Fortune 500 Companies Join AFF, GreenBlue on Forest Sustainability Tool
Fortune 500 Companies Join AFF, GreenBlue on Forest Sustainability Tool

COLLABORATION - Mars, McDonald’s, Staples and several other companies have signed on to support the American Forest Foundation (AFF), GreenBlue, the US Forest Service and Esri in the development of a

Embracing Blockchain to Empower Consumers to Address Their Climate Impacts
Embracing Blockchain to Empower Consumers to Address Their Climate Impacts

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Imagine buying a pair of shoes and being able to address the carbon emissions from those shoes’ production and transportation right when you buy them. To date, this hasn’t been possible: We didn’t have blockchain to immutably and transparently track the carbon; point-of-sale integrations were cumbersome, and the carbon market has only worked in tonnes while a pair of shoes is around 12kg of carbon.

BillerudKorsnäs adopts science based climate impact targets
BillerudKorsnäs adopts science based climate impact targets

PRESS RELEASE - Already today BillerudKorsnäs is largely fossil-free with 97.5 percent biofuels used in the own operation. In order to further contribute to reducing climate change, BillerudKorsnäs has adopted new climate targets for 2030 and 2050, which now has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. The approved targets, which are in line with what is required for global warming not to exceed two degrees, are to: 1. by 2030 reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions from own operations and indirect emissions from purchased energy by at least 59 percent compared to 2016 levels. By 2050, the corresponding emissions should be at least 74 percent lower.

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Trending: Sustainable Cocoa for an Ethical Easter?
Trending: Sustainable Cocoa for an Ethical Easter?

SUPPLY CHAIN - The week surrounding Easter has the highest consumption of chocolate in the year. For environmentalists, it can be a bitter reminder that many of the world’s primary regions for growing cocoa are experiencing dramatic decline in forest cover as land is cleared for agriculture. Cocoa is the top driver of deforestation in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire; countries that also rank 1st and 3rd for the highest rates of deforestation in all of Africa.

Middle School Students Are Saving Rainforests Using Old Smartphones
Middle School Students Are Saving Rainforests Using Old Smartphones

CLEANTECH - Hundreds of students from Los Angeles STEM programs will participate in one of the largest student-driven programs ever launched to protect the world’s rainforests. Rainforest Connection’s “Planet Guardians” program will guide middle schoolers in building solar-powered listening devices using old smartphones. These “Guardian” devices will be installed high in the trees of fragile rainforests to capture sounds of illegal logging and alerting forest rangers in real time.

Trending: Startups Want to Redesign the Way We Eat Veg
Trending: Startups Want to Redesign the Way We Eat Veg

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With the global population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050 and the realities of climate change quickly unfolding, the pressure is on to find new solutions that allow us to meet growing demand while reducing environmental impacts. Food companies and government have an important role in initiating change, but startups are quickly emerging as the champions of tomorrow’s food system.

A Win for Cocoa Farmers and Forests: Ghana Grants First-Time Ownership of Timber Trees
A Win for Cocoa Farmers and Forests: Ghana Grants First-Time Ownership of Timber Trees

SUPPLY CHAIN - For the first time ever in Ghana, cocoa farmers have obtained official ownership of non-cocoa trees on their farms. Some 150 farmers in the country’s western region will now be able to include shade trees as part of their business plans, providing additional sources of income in the form of timber while reducing deforestation and the effects of climate change.

Sourcing Soy: The Role of the Private Sector in the Fate of the Brazilian Cerrado
Sourcing Soy: The Role of the Private Sector in the Fate of the Brazilian Cerrado

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Brazilian Cerrado — the world’s most biodiverse savannah — is being deforested at an alarming rate. Over 40 percent of the original landscape has already been cleared, largely for the cultivation of soy for animal feed. As major agribusiness companies continue to convert land into soy pastures, what role do these companies — and the businesses around the world who buy from them — play in avoiding further damage to this important ecosystem?

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Drone Technology Making Forestry Faster, Safer, More Efficient
Drone Technology Making Forestry Faster, Safer, More Efficient

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Imagine a drone, hovering high above your home. A package is released from its clutches and gently drifts to the ground, aided by a parachute. And just like that, the package you ordered only 30 minutes ago is delivered to your yard. The scenario sounds like something from a science fiction movie, but recently, e-commerce giant Amazon was granted a U.S. patent for this innovation.

HEINEKEN announces 'Drop the C' programme
HEINEKEN announces 'Drop the C' programme

PRESS RELEASE - HEINEKEN today announced its 'Drop the C' programme for renewable energy. With 'Drop the C' the company aims to grow its share of renewable thermal energy and electricity in production from the current level of 14% to 70% by 2030. HEINEKEN wants to drive a real change towards renewable energy and will therefore not purchase unbundled certificates to meet its reduction targets. In addition, new emission goals will be set for distribution and cooling and, for the first time, also for packaging. The brewer commits to set science based targets for these areas in the next two years.

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.

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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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