4 results for month: 06/2014


Alliance for Water Stewardship Launches International Standard

Top Global Organizations Pledge to Support Water Stewardship April 8, 2014, Lima, Peru: Nestlé and General Mills were among major businesses which today announced their commitment to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), alongside 27 other leading organizations including FEMSA Foundation, Water Footprint Network, WaterAid, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and The Nature Conservancy in promoting a global framework for sustainable use of the world’s limited freshwater resources. The Pacific Institute is a founding partner of the Alliance for Water Stewardship. Water is a shared resource critical for human health, driving the economy, and maintain...

The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

By James Hamblin Illustrations by Jackie Lay MARCH 18, 2014 The Atlantic Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing the U.S. billions of dollars and immeasurable peace of mind. Forty-one million IQ points. That’s what Dr. David Bellinger determined Americans have collectively forfeited as a result of exposure to lead, mercury, and organophosphate pesticides. In a 2012 paper publis...

Ecover adopting algae-based laundry liquid to cut palm oil use

Damian Carrington - theguardian.com, Wednesday 2 April 2014 01.30 EDT People will soon be able to wash their clothes using a cleaning product derived from algae, a more sustainable source than the palm oil that is currently used in most detergents. Ecover, the green cleaning company, will launch the algae-based laundry liquid in Europe later in 2014, as part of its pledge to ultimately replace all palm oil. Palm oil is widely used in both cleaning products and food but has been linked to deforestation, as rainforest and peatlands are cleared for palm plantations, particularly in south east Asia. The destruction drives up carbon emissions and ...

10+ Years Lowering Risk to Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains

In 2002, Sysco food service engaged us to develop a program for its processed fruit and vegetable supply chain. We surveyed suppliers to capture baseline data, and then worked with Sysco, its food processor suppliers and growers to create goals, criteria for a meaningful program, standards and procedures to achieve our goals. We continue to maintain the standards, review supplier programs, coordinate annual reporting and a semi-annual supplier conference, and manage an advisory council including Sysco leadership, suppliers and independent scientists. The program has established Sysco as an industry leader and is a leading component of Sysco’s ...