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While Leaders Shape Sustainability, Food May Be Off the Menu

Will Agriculture's Role be Recognized at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference?  December  2, 2015 – The grand political narratives around the COP21 conference in Paris will barely touch on one crucial aspect – food. The Paris talks are of vital importance, not just for climate change itself but for framing what kind of food economy follows. And why does food matter for climate change? Well, it’s a major factor driving it yet barely gets a mention. From growing food to processing and packaging it, from transporting to selling it, cooking it, eating it and ...

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New USDA Initiatives to Combat Climate Change

Voluntary programs assist producers in reducing emissions and increasing carbon capture April 28, 2015 – The federal government is offering incentives to get farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help combat global warming. The Agriculture Department last week unveiled a host of voluntary programs and initiatives to encourage agricultural producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon storage and generate clean and renewable energy in their operations. The department is hopeful the programs will help reduce emissions and boost the capture of ...

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Fair Food Program Makes National Debut

New stand-alone site explains Fair Food Program's approach to real, measurable social responsibility October 25, 2014  The first-ever Fair Food label went national Friday marking the latest milestone in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' two-decade-long journey to improve the lives of Florida farm workers. Similar to the "cruelty-free" or "fair trade" labels on other products, the logo brands tomatoes harvested by workers paid a premium and guaranteed human rights in the field. "We have waited nearly five years before revealing this label to the world today," said ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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