The possibility of environmental catastrophe has led many leaders, scholars and average citizens to reconsider an economy based on constant growth. It is becoming clear that people, especially in the United States, will need to consume less in the way of natural resources to avoid planetary peril.
Business depends on biodiversity. Plant and animal species and their ecosystems provide business with both raw materials and products: clean air and water, food, medicine, water, building materials, paper, fuel, fiber; and services mentioned earlier, which are vital for a stable operating environment.
Therefore, biodiversity conservation is everyone’s concern, including business. The business sector is an integral part of the solution to biodiversity loss.
Monsanto has been systematically blocking researchers from using its patented gene modified (GMO) seeds to learn if there are problems with them, according to an explosive op-ed in yesterday’s LA Times by Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Union of Concerned Scientists.Source: Red Green & Blue (http://s.tt/12zOy)
Top scientists will Monday urge governments to replace GDP as a measure of wealth, end damaging subsidies, and transform systems of governance to set humanity on a new path to a better future -- or risk climate, biodiversity and poverty crises that...
Al Gore has released a white paper through his sustainable investment firm suggesting companies should move away from quarterly earnings reports in order to focus on more long-term, sustainable thinking in the boardroom.
Our economy is built on competition – but, really, we are collaborators.
Competition isn't a bad thing, necessarily. In a sense, evolution is always competition. But the idea that society can function on the basis of unregulated competition – what's sometimes called market fundamentalism – is mistaken.
A protracted legal battle over an $11.5-million health study into whether diesel exhaust damages the lungs of miners has suddenly widened to take on scientific peer review. Editors with at least four research publications say they have received a letter advising them against "publication or other distribution" of data and draft documents. The warning, including a vague statement about "consequences" that could ensue if the advice is ignored, is signed by Henry Chajet, an attorney at the Patton Boggs firm in Washington, D.C., and a lobbyist for the Mining Awareness Resource Group, which works on behalf of the mining industry.
From biscuits and bananas to beer and wine, everything in our shopping basket comes at a cost to the environment and each stage of food production -- from farming and transport to storage and packaging -results in greenhouse gas emissions.
Society could considerably reduce its carbon footprint if more of us switched to a more vegetarian-style diet, according to new research.
Called Six Things Everyone Cares About: Connecting Ecosystems and Human Well-Being, six presenters, including Tallis, shared case studies showing that "healthy ecosystems" and "humans" can be uttered in the same breath. Each talk focused on one particular ecosystem service: food, water, energy, protection, livelihoods, and happiness.
UPDATE: This story has been updated to include the position of the FDA.
The ruling comes as the non-profit news organization, the Food and Environment Reporting Network, reports that ractopamine hydrochloride, a controversial feed additive fed to 60 percent to 80 percent of pigs in the United States, “has sickened or killed more of them than any other livestock drug on the market.”
'Organic Farmers Fight For Survival Against Monsanto' blog post by Francesca Rheannon.
The 83 plaintiffs – family farmers, independent seed companies and agricultural organizations – are seeking protection from patent infringement suits by Monsanto when the company’s GE (genetically engineered) seeds contaminate the plaintiffs’ own non-GE crops.
Leaked documents from a prominent U.S. conservative think tank show how it sought to teach schoolchildren skepticism about global warming and planned other behind-the-scenes tactics using millions of dollars in donations from big corporate names.
Dow has engineered a corn strain that withstands lashings of its herbicide, 2,4-D (major ingredient in Agent Orange). The company's pitch to farmers is simple: Your fields are becoming choked with Monsanto's Roundup resistant weeds.
After 21 years of wrangling over health threats, uncertain science and industry pressure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday released its assessment of dioxins defining how toxic they are.
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