Originating in Europe, 'nature-like' fishways are now being constructed on some U.S. rivers where removing dams is not an option. Unlike traditional fish ladders, these passages use a natural approach aimed at significantly increasing once-abundant runs of migratory fish.
Fair Trade USA recently announced that it has certified one billion pounds of Fair Trade coffee since its founding in 1998. The organization says this milestone was made possible by the sustainable sourcing practices of nearly 500 coffee companies, which helped Fair Trade coffee farmers and farm workers earn almost $124 million in Community Development Premiums to date.
Coffee cherry pulp is a typically discarded byproduct of coffee production; now CF Global’s new process dries and mills the pulp into Coffee Flour, upcycling a previously wasted material into an additional and sustainable source of revenue for small-scale coffee farmers worldwide.
FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimizing Waste-Prevention Strategies) — a four-year project funded by the European Commission framework program 7 — is working towards achieving a more resource-efficient Europe by significantly reducing food waste. Along with UK partner WRAP, FUSIONS has launched a series of feasibility studies around using social innovation to tackle food waste.
This week, McDonald’s unveiled its first Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Framework. The fast-food giant says the goal of the plan is to position the company for the future, while generating measurable, positive impacts for society. McDonald’s released the framework in conjunction with its 2012-2013 CSR & Sustainability Report, “Our Journey Together. For Good.”
A recent study shows that a surprisingly large amount of the seafood sold in U.S. markets is caught illegally. In a series of actions over the last few months, governments and international regulators have started taking aim at stopping this illicit trade in contraband fish.
By cutting out the middleman, putting a brand around it, and selling quality coffee direct to businesses, THRIVE Farmers is making it possible for farmers to receive ten times more profit than even Fair Trade standards. We asked founder Michael Jones what inspired him to leave his $40 million healthcare company to start THRIVE and how it is disrupting the coffee industry.
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