Food

We consider environmental impact of food production, rapidly consolidating food market, sustainable innovations that change how we eat, and technologies, companies, and processes reinventing global food supply chains. 

Nestle, Cargill Child-Slavery Motion Draws U.S. Supreme Court Consideration

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Can a foreign company be held liable under American law for using child slave laborers in another country if the operations were overseen from the U.S.? That is the question facing the U.S. Supreme Court in a child-slavery case...

Naio’s Farm Robots Win Investor Cash As Autonomous Field Vehicles Set to Proliferate

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The next 10 years will see robots on every farm, according to Naio Technologies, and the French agtech company is winning investor support to be part of that future. The developer of battery-powered weeding robots, designed to cut herbicide...

Shrimp Farming’s Environmental Harm May Do Collateral Damage to Investors with $63 Billion Exposure

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Shrimp farming investors have their heads in the sand, focused on growth while ignoring risks from climate change and coastal damage to the billions of dollars they have invested. So says a new report by Planet Tracker, which found...

Palm Oil Faces Uphill Battle on Sustainability as Orangutans Fall Victim to Industry

The palm oil industry has a sustainability problem which can be summed up in one word: orangutans. Production of palm oil used in food, cosmetics, soap and other items has surged because it pairs both high yields and versatility....

Space Tomatoes and Air-Based Meat: Startups Looking to Conquer Agriculture Off Earth

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A growing number of startups are working on developing agriculture technology that may feed people in space while helping protect the environment.  If you’re having a flashback of Matt Damon fertilizing soil and growing potatoes in his garden on...

West Africa Aims to Raise $80 Million in Smart Agriculture Push

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An alliance of West African nations seeking to help small farmers cope with climate change are helping them adopt agricultural practices that are also attracting a growing share of investors.  The Economic Community of West African States is raising...

Investors Seeing Green With Bets on Ag Biotech, as Key to Sustainable Agriculture, in 2020

As the farm industry sparks worries about everything from genetically modified food to climate change, impact investors are increasingly betting on a post-chemical, sustainable future in agriculture.  Agriculture-related biotechnology, such as biofertilizer and microbiome, is seen as the most...

Alt-Dairy Startup Perfect Day Raises Biggest Round Yet, Looks to Scale Animal-Free Products

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California-based food tech startup Perfect Day had a pretty good day: the maker of animal-free dairy products raised $140 million, aiming to commercialize their offerings and expand to multiple continents, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. Perfect Day relies...

Narrative Food Leans Into Storytelling to Scale Its Sustainable Meal Kits

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Most meal kit delivery services have had the same strategy: launch in a major city, raise venture capital and scale nationally. But Narrative Food, a Southern California-based service that predates Blue Apron and the curated subscription box phenomena, has never been conventional.

EU’s Plans for Sustainable Food May Open Door to Gene-Edited Crops

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The European Union says it wants to ensure safe and affordable nourishment for all its citizens, but a pair of food policy experts say a plan to do that may have unintended, and unhealthy, consequences. The EU’s “Farm-to-Fork” strategy...

Karma’s Guide to a Food Waste-Free Thanksgiving

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Americans are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving Day amid rising concerns about climate change and the future of our planet.  Next to carbon emissions from flying or driving, food waste is the holiday’s biggest environmental hazard. Americans throw away 200...

Big Chocolate Makers Not Doing Enough to Stop Child Labor, Deforestation

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Key Takeaway: Most of the world’s chocolate is still made with cocoa harvested by children, nearly 20 years after attention was focused on the matter. While progress has been made, companies have...

Can Aluminum Water Bottles Win Over Millennial Moms?

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Key Takeaway: Independent drink makers and brands like Ever & Ever are embracing aluminum as a more sustainable alternative in order to influence change, despite increasing competition from public companies.

Pork-Loving China May Be Poised for Alt-Meat Surge as Pig Supplies Get Pinched

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China is addicted to pork. Last year, the nation, home to half the world’s pigs, produced more than 50 million tons of pork. It’s citizens ate more of the meat than any other country. But rising wages and population...

Meat, Dairy Producers Ignore Climate Change Despite Effects On Profits

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The $1.5 trillion global meat and dairy industries are taking little responsibility for their roles in climate change even as increased droughts, floods and storms cost them money. That’s the assessment of Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return, a London-based collaborative investor...

Maggots for Fido? “Ento” Pet Foods, Made From Bug Protein, Creating a Buzz

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Think outside the bowl. That's the message from the new breed of upscale bug-protein pet food brands. The trailblazers tapping the $50 billion canine nutrition market say that “ento” insect snacks have a smaller carbon footprint than old-school kibble...

Acai, Snake Venom, Cocoa: Amazon Survival, Post-Inferno, May Hinge on Sustainable Development

Amazon’s fires may be calming down, but the battle for the future of the world’s biggest tropical rainforest is far from over. The Amazon is one of the planet’s most important natural defenses against climate change, as investors, scientists...

Celebrity Chef Oliver Bounces Back with Campaign Against U.K. Child Obesity

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, long a proponent of healthier eating by children, has a new goal for his business empire following the collapse of his restaurant chain: cutting by half the number of obese children in the U.K.Oliver hopes to achieve the...

The Future of Farming: Regenerative Agriculture Gains Investors’ Attention

Regenerative farming –– using practices that refresh the soil in ways that fight the effects of climate change –– is gaining the attention of investors, who have poured about $47.5 billion in money and assets into the sector, according to Croatan Institute’s...

Macro Snacks Pitches New Line of Nosh As Nutritionists Urge Snacking Moderation

A snack by any other name -- healthy, macro, vegan -- is still a snack, isn’t it?  So-called healthy snacks are crowding store shelves and being pitched as an alternative to the greasy, salty chips loved by so many....

UN Climate Report’s Warnings and Opportunities, in 5 Takeaways

A grim U.N. report detailing the effects of climate change on food production warns that without large-scale change, food across the globe will become scarcer, more expensive, and contain less nutritional value. To break down the findings from the...

Food Wrapped in Food: Edible Seaweed Packaging is Here

Seaweed is being wrapped around more than sushi these days.  Seen as a potential alternative to plastics, seaweed-based packaging is being manufactured to wrap up instant coffee, seasonings and more. What’s more, it comes in a food-grade variety so...

Fish Oil From Canola Seeds Seen Easing Ocean Harvest Pressures

It’s not quite farm-raised fish sticks, but the big agricultural firm Cargill may have moved our food supply a step closer. The feed maker and commodities trader announced that the U.S. Agriculture Department deregulated its plant-based omega-3 fatty acid...

Vegan ETF Unveiled Amid Plant Boom, and it Looks Lot Like a Tech Fund

With the blossoming of interest in plant-based eating and soaring demand for meat alternatives like Beyond Meat and Impossible Meat, it was only a matter of time before vegans got their own ETF.  Taking a contrarian approach, the first...

Unilever May Sell Brands That Don’t Meet ‘Purpose Standards’

Unilever, whose 400 brands range from Popsicles ice pops to Dove soap, is reviewing its product line with an eye toward selling those that don’t meet social impact standards. CEO Alan Jope saie on the company’s last earnings call...

Food Scraps, Packing Protein and Profit, Get Second Life

As peas and soy, crickets and fungus are increasingly eyed as sustainable protein sources, a group of entrepreneurs is looking a little lower on the food chain -- at piles of waste. Sunflower tailings are among the scraps being “upcycled” into protein-rich...

Italy’s Banfi Among Winemakers Pursuing Sustainability Goals as Consumers Shop Green

Vintage and variety aren’t the only things consumers are searching a wine label for these days.  More than a third of drinkers consider a winemaker’s environmental impact before buying, according to a 2013 Wine Institute survey. Two-thirds of those...

Coca-Cola Invests in Health-Ade Kombucha as Pivot Away From Sugar Continues

Coca-Cola’s polar bears might be switching from Coke to . . . fermented tea that includes something called scoby? As it cultivates its next generation of consumers, many of whom shun sugary beverages like Coca-Cola’s flagship drink, the company...

Kellogg’s Stealth Brand in Plant-Protein May Boost Company Fortunes

Plant-based faux-meat startups are all the rage with Wall Street, but long-established vegetarian brand Kellogg’s MorningStar Farms may be in the best position to cash in on the craze. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have made investors happy with...

AeroFarms Raises $100 Million, Latest Deal in Booming Vertical Farms

From a former nightclub in Newark’s Ironbound to a basement in New York City’s tony Tribeca to shipping containers scattered out west, vertical farmers are seeding the future of agriculture and planting opportunities for investors, who see the farms meeting demand for...
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