NEW YORK - Is paying more for organic milk, meat or a can of beans worth it? The "USDA Organic" label generally signifies a product is made with relatively minimal synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and that animals are raised according to certain guidelines. But disputes over the rules, and questions about adherence, may raise doubts about whether the price is justified. A federal audit in September found the U.S. Department of Agriculture was "unable to provide reasonable assurance" that required documents for imported organic grains were reviewed at domestic ports of entry, among other weaknesses. The Washington Post last year had reported that massive shipments of the imported grains intended mostly for animal feed were wrongly labeled as organic and also questioned practices by major organic dairy and egg producers. Some farmers say practices have strayed from the spirit of the rules about organic food, and they're planning new labels. A lot is at stake. Last year, organic food … [Read more...] about What does the “organic” label really mean?
Promoting sustainable agriculture
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 18, 2018-- market research analysts forecast the to grow at a CAGR of close to 7% during the period 2018-2022, according to their latest report.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180518005684/en/Technavio has published a new market research report on the global biopolymer films market from 2018-2022. (Graphic: Business Wire)In this report, Technavio highlights the abundant raw material availability as one of the key emerging trends in the global biopolymer films market. The is characterized by ample raw material availability. Biopolymer films are sourced from renewable sources such as lignin, pectin, cellulose, chitosan, starch, and proteins. Biopolymer films are produced through bacterial biosynthesis of natural materials or through chemical synthesis.Starch-based biopolymer films are characterized by food packaging applications owing to their easy availability, biodegradability, … [Read more...] about Sustainable Nature of Biopolymer Films to Drive the Market| Technavio
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 19, 2018--Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) today announced it will provide $200 billion in financing to sustainable businesses and projects by 2030, with more than 50 percent focused on clean technology and renewable energy transactions that directly support the transition to a low-carbon economy. The company also detailed its commitment to transparency in its methodology for accounting, project inclusion, and the carbon intensity of its credit portfolio, and will regularly report on the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the lending.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180419006461/en/Wells Fargo Sustainable Finance Commitment (Graphic: Business Wire)Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan made the announcement during his keynote at the CECP CEO Force for Good Investor Forum in San Francisco. He said, “Wells Fargo is committed to taking a leadership role in supporting … [Read more...] about Wells Fargo Announces $200 Billion Sustainable Financing Commitment
Hans Herren. Photo: Biovision Malcolm Curtis/The Local/AFP 26 September 2013 12:45 CEST+02:00 Swiss sustainable agriculture expert Hans Herren and Biovision, an organization he heads, were named joint winners of the Swedish Right Livelihood Award in Stockholm on Thursday. Herren received the honour “for his expertise and pioneering work in promoting a safe, secure and sustainable food supply”, organizers of the award said in a citation. The Swiss entomologist received the 1995 World Food Prize for leading a pest management campaign in Africa that successfully averted a food crisis that could have claimed an estimated 20 million lives. The graduate of ETH Zurich also won the 2003 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Biovision, the 15-year-old foundation he heads, is working toward solutions that include promotion of organic agriculture to end hunger and poverty in the world. The announcement on Thursday marked the first time Switzerland has … [Read more...] about Swiss agricultural expert wins ‘alternative Nobel’
Photo: VGP He said that ICT could help all individuals to seek their opportunities and both developed and developing countries in this field can elevate their competitiveness through the field, contributing further to the global value chain. Together with incontrovertible trends of peace, cooperation and development, the world is facing dangers of conflicts, diseases and climate change, requiring each country and region to find out fresh driving force of development with ICT playing an important role. The certain and indispensable convergence of social networks, personal mobile phones, and cloud computing, would surely create a new growth basis in which all individual values would be promoted at most, Deputy PM Dam said. He affirmed opportunities brought by ICT to Asia and Oceania, which are considered as the most crowded and dynamic regions in the world. Efforts of the ICT community to warn and address actions causing information insecurity will help inspire … [Read more...] about ICT helps promote competitiveness