‘Speed Breeding’ Could Hold Key to the Future of Food Security

Between climate change and a rapidly expanding population, the future of food security is uncertain. Scientists at the John Innes Center, University of Queensland and University of Sydney have been working around the clock to develop a new “speed breeding” technique that could prove promising in helping feed the nine billion people excepted to inhabit this planet by 2050 in the face of unpredictable climatic conditions. According to researchers, the new system is capable of growing crops much faster than traditional breeding methods, with the possibility of producing six crops per year instead of one. This allows researchers to study plants

New Calculator Illustrates Extent, Environmental Impacts of US Meat Consumption

The US consumes more meat than any other country in the world. But what does this mean for consumers on a personal level? Blitz Results has created a new calculator that shows users the impact of their dietary decisions on the environment. The tool calculates the resources required for an individual’s consumption of meat, and provides users with a glimpse at how eating vegetarian alternatives can help drive down their impact. Over a period of 10 years, the average US consumer eats 2653 pounds of meat, the equivalent of 2.1 pigs, .7 cows and 288 chickens. The Meat Blitz-Calculator allows users to visualize how many animals were slaughtered for their dietary

The Soulfull Project Targets Food Insecurity with 1M Serving Donation Goal

Just one year after its launch, The Soulfull Project, a mission-driven startup dedicated to making high-quality, nutritious food more accessible to those in need, has pledged to donate one million servings of its signature nutrient-dense hot cereal to food banks across the country over the next two years. In order to combat hunger in local communities, The Soulfull Project operates on a unique buy one, give one business model, which sees the startup donate a serving of wholesome hot cereal to a local food bank for every serving purchased. “We designed the

Cargill, Techstars Aim to Future-Fit the Food System with Farm-to-Fork Accelerator

Cargill is betting on tech to future-fit the food system: the agricultural giant has partnered with Techstars and Ecolab to launch the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in an effort to accelerate food industry innovation. Based in Minneapolis, MN, the Accelerator will kick off in the summer of 2018. “We are thrilled to welcome some of the brightest minds in food and ag tech into Cargill and

Trending: Local Solutions Could Hold the Key to Reducing Global Food Waste

While food industry giants and software companies have played an important role in creating solutions for reducing food waste, local community members are proving to be just as critical in driving the movement forward. Efforts to curb food waste in Europe, the UK and North America are on the rise, with new solutions

Trending: New Savvy Solutions for Redistributing Landfill-Bound Food in the UK

Around 7 million tons of food go to waste each year in the UK, but local startups and organizations are dreaming up new and noteworthy ways to tackle the growing problem. Action Hunger, a charity committed to alleviating poverty and hardship among the homeless, has created a novel solution for simultaneously providing essential items to those in need and diverting food from landfill: vending machines. The NGO launched the program in Nottingham, installing the world’s first-ever vending machine at the Intu shopping center

Trending: Food-Focused Tech Solutions Helping Slash Waste While Recouping Revenue

Food waste may be on the rise, but startups across the globe are developing new solutions to drive waste — and costs — down to an all-time low. With US food waste topping $200 billion a year, startup goMkt has developed a new food shopping platform designed to connect consumers with retailers offering special deals on food that would otherwise go to waste. Through its discounted “flash sales,” goMkt helps divert food from landfill while enabling businesses to recoup

Cargill, Techstars Launch Farm to Fork Accelerator to Future-Fit the Food System

Cargill is betting on tech to future-fit the food system: the agricultural giant has partnered with Techstars and Ecolab to launch the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in an effort to accelerate food industry innovation. Based in Minneapolis, MN, the Accelerator will kick off in the summer of 2018. “We are thrilled to welcome some of the brightest minds in food and ag tech

Netflix’s ‘Rotten’ Exposes Waste, Fraud, Corruption in Food Industry

The food industry is in transition, with new technologies, programs and initiatives targeting everything from food waste to resource efficiency and traceability emerging almost daily to nudge the sector towards greater sustainability. Though symbols of progress, these advancements are just a drop in the ocean. Many consumers are still unaware of the issues affecting the global food system, which poses a considerable challenge to progress. With its new series, “Rotten,”

Latest Anheuser-Busch Initiative Aims to ‘Elevate’ Craft Beer Industry Sustainability

Craft beer has taken off over the past five years, with the industry now boasting over 6,000 craft breweries in the US alone, 700 of which opened in the past year. In order to continue this momentum, Anheuser-Busch (A-B) has launched Elevate, a new initiative that aims to take craft brewing to the next level

IBM, Walmart, JD Harness Blockchain Tech to Improve Food Transparency, Safety in China

IBM has announced that it is teaming up with Walmart, JD.com and Tsinghua University National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies to launch a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance to enhance food tracking, traceability and safety in China. The four organizations will work together to create a standards-based method of collecting data about the origin, safety and authenticity of food, using blockchain technology to provide real-time traceability throughout the supply chain. This will encourage accountability and give suppliers, regulators and

More Gifts That Keep on Giving: Sustainable Brands’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Sustainable products geeks rejoice, for ’tis once again the season of giving! And what better way to celebrate and participate than with gifts whose buying and giving creates more cheer, health, beauty and financial stability while eliminating waste, pollution and carbon emissions around the world? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we’d be proud to give. Waste Not Image credit: Bureo You know we’re big fans of upcycling, here at SB! Here are just a few of the waste-turned-products we loved this

KIND Launches Storytelling Campaign to Inspire Empathy, Kindness

Furthering its mission to create a kinder, healthier world — one snack at a time — KIND has launched a new video campaign that explores the courage it takes to be kind towards strangers in an effort to kindle a conversation about what it will take to overcome the issues currently dividing the US. The video release, in conjunction with a nationwide contest, is part of KIND’s effort to explore the differences between being “nice” and being “kind” — an oft overlooked distinction that has tangible implications

Trending: Cross-Industry Collaboration, Bio-Based Materials Fuel Sustainable Packaging

Packaging remains a considerable challenge for businesses looking to reduce their impacts, but innovators such as food-service supplier Eco-Products and Finnish startup Sulpac are helping to accelerate the transition to lower-impact models through cross-industry partnerships and sustainable packaging solutions. Eco-Products has partnered with the National Aquarium to replace standard disposable foodware plastic products with reusable, compostable or more sustainable options. The move ultimately simplifies the disposal process for guests, allowing them to

Falkenberg Becomes Carlsberg’s First Carbon-Neutral Brewery

Carlsberg Group is now one step closer to achieving its Together Towards Zero goals — the company’s brewery in Falkenberg, Sweden is now 100 percent powered by biogas and clean electricity, thereby reducing its CO2 emissions to zero. The Falkenberg brewery has been using renewable energy for years, with 26 percent of its thermal energy coming from biogas generated by the brewery’s own wastewater. The remaining 74 percent has been natural gas, which is now been converted to biogas by Ørsted with certificates ensuring that the biogas supplied

Guest-imator Tool Takes Guesswork (and Food Waste) Out of Thanksgiving Planning

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Ad Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Save the Food national public service campaign have launched a digital portion planning calculator designed to reduce the amount of food, money and resources that go to waste around the holiday. “Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, yet it’s

MSC Celebrates 20 Years, Looks Ahead to the Future with New Targets, Consumer Campaign

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has released a special edition of its Annual Report, describing two decades of driving change on the water. More than 400 fisheries, landing 14 percent of global marine catch by volume, are now engaged in the MSC program. MSC Chain of Custody certification has been granted to 42,320 sites and in the last financial year, consumers bought 730,860 tons of MSC labeled seafood, in a market worth $5.6 billion. The report also outlines

KIND Foundation Launches ‘Empatico’ Platform to Connect Students Globally, Foster Empathy

On its quest to create a kinder, healthier world — one snack at a time — the KIND Foundation, a nonprofit established by KIND Snacks, has launched a $20 million, multi-year initiative to inspire meaningful interactions between kids across the world and foster empathy. Empatico is a free online learning tool that enables students to practice communication and leadership skills needed in a divided country and interdependent world.

Breweries, Bars Latest Crop of Businesses Making Creative Use of Waste

Closed-loop cocktails are officially a thing thanks to Operation Dagger, a popular Singapore-based bar and one of Asia’s best watering holes. Single-use is practically unheard of in this trendy spot, where every ingredient is given a second life, be it a vanilla pod or recycled receipt. “The idea of closed loop for me is an ingredient that doesn’t just have a beginning and an end,” Luke Whearty, Owner and head bartender at Operation Dagger, told CNBC. “If one element of an ingredient is used

Danone, Nestlé, Mondelez, PepsiCo, Walgreens Unite to Help Consumers Lead Their Healthiest Lives

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is on a mission to help consumers make healthier choices with the launch of a new pilot campaign in Hagerstown, Maryland. Developed in partnership with Healthy Washington County and Consumer Goods Forum retailers and manufacturers Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Campbell, Kellogg Company, Mondelez International, Nestlé

WRAP: Consumers Curious About What Happens to Recycling Beyond the Bin

New insights from WRAP’s annual recycling tracker have revealed that over half the UK population wants to know more about what happens to their recycling beyond the bin. The results of the organization’s survey have shaped the theme of this year’s Recycle Week; ‘Recycling — it’s worth it.’ A total of 3,239 interviews were conducted in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland by Icaro to inform the tracker. The analysis compares respondents’ self-reported recycling behavior to the known curbside service provision in their area using respondents’ postcodes and a database of all UK council schemes maintained by WRAP. This allowed respondents’ behavior, knowledge and attitudes towards recycling to be understood in the context of the services they

Panera Bread® Unveils Nation’s Largest Clean Kids’ Menu, Challenges Fast Food CEOs to Eat from Their Own

Panera Bread has established itself as a champion of the ‘clean food’ movement, throwing its weight behind efforts to improve industry transparency and deliver ‘food as it should be.’ Building on its Kids Meal Promise, the restaurant chain has announced a new approach to kids food. Children can now choose almost any item on the Panera menu as a smaller sized entrée, resulting in more than 250 menu combinations. “For too long, restaurants

MARS Commits $1B to New Sustainability Plan, Launches Climate-Focused Campaign

While it has widely been accepted that business-as-usual practices are not synonymous with a sustainable future, business still needs a nudge in the right direction, according to MARS CEO Grant F. Reid, who has called out the need for transformational, cross-industry collaboration to tackle the most pressing social and environmental challenges. Speaking ahead of this month’s UN General Assembly and Climate Week in New York, Reid said the responsibility has never been greater for industry: “If we are to help deliver on the