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Why are Bill Gates and Richard Branson Investing in Meat That Costs $18,000 a Pound?

  On a new kind of meat…. The world loves meat. So much so that demand for meat products is projected to grow by nearly 70 percent by 2050. But meat production places a significant strain on the planet’s resources. Research shows that today’s meat-producing efforts uses one-third of the Earth’s fresh water and land […]

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Does ‘Sustainability’ Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture’s Public Image?

  On the impacts of Land O’Lakes’ SUSTAIN program… Brent Deppe is taking me on a tour of the farm supply business, called Key Cooperative, that he helps to manage in Grinnell, Iowa. We step though the back door of one warehouse, and our view of the sky is blocked by a gigantic round storage tank, […]

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This Giant Automated Cricket Farm is Designed to Make Bugs a Mainstream Source of Protein

Could crickets be the next sushi? Inside a new building in an industrial neighborhood near the airport in Austin, a robot is feeding millions of crickets, 24 hours a day. The facility–a 25,000-square-foot R&D center that opened this month for the startup Aspire–uses technology that the company plans to soon duplicate in a farm 10 times as large. […]

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Beer is the Greenest Beverage

  On the sustainability of beer… Henry David Thoreau once said that a glass of beer would “naturalize a man at once — which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.” That quote might as well be emblazoned on every IPA in America. Craft brewers […]

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Industrial Meat Production is Killing Our Seas. It’s Time to Change Our Diets

How eating meat impacts the environment… Every spring, as the snows thaw, water rushes down the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, spreading life, then death into the Gulf of Mexico. The floodwaters are laden with fertilisers washed from fields and factory farms. As spring turns to summer, excessive nutrients first drive a huge bloom of living […]

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Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé Accused of Complicity in Illegal Rainforest Destruction

  Major food corporations are responsible for major deforestation…. Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé have been accused of complicity in the destruction of Sumatra’s last tract of rainforest shared by elephants, orangutans, rhinos, and tigers together in one ecosystem. Plantations built on deforested land have allegedly been used to supply palm oil to scores of household brands that […]

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Is Organic Always Better? It’s Not as Clear-Cut as You Might Think.

  Do organic agriculture practices need to be improved? It’s easy to think that buying organic food helps to support local communities and protect the environment from the heavy hand of big agriculture. But the reality is not so clear cut. A detailed new analysis finds that organic farming is not always more upstanding than […]

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The Obamas Finish Their Hawaiian Vacation With Martinis and Sustainable Seafood

While you were lazing around at your parents’ house eating the contents of their freezer, the Obamas were making the rounds of Hawaii’s restaurant scene during their final vacation as the First Family. On Friday night, POTUS and the First Lady dined at Mahina and Sun’s at the Surfjack Hotel in Waikiki. Read on at Eater.

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An (Edible) Solution to Extend Produce’s Shelf Life

Using leaves, stems, banana peels and other fresh plant materials left behind after fruits and vegetables are picked or processed, Apeel has developed a method for creating imperceptible, edible barriers that the company says can extend the life of produce like green beans and berries by as much as five times. Apeel can even deliver […]

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Welcome To The Beer Farm

Something tasty is brewing in the village of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, British Columbia. Maybe it’s Persephone Brewing Company’s caramel-meets-pine Hop Yard Red Ale, or its Double IPA, which packs a pleasingly bitter punch. It depends on the hops—some of which, conveniently and sustainably, are grown right on […]

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