Sustainability


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    Whole Foods broadens quality standards for meat products

    The grocer said it is looking to improve accountability and transparency as well as broaden the scope of suppliers it can work with.

    By Peyton Bigora • June 13, 2024
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    Cargill, Target and FibreTrace partner to verify raw cotton

    Luminescent pigments are integrated into raw cotton to track it throughout the global supply chain.

    By Xanayra Marin-Lopez • June 11, 2024
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    Trendline

    Top 5 stories from Agriculture Dive

    As the sector anxiously awaits a farm bill, producers are expected to take advantage of new opportunities in renewable energy and regenerative agriculture.

    By Agriculture Dive staff
  • Vanilla bean volatility could drive up ice cream prices

    While supply constraints are not expected to last long, growers warn of a potential cost problem.

    By Jennifer Lawinski • June 10, 2024
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    Column

    Agtech seedlings: Pairwise develops ‘world’s first’ seedless blackberry

    In other farm technology news: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' philanthropic fund awards $300 million to create a sustainable protein hub, and breeding innovations from a Michigan State scientist could create a healthier potato chip.

    By June 7, 2024
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    Opinion

    The seafood industry must recognize that healthy seas require safeguarding human rights

    While businesses have made strides in becoming more environmentally responsible, they must also hasten efforts to eliminate labor abuses or risk consumer backlash and legal repercussions.

    By Ryan Bigelow • June 7, 2024
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    5 agriculture podcasts to listen to right now

    With hundreds of shows to choose from, we spotlight some of our favorites dealing with all aspects of farming, from sustainabilty to economics.

    By David Silverberg • June 6, 2024
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    White House looks to bolster carbon market credibility

    The CEO of data platform operator Sylvera called the Biden administration's new principles for responsibly participating in voluntary carbon markets a “pragmatic step.”

    By Lamar Johnson • June 5, 2024
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    Opinion

    The critical climate action meat and dairy companies should prioritize now

    To quickly curb the rate of global warming, businesses can prioritize acting on one of their largest sources of supply chain emissions — methane.

    By Meryl Richards and Vrashabh Kapate • June 5, 2024
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    Huy Fong Foods’ sriracha shortage strikes again

    The popular rooster-adorned bottle has become a mainstay and must for hot sauce lovers. But its production is on hold…again.

    By Alexandra Frost • June 3, 2024
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    Column

    Agtech seedlings: Saudi startup raises $16M to grow produce in deserts | Danone joins AB InBev accelerator

    Also in this week's farm technology news: Cibo Technologies rolls out an emissions reporting tool for CPGs, and Farmers Edge teams with sorghum growers to advance climate-smart agriculture.

    By Agriculture Dive staff • May 31, 2024
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    Warmest winter could bring record pests

    Crop-destroying insects are hatching earlier than usual in the Midwest, raising concerns as the growing season progresses.

    By Leah Borts-Kuperman • May 30, 2024
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    Bioenergy Devco, growing anaerobic digestion company, names new CEO

    An executive with 25 years of experience in the energy sector will take over the company as it pursues dozens of new projects.

    By Jacob Wallace • May 30, 2024
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    World’s largest database of weeds could unearth the future of farming

    An open-access data resource gives researchers insight into agricultural practices as far back as 8,000 BCE and has the potential to help the food system become more climate resilient.

    By David Silverberg • May 29, 2024
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    Scope 3 emissions reporting is a ‘when,’ not an ‘if’ for companies: Bayer

    An executive with the crop sciences giant explains how the company works with suppliers to track its environmental footprint across the supply chain.

    By Suman Bhattacharyya • May 29, 2024
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    Opinion

    Brands need a new model of sustainability. Here’s how we can flip the script

    Companies need to shift their focus from selling to doing, writes Kenny Fahey, president and CEO of Leading Harvest. 

    By Kenny Fahey • May 23, 2024
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    5 takeaways from the House farm bill draft

    Lawmakers are split over food assistance and climate-smart agriculture proposals, although farm groups praised Republicans' efforts to boost safety net and trade promotion funding.

    By May 21, 2024
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    Q&A

    How companies should approach compliance under multiple climate reporting regulations: BCG

    Companies may need to reorganize as climate disclosure mandates take shape, says Tim Mohin, a partner and director at Boston Consulting Group.

    By Suman Bhattacharyya • May 21, 2024
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    Column

    Agtech seedlings: Fresh Del Monte to manufacture biofertilizer from pineapple waste

    Also in this week's farm technology news: FarmRaise introduces a platform for companies to manage agricultural sustainability programs, and FMC taps AI to accelerate product discovery.

    By May 17, 2024
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    Mass Energy Works, Clean Energy Fuels to build 9 dairy digesters in $130M venture

    The agreement is set to produce an estimated 4 million gallons of renewable natural gas from cattle manure per year. 

    By May 16, 2024
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    Photo illustration by https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/cattle-stand-near-temporary-fencing-while-grazing-in-news-photo/1400572958/Agriculture Dive; photograph by Mario Tama via Getty Images
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    Grass-fed beef demand is on the rise. Can supply keep up?

    Although consumer appetite for the label is increasing, cost constraints and environmental questions have prevented a production expansion.

    By S.L. Fuller , May 14, 2024
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    House Republicans shed more light on proposed farm bill

    The plan includes more information on how conservatives would allocate additional climate funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

    By May 13, 2024
  • Weeds get zapped by Carbon Robotics' LaserWeeder technology on a farm.
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    Agtech Seedlings: Nvidia invests in weed-killing robots | Startup lands $26M for cattle methane vaccine

    Also in this week’s farm technology news: Federal agencies collaborate on an overhaul of biotech regulation, and Syngenta's Adepidyn fungicide is on track to surpass a $1 billion sales milestone.

    By Agriculture Dive staff • May 10, 2024
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    M&M’s owner Mars commits $47M to slash dairy emissions

    The confectionery giant is testing seaweed feed supplements and plans to open three "net zero" farms as it looks to halve its carbon footprint by 2030.

    By May 9, 2024
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    EU delays sustainability reporting requirements for food

    Industries including agriculture will have more time to focus on the implementation of broader disclosure rules before they start observing sector-specific standards.

    By Zoya Mirza • May 7, 2024
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    Farmers blast cover crop requirements for sustainable jet fuel tax credits

    Corn and soybean growers say the rules will limit access to the lucrative SAF market as some climate-smart production practices are too expensive or not feasible for farms to implement.

    By May 6, 2024