Midwest Row Crop Collaborative Founding Members Include Cargill, Environmental Defense Fund, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Monsanto, PepsiCo, The Nature Conservancy, Walmart, World Wildlife Fund
BOONE, Iowa, August 31, 2016 /3BL Media/ — For the first time ever, leading food and agriculture supply chain companies and conservation organizations have formed an “end-to-end” partnership to support farmers in the improvement of soil health and water quality. The collective announced today the launch of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative — a broad-based effort to support, enhance, and accelerate the use of environmentally preferable agricultural practices already underway in Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Too often airports are concrete jungles. We don’t think people should be detached from nature just because they are waiting for a flight.
In 2015, JetBlue revealed a first-of-itskind 24,000 square foot airport farm at JFK’s Terminal 5 (T5). The project is a partnership with nonprofit partner GrowNYC to promote local agriculture and enrich the airport customer experience with green space.
After decades of backbreaking subsistence farming, Malik Ndao faced a bleak future. Despite years of work cultivating his fields, Malik could barely grow enough crops in Senegal’s barren land and arid soil to feed his family, much less make a living. He was often forced to leave his wife and five children for months in search of additional work to support the family.
As we all know, this year’s financial and political events are already moving quickly. I started 2016 by shifting my online news source from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal, trying to learn about the world through a difference lens and gain a new perspective on business, politics and money.
Politics are omnipresent this year, from the surprisingly intolerant Left (where free speech isn’t always free) to the ever-righteous Right (where liberal values are seldom welcome).
Jose Arias González, a coffee farmer from Colombia, describes how the industry’s first retirement savings scheme is providing a financial safety net and attracting the next generation back into farming
“This fund is a bit like a small tree: I nurture and tend it until, one day, it becomes so big that I can rest in its shade”, Colombian coffee farmer José Arias González explains, as he reflects on the benefits of a programme that is supporting him and 850 other smallholder farmers in Caldas, a region famous for producing some of the world’s best coffee.
[Article from the January 2016 issue of GreenMoney Journal]
Self Help Credit Union’s Green Impact Capital
By Melissa Malkin-Weber, Sustainability Director, Self-Help Credit Union
When I finished graduate school in 1994, I wanted to build a meaningful career using my training in law and public health. More specifically, I had two major goals: to create a more sustainable planet, and to invest my money in a way that was consistent with my social justice values. Ideally, I would weave the two together.
By Paul Bakus, President of Nestlé Corporate Affairs
It continues to amaze me there are still politicians, pundits, and business leaders who deny the urgency of climate change and its projected impact on our planet. Not only is this argument no longer credible, we’re quickly running out of time to act.
A new coffee from Nespresso has provided a much-needed boost to South Sudan’s farmers and, says agronomist Jennifer Poni, given women a stake in the country’s economy
Producing the best-quality coffee is a complicated business. When it comes to growing coffee, for example, farmers need to know how best to plant the coffee seedlings, how much to water them and how to harvest and process the beans.
Jennifer Poni, an agronomist with TechnoServe in Yei, South Sudan, ensures that the farmers she works with grow the best coffee they can. TechnoServe is a non-profit organisation working with Nespresso to produce, in this instance, its new Suluja ti South Sudan coffee.
Article from Shared Value Initiative Highlights Companies in Food, Nutrition, Agriculture
An article from Shared Value Initiative recently named Abbott a "company to watch" for leadership in shared value and investing in innovations to address societal needs through business. The article highlighted Abbott's work in India to create customized nutrition products targeted to local needs, and a program to provide training & support for dairy farmers in India.