sustainable agriculture

Soil Matters More Than You Think

By Shauna Sadowski

As I walked through the verdant fields filled with a dazzling array of sorghum, hairy vetch, daikon radish, collards, cowpeas, clover, millet, kale, and other crops, I was struck by how different this field looked relative to so many other farms I've walked over the years. When we conducted a spade test, digging out a section of the soil with a simple tool, it revealed heavily clumped, rich brown matter with visible earthworms: soil life.

Healthier Soil, Better Climate?


Organic food is growing in popularity. We can almost predict what’s next: “Regenerative agriculture.”

It’s a holistic approach to farming that could, among other things, halt and even reverse some of the food system’s contribution to climate change.

Here’s how it works:

One of the places carbon is naturally stored is in soil. When soil becomes depleted by certain farming practices, such as tilling, so does its carbon bank. When soil can’t store carbon, more carbon lives in the air and becomes a greenhouse gas that’s harmful to the environment.

Rabobank and UN Environment Announce New Billion-Dollar Partnership to Kickstart Climate Smart Agriculture

  • Rabobank and UN Environment join forces to finance sustainable agriculture with new billion-dollar facility
  • Facility aims to finance sustainable land use and help achieve the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Facility aims to provide grants, de-risking instruments and credit to clients involved in sustainable agricultural production

Historic Merino Wool Farm Earns Recognition Under Responsible Wool Standard

SCS Global Services Certifies Gostwyck Partners’ Sustainable Land Stewardship and Humane Animal Husbandry
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EMERYVILLECalif., October 11, 2017 /3BL Media/ Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS) announced today that Gostwyck Partners’ sheep farm, located in Gostwyck, NSW, Australia, has achieved certification under the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). This historic farm, operating since 1834, has demonstrated that it meets all of the animal welfare and land management requirements of the RWS.

Cargill Updates Sustainable Cocoa Plan with Zero Deforestation Aim


Cargill has published an update to its sustainable cocoa sourcing strategy to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and include efforts to eliminate deforestation by 2030.

The announcement has been made in the third report on the progress and achievements of the Cargill Cocoa Promise, the company’s commitment to sparking a more sustainable cocoa sector.

The Sustainable Development Goals Turn Two: the Future of Pro Bono for Ending Hunger


Imagine if we created an early warning system for small scale farmers that helped mitigate the effects of slow-onset climate-related events? Or if we redesigned financial incentives and investments, allowing these farmers to better access capital, seeds, and equipment?

It’s possible if we use our human capital.

In Cocoa, Tackling Deforestation Begins with Supporting Farmers

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Stopping deforestation in cocoa begins with helping farmers improve their livelihoods. That is the approach Cargill is taking as we continue to deliver on our promise of ending deforestation in all of our operations, and it is especially true in cocoa.

Learn more about our work on the ground here.

It Is Time to Fix Our Broken Food Systems

Alison Cairns of the WBCSD issues a call for businesses across the food industry to come together to tackle shared environmental challenges

Our food systems are broken. Global food systems face mounting challenges that are testing our ability to feed the world sustainably and adequately support economic and social development within planetary boundaries.

Increasing demand, climate change, water stress, soil degradation and shifting diets are just some of the threats facing global food security. Our current way of feeding the world is a leading cause of environmental and health crises, and it bears risks for national security, health systems, government budgets and economic growth.

Food Safety and Sustainability: Flip Sides of the Same Coin


This is an exciting time in the specialty crops sector, filled with innovation and entrepreneurship at every level of operation, bringing consumers unprecedented levels of safety, quality, and convenience. Today’s discerning shoppers increasingly expect fruits and vegetables not only to meet the highest safety standards, but also to be responsibly produced with respect to the environment, labor rights, and a range of other sustainability issues. However, there has been a disconnect in the way we address food safety and sustainability.

Delacon and Cargill Announce Strategic Equity Investment

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STEYREGG, Austria and MINNEAPOLIS, July 19, 2017 —  Delacon, the pioneer and global leader in phytogenic feed additives, and Cargill have agreed to a strategic partnership that will advance the market presence of natural, plant-based feed additives on a global scale, and meet changing consumer preferences of what animals are fed and how food is produced. The deal includes a minority equity investment from Cargill. Terms were not disclosed.


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