Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie Cheeseman
Gina-Marie Cheeseman is a central California-based journalist who writes about sustainability, environmental issues, and healthy living. With a degree in journalism and a passion for social responsibility, she writes for a number of online publications. She believes that collaboration between the public and private sectors can help solve many problems facing the planet and its people. named Cheeseman as one of the “75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter.” Twitter: @gmcheeseman - See more at:

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3 years 11 months ago

DineEquity, the parent company of IHOP & Applebees, is committed to going 100 percent cage-free in its egg supply chain. By 2025, all of the eggs served at the company’s U.S. restaurants will be cage-free. DineEquity first took steps to make its egg supply chain cage-free in 2008.

IHOP and Applebees combined have thousands of restaurants in the U.S. that serve eggs everyday. IHOP, in particular, serves 65 different breakfast items, which include egg dishes. That means DineEquity can have a big impact on the egg supply chain in the U.S. through its embrace of cage-free eggs. 

DineEquity is just one of many companies over the...

4 years 5 days ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) Food waste and loss is a big deal. About one third of global food production (around 30 to 40 percent) is wasted or lost every year, according to the UN Food and and Agriculture Organization. The value of food lost or wasted annually at the global level is estimated at $1 trillion. The global population is on track to grow by two billion by 2050. A 70 percent increase in agricultural yield would be required to feed nine billion people under present food production trends. That would also require an annual investment of $83 billion in developing countries.

A coalition of 30 leaders at the World Economic Forum in...

4 years 1 month ago

“As California goes, so goes the nation,” declares an old political saying. If that is true than the U.S. will eventually have much more ambitious laws to address climate change and the majority of Americans will support them.

The majority of Californians view the environment as something to protect. A poll in July found that most Californians see climate change as a serious threat and do not think that action to address it will lead to less jobs. Two out of three state residents support California’s ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals. 

Californians reside in one of the “greenest” states....

4 years 1 month ago

(3BL/JustMeans) A simple, low-cost way exists to raise the public’s awareness about climate change and its impacts. It’s a label on gas pumps; Robert Shirkey, a Canadian lawyer, came up with the idea. His goal is for people to understand the threat climate change poses. 

In 2013, Shirkey launched a non-profit organization called Our Horizon to further his gas pump label idea. The concept is one that is taking off, particularly in the greater Vancouver, Canada. The council of the City of North Vancouver voted unanimously to require climate change warning labels on gas pumps. It is the first municipality in the world to pass such a...

4 years 1 month ago

Despite the El Nino weather pattern that is bringing much needed rain to California, experts say it will likely not be enough to lift the state out of drought. So, water conservation will be on the radar for the foreseeable future. 

Agriculture in California is a sector that is being most scrutinized for its water use. The reason is that it uses 80 percent of California’ water supply. And almonds are one crop that is getting a bad rap for high water use. However, there are crops or agricultural uses in the Golden State that use much more water than almonds do. Alfalfa and cattle are the state’s two biggest agricultural users of water,...

4 years 1 month ago

World leaders began meeting on November 30 to hammer out a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. They have until December 11 to agree on a climate agreement good enough to keep temperature rise to two degrees. That’s the threshold scientists say we don’t want to cross in order to avoid the worst climate change impacts. 

While countries must play a key role in mitigating climate change, the business world also is an important player. And many corporations are focusing on climate change. Over the the last five years, the corporate world has come a long way in reducing carbon footprints and supporting a low carbon economy, as CDP recent...

4 years 2 months ago

Water is necessary for life and it is necessary for business. The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2015 list ranked water crises, including drought, as the number one risk facing humanity. 

Thirteen of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are depleted so much that regional water availability is threatened. Almost two-thirds of China’s groundwater and a third of the country’s surface water was rated as unfit for humans last year. The entire state of California serves as another example. The state that has the world’s eighth largest economy is in its fourth year of severe drought. Sao Paulo, Brazil serves as still another example. The city’...

4 years 2 months ago

The global population is expected to be over nine billion by mid-century. Feeding that many people without “exceeding ecological and social limits” presents the food and beverage industry with “unique challenges,” proclaims a recently released report on the food and beverage industry by the sustainability consulting firm, Pure Strategies. 

There is something that can help companies meet the challenges of an expanding global population, and that something is product sustainability advances. More and more companies understand the need for product sustainability. The report is based on a 2015 survey which found that many food and...

4 years 2 months ago

(3BL/JustMeans) There is cruelty built into the American egg production system. Most egg-laying hens in the U.S. are confined in small cages measuring about 67 inches. Called battery cages, they are smaller than a single sheet of letter-sized paper. The hens live their entire lives in the small cages, unable to spread their wings or practice other natural chicken behavior. The cages make the chickens almost immobilized, and often their feet get stuck in the metal floor or their heads between the bars, which leaves them maimed or dead.

The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) has long worked to eliminate battery cages. Their push to rid...

4 years 4 months ago

Climate change is motivating businesses to embrace sustainability, as a recent webinar by the Climate Reality Project titled "The Business of Climate Solutions" revealed. The reason why it is a big motivator is simple. Businesses think climate change will adversely affect their operations. 

Brian MacGannon, Policy Director, American Sustainable Business Council, used extreme weather events as an example. Twenty-five percent of small businesses never open after a weather event. “If you don’t have the option to move your operations to another facility, you are wiped out,” he said. 
Businesses are building sustainability into their...