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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4 years 8 months ago

(3BL/Just Means) A global company that provides food, facilities management and uniforms purchases a big quantity of egg, dairy and meat products from hundreds of suppliers. That company can have an impact on the food industry. Aramark is the company and it has a new set of animal welfare policy pertaining to egg, pork, veal, beef, poultry and dairy products. The company collaborated with the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) to develop the policy. 

Aramark is no stranger to setting sustainable animal welfare goals, having pledged in 2012 to eliminate sow gestation crates from its pork supply chain by 2017. Since 2011, it has...

4 years 9 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Since April 1, mayors across the U.S. have been asking their residents to commit to conserving water and reducing pollution by participating in a national contest. The focus of the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is reducing water and energy use. Participants have a chance to win prizes, including a Toyota Prius Plug-In. The contest lasts through the month.

The Wyland Foundation holds the challenge every year during Earth Month (April 1-30). The Challenge encourages people across the country to  conserve water and energy by pledging online. Last year, over 100 mayors encouraged their residents...

4 years 9 months ago

Who says a global food company has to send waste to landfills? Nestlé USA certainly doesn't think so. The company recently announced that all of its factories are landfill-free. All 23 of its factories in the U.S. do not send waste to landfills. 

Nestlé has the global goal of having 10 percent of its global factories achieve zero waste to landfill. It’s a goal the company exceeded. In 2013, 11 percent of its factories met the goal. In 2014, 15 percent of the company’s factories worldwide achieved zero waste to landfill. 

Nestlé has been working to reduce its waste for a long time. Since 2004, it has reduced waste for disposal...

4 years 9 months ago

(3BL Media/JustMeans) Almost the entire state of California is suffering from the fourth year of a historic drought. California is also the state with the largest agricultural sector in the U.S. Half of the domestically grown fruit, nuts and vegetables are grown in the golden state, which leads the nation in value of agricultural products. 

California agriculture uses much water, about 80 percent of the state’s water supply. The state’s agriculture has a tremendous economic value. In 2013, the value of California agriculture’s exports accounted for $21.24 billion in value. California’s agriculture ranks between fifth and ninth...

4 years 9 months ago

California is experiencing one of its worst droughts. This year marks the fourth year of the drought, and people all over the state are talking about water conservation. One industry is vilified over and over. It’s the industry that uses 80 percent of the state’s water supply. It is also the industry that supplies the nation with food. 

A number of articles have mentioned that agriculture is only two percent of California’s economic activity. What that figure does not take into account is the multiplier effect of California’s agricultural sector. The state produces almost half of domestically grown fruit, nuts and vegetables....

4 years 10 months ago

When someone thinks of Google they likely think first of their browser. However, Google should come to the mind of renewable energy enthusiasts. The reason is simple: Google invests in renewable energy, with a goal of powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy.

The numbers are big: the company has over $1.5 billion worth of agreements to fund renewable energy projects, with a capacity of over 2.5 gigawatts (GW). The projects are expected to generate over six billion kilowatt hours (kWh) a year, enough electricity to power about 500,000 homes.

Google’s North Bayshore campus in Mountain View is one example. The...

4 years 10 months ago

California is suffering from one of the worst droughts on record. For the fourth straight year, residents of the golden state have been hearing about the meager rainfall and snowpack. Many state residents think fellow Californians can do much more to conserve water. A poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that two-thirds (66 percent) of Californians surveyed think people in their area of the state are not doing enough to respond to the drought. 

Some California towns are doing more to conserve water than others. The San Joaquin Valley is one of the hardest hit regions of California when it comes to drought. The Valley...

4 years 11 months ago

The Hershey Company recently announced that it is transitioning to simpler ingredients, and that this transition builds on  its commitment to responsible ingredient sourcing. The details are still a bit vague, but the company stated that it plans to introduce new snacking products in the U.S. in 2015 that have simple ingredients. Specifically, the company stated that it plans to transition some of its most popular chocolate brands, including Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, to simpler ingredients.

If you are not a fan of foods with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients, you will be happy to know that...

4 years 11 months ago

Baseball, hot dog, apple pie and Chevrolet are as American as can be, as the old saying goes. General Motors (GM), the company behind Chevrolet, is showing that being good to the environment is also very American. Recently, GM announced that it is procuring wind energy to power some of its manufacturing operations in Mexico. As a result, one of its plants in Mexico will run mostly on renewable energy by adding 34 megawatts of wind power to the facility. That is enough power to charge 22,500,000 Chevrolet Volts.

GM signed a power purchase agreement with Enel Green Power, the company developing and building a wind farm in Palo Alto,...

4 years 11 months ago

Nestlé USA recently announced that it will remove artificial colors and flavors from all of its chocolate candy products by the end of 2015. That means that over 250 of the company’s products and 10 of its brands will be free of the controversial ingredients. By the middle of this year, store shelves will feature Nestlé products bearing the label “No Artificial Flavors or Colors.” 

Nestlé will replace the artificial colors and flavors with ones derived from natural sources. There are several examples. In the Butterfinger candy bar, Red 40 and Yellow 5 will be replaced with annatto, which is derived from the seeds in the fruit of the achiote tree....