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Soil Restoration Innovation Wins $100,000 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge “Ray of Hope” Prize

A Chilean team has won the first Ray C. Anderson Foundation $100,000 grand prize for a nature-inspired solution that creates healthy soil.
Press Release

October 22, 2016/3BL Media/ - A team from the Ceres Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation in Chile has won the first-ever $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, an international design competition and accelerator program that crowdsources nature-inspired solutions to big sustainability challenges, such as climate change, food system issues, water management, and alternative energy.

Sodexo Leverages Scope of its Supply Chain to Make Positive Economic Impact in the Local Communities Where It Operates

$36.6 million in Sodexo spend on produce is sourced locally each year from over 1,400 state and regional farms
Press Release

GAITHERSBURG, Md., October 6, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Sodexo, the world leader in Quality of Life services, is a global company operating in 80 countries around the world, but with a keen focus and commitment to local communities.

How Sodexo’s Commitment to Small Businesses Helps Communities

By: Dean Johnson
Blog

Small and medium enterprises, or SMEs, are the engines of economies all over the world. In developing nations, they often account for more than 60 percent of the gross national product and more than 70 percent of total employment. In the U.S., 28 million small businesses account for 54 percent of all sales in the country.

U.S. Farm Labor Shortages

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The diminishing supply of farm labor is one of the most threatening issues affecting our nation’s fresh produce industry, a sector largely dependent on labor for the harvest and packing of delicate fruit and vegetables. As of last year, an estimated $3.1 billion had been lost in farm income due to labor shortages according to a 2015 report by the Partnership for a New American Economy.

Sorghum Beer — A Growing Staple for the Ugandan Economy

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A pint of East Africa’s Eagle Lager Beer looks like most other lagers — rich gold in hue and frothy on top. But that’s where the resemblance ends. For this beer is designed to do more than just quench thirst: it seeks to transform a society, for the better, one glass at a time.

Launched a decade ago, Eagle is the creation of Nile Breweries Limited, a Uganda-based subsidiary of SABMiller. Eagle uses locally produced crops, which supports the region’s economy and promotes sustainable development.

Another Milestone Achieved in Drive for Highest 3rd Party Environmental Certification

CERMAQ CANADA NOW HAS 20% OF ITS FARMS CERTIFIED TO ASC STANDARD
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CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C., August 30, 2016 /3BL Media/– Salmon farming companies in British Columbia continue to put investment in world leading farming practices into action with two more farms achieving the ASC salmon standard.

Going Beyond Organic

Hilltribe Organics joins the Business Call to Action with a commitment to integrate Thailand’s indigenous farming families into its value chain.
Press Release

BANGKOK/NEW YORK, August 22, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The BCtA is a global initiative that aims to support private sector efforts to fight poverty through its core business. It is supported by several international organizations and hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Ecocentricity - Re-Blog: Finding Something Ancient

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In that sunny summer field though, helping Will and his team wean the goat kids from their mothers, I was experiencing something truly ancient. 

Paternity leave continues for me, so I’m re-posting a blog from the archives. I wrote this one on October 2, 2014, and it still rings true (in my opinion, at least). Cheers!

I could have been a goat herder.

No, seriously. Have you ever herded goats? I have. For about 15 minutes. And I enjoyed every single bit of it. I’d have stayed there all day, just herding goats, if I could have.

B.C. Day Success Story: Homegrown Industry on Pace to Shatter Export Records, Creating Jobs in Coastal Communities and Opportunity for First Nations

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Recently released data from Stats Canada (January to May 2016) shows exports of farm-raised salmon to key Asian markets is on a record setting pace in 2016, with many markets already eclipsing previous annual volumes.

Press Release

Recently released data from Stats Canada (January to May 2016) shows exports of farm-raised salmon to key Asian markets is on a record setting pace in 2016, with many markets already eclipsing previous annual volumes.

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