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Sodexo Selected by the University of Maine System to Provide Contract Dining Operations at Six Institutions

Increased local sourcing and wellness are key focuses for the company’s planned operations
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GAITHERSBURG, Md., February 16, 2016 /3BL Media/ — The University of Maine System (UMS), the state’s largest educational enterprise, selected Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations to provide dining hall, retail, and food catering services at six of the system’s seven universities. Through this five-year contract, with option for five one-year renewals, Sodexo will begin managing those services for the UMS starting on July 1, 2016.

Four Seconds of Inspiration

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Despite our best efforts, separating ourselves from nature is a fruitless endeavor. So long as we are made primarily of carbon, we are nature. So long as we breath in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, we are nature.

As I sit down to write this post, I think my mood can be described best by the following: feeling a temptation towards philosophical musings of the sort that would come naturally to you if we were sipping Earl Grey tea surrounded by many leather bound books. And here we go….

Benefits of a Biodynamic Education

RSF Social Finance Talks with Teacher at High Mowing School
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Originally published in the Winter 2016 RSF Quarterly

Diet Proves to Be an Adjustment for New Canadians

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According to a recent study by MOSAIC, 18% of immigrants to Canada feel they have a good understanding of what it means to have a “heart healthy” diet. In addition, 50% of all immigrants are unaware of, or unfamiliar with, Canada’s Food Guide.

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According to a recent study by MOSAIC, 18% of immigrants to Canada feel they have a good understanding of what it means to have a “heart healthy” diet. In addition, 50% of all immigrants are unaware of, or unfamiliar with, Canada’s Food Guide.

Reflections on Laudato Si - Concluded

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“Never before has the world had a document that so eloquently unites ethics and environmental stewardship. That is why Laudato Si was the most significant environmental event of 2015.”

“Show your work.”

Does that bring you back to your high school math class in a hurry? That phrase was a near-daily refrain in mine. It didn’t matter if you intuitively, or by sheer luck, got a math problem right. You also had to offer a proof as well. You had to back it up.

Agriculture and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Building a Smarter, More Sustainable Food System

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Last week, more than 2,000 global leaders convened in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting to answer one question: how can we master the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Canadian Company Leads Aquaculture Industry with Tech Advancements

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Canadian-based AgriMarine Technologies Inc. (ATI) is testing and developing new clean technologies that are shaping the future of the aquaculture industry. Centering its efforts at AgriMarine’s flagship farm, West Coast Fishculture (Lois Lake) Ltd. located near Powell River British Columbia, the company is creating technologies designed to lower the environmental impact and economic cost of running a fish farm.

Reflections on Laudato Si - Continued

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All of this block quoting of the Pope is pretty convenient. I mean, it shortens up what I have to write considerably. I promise you I’m not being lazy though. Pope Francis has some important things to say, so here’s your next quote (emphasis again my own).

Reaping the Rewards of Supporting Dairy Farmers More by Tetra Pak

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There’s a Polish proverb that goes: “If the farmer is poor, then so is the whole country”. It’s a problem that Tetra Pak is highly aware of – it recognizes the link and knows that for it to succeed and grow, it needs the markets in which it operates, to do the same.

Make the World a Better Place in 2016

5 Fair Trade New Year’s Resolutions to Fit Every Lifestyle
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With the New Year comes the opportunity reflect on our lives and make resolutions that bring about positive change through new habits and commitments.  And while that resolution you made last year to eat less and exercise more was relatively effective (for the first 3 weeks at least…), why not take this opportunity to put a little Fair Trade spin on your resolutions and make an even bigger change?  One that has a ripple effect that will reach all the way around the globe.  Resolve to buy Fair Trade and join us in making 2016 the year of responsible consumption. 

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