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Wake Up to Ethically-Sourced Coffees from BJ’s Wholesale Club

For Fair Trade Month, BJ’s Expands Fair Trade Certified™ Selection with 11 Wellsley Farms Coffee Varieties
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In honor of October’s Fair Trade Month, BJ’s Wholesale Club announces today the expansion of its Fair Trade Certified™ selection to include 11 ground and whole bean coffee varieties from its own brand Wellsley Farms™.

“From the lush mountains of Indonesia to the highlands of Guatemala, we travel the world to deliver Fair Trade Certified™ coffee to our Members while ensuring farmers receive fair-minded prices for their harvests,” said Melissa O’Brien, coffee buyer for BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Using Nature’s Design Principles to Feed Nine Billion

Finalists announced for the world’s first food system focused biomimicry innovation accelerator
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September 30, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Earlier this year, hundreds of people from around the world took on a challenge to fix our global food system by looking to nature for design solutions. Now, eight finalist teams have been invited to prototype their solutions in an accelerator program that will award $100,000 to the top contender in an effort to increase speed to market for biomimetic solutions to global problems.

Farm Credit Devotes Resources to Young Farmers, Beginning Farmers and Small Farms

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By Karen Macdonald

Farm Credit’s mission is to support rural communities and agriculture with dependable, consistent access to credit, today and tomorrow. That includes providing support for the next generation of farmers – the young farmers, beginning farmers and small farms across the nation. According to the most recent Ag Census, of the nation’s 3.2 million farmers, 22 percent are beginning farmers, defined as having been in operation for fewer than ten years.

Food Retailers, Agriculture Industry, and Charitable Organizations Support First National Goal to Reduce Food Waste by 50 Percent by 2030

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Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the United States' first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030. As part of the effort, the federal government will lead a new partnership with charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, the private sector and local, state and tribal governments to reduce food loss and waste in order to improve overall food security and conserve our nation's natural resources.

Republic Services Supports the 2015 Marshall County Blueberry Festival

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The Blueberry Festival is one of the oldest festivals in Indiana and typically draws 600,000 people every year over the Labor Day Weekend. Republic Services of Culver, Indiana has provided recycling and waste collection services for the community for many years and is a proud supporter of the Blueberry Festival. Republic provided their services during the festival, including supplying front load packers and roll-offs for collecting the festival recycling and trash. On average, approximately five tons of recycling if collected over the holiday weekend.

Harriet Langford Appointed to Biophilic Institute Board

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September 3, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Harriet Langford, Foundation Trustee and daughter of the late Ray C. Anderson, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Biophilic Institute.

Water-Smart Food

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It’s been around for centuries, but only recently has this technology garnered renewed attention in both commercial and research sectors. Aquaponics, a type of integrated food production system, is a method of growing fish and plants in the same water. What makes aquaponics special? These fully contained, 100% re-circulating water systems set the standard for maximizing local water resources.

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It’s been around for centuries, but only recently has this technology garnered renewed attention in both commercial and research sectors. Aquaponics, a type of integrated food production system, is a method of growing fish and plants in the same water. What makes aquaponics special? These fully contained, 100% re-circulating water systems set the standard for maximizing local water resources.

Understanding Sustainable Seafood

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Chef Richard Garcia 
National Culinary Director - Sodexo Leisure Services

Eating fish is a smart choice. It’s a lean protein with great health benefits. But some varieties of seafood have been overfished or caught in ways that may cause lasting damage to our oceans and marine life.

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