Sustainability


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    Opinion

    Brands need a new model of sustainability. Here’s how we can flip the script

    Companies need to shift their focus from selling to doing, writes Kenny Fahey, president and CEO of Leading Harvest. 

    By Kenny Fahey • May 23, 2024
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    5 takeaways from the House farm bill draft

    Lawmakers are split over food assistance and climate-smart agriculture proposals, although farm groups praised Republicans' efforts to boost safety net and trade promotion funding.

    By May 21, 2024
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    Trendline

    Top 5 stories from Agriculture Dive

    As the sector anxiously awaits a farm bill, producers are expected to take advantage of new opportunities in renewable energy and regenerative agriculture.

    By Agriculture Dive staff
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    Q&A

    How companies should approach compliance under multiple climate reporting regulations: BCG

    Companies may need to reorganize as climate disclosure mandates take shape, says Tim Mohin, a partner and director at Boston Consulting Group.

    By Suman Bhattacharyya • May 21, 2024
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    Agtech seedlings: Fresh Del Monte to manufacture biofertilizer from pineapple waste

    Also in this week's farm technology news: FarmRaise introduces a platform for companies to manage agricultural sustainability programs, and FMC taps AI to accelerate product discovery.

    By May 17, 2024
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    Mass Energy Works, Clean Energy Fuels to build 9 dairy digesters in $130M venture

    The agreement is set to produce an estimated 4 million gallons of renewable natural gas from cattle manure per year. 

    By May 16, 2024
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    Grass-fed beef demand is on the rise. Can supply keep up?

    Although consumer appetite for the label is increasing, cost constraints and environmental questions have prevented a production expansion.

    By S.L. Fuller , May 14, 2024
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    House Republicans shed more light on proposed farm bill

    The plan includes more information on how conservatives would allocate additional climate funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

    By May 13, 2024
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    Agtech Seedlings: Nvidia invests in weed-killing robots | Startup lands $26M for cattle methane vaccine

    Also in this week’s farm technology news: Federal agencies collaborate on an overhaul of biotech regulation, and Syngenta's Adepidyn fungicide is on track to surpass a $1 billion sales milestone.

    By Agriculture Dive staff • May 10, 2024
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    M&M’s owner Mars commits $47M to slash dairy emissions

    The confectionery giant is testing seaweed feed supplements and plans to open three "net zero" farms as it looks to halve its carbon footprint by 2030.

    By May 9, 2024
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    EU delays sustainability reporting requirements for food

    Industries including agriculture will have more time to focus on the implementation of broader disclosure rules before they start observing sector-specific standards.

    By Zoya Mirza • May 7, 2024
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    Farmers blast cover crop requirements for sustainable jet fuel tax credits

    Corn and soybean growers say the rules will limit access to the lucrative SAF market as some climate-smart production practices are too expensive or not feasible for farms to implement.

    By May 6, 2024
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    Too much of a sweet thing: Cherry growers struggle after oversupply decimates prices

    Warmer weather is shortening harvests and putting more farmers in direct competition with each other, pushing the industry to come up with innovative solutions to extend the growing season.

    By Leah Borts-Kuperman • May 6, 2024
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    Climate, anti-hunger groups react to farm bill proposals: ‘We are running out of time’

    Stakeholders are pushing for swift action on a bipartisan agreement after congressional leaders released conflicting frameworks for climate and food assistance funding. 

    By May 3, 2024
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    Agtech Seedlings: Indigo Ag splits carbon credit, crop protection businesses in restructuring

    Also in this week’s farm technology news: Software investor Arcadea Group wants to create "field to wholesale" traceability with its recent acquisition, and PowerPollen generates investor buzz.

    By May 3, 2024
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    Better Cotton audits farms it previously certified following deforestation investigation

    Environmental watchdog Earthsight accused the nonprofit of falsely certifying cotton produced on deforested land for major fashion brands including Zara and H&M.

    By Laurel Deppen • May 3, 2024
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    Vanguard, TotalEnergies announce joint venture for at least 10 dairy digesters

    The facilities will produce renewable natural gas using waste from the food and beverage industries, supplemented with manure from farms.

    By Jacob Wallace • April 26, 2024
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    Agtech Seedlings: Bayer aims to launch first bioinsecticide for arable crops | Corteva sells fungicide assets

    Also in this week’s farm technology news: China's DJI unveils new agriculture drones, and a new crop yield outlook tool could help farmers anticipate extreme weather events.

    By Agriculture Dive staff • April 26, 2024
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    EPA designates 2 PFAs as hazardous substance, says enforcement not aimed at farms

    Agriculture groups contend the rule does not go far enough to protect farmers who unknowingly spread “forever chemicals” through fertilizer biosolids.

    By Megan Quinn , April 25, 2024
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    Cotton used by H&M and Zara linked to illegal deforestation: report

    A year-long investigation by nonprofit Earthsight found that fiber certified by ethical supply chain organization Better Cotton was grown on "stolen" and "deforested" land in Brazil.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 24, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Is plant-based meat more sustainable? Experts question the data

    Researchers have struggled to replicate life-cycle assessments commissioned from companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, and are calling for more transparency.

    By Nithin Coca • April 24, 2024
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    Mars invests in food-focused startups to accelerate sustainability

    The CPG giant's partnership with Unreasonable Group will work with 15 growth-stage companies developing innovations to advance precision agriculture and reduce cattle emissions.

    By April 23, 2024
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    SBTi walks back carbon offset policy changes after staff backlash

    The Science Based Targets initiative backtracked on expanding the use of environmental offsets in corporate scope 3 plans after staff called for the CEO’s resignation.

    By Lamar Johnson • April 22, 2024
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    Del Monte Foods reports emissions reduction, sets net-zero goal for 2050

    The food producer and distributor has expanded regenerative agriculture practices and lowered its fertilizer use through advancements in seed breeding.

    By Zoya Mirza • April 19, 2024
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    Cargill partners with Purina to expand regenerative agriculture in pet food

    The collaboration aims to improve the Nestlé division’s grain supply chain and Cargill’s work with farmers to implement eco-friendly practices.

    By April 18, 2024
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    Chevron, Brightmark grow dairy digester network with Southwest renewable plant

    The facility will transform manure into biogas from Caballero Dairy in Eloy, Arizona.

    By April 16, 2024