New York is a good place to start if you’re looking to tackle food waste. The same population density that makes it heaven for delivery startups also means that food waste — possibly from those deliveries — is ripe for the taking.
Food waste issues are coming into the mainstream as investors and municipalities realize that there is money to be saved and made in keeping food out of the landfill, and this week the New York City Sanitation Department held the first ever NYC Food Waste Fair in Brooklyn to bring together city officials, chefs, investors, and food waste startups to do just that
Syngenta Ventures has acquired a minority stake in Premier Crop Systems (PCS), a Des Moines, Iowa based agronomic software tool in a growth equity investment round. The investment comes after months of Syngenta using the tool in multiple field trials. Syngenta was joined by some early investors in PCS.
This marks the company’s first round of external funding since early investment from angel investors around the company’s founding in 1999. The company has grown on revenue alone since then
Gene editing has caused a lot of excitement in agriculture technology circles for its potential to produce crops, and even animals, with improved characteristics. The technique, which enables undesirable traits — such as intolerance to heat — to be edited out of a genome, or preferred traits — such as high nutritional content — to be enhanced, has also been lauded as a “non-GMO” method of advancing breeding; creating crops with characteristics that many argue would naturally appear over generations through evolution without the introduction of any foreign DNA
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In a recent interview with author, educator and activist Fritjof Capra, we discussed the Earth Charter, an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. I wanted to follow up our conversation by discussing the concept of Ecological Economics – the intersection of economics, nature and society, a transdisciplinary approach to economics that myself and Maria Moraes Robinsonchampioned in our book, Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter, and which Sustainable Brands has introduced at many of their conferences around the globe through our workshops and presentations.
In his new book, Transformative Ecological Economics, Professor Ove Jakobsen of Nordland University Business School argues that we need to make a shift from the ‘green’ economy, which only focuses on reducing negative symptoms to save the existing neo-classic economic paradigm, to a new economic paradigm rooted in an organic worldview. Transformative Ecological Economics was a really interesting read for me, especially as – along with Maria and I – Prof. Jakobsen too has been inspired by thermodynamics, evolutionary theory, anthroposophy and Buddhism. Ecological Economics is more than just an economic discipline
By allowing countries to decide how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the landmark Paris climate agreement opened the door to new solutions. And over the past year, many countries, particularly in the developing world, decided that an especially effective way to reach those targets is through their farms.
Nearly 80 percent of the countries said they would use agricultural practices to curb climate change, and more than 90 percent said they would use those practices in addition to changes in forestry and land use linked to farming.
“2016 has been a very good year for agriculture and climate,” said Martin Frick, director of climate, energy and tenure at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. “It’s become possible to finally discuss the elephant in the room.”