climate change

New York, NY—On April 22, diplomats from 167 countries met to sign the climate accord reached this past December in Paris. The goal of the accord, established by the world's governments in 2009, is to limit the planet's warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), ideally limiting it to 1.5 degrees. Despite the signing, 55 countries representing 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions must first present formal ratification documents before the agreement can take effect, which may take a few years (1).

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At Expo West, Host Defense highlighted its new Give Bees a Chance campaign (part of its BeeFriendly Research Initiative), an effort to raise awareness for colony collapse disorder (CCD) and new research about the potential for mushroom extracts to help bee populations. CCD increased by 6% in 2015, affecting 41% of the managed bee colonies nationwide.

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seaweed farming

Two leading seafood certification and labeling programs, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), joined forces to develop a joint global standard for certifying seaweed operations. The Seaweed Standard promotes environmentally sustainable and socially responsible use of seaweed resources in order to contribute to the world’s aquatic ecosystems.

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Monsanto

Monsanto has filed a lawsuit against California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and its acting director Lauren Zeise , after the agency announced in September its intent to add glyphosate (brand name Roundup) to the state’s list of cancer-causing chemicals.

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EPA

On Tuesday, December 29, the Natural Product Association (NPA) submitted comments regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) called “Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals.” According to the summary, the rule proposes a “tailored, sector-specific set of regulations for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals by healthcare facilities

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Baldor Specialty Foods, the largest importer and distributor of fresh produce and specialty foods in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region has announced on November 30, 2015 that it will be implementing an initiative whose goal it is to eliminate food waste.

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The carousel of progress has become a runaway train of waste. The question is, what can be done to stop it before it derails?

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climate change

Climate change is bringing with it extreme weather conditions with increased frequency of storms, fires, droughts and uncertain availability of water and other natural resources. As a result, supply chain disruptions will become more volatile and while cost will increase, availability of goods may decrease, or at the very least, become more sporadic and less dependable. Consumers will be affected in various ways, too.

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honey bee

Iowa City, IA—In conjunction with 36 industry partners, National Co+op Grocers (NCG), based here, made a donation of $64,425 to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Based in Portland, OR, the Society is a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. The donation was officially made as part of National Co+op Grocers “Convergence” grocery and wellness conference held in St. Paul, MN.

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Denton, TX—A survey from Tetra Pak Inc., undertaken with the Global Footprint Network, showed that while consumers may not be completely aware of resource scarcity when making their purchasing choices, as education spreads, so does demand for sustainable packaging.

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