Sustainability can sweeten sugar farmers’ prospects

   The end of EU beet sugar quotas could spark a growth in fairtrade certification in cane production    The sugar sector is set for a shake-up. In 2017, a 45 year old European Union system of quotas for the sweet stuff will come to an end, with potential significant implications for the sugar market….

  • May 10, 2015
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Q&A with Glenn Hurowitz: On RSPO failings, brands and ‘no deforestation’ pledges, and more

1) Are you a campaigner or a consultant? What’s the deal there? My work is primarily as a campaigner, as the chair of Forest Heroes, a global campaign working to break the link between deforestation and agriculture. As a Managing Director of Climate Advisers and a co-founder of the Chain Reaction Research project, I also advise…

  • Apr 3, 2015
  • Deforestation
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Greenpeace exclusive on High Carbon Stock land use, and what it means for business

Grant Rosoman offers an update on what’s happening in this complex and highly important area for businesses concerned about deforestation and sustainable land use Market transformation is happening: a growing number of companies involved in palm oil and pulp and paper have adopted No Deforestation policies, and have declared they will implement these commitments through…

Event announcement: Cotton risk and sustainability conference, March 2015 in London

On March 16-17 2015 in London Innovation Forum and CottonConnect are bringing together the key players in cotton industry to talk about how sustainability can help the industry better manage risk and secure supply. Sustainable cotton matters, more than you might think  Cotton is in many more products than you might think. Yet the market…

  • Sep 10, 2014
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Here’s some essential new reading about sustainable palm oil

Here’s some essential reading about sustainable palm oil, selected from the betterpalmoildebate.org website, which I run with Nadine Hawa and Mallen Baker for the RSPO.  1) Feeding the world without costing the earth  Palm oil itself isn’t the problem. It’s how much is being produced and at what cost, says Emily Dunstan  2) How GreenPalm is underselling…

  • Nov 30, 2013
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Sustainability, systems, resilience and…Salmon.

The front cover of the Financial Times may have given us a glimpse of the future this week. The story? Salmon farmers go for veggie option The FT piece says that: “…a confluence of economics, markets, and environmental factors is transforming the $11bn-a-year farmed salmon industry – and forcing a radical change of diet.” Fishmeal…

When is GM, GM?

The next issue of Ethical Corporation, coming off the physical and digital presses shortly, has a major report on agriculture and genetic modification. We all know there’s a population explosion.We all know climate change won’t help. We all know technology has a role of play in agriculture. But our concern is also for the little…