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  • How food production impacts water quality

    Our water systems are currently being threatened by the crops we grow and food we produce. In many countries, agriculture is the leading source of nutrient pollution in waterways—a situation that’s expected to worsen as the global population increases and the demand for food grows. So it’s timely that ...

  • SCS Featured at 2013 Sustainable Foods Summit on Use of LCA to Measure the Environmental Impact of Food Products

    SCS Global Services (www.scsglobalservices.com) presented expert insights into the increased use of product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for food, beverage and other consumer packaged goods at the Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday. SCS' ...


    By SCS Global Services

  • 80% of Europeans are concerned about the environmental impact of products

    According to a new survey, most Europeans would be prepared to change their purchasing habits and buy more environmentally-friendly products, but many feel they lack information and distrust manufacturers' environmental claims. The survey on the "Attitudes of Europeans towards building the single market for green products" indicates that more than three-quarters of respondents are willing to pay ...

  • Smart Plastic Packaging Can Reduce the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Food Waste

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The month of August has 50 recognized holidays and national observances surrounding food, including National S'mores Day, National Lemonade Day and National Ice Cream Sandwich day. Despite all of the attention devoted to celebrating America's favorite foods, billions of pounds of food are ...


    By Plastics Make it Possible

  • Measuring the environmental impacts of nations

    A study released on January 22 suggests the environmental damage caused by rich nations on poor nations exceeds $1.8 trillion, while the impact of poor nations on their richer counterparts is less than one third of that amount. The study is the first-ever global accounting of the dollar costs of countries' ecological footprints. The study, led by former ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The environmental impacts of natural disasters

    When natural disasters collide with human affairs there are often immediate losses of human life and widespread devastation to the built environment to contend with. But when these disasters strike the longer term environmental impacts can exact an additional and sometimes lasting toll on the health and wellbeing of the people affected. Two hundred million people were affected by ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA to scrutinize environmental impact of Bisphenol A

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a number of actions to address the potential effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in the manufacture of a wide range of consumer and industrial products. The BPA action plan released today focuses on the environmental impacts of BPA and will look to add BPA to EPA’s list of chemicals of concern and require testing related to ...

  • Product information can promote sustainable food consumption

    Providing information to consumers on the environmental and social impacts of their food purchases could help change their consumption choices, research from Norway suggests. In a psychological study, researchers noted an increase in the number of organic and fair trade products bought per week when participating consumers were informed of the products’ benefits for the environment and the ...

  • Assessing environmental health impacts in a complex world

    A recent study suggests that a more inclusive and integrated approach to assessing environmental health risks and policies is needed to deal with the increased complexity and systemic nature of the risks. Two EU-funded projects, INTARESE1 and HEIMTSA2, have developed new methods for integrated environmental health impact assessment. Integrated assessment takes into account the interconnected ...

  • Hormel foods announces environmental sustainability progress

    Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced results of environmental sustainability projects it has implemented at its U.S. manufacturing facilities as part of the company's ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact. 'We are making significant progress toward achieving the environmental sustainability goals we have outlined in our annual corporate responsibility report,' said ...

  • Kraft foods maps its total environmental footprint

    Kraft Foods today shared results of a pioneering survey that measured its impact on climate change, land and water use.  The multi-year footprinting project - in partnership with Quantis Inc. (www.quantis-intl.com) and reviewed and analyzed by World Wildlife Fund and notable academics at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment - goes far beyond ...

  • World food crisis - an environmental perfect storm

    In what many have been calling a perfect storm, food prices are being driven up around the world resulting in violent protests in developing nations. Several causes have contributed to this storm, such as oil prices and China’s economic growth, but what is rarely mentioned is the developed word’s unsustainable agricultural practices. Since 2002 food prices have risen 65% ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Canada`s food system needs environmental overhaul

    The environmental impact of Canada's food system needs closer scrutiny, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report. In addition, governments at all levels in Canada need to play a lead role in managing environmental risks in the food sector through the use of hard and soft measures. Both are essential to ensure the environmental sustainability of the food system, says the report ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ARAMARK Environmental Sustainability Interns Make Positive Environmental Impact

    Young professionals gain practical understanding of how environmental sustainability operates within a business environment. SOURCE: ARAMARK DESCRIPTION:(3BL Media) Philadelphia, PA - September 18, 2012 - ARAMARK, a global leader in professional services, hired 17 young ...


    By 3BL Media

  • UL Environment Acquires GoodGuide, One of the Largest Sources of Information on Product-Related Health, Social, and Environmental Impacts

     UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announced today the acquisition of GoodGuide, one of the world's largest sources of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of consumer products. GoodGuide's innovative data platform, which includes web and mobile interfaces, enables ...


    By UL LLC

  • How do consumers assess the eco-friendliness of food products?

    A recent Swiss study compared consumer perceptions of the environmental friendliness of vegetables with the results of scientific assessments of the vegetables' environmental impact. The two did not always tally and findings from this study can provide useful information for sustainable consumption campaigns. The results revealed that most consumers thought the production methods (organic ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • World Food Day: Reggae, Food, and Water

    For those of us who were teenagers in the 1980s, it is difficult not to remember the famous Live record released in 1983 by the reggae band UB40. Almost 30 years later I am still listening to their sound. As we mark World Food Day on October 16, I am reminded of one of the songs in that album, Food for Thought. In fact, I ...


    By The World Bank

  • Food, the carbon story

    What do milk, bread and orange juice have in common? One answer is that they have all had their carbon footprints assessed and the products have been labelled by the Carbon Trust. Over the last five years, the Carbon Trust has certified the carbon footprints of a wide range of food products, and worked with a variety of companies to help them understand the carbon content of their food. As a ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Reducing food loss and waste for a sustainable food future

    It is estimated that by 2050 we'll need to produce 60% more food to feed a projected global population of 9 billion people. Our ability to feed this many people while advancing the economic and social well-being of the over 1 billion who are already malnourished represents a serious global challenge. Yet today one out of every four calories of food produced is lost or wasted. The ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • IAQ Video Network Branches into the Production of Food Pathogen Videos

    Last month the IAQ Video Network began producing public outreach videos on food safety issues and food pathogens.  To date the video production company has produced about 50 videos, which have included 5 on food pathogens that were released in the last month. The first of a series of food pathogens videos have covered Salmonella, E. coli, Clostridium botulinum, Staphylococcus aureus, ...

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