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In semi-arid Africa, farmers are transforming the ‘underground forest’ into life-giving trees

This article was originally published on Ensia.Around the world, nearly 5 billion acres of land — an area larger than Russia — are degraded. Degradation can take many forms: clearing of forests; soil erosion; or the decline of nutrients in the soil, all of which result in less productive land. The loss …

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Episode 214: What CSOs should do now, agtech and animal health

Week in ReviewCommentary on this week’s news highlights begins at 3:00.Not just biofuels: Algae’s next waveThis is exactly the time to be talking about climate changeCorporate America, it’s your time to shineFeaturesWhat CSOs are doing amid the pandemic (19:00)Two sustainability leaders share insights into how COVID-19 is reshaping …

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This is agtech’s fertile future

Amid the white noise of COVID-19 pandemic coverage last week, news about the $80 million funding round for alternative protein company Nature’s Fynd offered a bright beacon of positivity. While the financing revelation was delayed a week because of the crisis, the sizeable round extends the steady growth of funding …

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Sodexo doubles down on food recovery as clients shut doors amid pandemic

When the University of Massachusetts Boston decided to move classes online for the rest of the semester, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school’s dining service had roughly one to two pallets of fresh produce and dairy products on its hands. That food could go to waste, or it …

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Gore, Gates funds lead $80M round for protein startup born in Yellowstone hot springs

Many established alternative protein upstarts — including Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat — draw on plants as the feedstock for their innovations. Nature’s Fynd (formerly known as Sustainable Bioproducts) draws on a fermentation process linked to unique microbes that live in the geothermal hot springs of Yellowstone National Park.The company, …

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Why Aramark’s new sustainability strategy focuses on ‘well-being’ over sustainability

You may not immediately recognize the name Aramark, but you’ve probably been in a facility where the company operates, maybe eaten the food it provides or even worn some of its clothes.The Philadelphia-based company, which posted revenue of $16.2 billion for fiscal 2019, is one of the largest facility service …

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Trend: Nutrient diversity goes beyond meatless meat

The following is adapted from State of Green Business 2020, published by GreenBiz in partnership with Trucost, part of financial information and analytics giant S&P Global.The alternative protein market is beefing up. That’s because it’s not just beef anymore.Imagine: Pigless pork. Chickenless chicken. Eggless eggs. Fishless …

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Episode 211: Sustainable consumption, victory in Virginia

Week in ReviewCommentary on this week’s news highlights begins at 6:40.How companies led the way on clean energy in VirginiaFormer Unilever president bites into plant-based proteinMicrogrids, indoor agriculture go together like peas and carrotsFeaturesThe conundrum of consumption (22:05)This weekend brings World Consumer Rights Day, and this year’s focus is sustainable …

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The future of plant-based meat

This article was adapted from the GreenBiz Food Weekly newsletter. Sign up here to receive your own free subscription.I’m going to say a few skeptical things about plant-based meat, but I want to start by stating something not at all skeptical: Plant-based meat is a potentially world-changing product.  …

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Former Unilever president bites into plant-based protein

Plant-based foods accounted for almost $5 billion in sales in 2019, up 11.4 percent, according to data released in early March. But as the movement mainstreams, it needs distribution and branding scale many pure-play startups lack.That could signal consolidation and buyouts in the months to come, especially as large food companies including …

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