Can we feed nine billion people by 2050? Only if we embrace the principles of open innovation, says Jeff Bellairs, senior director of the General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network (G-WIN), in this exclusive article for Foodnavigator-USA.com and FoodNavigator.com.
Unilever has topped the Climate Counts scorecard for the second year running, as the corporate climate responsibility watchdog unveils a new ‘soaring’ tier in its scoring to reflect the nearly doubled average score since 2007.
The future of food is an area that is often overlooked in the context of short political cycles, but we all need to have a view on how we can meet increasing and changing demand for food in the coming decades, according to futurologist Dr James Bellini.
Dutch food companies and trade organisations have signed agreements with Brazilian growers to double the supply of RTRS-certified soy to the Netherlands from 2011 levels, according to the Foundation for Responsible Soy Transition.
The private sector has an important role to play in promoting sustainable agriculture and fighting poverty and hunger, according to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva.
Many meat analogues derived from plant proteins may have environmental impacts comparable to animal protein because of inefficient water and energy use in their production, according to associate professor of Food Process Engineering at Wageningen University...
Zero and very low tolerance of certain food additives and ingredients can lead to enormous - and entirely unnecessary - food wastage, according to Aleksandra Martinovic, Montenegro ambassador of the Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI).
Chr. Hansen says it has high hopes in Asia and elsewhere for its new natural coloring ingredient for beverages, Ultra Stable Red, and claims investing in natural colors strips out costs elsewhere in the supply chain.
The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has urged Cargill to take clear, decisive action to ensure its palm oil suppliers commit to sustainable production, while Cargill has said that RAN allegations of malpractice are unfounded and untrue.
If the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is serious about making the entire palm oil supply chain sustainable, it needs to address flaws in the system for plantation owners who do not own their own mills, according to one such grower, Daniel...
Unilever and Walmart are hoping to drive increased production of certified sustainable palm oil, as they unveiled new purchasing commitments at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) annual meeting in Singapore last week.
Palm oil producers who use fire to clear land for plantations should be named and shamed, urged Professor Tommy Koh, ambassador-at-large for Singapore’s ministry of foreign affairs and keynote speaker at the RSPO meeting in Singapore this week.
Palm oil producers and traders have been looking for new production areas as expansion in environmentally sensitive regions in Southeast Asia has become increasingly difficult - but Latin American and African production must embrace sustainable standards...
A UK government statement drawing together new and existing pledges on sustainable palm oil falls short of a real commitment to sustainable sourcing, according to the president of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Dr Jan Kees Vis.
Greenpeace has published a scorecard rating palm oil producers’ sustainability efforts, in order to provide food and other consumer goods companies with better information about how their palm oil is produced.
The European food industry needs to renew its focus on innovation if it is to help fuel economic recovery in the region, according to industry experts at trade association FoodDrinkEurope’s Congress in Brussels this week.
The food industry could be a powerful player in ensuring food security - and that makes sense from both an ethical and a business perspective, according to Danielle Nierenberg, director of the Nourishing the Planet project at the Worldwatch Institute.
Manufacturers are increasingly sensitive to sustainability issues around palm oil, but it would be disastrous to stop using it altogether, says secretary general of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Darrel Webber.
Unilever has added new ‘challenges and wants’ to its open innovation platform, this time seeking help with a stable natural red colour for fruit and dairy, and technologies to reduce sugar in ready to drink teas.
New research suggests that securing a sustainable supply of nutritious food to feed the world’s fast-growing population is as big an issue as fighting wars, preventing disease and saving the environment.
The European Commission has backtracked on biofuels targets, proposing 5% a cap on the amount of fuel that should be produced from food crops to 2020, on concerns that biofuels may be less eco-friendly than earlier thought and may contribute to higher...
Products labelled ‘no palm oil’ have proliferated on French supermarket shelves in recent years but Malaysian officials have said that such labels misrepresent an industry that has made strides toward greater sustainability, in a meeting with French officials...
The challenges of global food security present real opportunities for the food and farming industries, the UK government has said in its response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s Sustainable Food report.
High demand for environmentally friendly goods is providing the food industry with growing opportunities to create a new and unique supply chain system that offers advantages for everybody, according to new research.
The EU sugar industry benefits from a “quasi monopoly” situation as a result of the current EU sugar quota system, according to the European Starch Industry Association, Association de Amidonniers et Feculiers (AAF).
An unprecedented level of joint planning, innovation, and action between academia, governments, civil society and the food industry is required to battle the ‘double crisis’ that world hunger and high obesity rates are causing, warn researchers.