‘Hot and stressed’ grapes: Start-up helps winemakers survive climate change with AI and satellite tech

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Oxford start-up Deep Planet is leveraging AI and satellite imagery data to help wine growers and producers adapt to climate change. We catch up with COO Sushma Shankar to ask how VineSignal can impact wine pricing on-shelf.

Heineken says suppliers representing 80% of packaging carbon footprint are committing to science-based emissions targets

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Beer company Heineken revealed today that suppliers representing 80% of the company’s packaging carbon footprint have committed to or are in the process of setting science-based climate targets with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), marking a significant milestone in the company’s efforts to address its supply chain climate impact.

Supply chain emissions are top of mind for food and ag

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Today, I’m turning my attention to larger players in food and agriculture. What were their noteworthy accomplishments in the second quarter of this year?

What stands out is their continuing focus on supply chain work. This makes sense as most emissions in the food and agriculture industry occur at the farm level. Besides managing emissions, companies have also worked to improve socioeconomic outcomes in the food system and integrate new technologies into their manufacturing and retail operations. 

Bees could be key to reducing fluctuations in food supplies and steadying prices, study suggests

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While the benefits of pollinators to crop yield are well known, their effect on crop stability was poorly understood until now. Supporting and enhancing pollinators could help stabilise the production of important crops like oilseeds and fruit, reducing the sort of uncertainty that causes food price spikes, new research has shown.

Hazel Technologies tackles food waste: ‘We have more solutions for more problems than anybody else’

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In the battle against food waste, most industry players are only addressing part of the problem, claims Aidan Mouat, CEO and co-founder of Chicago-based Hazel Technologies, who says through the company’s proprietary shelf-life extension technology, it is addressing overlooked areas of the broader picture of food waste.

Stranded in a Vicious Cycle? The Case for Transformation in Animal Agriculture

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Research commissioned by the Changing Markets Foundation surveying 201 respondents from the investment community shows that 82% agreed that climate change presents a material risk to meat and dairy industry-related investments and 84% believe that a lack of mitigation of climate change could lead to stranded assets in this industry. Investors also overwhelmingly (94%) think that reducing methane emissions alongside carbon emissions is important, while 83% think that investors should encourage companies to reduce their methane emissions. More than half of respondents (55%) think that investors are not sufficiently addressing these risks. This survey provides a good insight into what the financial sector finds important with regards to how the meat and dairy sector will address its climate footprint and adapt to increasingly destabilised climate system.

Three-part series on climate impacts of the dairy industry

E&E News recently did a three-part series on the dairy industry’s climate impacts. They are:

‘Cow power’ goes dark as manure-to-electricity fizzles
New York’s experience with “cow power” illustrates the challenges for making electricity from manure across the country. The dairy industry has yet to settle on a system that consistently rewards farmers for the practice, leading to disappointment in many places even as one state, Vermont, keeps the idea alive through a voluntary surcharge on ratepayers.

Natural gas could power new chapter in manure-to-energy
Let down by electric utilities, farmers bet on natural gas as a more promising way to make a return from cow manure.

Changing cows’ diets could curb emissions. Will farmers dig in?
An array of potential feed additives could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cows, but farmers would need to get on board.

Bob’s Red Mill focuses on wasted food rescue and materials management

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Committed to creating a sustainable future while inspiring joy with wholesome foods, Bob’s Red Mill Natural Products fosters nourishing a healthy planet. One of the company’s main goals is reducing food loss from farm to fork through wasted food rescue. “By rescuing unavoidable scrap, we are avoiding climate emissions that would occur downstream,” says Julia Person, sustainability manager for Bob’s Red Mill. “We donate food to local non-profits, as well as send inedible product to animal feed. Another way we are furthering this work is by joining the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment to collectively work with other food businesses to cut food waste in half by 2030.”

Coca-Cola targets sustainability from every angle

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Coca-Cola is an iconic brand—a well-recognized taste in a well-recognized bottle. But when The Coca-Cola Co. aims to make a change to the norms of operation, it’s thinking not only about its flagship beverage and all its variations, but a full range of waters, sparkling beverages, hydration and sports drinks, dairy and plant-based beverages, juices, coffees, teas…

“We have to take all of that into account when building a sustainability plan,” said Cloeann Durham, vice president of quality, safety, and environment for Coca-Cola’s North American Operating Unit. She was speaking to the audience at ISBT’s BevTech meeting in Frisco, Texas. Though Coca-Cola’s brands are positioned to grow, sustainability is equally important, she noted. “Seeing volume growth is great. But seeing volume growth without sustainability—it can outrun you really fast.”

Behind Kerry’s Zero Waste accreditation at Madrid facility: ‘By 2025, all our manufacturing facilities will be Zero Waste to Landfill’

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Kerry Group has obtained ‘From Waste to Resources: Zero to Landfill’ certification for its plant in Madrid, Spain.