A series of recent surveys and polls suggest that consumers are making sustainability and ethical production a priority when making food-buying decisions. "Consumers expect businesses and government to take action to ensure the fairness and long-term sustainability of food production," says Globescan's Abbie Curtis.
The California Assembly has passed a bill that would require the state to curb its greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. "With S.B. 32 we continue California's leadership on climate change," Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said.
Berkeley, Calif.-based Perfect Day has developed an animal-free dairy milk by using genetically engineered yeasts to produce proteins found in milk, such as casein, lactoglobulin and lactoalbumin. The milk is expected to be launched commercially in late 2017.
Sustainability is a top-five priority for CEOs of major corporations, according to the Conference Board's annual survey. "Sustainability is largely good for business, which is why executives are integrating it into their corporate strategy," writes Jessica Lyons Hardcastle.
The US is poised for a rapid period of offshore wind development following the launch of Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, according to this analysis. Chairman Bryan Martin said it was logical for Deepwater to choose a relatively small project for its first given the challenges faced by the 130-turbine Cape Wind project, adding that the firm's next offshore wind farm will be significantly larger.
To rein in climate change Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is calling for a carbon "fee" to be implemented, along with a repeal of current carbon-emission regulations. Johnson called his plan a "free-market approach to climate change."
Unilever is "blessed with leadership" not just from its top executives, but also from young, purpose-driven employees, says Jonathan Atwood, the company's vice president of sustainable business and corporate communications. "We want to make sure that we harness that energy, that we channel it into things that matter, and we make it relevant in wherever they're coming from in the company," he says.
The American Wind Energy Association, the Sierra Club and the Solar Energy Industries Association are calling on Congress to reconcile the House and Senate energy bills to pass a comprehensive package before the end of the year, according to this analysis. AWEA Senior Director of Legislative Affairs Aaron Severn added that AWEA's efforts this fall would be "educational and preparing for opportunities that may come up next year, and playing defense on the issues that still could come up before the end of the year."
Three US-based firms and a delegation from Taiwan have signed a memorandum of understanding to design and develop a new foundation for offshore wind turbines that is more durable. The groups said that the finished product should be strong enough to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters.
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