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McDonald’s Sets CSR Goals

McDonald’s has set a goal to source 100 percent of its coffee, palm oil and fish from verified sustainable sources by 2020. The company made this commitment and a host of others as part of its first Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Framework, announced yesterday. Other goals include: Supporting sustainable … Read more »

Unlikely Pesticides Found in Alaskan Fish

Alaskan fish are showing traces of pesticides that likely were never used in the state, according to new research. A study by the National Park Service found the chemicals in fish at three Alaska parks — Lake Clark National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Katmai National Park. The contaminants … Read more »

Fish Lose Fear of Predators with Elevated CO2

Higher carbon dioxide emissions that eventually find their way into ocean waters could cause fish to lose their fear of predators, potentially damaging the entire marine food chain. A study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (Aims), James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found the behavior … Read more »

Fishing’s Impact on Mammals: A Sustainability Issue to Watch

Fishing’s Impact on Mammals: A Sustainability Issue to Watch

US food companies and retailers have been trying to improve the sustainability of their fish – but imports could represent a weak link in that strategy. According to the NRDC’s “Net Loss: The Killing of Marine Mammals in Foreign Fisheries,” overseas fisheries kill or seriously injure more than 650,000 marine … Read more »

Johnson & Johnson, P&G to Phase Out Microbeads

Johnson & Johnson, P&G to Phase Out Microbeads

Johnson & Johnson has begun to phase out the use of polyethylene microbeads in beauty products, and is developing an environmentally friendly alternative, after activists from environmental group the 5 Gyres Institute found large quantities of the beads in the Great Lakes. Microbeads are used in beauty products as a means of … Read more »

McDonald’s to Serve Only Eco-Labeled Fish

McDonald’s USA says it will become the first national restaurant chain to serve fish bearing the Marine Stewardship Council eco-label at all of its US locations. McDonald’s, which uses MSC-certified wild-caught Alaska Pollock for its Filet-O-Fish sandwich, will begin displaying the MSC ecolabel on product packaging, in-restaurant communications and external … Read more »