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Food Waste

Businesses Can Save Billions by Cutting Food Waste

Food waste is the single largest component of US municipal solid waste, it accounts for a major portion of the nation’s methane emissions — and it costs businesses billions. The US Department of Agriculture estimates the food retail industry lost almost $47 billion in 2010 (the most current figures) from … Read more »

Cargill, Monsanto, P&G to Develop Sustainability Metrics for Farmers

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture along with its 75 members — including Cargill, Coca-Cola, Environmental Defense Fund and Monsanto — pledged to develop the next generation of farm-level sustainability metrics during a roundtable session at the White House. The metrics are designed to help growers measure and ultimately, reduce emissions, Field to … Read more »

$235 Million Available for Water Conservation Projects

The US Department of Agriculture has announced up to $235 million available for water conservation partnerships. The funding, which aims to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability, is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, part of … Read more »

USDA Program Aims to Help Agricultural Producers Cut Emissions

Agricultural producers can reduce net emissions and enhance carbon sequestration by more than 120 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year — about 2 percent of economy-wide net greenhouse emissions — by 2025 by participating in a US Department of Agriculture initiative that aims to address climate change. Building … Read more »

USDA Report Reveals Bioeconomy Opportunities

The US Department of Agriculture released a report Tuesday that synthesizes existing bioeconomy literature and explores how government policies and industry business-to-business sustainability programs are driving the biobased economy. The report is a prelude to a more comprehensive upcoming economic study to be released by the USDA’s BioPreferred program on the economic … Read more »

BioPreferred Label

BioPreferred Label Open to Wood Products

The US Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program, which designates biobased product categories for preferred federal procurement, has opened to wood product as of yesterday. This means wood products manufacturers can now apply for a BioPreferred label by demonstrating that they utilize any of a number of recognized “innovative approaches” during … Read more »

Big Dairies Raise Pollution Concerns

As the consolidation of the US dairy industry into fewer and fewer, larger operations continues apace, fresh opposition is also growing in response to the increased pollution risk associated with bigger dairy farms, reports Environment 360. More than half of US milk is now produced by just 3 percent of the country’s … Read more »

Slow Thaw Needed to Preserve Wheat Crop

The USDA says a gradual end to the winter freeze is needed to prevent further damage to the country’s wheat crop. US wheat futures have firmed in recent weeks over the prospect of a diminished crop caused by persistent cold weather, Reuters reports. Snow cover has protected crops but short-lived warmer … Read more »

Funding for Farmers to Combat Drought Effects

The USDA has made $20 million available to California ranchers and farmers to fund agricultural water conservation to combat the effects of the statewide drought. Farmers and ranchers have until March 3 to apply. The funding is part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemical Storage Overhaul, Rail Safety, Hydropower

The Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group is considering a major overhaul of handling and storage for volatile substances, The Hill says. The group’s latest report asks for comment on an array of options, including mandatory safeguards and a third-party audit system. President Obama formed the working group in response to the … Read more »

Biopad

Biobased Fabric Provides Multi-Metal Protection

Cortec’s biobased sustainable packaging option for corrosion inhibition has been awarded USDA BioPreferred designation. BioPad is a flexible corrosion-inhibiting device constructed from 100 percent biobased non-woven material, containing 66 percent biobased content. It is designed with Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors (VpCI) impregnated throughout the substrate. The product provides up to … Read more »

Partnership Advances Commercial Cellulosic Nanomaterial Facility

A new public-private partnership aims to advance the development of the first US commercial facility producing cellulosic nanomaterial, a wood fiber broken down to the nanoscale. The partnership, between the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the US Forest Service, builds on work done by the Forest Products Laboratory … Read more »