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News and Stories | Monsanto

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Food Security: The End of a Golden Age

This article first appeared on www.opedspace.com<p>The golden age of agriculture is over. Growth based on the expansion of cropland area as seen until the 1950s, followed by improving land productivity through new technologies and productivity-based agricultural policies will fail us. It resulted in …

The 10 Most Important Sustainable Business Stories from 2014

It’s been an amazing 12 months in the world of sustainable business. From climate change to inequality, the scope of humanity’s biggest environmental and social challenges came into much sharper focus this year — as did the scale and range of opportunities to do something about them. And citizens, …

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Are you interested in cross-sectoral graduate courses in sustainable business?<p>Full Master’s degree, part time over 2 years<p>Develop leadership capacity …

Are seaweed snacks the future as the tide turns on meat consumption?

Guardian sustainable business,Veganism,Vegan food and drink,Environment,Seafood,Meat,The meat industry,Farming,Food,Food & drink,Vegetarianism<p>From seaweed burgers to craft beer, a number of start-ups recognise protein potential of seaweed as growing demand for meat puts increasing pressure on …

Sun shines on solar market

Australia’s burgeoning solar energy market is about to be turned on its head as the ­country’s largest energy retailer starts offering a …

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Experts reflect on progress of circular economy in last year

It’s a little over a year since we launched the circular economy hub on Guardian Sustainable Business. Back then, it felt like a seedling of an idea that was yet to fully take root in business. We’ve asked a range of experts what progress has been made in the last 12 months.<p>Ron Gonen, co-founder …

Water is far more valuable and useful than oil

I have a confession: I knocked back 320 pints at the pub last night. I actually only had two shots of a decent single malt but it took 320 pints of water to grow and process the grain used to make the whisky. That’s a whole lot of water considering the average bathtub holds 60 to 80 litres.<p>Even …

'We want the black hole of sunlight': solar power breaks new frontiers

Sunlight is the most abundant renewable energy source on earth and humans have found some ingenious ways to harvest it into food, warmth, and power. A recent report from the International Energy Agency found that by 2050 the sun could be the largest source of electricity, ahead of fossil fuels, …

29 qualities for business leaders to create a sustainable society

We are facing a crisis of leadership in the corporate world which is severely hampering business from becoming a real force for good in society.<p>While there are examples of companies seeking to embed sustainability beyond the corporate responsibility departments into core strategy, in most cases …

The Purpose-Driven Marketer: How Patagonia Uses Storytelling To Turn Consumers Into Activists

Vice President of Global Marketing Joy Howard talks about utilizing the company’s environmental mission and operations as a brand advantage.<p>The frenzied ritual of pre-turkey-coma commercialism known as Black Friday is nearly upon us. And, as it’s done for the past three years, Patagonia will be …

Obesity bigger cost for Britain than war and terror

Obesity is a greater burden on the UK’s economy than armed violence, war and terrorism, costing the country nearly £47bn a year, a report has found.<p>The study, commissioned by consultancy firm McKinsey and Company, reveals obesity has the second-largest economic impact on the UK behind smoking, …