IAQ Study Finds Green Apartments Healthier for Renters

A study published last year says IAQ is an important predictor of health, especially among low-income residents. The study found green apartments healthier than conventional ones.

Those living in green homes, researchers found, “experienced 47% fewer sick building syndrome symptoms.” They also noticed that study participants who did have health concerns had “improved health outcomes” when they lived in green apartments, […]

Is Consumer Demand Changing The Fast Food Landscape?

In the past few years, consumer advocacy groups and online petitions peddling various causes have brought the fast food industry to its knees. Is the conscious consumer forcing corporations to turn over a new leaf?

“The Internet has brought a massive explosion of transparency, a lot more access to information about what we’re eating, our supply chains and production. We can […]

Leading U.S. Nutrition Scientists Forge Cozy Relationships with Major Lobbying Groups

A new report charges that America’s leading group of nutrition scientists regularly accepts money from major food companies such as McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Nestlé, Coca-Cola and lobbying groups including the Sugar Association – despite the fact that many of the companies’ products have little to no nutritional value. The report suggests conflicts of interest have caused scientists to soften public policy […]

Massachusettes’ ‘Food Rescue’ Distributes Discarded Produce To Charities

At a time when so much perfectly edible food is wasted, more and more efforts are being made to address the issue – but the question remains of how to get “rescued” food that would have otherwise been discarded to the people who need it most.

That’s where a group like Food For Free, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit, steps in.

Through its […]

Nestle To Remove Artificial Flavors, Cut Sodium In Packaged Foods

Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company by revenue, announced this week that it will remove artificial flavors and 10 percent of the sodium from about 250 of its packaged foods sold in America, including Hot Pockets and DiGiornio frozen pizzas, by the end of 2015. The move also affects products under the Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen, Jack’s and […]

Swiss Companies Take Monsanto Product Off The Shelves

The WHO reports that the herbicide glyphosate is probably carcinogenic influenced some companies. The Swiss retail chains Migros and Coop take glyphosate out of their stores. In Bavaria a ban was up for debate, however the parliament was against it.

In March, a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the herbicide glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic”. A renewed debate on […]

Three Ways To Judge The Impact of Big Brands

Many of us buy products such as Kit Kats and Coca-Cola, but don’t associate them with our separate concerns about poverty and wellbeing. Now a range of tools are available to help bridge that gap.

From initiatives using consumer pressure to tackle complex social issues to tools that aim to encourage investors to put their money into companies with a positive […]

Shell Is Asking Us To Bet Against The World on Climate Change

Shell is asking investors to bet against the world taking action on climate change or in renewables displacing fossil fuels, says influential economist Nick Stern.

Speaking at a Guardian debate on divestment last night, Lord Stern said Shell and other hydrocarbon companies were getting it wrong on the potential of renewables technology and that people will insist on policies to hold […]

Bridging the Gap Between Health and Environmental Sustainability

The World Health Organization defines the environment, as it relates to health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors.” Our environment consists of the nature that surrounds us, the air we breathe, our access to clean water. However, as human beings spend increasingly more time indoors – whether at home or […]

Cut The Crap: The Feud over Miami Homeless

It’s time to cut the crap.

Tired of the pushback against installing restrooms for homeless people, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in Miami took to constructing a map that detailed how much urine and feces actually fills the city’s downtown streets on a daily basis.

The group scooped up its data from a sanitation worker’s eight-hour shift last Friday, and dumped smiling […]

5 Eco-Friendly Trends Radically Transforming Food Service

You know things are changing when restaurant giants like McDonald’s and Burger King publicly oppose unethical farm animal practices. Recent news has seen resturants going green and implementing sustainable practices to conserve energy and provide healthier offerings. As restaurants race toward trends the millennial generation embraces, environment- and animal-friendly initiatives are picking up speed.

Natural and organic foods, reduction of waste […]

Climate Change Is A Key Driver in Refugee Crisis

Recognizing Climate Refugees

First, all EU countries should share the burden, apportioning refugees across all member states.

Second, the US, Canada, Australia and other OECD members must also carry their fair share, which they are not: The US accepted 36 Syrian refugees in 2013, out of a total of some 3 million.

Third, recognizing that a basic principle of international law is an […]

Today’s Child Poverty Rates: Are We Using the Right Measure?

The official poverty measure was developed in 1963 by a former U.S. Social Security Administration employee who calculated a family’s needs by taking the costs of groceries, which consumed a higher share of a family’s budget back then, and multiplying it by three. At the time, food represented one-third of the expenses for many families.

Fortunately, we have a tool that […]

How To Do Business in A World Running Out of Water

In this context of ever-rising tension over rights and access to clean water, the United Nations Global Compact and the Pacific Institute have issued a Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (PDF). The key takeaway for businesses is that water scarcity and resulting human suffering — which can turn into social turmoil reverberating through […]