Agriculture

 
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Community Supported Agriculture at the Kattendorfer Hof

As part of their round-the-world sailing trip in search of sustainable solutions, the Sailors for Sustainability recently came ashore in Kattendorf, Germany. This is their report on a visit to Kattendorfer Hof, an organic farm that works on the basis of Community Supported Agriculture.
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Tradition and Innovation at Torres

Torres is a wineproducer situated in the Spanish region of Penedès, Catalonia. The family business started in the 17th century. The strong link that has been developed between traditions and an innovative business characterises Torres. In April 2010, Finch & Beak together with IMD (Lausanne) published a case study about sustainability at Torres.
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Bavaria Recognized for Resilience, Adaptability and Innovation

Beer brewer Bavaria, one of the oldest privately held and run companies in the Netherlands, was awarded the 20th annual IMD-Lombard Odier Global Family Business Award at the Summit of the Family Business Network International, which took place on 15 and 16 October 2015 in Montreux, Switzerland.
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From BlackRock to Black Angus: Adapting Global to Local

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has recently called for "urgent concerted policy responses" to deal with the growing threat of climate change to global food security. With predicted demand for ruminant meat to almost double between 2000 and 2050, which is in line with earlier reports concerning the growth effects of dairy and poultry on global warming, the FAO flags potential problems to be addressed – particularly on the issue of water scarcity. When looking at the broader range of materialities surrounding the highly globalized food industry, there appears to be a strong need for a local approach to address these issues in an effective manner.
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Food Waste: a Double-Edged Sword or Saviour in Disguise?

One third of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost. Even more baffling: Africa produces enough food to feed the continent, it's just that 50% gets wasted. Food waste is a multifaceted challenge that concerns the entire value chain, from farm to fork. Food spills and waste occur in different phases in the food value chain as a result of various root causes. In a series of articles on food waste Finch & Beak wants to peel the onion on the different challenges of food waste, and provide best practices and solutions of how to overcome the hurdles. In this first part of the series, we explore the issue of food waste and its main causes.
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Over 85 Million Animals Each Year Benefit from Standards

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) organized its latest Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards ceremony in Berlin, where leading food businesses from around the globe were rewarded for their commitment to improving animal welfare standards in their supply chains. According to CIWF the higher welfare policies and practices of this year’s award winners are benefiting over 85 million animals each year.
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Climate Change: Making More out of Methane

Revision of the earlier set targets and ambitions in the 1990’s for reducing methane emissions in the United States, is demanded. Although the US methane emissions have decreased by 11 percent since 1990, the forecasts predict that they will increase through 2030 if additional action is not taken. “Fight climate change”, so says President Obama in his Climate Action Plan, which is directed to the Administration. Their goal is to develop a comprehensive, overarching strategy to cut methane emissions in the future. In addition the Administration also explores opportunities to put methane into use, because it can support local economies with a source of clean energy that generates revenue, encourages investment, improves safety and leads to cleaner air.
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