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Child Labor Accusations Hit the U.S. Meat Industry

3 Mins Read Allegations made against a Wisconsin cleaning company say it employed more than two dozen minors to clean dangerous meatpacking plants for JBS, the world’s largest meat company. Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI), a specialized cleaning service that contracts with hundreds of meatpacking plants across the U.S., says it does not employ anyone under the age […]

The E.U. Bans Imports on Products Linked to Deforestation

4 Mins Read Earlier this month, the European Union announced a new law that will prevent the sale of products including beef, soy, and coffee linked to deforestation. Under the new law, companies selling commodity items from regions where deforestation is rampant will be required to produce due diligence statements about their supply chains. Failure to comply will […]

Court Denies Habeas Corpus Plea for Bronx Zoo’s Happy The Elephant

4 Mins Read Happy, an elephant housed at the Bronx Zoo in New York since 1977, has been deemed intelligent and worthy of compassionate care, but not entitled to freedom. The decision came from New York’s top court after the Nonhuman Rights Project launched a case for her release. The decision cannot be appealed and represents the latest […]

New Lawsuit Seeks To Make Accommodation Of Vegan Students A Human Right In Turkey

4 Mins Read The Vegan Association of Turkey has taken aim at the Turkish Council of Higher Education. The former has launched a lawsuit claiming that the latter has systematically overlooked vegan university students’ right to source nutritious and balanced food easily. Turkey plays host to 205 universities, spread across its 81 cities, with none catering to vegan diets.  […]

John Oliver Takes On Environmental Racism

4 Mins Read Known for his ability to take complex topics and turn them into crib notes for widespread understanding, John Oliver has done it again. Employing his usual brand of humour, he took on the serious issue of environmental racism on the Last Week Tonight show. The host painted a graphic picture of not only what the […]

More Than Half Of Global Industrial Fishing Offences Linked To Chinese Vessels, New Study Claims

3 Mins Read A new study has revealed that one-third of all fishery offences are connected to industrial interests. Of that third, more than half (59 percent) are connected to Chinese interests. 450 commercial fishing vessels are implicated, representing just 20 individual companies. While China takes the lion’s share of offences, Indonesian vessels came second with 15 percent […]

Can Blockchain Fix the Chocolate Industry’s Labor Issues?

3 Mins Read Transparency is coming to the chocolate industry via blockchain technology, and it could help to mitigate longstanding human rights and labor issues. Despite commitments from the world’s largest chocolate producers, including Nestlé, Hershey’s, and Mars, unfair wages and human rights labor violations are still commonplace in the cocoa industry. But new blockchain technology from the […]

#IWD2022: 10 Women Changing The Future Of Impact In Asia

7 Mins Read International Women’s Day is internationally recognised on the March 8th every year, and represents a focal point for women’s rights and is a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. At times, it appears as though global environmental and social crises are too overwhelmingly large to tackle. But there are some […]

Chef José Andrés Sets Up World Central Kitchen Pop-Ups To Feed Refugees Fleeing From Ukraine

3 Mins Read Good Meat board member and plant-forward chef José Andrés has mobilised his non-profit World Central Kitchen (WCK) platform. Setting up on the Ukraine-Poland border, the organisation is primed to make and distribute countless meals to refugees escaping the Russian bombardment.  The Spanish-American chef is notoriously outspoken about human rights issues. WCK was founded on the […]

Climate Migrants Might Be The Answer To A Clean Economy

7 Mins Read By Alex Robinson. The coral atoll of Tarawa in Kiribati is a 29-kilometre-long triangle of white sandy beaches in the central Pacific Ocean. But it isn’t paradise for many residents, who are on the front lines of the climate crisis. The consequences of climate change are far from an abstract concept for island nations in […]

How Black American Farmers Are Reclaiming Their Agricultural Power

4 Mins Read After a century of land loss, there’s now a rising movement of young Black Americans reclaiming their agricultural power and ownership of farmland. It combines the dismantling of racism and marginalisation amid the social justice movement sweeping across America with the growing awareness of the linkages between a sustainable food system and equality. From California […]

Open Letter: Dear Gen-Z, Shein Is Using You

10 Mins Read As an aging millennial in a world of Gen-Zers/Zoomers, I need to say something. You have GOT to stop shopping on Shein. And when I say that, I include all fast fashion companies, whether they hide their environmental disregard or not. Yes H&M, I’m looking at you and your ‘Conscious’ range. Social media has put […]

Alter Eco ‘Won’t Stop Until Entire Supply Chain Is Zero-Landfill’ In Radical Transparency Push

4 Mins Read Responsible chocolate brand Alter Eco is taking the lead in radical transparency, releasing its annual sustainability report to document its environmental and human impact – both good and bad. Being “brutally honest” about failing to achieve its initial goal of 100% compostable and recyclable packaging in 2020, the company committed to continue to improve until […]