Sustainability and Disruption
The water and wastewater treatment market in the global food and beverage industry will continue to be fast growing and future-oriented, remaining extremely positive towards innovations and technological upgrades that enhance water management, notes a new Frost & Sullivan report.
In a first for African retail, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) and Woolworths have announced a broad-based, multifaceted partnership to drive greater sustainability through selected Woolworths products and operations.
The world food situation is deteriorating. Grain stocks have dropped to a dangerously low level. The World Food Price Index has doubled in a decade. The ranks of the hungry are expanding. Political unrest is spreading. [Sobering insights from the respected Earth Policy Institute. Ed]
With 1.3 billion tons of food trashed, dumped in landfills and otherwise wasted around the world every year, comes news of the development and successful laboratory testing of a new "biorefinery" intended to change food waste into a key ingredient for making plastics, laundry detergents and scores of other everyday products.
Daiwa House, Japan's largest homebuilder, has introduced a line of prefabricated hydroponic vegetable factories, aimed at housing complexes, hotels, and top-end restaurants. Called the Agri-Cube, these units are touted by Daiwa as the first step in the industrialization of agriculture, to be located in and amongst the places where people live, work, and play.
Global warming, believed by many to be a religion rather than science, seems to have fallen off the public radar, perhaps eclipsed by the obesity pandemic. But the subject got some notable coverage this week at the annual in Lindau, Germany, (where young scientists from around the world are invited to mix, mingle and learn from Nobel laureates) in a presentation by Dr Ivar Giaever, Nobel prize winner for physics in 1973.
A vocal dissenter from the alleged "consensus" regarding man-made climate fears, his lecture is fascinating, enlightening and funny - and you can listen to it in its entirety here...
Paul Polman isn’t afraid to shake things up. Since taking over as CEO of Unilever, in 2009, he has transformed the Anglo-Dutch multinational into one of the world’s most innovative corporations. He did away with earnings guidance and quarterly reporting, and tells hedge funds they aren’t welcome as investors. And last year he launched an ambitious plan to double revenue by 2020 while halving the company’s environmental impact.
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