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Notes from the Road: ECO:nomics

Toyota will be launching a fuel cell vehicle in California in 2015

Toyota will be launching a fuel cell vehicle in California in 2015

Earlier this month, I attended The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference where top business and environmental leaders, policy makers and entrepreneurs met to discuss the intersection of business and the environment. This wasn’t a sudden embrace of the green movement by the preeminent business newspaper in the U.S. — it was a very realistic look at both the opportunities and threats that these companies face from environmental issues. Here’s a peek at what these leaders are thinking about food and fuel issues.

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Glad Takes on Food Waste

Leftovers in plastic containers

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The fight against food waste is getting a boost from a major consumer brand. Glad, makers of plastic wraps, containers and food bags, launched a $10 million campaign this month to educate consumers about food waste and how their products can help reduce it.

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Kids Draw a Sustainable America

Sustainable America made a stop in Wilton, Connecticut, a few weeks ago to take part in the Wilton Go Green Festival, where we asked kids to draw their vision of a sustainable America and let the adults experience the Tesla S.

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A Rush to Grow Corn and Soy Is Overtaking America’s Grasslands

The biofuels industry’s thirst for corn and soy ethanol is driving a rush to convert Midwest grasslands to croplands. But how much is too much?

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The Hidden Costs of Drought

Barge on the Mississippi River

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Shipping on the Mississippi River has returned to normal levels after a threatened shutdown due to the drought, but the scare exposed one more way our food supply is vulnerable to extreme weather events.

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Untangling Our Food and Fuel Systems

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EPA mandates for cellulosic biofuel blends cannot be met as production is literally non-existent. How the EPA manages the mandates for 2013 may have a direct effect on food prices at the grocery store in the near future.

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Biofuel Mandates Leave Guatemalans Hungry

In our interconnected world, the U.S. renewable fuel mandates are causing food prices to rise in other parts of the world. For Guatemalans, it’s becoming a dire situation.

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Our most popular fuel stories of 2012

"Contemplate" by Dave Butterworth

Have a look at our most popular fuel related posts of 2012. Thanks for your support and happy holidays from Sustainable America!

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Cellulosic biofuel finally hits the big leagues

KiOR plant in Columbus, MO

KiOR opens the world’s largest cellulosic biofuels plant with the capacity to produce up to 40,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel a day from agricultural byproducts.

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Corn Belt farmland prices soar

Knee High by Tim Lindenbaum

Prices for farmland across the U.S. corn belt continue to rise, attracting a new breed of investor seeking record profits.

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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