Author Archives: Marc Gunther

Farmers to reap benefits of ‘smart’ implements

Farmers to reap benefits of ‘smart’ implements

Cutting-edge digital technology is sowing the seeds of more efficient, sustainable agriculture, says Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jorge Heraud. Jorge Heraud Drive any road in Salinas Valley, Calif., and you’re apt to see crews of workers stooping to weed or harvest fields of lettuce, spinach, tomatoes or strawberries. Sometimes called “America’s Salad Bowl,” this is John

Walmart targets climate-smart suppliers

The world’s largest grocer is exerting its influence on food companies to reduce their environmental impacts, says Walmart sustainability executive Kathleen McLaughlin. Kathleen McLaughlin When an Iowa corn and soy farmer named Tim Richter took the stage at a big sustainability conference organized last fall by Walmart, he had a message for the crowd gathered

U.S. cricket farming scales up

Tiny Farms co-founder Daniel Imrie-Situnayake is helping to lay the technology groundwork for industrial-scale insect production in the United States. Daniel Imrie-Situnayake Two billion people worldwide think nothing of munching on a tasty insect snack or entree, but until recently very few of them were Americans. That’s all changing, though, as edible insects inch their

Hank Cardello Hero

Healthy junk food?

Yes, says food industry veteran Hank Cardello, who wants companies to step up their game when it comes to better-for-you products. Hank Cardello Future consumers should be able to have their cake and eat it too—without getting fat. So says Hank Cardello, who directs the Obesity Solutions Initiative at the Hudson Institute and wrote the