Better Foods = More Water-Intensive Foods?

By Dave Uppal In our class on Whole Foods, we discussed the importance of moving our population toward a healthier diet. Students talked about how they felt better when they ate food they bought at Whole Foods and how we could solve a lot of public health crises by eating better. I decided to look […]

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Increasing Animal Insight in the U.S. Beef Value Chain

By Wyatt Smith In IdentiGEN, we learned about a business model presenting substantial opportunity for increasing information on U.S. meat products, but success in penetrating the market. Growing up on a cow/calf beef production operation in Alabama, I developed early interest in the U.S. beef industry and appreciated the opportunity to comment in class about […]

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Ignorance is bliss – food crises and why more changes are necessary

By Laura The phrase ‘ignorance is bliss’ from the IndentiGEN case discussion stuck in my head. In the US it is not unusual for chicken to be washed in ammonia or cattle to be fed poultry litter – all in the name of satisfying the market demand for huge quantities of meat, at rock bottom […]

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Silence on the Climate Front

By Alex Auden Schendler from the Aspen Skiing Company was adamant about the need to get Fortune 500 CEOs to speak more openly about climate change. Through this comment I’d like to explore some key reasons why CEOs aren’t going on record with a firmer stance on climate change. It’s my hope that elucidating some […]

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Food Security and Agricultural Sustainability Should be Governed at the Supranational Level

By Anonymous Access to a sustainable food supply that conforms to basic health standards should be a right of every person, regardless of nationality or wealth. To date, there is no substantial international governmental organization that has authority to coordinate global food security or supply regulation. Due to this vacuum in international governance, some IGOs […]

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Dear Mr. Liveris: Please Join the Fight Against Climate Change

By Anonymous. Earlier this month, Auden Schendler, the Vice President for Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company, posed a scenario to our class: “imagine you are working a large company and your CEO asks whether the company should join the fight against climate. What do you recommend? Should the company speak out about climate change?” In […]

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Response (2) to US Shift to Natural Gas – Effects on EU Coal Consumption

By Mohamed (Note: This is a response to another post here. It’s entered as a new post in order to maintain the graphics – John) I would also highlight that the EU’s increased consumption of coal started in 2009, which is around the same time when the Euro crisis took place (see Exhibit 1). The […]

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A Green Climate Fund for the USA

By Blake In the Katrina case, we discussed the challenges that cities face from climate change and how they can address them. Some of the proposals mentioned were to change building codes, use property taxes to discourage building in riskier locations, modify insurance policies, and redo zonings to discourage building in undesirable areas. All of […]

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Turkey’s Renewable Energy Policy

By Okan As a country that imports 98% of its natural gas and 92% of its oil, one of Turkey’s main goals is energy security (1). Energy independence will not only reduce reliance on Russian and Iranian natural gas, but will also improve trade deficit driven by the energy imports (>$60 billion of energy imports […]

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Response: “Is current shale production a decoy?”

(This is a further response to the original post here and a comment here. It’s entered as a new post to preserve formatting and graphics – John M). By Kate Your comment is absolutely on point: there is a surfeit of misleading articles, data, and graphs that certainly make the topic confusing for all but […]

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