Walmart Drives CSR and Sustainability Into Their Core

One of the things about corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives is that the best programs are those that are part of the core operations of the firm, align to the greater goals, and do not require a constant champion.  It is simply embedded into the economics and actions of the firm, and while the firm certainly benefits, the overall benefits are far wider. The Walmart Direct Fa…

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Chengdu Environmental News for January 2009

1) Chengdu eventually achieved 315 days of fine air quality in 2009 On December 16th, 2009, the number of days with fair air quality in the downtown Chengdu achieved 15 days earlier the livelihood project goal put forward by the Municipal Government at the beginning of last year to “reach 311 days of fine air quality in the downtown area”. According to the statistics, in 2009 Chengdu has eventua…

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China’s Pesticides

Following Greenpeace's report on the usage of pesticides in China, I was alerted to a video Greenpeace posted on the same topic where members of the Greenpeace team go out to the farm to capture some footage of what goes on inside the green houses. Needless to say, I am glad to be meeting with members of the organic community this week to discuss educating farmers!…

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Is GM Rice Needed in China

Genetically Modified products have seen their far share of controversy over the years, and in China that is no different.  While I would believe that the consumers here are more willing to accept the products than an EU resident, the government has shows a significant amount of concern in commercializing these products for use in China. Of course, they are happy to grow for export. Genetically M…

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Reduced Fertilizer Equals Reduced Water Pollution. It’s That Simple

The Scientific American ArticleScientists urge Chinese farmers to use fertilizer better was tipped me off to the recently released study Reducing environmental risk by improving N management in intensive Chinese agricultural systems This study examines grain yields and N loss pathways using a synthetic approach in 2 of the most intensive double-cropping systems in China: waterlogged rice/upland…

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The Chinese Ecological Agriculture: Development Strategies, Typical models & Technologies

I recently came across a very interesting presentation given by Prof. Wu Wenliang of China Agricultural University in 2005 that I think does an excellent job of showing the relationships he is drawing with agriculture within the greater context of sustainable development: Chinese eco-agriculture is a new integrated agriculture system which integrates agricultural production, rural economic develo…

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Drip Irrigation Investment in China

With a chronic shortage of water plaguing much of China's north and northwest regions, investment in water technologies like drip irrigation are gaining the attention of local officials who are looking to support their regions. Previously used in Israel and other areas where access to water is severly limitied, the early tests of Xinjiang's drip irrigation appear to be bearing fruit: In the Xinji…

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Tibet’s Yak Herders are Short of Dung Energy

For most Westerners, not having 7000 pieces of dried yak dung around the house is not necessarily a bad thing, but in Tibet where a household may need to burn 7000 pieces to keep the house warm.. 7000 pieces is not enough. The recent article Tibet moving on climate change threat highlights an issue that the region is facing as it preares for winter.  It is short of biomass fuels for its people to…

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