Consumers expect companies to play an active role in recycling and they want a product’s packaging to tell them if it is recyclable, according to a survey conducted by Research Data + Insights on behalf of the Carton Council of North America.
According to the survey of 1,000 adults from across the US, 86 percent say they expect food and beverage brands to actively help increase the recycling of their packages.
Clean water is a vital concern as many parts of the world struggle with its availability. Kenya is a prime example of a country on the edge. Kenya’s people have long struggled with lack of availability of fresh water creating hazardous health conditions. According to the World Bank, the country’s population is well over 43 million people. The country is one of the poorest on the earth with one of the most arid climates. Only a small portion of the land is suitable for agriculture. Further, Natural resources available to Kenya do not support adequate or equitable delivery of water forcing people to spend many hours of each day, procuring water for basic sustenance.
Food security is difficult to pin down. It can be explained simply as access to enough food. But behind that simplicity lies an interconnected web of factors — from food prices to agricultural practices, nutrition, natural resources, technology, trade and social development. Breaking down such complexity to its component parts is artificial, but is often necessary to gain understanding. It is in that spirit that the collection of articles this week focuses on just one, but fundamental, aspect of food security: sustainable agriculture. We examine how science and technology (S&T) can increase agricultural productivity within environmental and resource limits. (Our next Spotlight will explore other aspects of food security.)
The first time I ever tried a loving-kindness meditation, I was overcome by a feeling of complete… futility. Mentally extending compassion to others and wishing them free from suffering seemed nice enough, but I had a hard time believing that my idle thoughts could increase kindness in the real world.
Turns out I was wrong.
A new study, just published online by Psychological Science, shows that training adults in a loving-kindness-style “compassion meditation” actually makes them significantly more altruistic toward others.
“What we’re doing is essentially space technology at low cost”, says Lakshminarayan Kannan, founder of Vortex Engineering, laughing. “To do anything in rural India it has to be cost-effective, robust, reliable and energy efficient“, he adds. “It’s like sending something to Mars. You can’t send an engineer up there to fix it. The only difference is that you don’t have budget constraints in space technology!”