What to Feed the Fish? Demand for Feed Attracts Innovators and Investors

What to feed the fish? Rising demand from the fast-growing aquaculture industry has put pressure on traditional sources of fish meal and driven prices to record highs. That has led to the development of a raft of alternative feed ingredients and sustainable solutions to support the projected growth of the global fish feed market to

Now We Know Why She Swallowed a Fly: These Insects Feed Fish That Feed People

The idea of roasted, pulverized black soldier fly larvae may not make your mouth water. But farmed fish and other livestock are starting to feast on feed made from these fast-growing maggots, which means you’ll likely be eating more of them as well, at least indirectly. It gets even better: the black soldier fly larvae

Root Capital: Women-Led Businesses Boost Farmer Incomes and Social Outcomes

Root Capital, a nonprofit lender to farmer associations and agricultural businesses in Africa and Latin America, seeks borrowers that will both repay their loans and strengthen their communities. That’s why, increasingly, it lends to women. The Nahuala coffee cooperative in the highlands of Guatemala is the kind of growing rural agricultural business Root seeks out.

EcoLogic: Packaging Sustainability

In the hierarchy of waste, “reduction” has the highest value, even above reuse, recycling and recovery. Julie Corbett launched EcoLogic Brands Inc. in 2008 with a driving goal: to reduce America’s rising pile of plastic. Six years later, the company’s “eco.bottle” is in stores carrying Seventh Generation’s 4x liquid laundry detergent, Bodylogix protein powder, and

Afripads: Keeping Girls in School Every Month

To get a chance, girls need education. But millions of girls in Africa skip up to one school day out of five. One reason: Many can’t afford or don’t have access to the sanitary products they need when they menstruate. At least partly as a result, drop-out rates climb sharply once girls reach puberty. In

SolarCity: Rocky Road to Solar ‘Grand Slam’

Successful impact investors see around corners, bank on long-term trends and shrewdly assess risk. Oh, and it also helps to know Elon Musk. DBL Investors, a $225 million impact investment firm  in San Francisco, had all of those factors going for its investment in SolarCity, now the largest solar installer in the country, worth nearly

Greyston Bakery: A Social Enterprise That Tastes Good and Does Good

Little did you know but that pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream you polished off last night helped create jobs for people who face barriers to employment in a struggling section of Yonkers, outside New York City. Ben & Jerry’s sources its brownies from Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, which turns out