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Episode 39: Ford, Jose Cuervo rethink plastic; Apple buys forests?

This week's GreenBiz 350 podcast: Turning Tequila byproducts into car parts; Apple banks on forests; big-time investors back on renewables; and the future of food.

Food, forests, energy finance — it's been a busy week in sustainable business.

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GreenBiz week in review

Tune in at 2:12 minutes into the episode for a weekly roundup of the news you need to know about.

Robotos, GMOs and the fight for the future of food

Octopus-inspired robots poised to automate farm labor are just the beginning when it comes to how the agriculture tech boom could transform the food industry. Senior Editor Lauren Hepler heads to California's agriculture-rich Salinas Valley in "From GMOs to robots, the fight over the future of food is here."

'Deglobalization' and systems in chaos

The now-infamous U.K. Brexit vote and a particularly volatile U.S. election cycle are two vivid examples of a backlash to globalization gaining steam. GreenBiz columnist John Elkington analyzes what it all means for long-term sustainable development priorities in "Brexit, 'deglobalization' and the stakes of systems in chaos."

Apple antes up on forests

Why is one of the most famous tech companies in the world buying up woodlands? Apple's Lisa Jackson explains: "Why Apple is buying and protecting forests."

Featured stories

An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business. Tune it around 17:30 and 31:50 to hear this week's features.

Clean energy's big new financial backers

You thought investing in renewable energy development was only for risk-tolerant clean tech funders and big-wig corporations such as Apple and Google? Think again.

Senior Writer Barbara Grady covers the trend toward banks, mutual funds and other institutional backers entering the fray in "Renewable energy's new dance partners: Banks, pension funds."

Ford and Jose Cuervo's tequila-tinged circular economy play

A giant automaker is in the market for plant-based waste materials to experiment with in its Mexican assembly plant. Why not go with plentiful, ultra-fibrous agave? That's the thinking behind a new Ford and Jose Cuervo collaboration that Lauren Hepler details in "Ford, Jose Cuervo and the future of waste-based materials."

What's new at GreenBiz?

News, events, webcasts — the list goes on. Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest in sustainability by keeping up with GreenBiz.

Finance meets energy with #EcoFinanceChat

Interested in energy efficiency or money? Catch up on a Twitter chat hosted this week by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment's Clean Energy Finance Forum and GreenBiz by checking out the hashtag #EcoFinanceChat. For a crash course on Twitter logistics, click here.

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Technical direction for GreenBiz 350 by Sureya Melkonian.

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