May 2017

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Blockchain technology holds immense promise to revolutionize financial transactions – and with it, improve a whole host of things from financial inclusion to efficiencies in government, health and all areas of business. A new ISO technical committee promises to take it to the next level, having now defined...
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Why have some organizations been around for hundreds of years while others last only five minutes? The key is to create success that lasts. ISO 9004 gives guidance to help companies achieve “sustained success” and has just reached a crucial stage in its revision process.
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The challenge of how we’ll feed the exploding world population in the future – in a sustainable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way – is seeding an agricultural revolution. Welcome to farming of the future : a hi-tech, capital-intensive system of growing food sustainably and cleanly for...
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The agricultural sector is set to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050. So what’s the solution? Welcome to smart farming.
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Are you among the one billion people around the world who enjoy the nutritional benefits of dairy from Fonterra and wonder how sustainable dairy production is? The latest ISOfocus interview with Carolyn Mortland, Director, Social Responsibility, at Fonterra helps allay your concerns.
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Wastewater irrigation is an economical and high-in-nutrients option for even the poorest farmers. But, if untreated, the consequences for our health and the environment can be catastrophic. Discover the techniques that could transform agriculture as we know it, offering perhaps the most sustainable and...
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Companies created quite a buzz this year with the announcement that their plans to use drones to deliver packages are becoming a reality. As the technology continues to evolve, the number of users of, and uses for, unmanned aircraft systems has risen to new heights. The need for an International Standard...
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Greenhouse gases (GHG) are identified as the principal cause of climate change and managing them is crucial to help us adapt to its consequences. To address the issue, initiatives are being developed on an international, regional, national and local scale to limit GHG concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere....

April 2017

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Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the ideal time to consider a new International Standard due out early next year – ISO 45001 – ISO’s first standard for occupational health and safety management systems.
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Anyone living near a busy road will agree that traffic noise is a serious nuisance. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it can also affect our health and lead to premature death.