Consolidation is Changing the Pump Rental Industry

Pump Rental Market North America

North American Pump Rental Market

Anthony Miller, Managing Partner of Verify Markets

Verify Markets B2B Market Research and Consulting

Large national rental companies are growing inorganically and diversifying their offering to be a one-stop solution for clients across several industries.

Currently, around 20 percent of the pump rental equipment is used by the construction sector. The demand for pump rental equipment is directly affected by the level of economic activity.”

— Anthony Miller, Managing Partner

TEXAS, UNITED STATES, June 26, 2019 / — A new analysis by Verify Markets shows the North American Pump Rental Market was valued at $2,380.0 million in 2018 and is expected to growth at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.6% from 2018 to 2025. While still a highly fragmented market, the pump rental market in North America has been going through a process of consolidation during the last decade, where large national rental companies are acquiring regional competitors. The mergers and acquisitions have helped main players to grow inorganically and diversify their product offerings as well as provide a one-stop solution for clients across numerous industries.

Some examples of consolidations that took place during the last two years include United Rentals’ acquisition of BarkerCorp and Thomson Pumps, and Sunbelt Rentals acquisition of Maverick Pump Services and APEX Pump and Equipment. Although the proportion of the market enjoyed by the larger players continues to increase, the top three companies still only account for over 40 percent of the estimated $2.4 billion pump rental market.

Another important trend in the market is the increasing demand from the municipality and construction segments including dewatering projects, sewer bypass, and water/wastewater treatment construction and expansion due to urbanization, population growth, and rise in manufacturing activities. In 2015, about 81.7 percent of the total population in the United States lived in cities and urban areas. Projections estimate that the corresponding figure in 2025 will be 83.7 percent. The increasing pace of urbanization will lead to integration of core city centers with suburbs and daughter cities. The resulting expansion of city limits is pushing the demand for residential and commercial construction activities, as well as expansion of water/wastewater infrastructure. Currently, around 20 percent of the pump rental equipment is used by the construction sector. The demand for pump rental equipment is directly affected by the level of economic activity in this industry.

Another stimulus for the market is the aging water and wastewater infrastructure. A considerable part of the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in the U.S. is aging and overburdened. It is estimated that local governments spend $20 billion a year on capital sewer expenditures and $30 billion annually on O&M. Rental companies are benefiting from the increasing demand for maintenance and upgrade of the existing water infrastructure for rental pumps in sewer bypass and wastewater applications.

Despite the market potential, rental companies will be deterred by stringent environmental regulations (specifically EPA Tier 4 implementation in the United States and the carbon tax in Canada), volatility of oil & gas prices, and intense competition in the industry. Additional regulatory burdens to hydraulic fracking activities is also expected to disturb the market by adversely affect the pump rental pricing or the demand for pump rental services.

The North American Pump Rental Market report has been segmented by end user, suction size, and type. Main customers include construction, municipality, mining, oil & gas, industrial, and environmental remediation. The municipality and construction segments currently holds the vast majority of the pump rental market revenues.
Some of the key companies covered in this report include United Rentals, Inc., Xylem, Inc., Ashtead Group plc (Sunbelt Rentals), Rain for Rent, and Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co., Inc., This report provides an in-depth analysis of the overall North American Pump Rental Market. The report captures various market dynamics such as growth drivers, restraints, market revenues and forecasts, market trends, and the competitive landscape.

A copy of the North American Pump Rental Market research report can be obtained at Follow us for more updates on Twitter @verify_markets and LinkedIn. This report is part of Verify Markets’ Power & Machinery market research and consulting practice. Other power and machinery market reports:
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Protesters to Stage Dramatic Demo in Santa Monica Tonight. Urge Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey: Go to Plant-Based Milks

Protesters will ask the CEO of Coca-Cola to switch to plant-based milks!

Protesters will beg Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey to switch to plant-based milks!

This is the president of Coca-Cola North America

Protesters will beg Jim Dinkins, President of Coca-Cola North America, to ditch dairy!

this is the COO of Fairlife

Demonstrators will beg Tim Doelman, COO Fairlife, to Switch to Plant-Based Milks!

ARM dead calves in dirt

ARM Investigation Images of Dairy Calf Abuse Cause Shockwaves, Outrage!

This images shows a dairy calf isolated and alone, without her mother, looking forlorn.

Critics Say Standard Dairy Practice of Removing Calf from Mother is Cruel.

After horrific calf/cow abuse scandal at Coca-Cola/Fairlife supplier Fair Oaks Farms, demonstrators in cow masks will hold up a dozen cruelty-free alternatives

I keep my mouth shut most of the time about this….but man… if you can watch the videos that I just posted…”

— Billie Eilish, "Ocean Eyes" Singer

MARINA DEL REY, CA, UNITED STATES, June 26, 2019 / — Hollywood actors, authors, social media influencers, nutritionists and everyday consumers will converge on Santa Monica tonight/Wednesday at 7pm (3rd Street and Broadway) to send a dramatic message to Coca-Cola' s CEO James Quincey: kick dairy to the curb. The explosive undercover investigation by Animal Recovery Mission shows horrific, sadistic abuse of calves and cows – all caught on video – at Coca-Cola/Fairlife's longtime "humane" supplier Fair Oaks Farms. Demonstrators, wearing cow masks, will symbolically speak up for these voiceless, helpless animals by holding up a dozen plant-based milk cartons and begging CEO Quincey to do the right thing: switch to plant-based milk! Among those speaking tonight: actresses Fia Perera and Simone Reyes, nutritionist Lisa Karlan and New York Times bestselling author/journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell.

Los Angeles Protest:
Wednesday, June 26th, 7-9pm
Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade (Broadway & Third)

This week, after watching the undercover Fair Oaks video, "Ocean Eyes" singer Billie Eilish begged her 26 million Instagram followers to "be smarter" and go plant-based, noting animals are being "… fully tortured."

As Fairlife and Coca-Cola are hit with another wave of lawsuits over these gut wrenching videos, grassroots protests are spreading across America and even to the United Kingdom! See the events pages below with upcoming protests in London, Houston, Connecticut, Portland and New York City! Still more demonstrations are in the planning stages. A wide array of animal welfare and environmental groups, under the banner Coalition Against Cruelty, are demanding Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey immediately take steps to cut his beverage company's ties with the cruel and environmentally unsustainable dairy industry.

The Coalition Against Cruelty urges Coca-Cola to switch to healthier, more environmentally friendly and cruelty-free plant-based milks. Coca-Cola's own website states, "Fairlife is a partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and Select Milk Producers Inc. Coca-Cola distributes Fairlife products." Fairlife has become embroiled in scandal in the wake of Animal Recovery Mission's explosive undercover investigation of Fairlife Milk's longtime supplier Fair Oaks Farms. The video shows calves being hit, dragged, shot, sat on, left on dead piles and, in other ways, subjected to nightmarish abuse. All this while Coca-Cola insists, in its written material, its partnership with Fairlife is based on "…exceptional cow care, smart and responsible farming, and sustainable agriculture."

Demonstrators implore CEO Quincey to consider the reality: the dairy industry is inherently cruel. For humans to drink cow's milk, cows must be impregnated and – after giving birth – separated from their babies, who would otherwise drink the mother's milk nature intended for them. This is why the Animal Recovery Mission's video shows rows upon rows of calves in hutches, alone, away from their mothers. Protesters point out the obvious. The calves become despondent and don't want to drink the replacement fluid from the rubber nipples. Workers are tasked with getting them to drink it. Frustration ensues, creating an environment ripe for abuse. This is why undercover investigations at dairy farms routinely undercover abuse. No "review" will change the fundamental cruelty of the dairy industry. No arrest of low level workers will get to the heart of the malignancy at the core of this process.

No desperate attempts to blame the messenger will mask the industry's harsh realities. Indeed, that will only confirm the moral bankruptcy of the industry's doublespeak, where shock is expressed over dead piles brazenly left out in the open, where people who systematically exploit animals feign heartbreak and blame underlings when exposed. The playbook has become worn and the world is getting wise to it.

Demonstrators will perform street theater where they will display the readily-available alternatives to cruelty-filled cow's milk. Holding cartons of almond, soy, cashew, oat, rice and hemp milk, demonstrators in cow masks will respectfully beg CEO Quincey, Coca-Cola North America President Jim Dinkins and Fairlife COO Tim Doelman to discard their willful ignorance and admit the obvious: their stated values of integrity and high animal welfare standards are inherently incompatible with dairy. Simply put, there is no nice way to rip a baby away from his or her mother, much less do that to tens of thousands of calves.

Coca-Cola executives have publicly revealed their strategy to premium-ize milk and, thereby, be able to charge a premium. The Coalition Against Cruelty suggests the wiser strategy would be to pivot to the products being increasingly embraced by millennials and Gen Z'ers: plant-based milks. Coca-Cola's stated corporate vision includes the following: "Be a responsible citizen that makes a difference by helping build and support sustainable communities." Animal agriculture, which includes dairy, is a leading cause of climate change, responsible for more greenhouses gases than all transportation combined.

In crisis there is opportunity. A pivot to genuine compassion and genuine sustainability would be applauded globally by animal lovers, environmentalists and consumers in general, all of whom were revolted by the video evidence of barbarism and hypocrisy. Climate change is getting worse and will soon create an economic catastrophe that will devastate all businesses including Coca-Cola. We know this switch can be done because one google search shows it is being done. Coalition Against Cruelty's protests against Coca-Cola will not end until a real change occurs. The time is now.

Click hyperlinks below for details on upcoming Coca-Cola protests.


London, England Protest:
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 5 PM – 7 PM UTC+01
The London Eye, DA14 4

Houston, Texas Protest:
Thursday, June 27th, noon-1:30pm
Coca-cola Bissonnet Bottling Facility
2800 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

Hartford, Connecticut Protest:
Friday, June 28th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Coca-Cola Bottling
471 Main Street, East Hartford 06118

Portland, Oregon Protest:
Saturday, June 29th, 2-4pm

New York City Protest:
Wednesday, July 10th, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Times Square, at the base of the red steps

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TEALEAVES and UBC Botanical Garden Reveal The Secrets to Finding Your Next Big Idea in The Garden of Secrets

Discover the Garden of Secrets Documentary, Launching worldwide June 27.

The Garden of Secrets documentary is a philanthropic project in support of botanical gardens.

The Garden of Secrets encourages viewers to look at nature from a radically different perspective.

TEALEAVES, luxury tea blender, and UBC Botanical Garden bring together leading experts worldwide in a philanthropic documentary in support of botanical gardens.

We believe that this partnership will raise the profile of botanical gardens and the importance of this critical work, helping us highlight the role plants play service of humanity and the Earth.”

— Patrick Lewis, Director of UBC Botanical Garden

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES , June 26, 2019 / — Today, luxury tea brand, TEALEAVES, and UBC Botanical Garden announce the official release of a documentary from their five-year partnership entitled, The Garden of Secrets, launching today at the Conservatory of Flowers, for San Francisco Design Week. The documentary celebrates plants beyond their edible, aromatic, and medicinal properties, and explores botanical gardens as the keeper of ‘secrets’ that inspire plant-based biomimicry and biophilic solutions to the issues faced by humanity today. University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, the oldest university botanical garden in Canada, is home to a collection of 50,000 living accessions representing 7,000 different plants that provide ongoing direction and purpose for the Garden.

Through The Garden of Secrets, TEALEAVES brings together a score of innovators and activists to demonstrate how the wonders of nature – tested and perfected through millions of years of evolutionary trial and error – lend themselves to inspire brilliant solutions. Viewers are exposed to the unique approaches of designers, engineers, scientists and botanists at the forefront of plant-based biomimicry who are making a lasting impact on people, society and the environment.

“Botanical gardens like UBC Botanical Garden are ‘idea libraries,’ places where a wealth of solutions have been assembled near the doorsteps of the scientists, engineers, and designers tackling these issues,” said Patrick Lewis, Director of UBC Botanical Garden. “We are proud to be working with a loved global brand like TEALEAVES, a company committed to biodiversity and love for nature, whose inspiration aligns with our core values. We believe that this partnership will raise the profile of botanical gardens and the importance of this critical work, helping us highlight the role plants play in the service of humanity and the Earth.”

This partnership is an important step in showing the ability and responsibility of global brands to raise awareness for issues of importance while supporting brand communication and positioning goals.

“We want to help create a movement and demonstrate that any organization—whether it be from tea to technology—can adopt biomimetic methods to play their part to make the world more sustainable. Biomimicry offers a means to solve problems baked into the solution, instead of serving as a band-aid. Our unified goal is to blend our mutual love for plants and botanicals with biomimetic design to attract newfound interest in the plants that we take for granted,” says TEALEAVES CEO, Lana Sutherland.

In addition to the short 25-minute documentary, TEALEAVES will produce a series of short videos from the world of experts, which include Dr. Robert Lang, renowned origami artist and NASA physicist, Michael Pawlyn, Director of Exploration Architecture and Architect on The Eden Project, and Denis Hayes, Founder of Earth Day and President of the Bullitt Foundation. The content will serve as an inspiration bank, allowing visitors to take a deeper dive into the world of plant-inspired biomimicry and botany. The short documentary and series will be available online beginning tomorrow, June 27 at Please visit the link to learn more about the remarkable collaboration between TEALEAVES and UBC Botanical Garden.


For more information on screening locations, please visit

For inquiries about organizing your own screening for a class, community or otherwise, please contact

Garden of Secrets Screenings & Events:

Worldwide Premiere at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 PM local time
Location: Cooper Hewitt, New York City

Official Documentary Launch at San Francisco Design Week
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 PM local time
Location: Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

Official Launch Weekend Screening and Tour at Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 PM local time
Location: Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

The Garden of Secrets: Launch Weekend Screening & Biomimicry Conversation
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Location: Rose Innovation Hub, Queen’s University

The Garden of Secrets: Summer Screenings at Science World
Date: Saturday, June 29 – throughout the summer
Time: Screened daily
Location: Science World at Telus World of Science, Vancouver

More screening event information at

The Garden of Secrets features the following experts of industry and academia:

–Denis Hayes, Founder of Earth Day, The Bullitt Foundation
–Andy Hill, UBC Botanical Garden
–Dan Hinkley, Plantsman, Horticulturist and Nurseryman
–Douglas Justice, UBC Botanical Garden
–Robert Lang, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, and Robert J. Lang Origami
–Wanda Lewis, Warwick University
–Christine Lintott, Christine Lintott Architects
–Kelty McKinnon, PFS Studios
–Jas Pal Badyal, Durham University
–Michael Pawlyn, Exploration Architecture
–Dimitri Smirnoff, California Academy of Sciences

Brand partners include:

–Argus Controls
–Bullitt Foundation
–California Academy of Sciences
–Christine Lintott Architects
–Durham University
–PFS Studio
–Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
–UBC Faculty of Science
–Warwick University


Established in 1994, TEALEAVES is one of the very few tea blenders in the world, known for crafting the highest quality teas in small batches by hand. TEALEAVES strives for perfection, driven by the never-ending quest to make the perfect cup of tea. With the philosophy of inspiring creativity and connections through the art of blending, TEALEAVES has gripped the hearts and minds five-star hotels and Michelin Star chefs, worldwide, as their tea brand of choice for over two decades. Sourcing ingredients from over 90 countries and keeping only 1% of the tea leaves presented to them from the world's highest grade gardens, TEALEAVES hopes to stay people’s “cup of tea” for generations to come, whether in a five-star environment or in the luxury of one’s home. More information is available at

About UBC Botanical Garden

UBC Botanical Garden is Canada’s oldest university botanic garden, established in 1916 under the directorship of John Davidson, British Columbia’s first provincial botanist.

The original mission of the garden was research into the native flora of British Columbia. Over the past 100 years, the mission of UBC Botanical Garden has broadened to include education, research, conservation, community outreach, and public display of temperate plants from around the world.

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SRL Diagnostics initiative ‘Plant for Transplant’

In June 2018,SRL Diagnostics launched an initiative ‘Plant for Transplant’ to combat air pollution. So far, more than 2000 trees have been planted.

NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 26, 2019 / — A clean environment is vital for living a healthy life. It plays an important role in the existence of life on earth and it helps humans, animals and other living things to grow naturally. We need to maintain and protect the originality of the environment to continue the life on the earth, as it is the only place where life exists. SRL Diagnostics firmly believes that each one of us is responsible for conservation of nature and can make a difference by doing our bit towards it.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Reetesh Sharma , Director and Head Nephrology and Kidney Transplant Department , Asian Institute of Medical Science Faridabad, said, “Earth is the support system of humanity and life as a whole. Fighting for the conservation of environment shouldn’t be just a one-day affair. As a moral responsibility, we all should work together with love and diligence to safeguard our planet every day for the future generation.”

Leading by example, in June 2018, SRL Diagnostics launched the one-of-its-kind initiative to combat air pollution called ‘Plant for Transplant’. Ensuring effective implementation, SRL Diagnostics collaborated with SankalpTaru Foundation, which is an IT enabled NGO that helped in planting the saplings.

Speaking about the initiative, Vikram Ahluwalia, Director – Marketing, SRL Diagnostics said, “SRL Diagnostics strongly believes that maintaining the environmental integrity is the duty of every individual within the society. Treading on this line of thought, SRL Diagnostics embarked on a journey of social initiative “Plant for Transplant” to support the social cause of Go Green and to combat air pollution and uplift rural communities. As a part of this initiative, we plant one fruit-bearing tree for each life saved after successful organ transplant in the name of the doctor who prescribed tests at SRL Diagnostics. The same tree is then donated to the underprivileged farmer, which can be tracked on google map, along with the periodic updates on its growth and benefits. So far, more than 2000 trees have been planted under this initiative.”

Under this initiative, SRL diagnostics is planting a tree for each life saved after a successful organ transplant. SRL Diagnostics donates a “Fruit Bearing Tree” to a poor farmer in the name of prescribing doctor. As the tree grows, the household enjoys all the benefits of the tree such as fruits, fodder for animals and is motivated to take care of the tree because of the shared benefits. The NGO geo-tags all trees by creating a unique QR code to track the growth and health of the trees. This ambitious initiative is an effort to improve the quality of air and to uplift and assist the rural communities.

The organization is not just planting trees, but is also changing lives through regenerative agriculture. This way we awaken a passion among people to work towards sustainable agricultural practices, restoration and conservation of areas with fewer plantations.

SRL Diagnostics is thankful to its partners for their support. As each plant grows, we are maximizing socio-environmental impact and successfully fighting back pollution and strengthening the livelihood of poor farmers to create a rich bio diverse ecosystem.

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Philadelphia Businessman, Restaurateur & Operation BBQ Relief Executive to Compete on Reality Show for Entrepreneurs

A Hot BBQ Meal reminds people that good time will soon return

A Hot BBQ Meal Can Save Lives

David Marks, Chief Marketing Officer, Operation BBQ Relief

Helping people by providing them with hot BBQ meals served with a side of hope, friendship and compassion during their toughest times following a natural disaster, is at the heart of what OBR does.”

— David Marks

PHILADELPHIA, PA, US, June 26, 2019 / — David Marks, Chief Marketing Officer of Operation Barbecue Relief (OBR) and Famous Dave’s franchisee, will be a contestant on Amazon Prime’s upcoming reality TV series The Social Movement. This new series, created and Executive Produced by Chris LaVoie, is focused on impacting humanity by seizing on a growing global movement that encourages businesses to develop solutions to the most challenging problems facing the world. Marks will act as Team Leader as they develop a business strategy to solve a socio-economic issue that is impacting the planet. His team will compete against three other teams of entrepreneurs to overcome a series of challenges and pitching rounds.

“I’m very excited to be selected as a part of this creative and challenging program on Amazon Prime. It fits in perfectly with my values in trying to help people in need,” Marks stated. “Helping people by providing them with hot BBQ meals served with a side of hope, friendship and compassion during their toughest times following a natural disaster, is at the heart of what OBR does. It is through my involvement with this amazing organization that I realized how one person’s actions could have such a huge impact. I intend to use that lesson during this competition. “

Marks started as a volunteer with OBR in 2012 after meeting the founders at a national barbecue competition. As a long-time barbecue competitor, Marks recognized the value of its mission and joined the organization. He served as Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and 2016 and was named the Chief Marketing Officer in 2107. Currently, he heads up a team of volunteer marketing professionals from across the U.S. When not in his restaurants, he can often be found in the field handing out that “one hot meal that matters.”

Each contestant will have a selected team of entrepreneurs to assist during the challenges. Marks used his connections and friendships built through years of work as Famous Dave’s franchisee and at OBR to assemble a strong team. “Ultimately our goal is to come up with a solution to a problem, just like all the other teams in this competition,” Marks continued. “I am so humbled to be a part of something like this where everyone’s diverse expertise will be leveraged to help all of humankind. There should be some exciting possibilities with great potential to better the world presented to the judges.”
The finale of the show will be filmed in early July in Montreal and will be released in 2020 as a six-part series.

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Smart Food takes the Millet Revolution to South Asia

Ms. Joanna Kane-Potaka, Assistant Director-General, External Relations, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

"We need to diversify staples with more Smart Food: food that is good for you, the planet and the farmer."

HYDERABAD, INDIA, June 26, 2019 / — The virtues of millets and the progress made in India in bringing millets back into popularity was highlighted at Bangkok this week at a roundtable organized by the World Bank-administered South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI). A range of experts shared with industry, governments and researchers the critical need for diversity on farm and in our diets. A strong bid to revolutionize millets, sorghum and legumes and bring these super crops back to the plate was made at the event by Ms. Joanna Kane-Potaka, Assistant Director-General, External Relations, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

Further spreading of the message of the millet revolution occurred the week before, when Smart Food was presented at the Innovation Workshop organized by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) that brought representatives from Korea through to India. Recommendations were drafted for policy makers and researchers on how to bring in more innovative solutions for healthier and more sustainable food.

The Smart Food initiative, launched by ICRISAT in 2013, is a global initiative to diversify the staples. It stemmed from the strategic thinking around the need for food that fulfills the criteria of being good for the consumer (nutritious and healthy), good for the planet (environmentally sustainable) and good for the farmer (profitable and sustainable). A major objective under the initiative is to diversify staples with millets and sorghum and legumes which can have a major impact on nutrition, the environment, and farmer welfare.

This year, the SAFANSI round-table discussion centered on High Impact and Underrepresented Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems in South Asia. The discussions were aimed at drawing on the latest evidence and experiences from current nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific programs and exploring the implications of promoting high impact and underrepresented nutrition-sensitive food systems including fish agrifood systems and solutions, other animal-sourced foods, and new and old heritage crops.

The event which explored the advantages of leveraging public-private partnerships and technologies to encourage high impact nutrition-sensitive food systems, witnessed the participation of civil society and nutrition-focused organizations (SNV, Nutrition International, GAIN, etc.); donor organizations (DFID, EC, DFAT, USAID, etc.); relevant UN organizations (UNICEF, WFP, WHO, FAO, UNDP), international and regional NGOs (SUN, GFAR, SAARC, etc.), research institutions (WorldFish, ICRISAT, IFPRI, etc.), and others.

Addressing a gathering at the round-table discussion, Ms. Kane-Potaka said, "We need to diversify staples with more Smart Food: food that is good for you, the planet and the farmer. This also opens up opportunities for creating new and large businesses. The Smart Food initiative achieves a long-lasting and major impact on some of the big global issues of nutrition, environment, climate change, and farmer welfare. I envision Smart Food becoming a part of regular diets and the food system in the near future.”

Other topics of significance like food security, nutrition, globalization, meeting the SDGs, and science, technology, and innovation were also discussed by others who joined in as the forefront panelists at the round-table discussions.

About Smart Food:
Smart Food is a global initiative led by Asia and Africa. The Smart Food Vision is a world where food is ‘Smart’ – good for you, the planet and the farmer. The Executive Council includes the: Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and ICRISAT.

SAFANSI is a multi-donor program that seeks to advance the food and nutrition security agenda and foster intersectoral action in South Asia. Since its inception in 2010, SAFANSI has supported over 95 initiatives across South Asia. The strategic approach fostered by SAFANSI is to increase the commitment of governments and development partners in South Asia region (SAR) for Food and Nutrition Security-related policies and programs that will lead to measurable improvements in Food and Nutrition Security.

The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) is a unique voluntary, membership-based, self-mandated, apolitical and multi-stakeholder organization in the Asia-Pacific region. It promotes and strengthens agriculture and agri-food research and innovation systems through partnerships and collaboration, capacity development and advocacy for sustainable agricultural development in the region. The ultimate aim of APAARI is to help realizing sustainable development goals in Asia and the Pacific.

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U.S. House Passes Appropriations Package Cracking Down on Animal Cruelty, Trophy Hunting of Threatened Species

Cecil the lion killed in Zimbabwe by American dentist

Cockfighting Match

Cockfighting Ring

House approves Interior and Agriculture spending bills free of anti-animal riders, bars horse slaughter plants from operating, directs USDA to restore database

Without enforcement, our laws are nothing but words.”

— Holly Gann, director of federal affairs at Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 25, 2019 / — The passage of a multi-agency spending bill that includes funding for the Agriculture, Interior, and Justice departments improved substantially after lawmakers passed three pro-animal amendments on the floor that upgrade enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and strengthen protections for foreign-listed species under the Endangered Species Act. Those provisions strengthened an already strong bill that came out of their committees with a number of other pro-animal provisions.

“Congress has made great strides to improve our animal welfare laws and rid this country of heartless cruelty toward animals, yet there are currently insufficient resources to ensure that these laws are adequately enforced,” said Congresswoman Haley Stevens, who led the fight to pass an amendment on the CJS spending bill to upgrade anti-cruelty enforcement.

Her amendment, which passed by a vote of 381-50, instructs the Department of Justice to use $2 million from the Legal Activities account to enforce animal welfare crimes, and was cosponsored by Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Ben McAdams (D-UT), Peter King (R-NY), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and Cindy Axne (D-IA). The DOJ and USDA are obligated to enforce federal anti-cruelty laws – including the federal animal fighting laws, the Horse Protection Act, the Crush Video law, and the Animal Welfare Act– and a lack of vigorous enforcement puts vulnerable animals and communities at risk.

A separate amendment, which passed by a voice vote on the Agriculture spending bill, provides $1 million for the enforcement of the animal fighting law through the USDA’s Office of Inspector General. “I was honored to lead this bipartisan, commonsense amendment to secure funds for USDA investigations of animal fighting," said Congressman Joe Neguse, who offered the amendment. “Enforcement by USDA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), which is responsible for investigating these crimes, has badly lagged.”

That amendment was cosponsored by Peter King (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Ben McAdams (D-UT), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), and Ron Estes (R-KS). The Congress has upgraded the federal law against animal fighting (7 U.S.C. § 2156 and 18 U.S.C. § 49) five times in the last two decades, and this amendment signals to USDA that it should aggressively crack down on dogfighting and cockfighting, including in the U.S. territories.

A third amendment, led by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and backed by Jared Huffman (D-CA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Ted Lieu (D-CA), bars Interior Department funding for imports of sport-hunted elephant and lion trophies from Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. “These magnificent creatures are on the verge of extinction,” said Congressman Vern Buchanan, whose amendment passed by a vote of 239 – 193. “The last thing we should be doing is making it easy to slaughter these animals and bring their stuffed heads back into the U.S. as “trophies. Once a species is extinct it’s gone forever.”

“Without enforcement, our laws are nothing but words,” said Holly Gann, director of federal affairs at Animal Wellness Foundation. “The United States Department of Agriculture must vigorously enforce the animal fighting law, and we encourage the Department of Justice to establish an Animal Cruelty Crimes unit with personnel focused solely on these issues to allow for efficient and effective enforcement.”

AWA also applauded a provision, included by the Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee, to restore a searchable database that include Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and Horse Protection Act violation notices.

Unlike prior Interior spending bills, there are no anti-environmental riders related to wolves or predator killing in Alaska. The agriculture bill contains a number of other pro-animal provisions, including a ban on USDA spending to inspect any U.S.-based horse slaughter plants. There is some confusing language on the management of wild horses, and Animal Wellness will be closely examining that issue as the focus on these spending measures turns to the Senate.
The passage of the pro-animal floor amendments comes on the heels of the announcement made earlier this week by Animal Wellness Action and the Animal Wellness Foundation regarding the establishment of the Animal Wellness National Law Enforcement Council (NLEC) co-chaired by former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, and former Oregon District Attorney Josh Marquis.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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MGH Institute of Health Professions Joins National Nursing-Led Climate Change Initiative

Faculty and staff of the MGH Institute's Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health

Faculty and staff of the MGH Institute’s Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health

The Boston grad school's Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health partners with 10 national nursing organizations to address the growing threat.

Health practitioners must learn more about the health effects of climate change and use that knowledge to educate patients, families, and communities.”

— Dr. Patrice Nicholas, Director, MGH Institute Climate Center

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 25, 2019 / — The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) and Climate for Health has announced that the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health, a nurse-led initiative at MGH Institute of Health Professions graduate school in Boston, has become the first academic partner of the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health.

The collaborative, which represents more than 150,000 nurses and nursing students nationwide, is an initiative that encourages and empowers nurses to act on climate as a health imperative.

“Because nurses have been rated for the past 20 years as among the most trusted professionals, they are uniquely positioned to lead in addressing climate change as a health emergency,” said Katie Huffling, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environment’s executive director. “Nurses already are witnessing how climate change is impacting the health of millions of people so they must be adequately prepared to care for those affected by climate-related events. As the first academic institution partner of the Nursing Collaborative, the MGH Institute’s Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health brings leadership on how the important topic of climate and health can be taught to all nursing students as well as practicing nurses across settings in acute care, community, rehabilitation, and other population-based settings.”

The MGH Institute’s Climate Center is a nurse-led initiative focused on exposing and educating all health professionals on how they can respond to the impacts of climate change and address climate mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency through education, practice, research, and service. The Center’s mission, vision, and core values aim to galvanize support for climate action locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

“Most health professionals do not truly understand how climate change is affecting people,” said Professor of Nursing Patrice Nicholas, the Climate Center’s director. “We all must learn more about the health effects of climate change and use that knowledge to educate our patients, families, and communities so they understand how they are affected by climate-related illnesses caused by poor air quality, which include respiratory, cardiac, and renal health problems, vector-borne diseases, heat stress, and mental health sequelae related to extreme weather events such as hurricanes, wildfires, and flooding.”

“We will be adding climate change information to our curricula at the MGH Institute, first in nursing and then in our occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and speech-language pathology programs,” noted Assistant Professor of Nursing Suellen Breakey. “As a graduate school with 1,600 students, we have the opportunity to educate a new generation of health care practitioners who can really make an impact on improving their patients’ lives.”

The Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health is a partnership composed of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Climate for Health, and several national nursing organizations committed to elevating action and advocacy on climate change and health. Member organizations represent nurses from across the profession and nation, including:

• Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE)
• American Academy of Nursing (AAN)
• American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)
• Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN)
• Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health at MGH Institute of Health Professions
• National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
• National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH)
• National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)
• Nurse Alliance of Services Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare
• Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA)
• Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA)

While climate change carries significant health risks, addressing this issue also presents an opportunity to improve health on a global scale. Through the Nursing Collaborative, nursing organizations are committed to climate action and working towards just and equitable climate solutions to protect public health.

To learn more about the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health and encourage your nursing association to join, visit


About the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is the only national nursing organization
focused solely on environmental health issues. The mission of the Alliance is to promote healthy people and healthy environments by educating and leading the nursing profession, advancing research, incorporating evidence-based practice, and influencing policy.

About ecoAmerica
ecoAmerica builds institutional leadership, public support, and political will for climate solutions in the United States. We help national mainstream organizations elevate their climate leadership, providing them strategy, tools and resources to: demonstrate visible climate leadership, empower climate literacy, engage all constituents, and build collective action and advocacy. We help our partners permanently transform into national climate leaders who inspire others on solutions. Climate for Health is a program of ecoAmerica.

About the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health at MGH Institute of Health Professions
The Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is the first-of-its-kind, nurse-led initiative that focuses on addressing ways all health care professionals can respond to the impact of climate change and help improve such things as ensuring access to safe drinking water, growing a sufficient amount of healthy food, and creating safe, clean environments that can improve ecosystems. The MGH Institute is the only academic affiliate of Partners HealthCare, New England’s largest health care provider.

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July's Artist in Residence Alice Leese to offer workshop during her month at Hawai‘i Volcanoes NP

photo of artist Alice Leese

NPAF Artist in Residence Alice Leese

Painting by Alice Leese of texas wildfire

Painting by Alice Leese of wildfire

Many of my paintings have readily apparent animals and plants in the landscape and some have hidden animals that viewers like to discover…”

— Alice Leese, NPAF Artist in Residence at Hawai'i Volcanoes

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HAWAI'I, US, June 25, 2019 / — West Texas rancher and painter Alice Leese, selected as July’s artist in residence, will unveil her evocative, colorful paintings inspired by the park’s volcanic landscapes at the After Dark in the Park program, Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The program is free, but park entrance fees apply.

Leese will also offer artists of all abilities a rare opportunity to join her on the edge of Kīlauea in her “Postcards from the Edge” workshop, Sunday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $75 and includes lunch at Volcano House. Limited to 12 people, participants will receive a blank postcard-sized canvas, but must bring their own paints and a travel-sized easel. Register at the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park website:

The artist is also a cattle rancher on her family’s 100-year-old ranch. She shares her western landscape in bold, moody oil paintings rich with dramatic strokes of color. Wildfire, a penetrating bovine stare, the night sky and other subjects convey what it is like to be fully present in an area. It’s a source of pride for Leese.

“Presenting the plants and animals accurately in paintings helps the viewer get an idea of what is possible to see on a visit to a region,” she said. “Many of my paintings have readily apparent animals and plants in the landscape and some have hidden animals that viewers like to discover, sort of like they discover animals in the wild by taking the time to stop, listen and look.” For instance, the flames in her painting “Frying Pan Fire” may appear to be tentacles of a large octopus, or perhaps lava, to some viewers.

Last year, Leese completed a residency at Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico, painting the grass prairie, the Santa Fe Trail, and the territorial-style adobe remnants of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. These paintings and her other artwork can be seen on her website,

The Artist in Residence program is sponsored by the National Parks Arts Foundation. The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. through creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors ranging from corporate sponsors, small business, art patrons and citizen supporters of the parks.

John Cargill
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Creators of Popular Bamboo Toothbrushes, WooBamboo, Discuss why Bamboo is a Sustainable Alternative to Plastic



A fun and innovative company dedicated to providing eco-friendly alternatives to everyday plastic toothbrushes discuss bamboo as an alternative to plastic.

CAPE CORAL, FL, UNITED STATES, June 25, 2019 / — With people across the country – and all over the world– doing their part to make the Earth a better place to live for future generations, there’s a great deal of focus on products made from “sustainable” materials. Though the term sustainable has been around for some time now, and most of the population know that using sustainable materials are good thing, a surprising number of people are still a bit confused about what makes a material sustainable in the first place. WooBamboo, the creators of popular eco-friendly dental products including bamboo toothbrushes, can help shine a light on sustainability.

What is a Sustainable Material?

The dictionary definition of sustainable is “able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.” When using the word sustainable in reference to environmentally-friendly products, it’s the same idea, but in a different context. Sustainable materials are those that manufacturers can use to create products without fear that they will run out. In other words, the material can replenish itself – often via human cultivation – just as quickly as the manufacturer can use it.

The Magic of Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable crops in existence today. Though many people think it is a type of tree, it is a fast-growing grass (what!?). Cultivation is easy, because it does not require a great deal of care, and it even regenerates itself (via its own root system)! It is advantageous when compared to many different materials, including petroleum-based plastic made from finite fossil fuels that are being consumed at astonishing rates.

Bamboo grows incredibly quickly, as well. Depending on the specific variety and the growing conditions, it can grow as much as two or three feet each day and reach a maximum height of about 45 feet. Because it replicates so quickly, it is considered invasive in some parts of the world. In these cases, it grows more quickly than landowners can remove it. Though this is certainly frustrating for the property owners, it is perfect for companies like WooBamboo who can harvest bamboo and use it to replace millions of plastic toothbrushes the world over!

To learn more about how WooBamboo aims to change the world one toothbrush at a time by shining a light on the amazing uses of bamboo, visit the company’s website or send an email to

About the Company: WooBamboo is headquartered in Cape Coral, Florida and seeks to help people make better decisions about the products they buy for themselves and for their families every day- inspiring other to make small but impactful changes to help the planet. They offer an extensive line of dental care products ranging from toothbrushes for kids, adults, and even pets to eco-friendly floss and toothpaste with more products coming soon. The company has replaced over two million plastic toothbrushes with bamboo alternatives, and they strive to keep helping people change the world one small purchasing decision at a time. For more info please visit

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