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The meat industry has come under fire from environmental campaigners in recent years and is having to run hard to catch up on the green debate. Catch up with the latest news and developments on this important subject.

Abbott says no to live export ban

Australia will not introduce a ban on exports of live cattle to Vietnam, prime minister Tony Abbott said, after a complaint by an animal rights group that some slaughterhouses were...

Smithfield Foods tops table in water management report

Global meat producer Smithfield Foods has gained the highest ranking in terms of water management, among leading meat companies, according to a new report by business sustainability organisation Ceres.

Brazilian beef industry keen to reduce Amazon rainforest destruction

The rise in "zero deforestation agreements" in Brazil has notably influenced the behaviour of ranchers and the slaughterhouses to which they sell, according to new research by the University of...

NH Foods’ biogas plant praised by Australian government

A new green energy initiative by Japanese meat processor NH Foods has been hailed as a model of environmental and business efficiency.

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McDonald’s sees sales fall further

Global like-for-like sales fell 2.3% for McDonald’s in the first quarter of 2015.

Study suggests conventional meat will cost a premium as demand grows

A review paper on the future of artificial meat has suggested that conventional meat products could be pushed into the premium end of retail, as the world’s population grows, and...

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Cargill’s Hazleton meat plant achieves landfill-free status

Cargill has achieved zero-waste to landfill at its Hazleton plant in Pennsylvania, US.

Stress can lead to disease in pigs, finds UK study

Scientists in the UK have found stress can make pigs more likely to suffer from Porcine Circo Associated Diseases (PCVAD).

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Australian drought leads to high beef slaughterings

Drought conditions in Australia have resulted in high slaughterings and exports, offsetting tight global supplies, according to Rabobank’s Beef Quarterly report.

Australia’s beef industry reduces environmental impact

The Australian beef industry has successfully reduced its environmental footprint over the past 30 years, according to a new study.

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Sustainable food assurance body reports significant success

Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) has released a global impacts report which reveals a 400% increase in livestock produced to LEAF Marque standards.

Global antimicrobial use forecast to rise more than 60%

Antimicrobial consumption in food animals is predicted to increase by as much as 67% by 2030 to more than 105,000 tons, according to a new research paper .

Australian farmers seek to lower greenhouse gases

Australian livestock producers are taking steps to reduce emissions though the Farm300 program, funded by the country’s government.

US forms round-table on sustainable beef

A US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) has been launched this week, by a group of industry stakeholders in the beef value chain, including Cargill, JBS USA and Tyson Foods.

Inconsistencies flagged up in USDA Dietary Guidelines report, as lean meat is ommitted

The US’ National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NBCA) has called the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Report inconsistent, and said that in its present form it would offer conflicting dietary advice....

Western diet is ‘incompatible’ with targets to avoid climate disaster

Too little is being done to limit global meat and dairy consumption in light of its impact on climate change, says UK think tank Chatham House.

Preventative drug removal in pork sector increases carbon footprint, argues expert

The removal of anti-microbial preventative drug use in US pork production leads to a significant increase in carbon footprint, a leading expert has claimed.

US expo delegates urged to tackle water waste

Water waste is something the US protein processing industry needs to get to grips with, delegates to the International Production and Processing Expo were told.

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Using animal fat as biodiesel helps save GHG emissions

Biodiesel made from animal fat could help cut the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced from processing by 85%, according to the European Fat Processors and Renderers Association (EFPRA).

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McDonald’s link up with NZ beef processors

McDonald’s New Zealand has established two sustainable beef integration programmes, alongside Silver Fern Farms, ANZCO Foods and Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ).

Report calls for more awareness about livestock emissions

With global consumption of meat and dairy expected to rise 76% by 2050, against a 2005-07 baseline, a new report has called for greater awareness of the impact of livestock emissions.

Cargill partners Kennedy and Coe on cattle sustainability

The cattle supply arm of Cargill’s US beef business has teamed up with consultancy Kennedy and Coe to develop a beef cattle sustainability assessment for its feed yards.

White paper warns about vector-borne disease threat

The impact of vector-borne disease costs the global livestock sector billions every year, and is an increasing threat, according to the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH).

Experts lined up to speak at sustainable beef conference

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) has announced “an impressive array” of sustainability experts to speak at its global conference on 2-5 November in São Paulo, Brazil.

British veterinary body presents overseas animal welfare award

Dr Delia Grace has been recognised by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for her work with animal welfare, animal health and food safety in the developing world.

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