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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.

Nyanga slaughter site in the works

The sight of meat traders slaughtering animals in the street may soon come to an end in the Cape Town district of Nyanga, South Africa, after city officials and the...

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APHIS seeks views on carcase management

Comments are being sought by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for mass carcase management.

Food waste processor launched

CaterSave Europe, the equipment supplier, has launched a new food waste processor, designed to reduce food disposal costs.  

EU group slams air pollution vote

European agricultural organisation Copa-Cogeca said it was “deeply concerned” by Europe’s vote on air quality, warning it was unrealistic and would hit the EU livestock sector badly. 

Marfrig reveals progress on sustainability

A pledge to end slave labour in the supply chain and increased use of biomass energy production are among the areas covered in Marfrig Global Foods’ 2014 annual sustainability report. 

Zambeef Products scoops green award

African beef producer Zambeef Products has been awarded the 2015 Award for consistency in complying with Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).

FAO report highlights growing threats to livestock industry

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has called for "urgent concerted policy responses" to deal with the growing threat of climate change to global food security....

Sustainable beef scheme at McDonald’s Canada sees positive start

Nearly 100 ranchers in Canada have registered to take part in a McDonald’s pilot scheme aimed at ensuring sustainability in the beef sector.

Brazilian food giant reports progress in pledge to preserve Amazon

Brazilian food processing giant JBS, which has publicly pledged not to purchase cattle from ranches responsible for deforestation inside the Amazon Biome region, has reported that of 12,221 sales in...

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.

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