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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.

Meat tax favoured by public, report finds

Global appetite for meat could be in danger as many consumers believe a tax on beef, chicken and poultry is a sure-fire way to reduce climate change.

ICCAW president defends China’s stance on pig welfare

Growing consideration of animal welfare in China has caused a “mini industrial revolution”, the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW) president Xi Chunling has said.

Meat firm to cut energy usage

Scandinavia’s largest meat producer, HKScan, has announced plans to slash its energy usage by 10%, according to a company report.

Environmental laws set to hit NZ livestock farmers

Increased environmental regulation will have a significant impact on New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers as well as their dairy counterparts, according to new research by Rabobank.

Bord Bía’s new carbon target for Irish beef

Irish food board, Bord Bía, has set out a target to produce the most environmentally friendly beef in Europe.

FAO to begin new world agriculture census

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to embark on a new global series of agricultural censuses in 2016, which will gather information and statistics...

Air quality review warning for European farmers

A review of air quality that will require farmers in Europe to reduce ammonia emissions “poses a serious challenge to the livestock sector”, the European farming representative body Copa and...

European Parliament rejects re-nationalisation of GM decisions

The European Parliament today comprehensively rejected the European Commission’s compromise proposals allowing European Union (EU) member states to restrict or ban the use of genetically modified feed and food on...

Sustainable meat and e-commerce key trends for 2016

A global report from the market research firm Mintel has revealed that meat processors should focus on sustainable produce and look to develop an e-commerce avenue for 2016. 

Measures needed to educate consumers on food waste

A European Commission report has highlighted a lack of consumer understanding across Europe when it comes to dates on food labels. 

Dawn Farms work flags up variety and sustainability

Combining sustainability and versatility has been identified as a growth opportunity by ready-to-eat processor Dawn Farms.

Copa and Cogeca issues target warning to MEPs

Copa and Cogeca has called for “realistic and achievable targets” to be included in the Review of EU Air Quality Policy at a meeting of MEPs on Tuesday 29 September,...

Flooding costs farmers NZ$70m

Flooding on New Zealand’s north island in June cost the farming industry NZ$70 million, a report published by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has estimated. 

Ukraine bodies embark on Crimea food blockade

A number of Ukraine businesses and social organisations have launched a so-called food blockade of Crimea. The move, implemented from 20 September and connected to Russia’s annexation of the peninsula...

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...

News in brief

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.

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