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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.

Perdue confirmed as US agriculture secretary

America’s meat trade has reacted warmly to news that Donald Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, has finally been confirmed by the US senate. 

Ingredients firm to build massive animal feed factory in China

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company is targeting Chinese growth with plans to build a new animal feed factory in central China and add aquaculture production lines to another factory in...

Mobile waste disposal truck wins big poultry contract

The world’s first mobile carcase waste solution designed to help producers safely dispose of poultry affected by diseases on-farm has won a $2.5m contract.

Tyson Foods sets out sustainability plans

Tyson Foods has outlined its vision for the future of food and what role the business has to play in it.

Agri-tech company kicks off poultry waste to energy project

Irish agri-tech company BHSL has launched a $3m pilot project in the US state of Maryland, aimed at reducing the environmental challenges of the region’s poultry industry.

China’s climate agenda sparks pork modernisation

Environmental regulation on the meat industry in China will drive a surge in modernisation for the country’s pork sector, according to Rabobank.

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North American Meat Institute awards meat industry leaders

Smithfield Foods gained significant recognition for its environmental achievements at the North American Meat Institute’s (NAMI’s) 2017 annual awards luncheon.

HKScan’s €80m plant ceremony diverts attention from profit gloom

Meat processor HKScan has celebrated the topping-out ceremony of its “ambitious” €80m poultry plant days after issuing a second gloomy profit warning.

Chinese farms face new environment tax

China’s pig sector looks set to be restrained by a new environmental tax to pay for proper handling of effluent.

NFU vows to continue fight against methane emissions

The UK’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU) says livestock producers need to keep up their efforts to reduce methane emissions, but said factors outside agriculture must be investigated as new research...

Harmful levels of arsenic found in chicken

Studies have shown that several samples of chicken from Pakistan contain concerning levels of arsenic. 

Smithfield makes greenhouse gas emissions pledge

US pork processor Smithfield Foods has announced plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by 2025. 

Japan scrambles to limit impact of bird flu outbreak

Japan has confirmed a third outbreak of avian flu in as many days, prompting the cull of thousands of farmed birds in the north of the country.

Perdue Farms responds to water pollution call

Poultry giant Perdue Farms has responded to pressure on several leading US meat firms to tighten focus on water use, highlighting the actions it has already taken on the issue.

Smithfield meat plants roar to life after ‘severe’ Hurricane Matthew

Smithfield Foods’ meat processing factories and farms in North Carolina, US, have returned to full operation following widespread flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. 

French poultry player Duc slashes energy consumption

Meat processor Duc has hailed the financial impact of slashing energy consumption at its primary production plant in Chailley, France, claiming the “ambitious project” exceeded expectations.

Bangladesh poultry sector hit by climate change

Bangladesh’s poultry executives claim climate change poses a major management and operational problem as blazing temperatures cause heat stress and incite livestock disease, increasing mortality rates.

Marfrig: halting deforestation ‘critical’

Meatpacker Marfrig said halting deforestation and fighting slave-like labour conditions was “critical” to its strategy in Brazil as an independent audit praised the company.

Lobby group calls for switch from meat to plant-based protein

Investors managing $1.25trn in assets have called on 16 food companies to shake up the global meat supply chain, citing environmental and health concerns over factory farming.

Lab-made meat rebranded ‘clean meat’ to address ‘yuck’ factor

Bosses at high-tech food companies producing meat in laboratories have stopped using terms ‘lab-grown’ or ‘cultured meat’ over concerns this puts people off the revolutionary protein.

Somalian meat traders seek rehab for conflict-hit port

Livestock exporters using the key southern port of Kismayo have called for facility improvements to spur meat trade, of critical importance to the economic health of war-wracked Somalia.

Marfrig wants to be ‘global leader’ in environmental sustainability

Marfrig is one of the largest meat companies in Brazil and has radically changed how it produces beef to halt the deforestation of South America and protect the environment.

Flooding devastates China’s rural pork industry

Chinese pork producers are struggling after the city of Wuhan was left paralysed by the worst flooding since the 1998 weather crisis that resulted in more than 3,000 dead. 

China's pork industry grapples with pollution crisis

Genetics and nutrition companies look set to benefit from a Chinese crackdown on pollution from the livestock sector, after critics claim slurry is contaminating water supplies.

Australian pork study finds eco-shelters slash emissions

Australian researchers have found that greenhouse gas emissions from pork farming are more than a third lower if eco-shelters are used.