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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 firms support Storm Harvey disaster relief efforts

Cargill, Hormel Foods and Perdue Farm are among the companies that have donated millions of tonnes of food to people in Texas, US, affected by the Storm Harvey “tragedy”.

Australian lamb ad comes under religious pressure

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has come under fire for its latest lamb advertising campaign.

South Korea lifts US poultry ban

The government of South Korea has lifted its ban on imports of US poultry and poultry products. 

Government plan to clean waters will ‘help’ Kiwi farmers

Red meat farmers will benefit from a multi-million dollar New Zealand government drive to improve fresh water quality, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ). 

Tyson Foods condemns ‘misleading characterisation’

A report from environmental group Mighty Earth, which targeted Tyson Foods for allegedly heavily contributing towards a large ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico, has been condemned by the...

Impossible? A plant-based burger just won $75m

Start-up Impossible Foods has secured a “significant” $75m cash injection from investors, including Bill Gates and a Facebook founder, who now back a revolutionary plant-based burger that bleeds.

Thai Union commits to sustainable fish sourcing

Seafood producer Thai Union has announced its commitment to tackling concerns within the fishing sector, in what has been branded a “new standard”. 

Italian meat processor ups sustainability via watertight deal

Italian business Inalca SpA claims to have cut water and energy use at its meat plant in Lazio in a bid to address a challenge facing many meat processors: reducing...

Russian meat industry claims not to care about food embargo

Despite statements from Russian officials, the effect of the Russian food embargo, recently extended to the end of 2018, on the domestic market is expected to be very limited, as...

Push to make green farming profit started in New Zealand

A sheep and beef cluster is part of a government-backed project in New Zealand to improve Northland farmers’ agricultural productivity, environmental sustainability and profit.

Mixed response to Zimbabwe livestock development plan

The Zimbabwe government’s plan to roll out a $300 million (m) livestock development programme aimed at resuscitating the country’s ailing meat production sector has prompted mixed reactions from industry experts....

Belarus’ president pushes for farms in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the country’s government to prepare a decree allowing agricultural activity, including the building of poultry, pig and cattle farms, in an area of the...

Handtmann opens €7m customer service centre

Meat product manufacturers can devise and test bespoke solutions to processing issues and train on the latest equipment at a €7m customer service centre just opened by Handtmann at its...

Germany’s Tönnies eyes land for Serbian pig farms

German meat company Tönnies has applied to the Serbian authorities to secure more than 1 million square metres of available land in five municipalities to set up pig farms.

News in brief

Algae may help reduce emissions on pig farms

Adding algae to wastewater may reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help pig farmers become more environmentally friendly, the Australian Pork Cooperative Research Centre (Pork CRC) claims.

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...

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