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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.

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. 

Pollution scandal engulfs China’s meat industry

A pig farm has sparked anger in China because it was built on a giant toxic dump in Jiangsu province on the country’s affluent east coast.

Hollywood stars call for meat consumption drop

China has enlisted Arnold Schwarzenegger and film-maker James Cameron to call for lower meat consumption, with the government poised to tackle its environmental crisis. 

Cool Chain Association to cut food waste

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) – a not-for-profit organisation aiming to improve standards in the chilled food transportation chain – has pledged to slash food wastage by 10% within the next nine years.

McDonald’s advances Canadian beef sustainability

Fast food giant McDonald’s has celebrated the successful completion of a two-year pilot project to gauge the effectiveness and possibility of only using local beef in its restaurants. 

Meat companies fail to report soy use

A string of European meat processors, including Danish Crown and Moy Park, failed to disclose the source of soybeans this year, raising questions about their commitment to environmental sustainability.

HKScan to use ethical soy

HKScan is committed to using responsibly sourced soybeans, a key ingredient used in animal feed, to halt the deforestation of South America.

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GEA and Red Arrow scoop innovation award

Machinery manufactures GEA and Red Arrow have jointly won a Fleischerei Technik (Meat Technology) award for their smokeless meat smoking machin

EU-Chile deal signals new style of organic food trade

The EU has chiselled a template for international organic food trade with its agreement with Chile - a deal that could boost bilateral meat sales. 

Environmental concern behind materials shift in poultry packaging

Limitations in the environmental sustainability of polypropylene – a plastic commonly used for meat packaging – has caused manufacturers across Europe to switch to PET packaging.

US pumps cash into sustainable livestock research

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made $16m (£11m) available through a series of grants to fund research into advancing methods of sustainable livestock production.

Mexico to create organic meat producer register

The Mexican government is to create a formal register of organic food producers, including meat and livestock businesses, and is currently carrying out a nationwide survey to build its list.

LINPAC exec hails ‘prestigious’ eco recognition

Plastic packaging manufacturer LINPAC has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) and, naturally, its director of innovation is chuffed.

US pork producers address environmental sustainability

A video released by the National Pork Board, in celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, aims to highlight how pork producers can tackle climate change head-on.

Cut meat to save environment, new study warns

The World Resource Institute (WRI) has called for a massive rethink in the way we consume meat and dairy, in order to halt global warming and secure a sustainable food...

Australian cattlemen advised on maximising production

Beef producers have been warned that South Australia’s dry weather could put serious pressure on the reproductive performance of cattle.

Animal fat helps HKScan cut emissions by a third

Meat processor HKScan reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in 2015, and using animal fats for heating was one of several eco-friendly measures used to reduce its carbon footprint.

Tyson Foods bids for additional poultry site

Employees at Tyson Foods - one of the world’s biggest meat processors - have proposed to build a new poultry processing site near an existing plant in Arkansas....

Supreme Poultry and Chickens fined $30,000

A poultry processing plant in New South Wales (NSW), Australia has been fined for breaching conditions of its Environment Protection Licence (EPL). 

Italy in front on beef water use

Beef production in Italy is economical when it comes to water consumption and is below the international average for water use, according to the Italian meat body Carni Sostenibili. 

Europeans want farm animal welfare

An overwhelming majority of European citizens want the political establishment to do more to improve the welfare of animals slaughtered for human consumption, according to a public opinion survey by...

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