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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.

US beef industry lambasts environment link study

US beef bosses have branded a study, which claims beef production was around 10 times more harmful to the environment than other protein productions, as a “gross over-simplification”.

Documentary attacks meat’s environmental impact

A new documentary has been launched this month that claims to expose the meat industry’s environmental destruction and the lack of a challenge from green groups.

Australian meat sector fights back against veggie campaigns

Australian meat bosses are fighting back against the Paul McCartney-backed Meat Free Monday campaign by investing in research and consumer education.

North Korean drought could lead to problems in the meat industry

The most severe drought since 1982 in North Korea threatens to bring about the collapse of its meat industry, as well as the start of a large-scale hunger problem among...

Group calls for collective action on livestock sustainability

The international livestock sector needs to engage and collaborate if it is to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its current high levels of 14.5% of total human emissions.

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Sealed Air highlights meat waste and packaging trends

Up to 30% of the world’s food supply goes to waste – around 1.3bn tonnes – delegates to the World Meat Congress were told.

Australian meat body points to danger of self sufficiency

Governments need to stop confusing self sufficiency with food security if they want to ensure there is enough food to feed the growing global population, the global meat industry was...

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EU rules on poultry litter for energy welcomed

A new EU ruling allowing poultry farmers to combust poultry litter on-farm for the creation of energy has been welcomed by the industry.

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Special feature: Focus on Denmark's pork industry

The high costs of finishing pigs in Denmark and avoiding African Swine Fever are just two of the challenges facing Denmark’s pork industry.

US fast food chain urges change to grass-fed beef

A leading fast food chain in the US is urging US farmers to switch to grass-fed beef to help it maintain its supply of premium beef.

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Further swine fever cases discovered in Poland

A further four wild boar have died from African swine fever (ASF) in Poland, in the first reported reoccurrence of the disease since March this year.

Further global collaboration on animal health announced

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OiE) have pledged to boost their existing collaboration on animal health, in a...

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US federal agencies seek to leverage expertise on foodborne hazards

A number of US federal agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim of providing a more comprehensive approach to dealing with foodborne health hazards, associated with...

UN report sheds light on extent of nitrogen emissions from meat production

A new environmental report has suggested that both greenhouse gases and nitrogen emissions could be cut by up to 40%, if European consumers halved their meat consumption.

Meat consumption under focus in online debate

An online debate has been launched to encourage European consumers to consider a more sustainable diet, with one of the key strands focusing on meat consumption.

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Focus on New Zealand - Water works

A forum to plan the future for New Zealand’s fresh water is just one initiative bringing together interested parties for a positively green future.

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Investment announced for Manitoba Beef Producers

Canadian association Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) has been awarded CA$297,000 in government investment, in order to improve the tools available for monitoring bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in livestock in the Riding...

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Rapeseed is a sustainable feed solution, finds EU study

A European Union (EU) research project has touted rapeseed cake as an effective feed for reducing livestock methane emissions, while also providing biofuel. The study also suggests the use of...

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US study examines routes of transmission for salmonella and campylobacter

A US study assessing the potential routes of transmission for campylobacter and salmonella in breeder and market turkeys has found that poultry house pests (flies, beetles and rodents) could be...

Russia extends pork ban to finished products

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has announced that, from 7 April 2014, the country is to impose temporary restrictions on the import of finished pork products from Lithuania and Poland.

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Peter Kendall announced as WFO president

Peter Kendall, former National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president, will replace American Robert Calson as president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).

EU member states pass new swine fever controls

European Union (EU) member states yesterday (19 March) approved detailed restrictions on the handling of pigs and pigmeat in the border areas of Poland and Lithuania to try and prevent...

High pathogenic H5N1 outbreak discovered in Libya

A small outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) variant H5N1 has been discovered in Tubruq, Libya.

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US cattle numbers as low as they were in 1950s

The drop in American cattle numbers, mainly due to drought, is having a serious effect on the US meat industry, according to Texan meat scientist professor Jeff Savell.

Brazilian beef prices rise to record high in line with temperature

The cost of Brazilian beef is on the up as unseasonably hot weather has resulted in a fall in cattle supplies.

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