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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.

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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...

McDonalds study helps beef farmers meet global CO2 target

Fast-food chain McDonalds has unveiled one of the largest independent studies of UK and Irish beef farms, which it says identifies measures that can help farmers meet government standards for...

US body blasts Obama over public lands lock-up

Public Lands Council’s executive director Ethan Lane has slammed US President Barack Obama, after the government locked up two million acres of land, depriving cattle of key grazing pastures....

US environment agency accused of breaking law over water bill

The USA’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been accused of breaching anti-lobbying laws after driving the clean waters bill (WOTUS) through Congress, despite bipartisan disapproval and beef industry opposition. ...

Finnish biorefinery turns grass into feed

Two research firms in Finland are testing and developing methods to produce pig and poultry feed from silage which, they claim, could improve farm profitability. 

Price shock in US beef market over

Shock market conditions, including a plummeting cattle price and tight protein supply, created the ‘perfect storm’ for US beef producers between 2014 to 2015 but the worst is behind the...

Leaders unite in Davos to tackle food waste

A thirty-strong team of CEOs, politicians and agri-food experts will spearhead a global initiative to cut food waste by 50%, after meeting at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in...

News in brief

USDA announces Howard Buffett as keynote speaker for industry panel

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that farmer Howard Buffet, son of the billionaire investor Warren Buffet, will speak at its Agriculture Outlook panel in February.

Climate change: a greater risk than weapons of mass destruction

The World Economic Forum (WEF) launched its Global Risks 2016 Report in London on Thursday 14 January.

Irish food body posts meat export growth

Ireland’s agriculture body Bord Bía has posted its sixth straight year of export growth, with beef exports rising by 6%. 

EU review on emissions a ‘serious risk’

A review on ammonia emissions has been criticised by EU farming bodies for posing a ‘serious risk’ to the livelihood of Europe’s agriculture sector. 

Lettuce creates three times more greenhouse gas emissions than bacon

Eating pork will produce around one third of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) found in a diet rich in lettuce, a new study has claimed. 

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