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Report shows impact of intensive livestock farming in Canada

Canadian factory farming has had a tremendous impact on human health, the environment, animal welfare and rural communities, according to a report commissioned by the World Society for the Protection...

US horse slaughter would not solve welfare issues, says HSUS

A New Mexico rancher’s application to open the country’s first horse abattoir since lifting a ban on such slaughter has been met with controversy, with the Humane Society of the...

EU auditors reject CAP reform proposals

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has dismissed the Commission’s proposals for a reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) as “too complex”.

Meat at the top of French grocery carbon footprint

Meat is accountable for one-third of the average French shopper’s carbon footprint, despite only representing 8% of the basket’s weight, and 23% of its cost, according to a study by...

New study recommends cutting meat consumption for climate

The developed world would have to cut its red meat consumption in half to meet the nitrous oxide (N2O) reduction targets set out by the  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

Sustainable meat production in Brazil

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Brazilian Association of Beef Exporters (ABIEC) discuss the environmental progress made in Brazilian livestock production, and the...

Meat production can be sustainable, says WWF

Meeting growing world demand for meat while preserving the environment is achievable with improved management practices and efficiency, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Brazil defends commitment to cut deforestation

Brazilian meat industry and government representatives have defended the country’s efforts to reduce deforestation, regretting the “misinformation” spread by the European media.

Marfrig launches water management project

Brazilian processing giant Marfrig has launched a 'water footprint' project to monitor water usage in the production chain and improve sustainability and efficiency.

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Australian industry launches sustainability campaign

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the country’s meat promotion levy body, has launched an initiative to deliver sustainable livestock farming by funding 100 research or development projects by 2020.

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Dubai abattoirs switch to solar energy

The Dubai municipality has announced that abattoirs in the Emirate would now use solar energy to heat water, Gulf News reports.

Poultry demand grows 3 times as fast as world population, says FAO

Demand for poultry meat has consistently increased at around three times the rate of population growth over each of the past five decades, according to the United Nations’ Food and...

Flexibility needed to green EU agriculture

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to cutting livestock emissions, according to one of the EU’s key policy officers.

Focus on New Zealand

Carbon calculation

Given its distance from many of its meat export markets, New Zealand has to prove itself squeaky clean when it comes to environmental issues, including carbon footprinting.

Red meat sector vital to UK economy

A new report has concluded that the English red meat sector makes a “significant” contribution to the UK’s economy.

WWF blames meat production for Brazilian deforestation

The meat industry’s dependency on soya bean to feed animals is the main cause of deforestation in the Brazilian region of Cerrado, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) argues.

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First synthetic burger to be unveiled this autumn

The first lab-grown piece of meat could be unveiled as early as October this year, Maastricht University scientist Mark Post has said.

Amazon discontinues whale products after accusations

Amazon Japan has taken whale products off its website after being accused of facilitating trade of endangered species.

EU commissioner defends CAP greening in UK

EU agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos has defended his proposed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in front of UK farmers.

US and EU reach organic agreement

Products certified organic in the United States or the European Union will be able to be sold as organic on both markets from 1 June 2012.

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Genetic research to eliminate campylobacter

The UK-based Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has launched a £1.3m research project to find the gene responsible for campylobacter resistance in chickens.

UK and Italy join forces against CAP reform

The National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (NFU) and Italy’s Confederazione Nazionale Coldiretti are working together to ensure the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform benefit farmers in both...

Concerns over GM animals in the EU

A group of organisations have expressed concern about the possible introduction of genetically modified (GM) animals in the European Union (EU), after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released guidance...

Methane reduction achievable within four years

A new EU-commissioned genetic study could allow livestock producers to breed animals releasing less methane in as little as four years.

Meat high on greenhouse gas list, says UK report

A UK study has claimed an entire switch to a vegetarian diet would be the environmental equivalent of taking half the country’s cars off the road.