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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. 

Meat industry must lobby to protect interests after Paris climate change deal

The meat industry has been warned to lobby to protect its interests among governments charged with implementing the international climate change treaty agreed in Paris last weekend.

EU urged to set date for organic farming review

EU farm ministers have been urged to get a date sorted for a review on organic farming to ensure producers have clarity on new rules.

Green body may help meat producers cut carbon emissions

An enhanced technology assistance scheme to help spread best livestock and arable farming practice around the world is likely to emerge from the Paris climate change conference talks.

Climate change a ‘risk’ to global food security

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has warned that efforts to tackle climate change will have an adverse knock-on effect to global food security. 

Cut meat consumption to battle global warming, warn experts

People need to alter their dietary habits on a global level in order to battle global warming, experts have warned.

Meat tax favoured by public, report finds

Global appetite for meat could be in danger as many consumers believe a tax on beef, chicken and poultry is a sure-fire way to reduce climate change.

ICCAW president defends China’s stance on pig welfare

Growing consideration of animal welfare in China has caused a “mini industrial revolution”, the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW) president Xi Chunling has said.

Meat firm to cut energy usage

Scandinavia’s largest meat producer, HKScan, has announced plans to slash its energy usage by 10%, according to a company report.

Environmental laws set to hit NZ livestock farmers

Increased environmental regulation will have a significant impact on New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers as well as their dairy counterparts, according to new research by Rabobank.

Bord Bía’s new carbon target for Irish beef

Irish food board, Bord Bía, has set out a target to produce the most environmentally friendly beef in Europe.

FAO to begin new world agriculture census

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to embark on a new global series of agricultural censuses in 2016, which will gather information and statistics...

Air quality review warning for European farmers

A review of air quality that will require farmers in Europe to reduce ammonia emissions “poses a serious challenge to the livestock sector”, the European farming representative body Copa and...

European Parliament rejects re-nationalisation of GM decisions

The European Parliament today comprehensively rejected the European Commission’s compromise proposals allowing European Union (EU) member states to restrict or ban the use of genetically modified feed and food on...

Sustainable meat and e-commerce key trends for 2016

A global report from the market research firm Mintel has revealed that meat processors should focus on sustainable produce and look to develop an e-commerce avenue for 2016. 

Measures needed to educate consumers on food waste

A European Commission report has highlighted a lack of consumer understanding across Europe when it comes to dates on food labels. 

Dawn Farms work flags up variety and sustainability

Combining sustainability and versatility has been identified as a growth opportunity by ready-to-eat processor Dawn Farms.

Copa and Cogeca issues target warning to MEPs

Copa and Cogeca has called for “realistic and achievable targets” to be included in the Review of EU Air Quality Policy at a meeting of MEPs on Tuesday 29 September,...

Flooding costs farmers NZ$70m

Flooding on New Zealand’s north island in June cost the farming industry NZ$70 million, a report published by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has estimated. 

Ukraine bodies embark on Crimea food blockade

A number of Ukraine businesses and social organisations have launched a so-called food blockade of Crimea. The move, implemented from 20 September and connected to Russia’s annexation of the peninsula...

Nyanga slaughter site in the works

The sight of meat traders slaughtering animals in the street may soon come to an end in the Cape Town district of Nyanga, South Africa, after city officials and the...