Environment

Facing post-2013 challenges

Focus on Denmark

Facing post-2013 challenges

By Melodie Michel

Exporting 90% of its pork production to countries in and out of the EU, Denmark tends to be ahead of the game when it comes to food safety, environmental protection and animal welfare. But with the requirement to replace sow stalls with group pens due...

Report shows impact of intensive livestock farming in Canada

Report shows impact of intensive livestock farming in Canada

By Melodie Michel

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 of Animals (WSPCA).

US horse slaughter would not solve welfare issues, says HSUS

US horse slaughter would not solve welfare issues, says HSUS

By Melodie Michel

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 United States (HSUS) saying the practice “runs counter to American values”.

EU auditors reject CAP reform proposals

EU auditors reject CAP reform proposals

By Melodie Michel

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 at the top of French grocery carbon footprint

By Melodie Michel

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 French environment ministry CGDD.

New study recommends cutting meat consumption for climate

New study recommends cutting meat consumption for climate

By Carina Perkins

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 (IPCC), a new report has claimed.

Sustainable meat production in Brazil

Sustainable meat production in Brazil

By Melodie Michel

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 challenges ahead.

Meat production can be sustainable, says WWF

Meat production can be sustainable, says WWF

By Melodie Michel

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

Brazil defends commitment to cut deforestation

By Melodie Michel

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

Marfrig launches water management project

By Melodie Michel

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

Carbon calculation

Focus on New Zealand

Carbon calculation

By Carina Perkins

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.