Public perception of farming is increasingly positive in survey results

Public perception of farming is increasingly positive in survey results

MORE OF the British public think positively about farmers and farming than last year according to a recent OnePoll survey commissioned by the NFU. 

Following the launch of the Back British Farming campaign, the latest survey results reveal 67% of people think favourably about farmers, a five per cent increase continuing an upward trend from 2012.

The survey also questioned people’s understanding of farming’s impact on the economy and the countryside. Results ...

New scandal for Tesco as chicken is found in pork products

New scandal for Tesco as chicken is found in pork products

FOLLOWING THE past couple of years of food scandals leading high street retailer Tesco is now embroiled in a new embarrassment as it admits to finding chicken in its pork sausages.

Tesco reported its sausages and two other products contained trace amounts of ‘crossover’ where products are found to contain meats not specified on the label.

The retailer – which has also just had to admit to a mistake in its financial reporting ...

MSC put mackerel on the menu for Scots

MSC put mackerel on the menu for Scots

THE NEWS that the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has put mackerel back on its list of ‘fish to eat’ has been welcomed by the Scottish mackerel processing industry.

The list acts as a key guide for responsibly sourcing seafood in the UK, and is cited as ‘essential’ to the catering and hospitality industry.

The MSC has released the news that mackerel sourced from the UK, Europe and Norway is now back on ...

Environment and fisheries Commissioner Candidate Vella fails to convince

Environment and fisheries Commissioner Candidate Vella fails to convince

THE FIRST of the Commissioners’ hearings scheduled over the next two weeks, Karmenu Vella’s performance raised serious concerns about the ability of President Juncker’s Commission to play its institutional role of safeguarding environmental protection and promoting sustainable development, despite the general commitment made by Juncker when nominated.

Jorgo Riss Director of Greenpeace EU said: “The Commission started off on the wrong foot. Despite President Juncker’s commitment to put the environment at ...

EU is running an ecological deficit, says new Living Planet Report

EU is running an ecological deficit, says new Living Planet Report

A CONTINUOUSLY rising demand for natural resources and increasing levels of CO₂ in the atmosphere by a growing population are putting tremendous pressures on our planet’s biodiversity, and are threatening our future security, health and well-being, reveals the 2014 edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report – the leading biennial survey of the Earth’s health.

Globally, populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles measured for the report have declined by 52 per ...

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Not loving it

Not loving it

LACK OF progress on the government’s high-profile public health partnership with many high-street brands means ministers may need to take a harder line.

It’s easy to see why the Public Health Responsibility Deal has its detractors. Launched in March 2011, the industry-government partnership is intended to “create the right environment to empower individuals to take responsibility for their health and make healthy choices”. But given that just one in three high-street ...

The arrival of genetically edited food

The arrival of genetically edited food

GM TECHNOLOGY has traditionally long been a hard sell.

Coupling the words “genetic” and “modification” hasn’t helped, and neither has the involvement of big corporate biotech firms. But how about “genetic editing”? The phrase has been coined by researchers in Italy. Instead of introducing new genes into plants and crops, the plants’ genetic makeup is edited so preferable traits can be expressed. The result? Bananas that produce more vitamin A and apples ...

This is the one

This is the one

WITHIN A week Scotland will have decided whether to stay with the UK or go it alone. But what does this all mean for the food and drink sector, north and south of the border?

This month Scotland will vote on whether to remain a part of the UK or go it alone. As Footprint went to press, Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, respectively the leader of the Scottish National Party ...

My Viewpoint: Authenticity is the bedrock of  sustainability

My Viewpoint: Authenticity is the bedrock of sustainability

RED FACES all round at Greenpeace this summer as it emerged that one of its directors regularly commutes by air from his home in Luxembourg to the NGO’s HQ in Amsterdam.

Greenpeace initially defended Pascal Husting’s frequent flying on the grounds that he has a young family, the train journey is a 12-hour round trip, and it was only meant to be temporary.

This argument would stand up for anybody other than ...

The political print: DEFRA the poisoned challis

The political print: DEFRA the poisoned challis

THE CABINET reshuffle seems to have inflamed a very public spat between he deposed environment secretary, Owen Paterson, and Greenpeace. Claims and counterclaims, regarding burning effigies and death threats, provided the Guardian and Daily Telegraph with plenty of copy. Paterson’s removal seems to have been the most controversial, but is that because the man himself is a heretic?

Paterson was told to solve the issue of bovine TB; he was the ...

Take action or face legislation

PROFESSOR SUSAN JEBB, chair of the Responsibility Deal’s Food Network, prefers voluntary action but hasn’t  ruled out legislation

 

The Responsibility Deal annual updates were published end of last month. Are we making progress?

 

Yes, without doubt. This year’s annual returns include actions and commitments that I do ...

Social sustainability

“Effective staff recruitment, retention, management and development can work wonders for the sustainability of any business and the contract catering industry is far beyond exception. To steady a ship, you need a familiar crew. People you know you can count on. I am confident that Dine Contract Catering’s recent achievements have emerged from how we hire our team members, maintain ...