Public not aware of food security challenge, says EU Commissioner

Public not aware of food security challenge, says EU Commissioner

PUBLIC AWARENESS of sustainable food security is one of the big challenges for the sector according to Dacian Ciolos, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture.

In a speech made to professionals in Milan, Ciolos highlighted the importance of develop consumers’ understanding of the issues:

“Farming takes time, long-term investment, and ongoing political will. Farming cannot at the same time be subject to market fluctuations and to inconsistent policy that depends on the turbulence ...

Business heading towards a sustainability skills gap

Business heading towards a sustainability skills gap

A NEW REPORT from The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has found that just a fraction of UK companies feel that have the skills to compete in a sustainable economy.

The findings come as the IEMA launch its ‘Skills for a Sustainable Economy – Preparing for a Perfect Storm,’ campaign, which aims to drive awareness of sustainability skills that will be needed to successfully compete in future circular markets.

The ...

‘Scrap Climate Act’ says former Environment Secretary

‘Scrap Climate Act’ says former Environment Secretary

IN A SPEECH to the Global Warming Policy Foundation the former Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, claimed that the government’s green polices were ‘fatally flawed’ and that scrapping the Climate Change Act could be the answer to ‘keeping the lights on’.

Paterson delivered his address to the leading think tank arguing that the 2008 Climate Change Act, which ties Britain into stringent targets to reduce the use of fossil fuels, should be ...

Knorr provides one million school meals on world food day

Knorr provides one million school meals on world food day

ON WORLD Food Day, Knorr is partnering with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) rallying people globally to pledge their support for building a world with zero hunger. Knorr will also support WFP’s ‘Home Grown School Meals Programme’ and provide one million nutritious, cooked meals for school children in Kenya, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Around one in nine people in the world—many of them children—do not receive enough food and ...

New study reveals differences in salt levels in food brands in different countries

New study reveals differences in salt levels in food brands in different countries

A NEW 2014 international survey by World Action on Salt and Health reveals that people in certain countries are still being fed double the amount of salt by popular brands as other countries.

Furthermore, not one product surveyed had consistency in its salt content, with huge differences from one country to another. WASH has called all food manufacturers to reduce the salt contents of their products in line with the global target ...

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What price sustainability?

What price sustainability?

IN GROCERY, brands are everything. But can developing a sustainable image encourage shoppers to pay a premium? Johan Anselmsson reports.

Sainsbury’s recently launched its biggest own-label campaign to date as it looks to build on growth rates that are outstripping branded products by two to one. The emergence and subsequent growth of supermarket brands has provided strong competition to established brands in many categories, but in packaged food the rivalry is ...

Back to the future

Back to the future

“THERE’S A way to do it better – find it,” said prolific inventor, Thomas Edison, the man credited with inventing the light bulb, among other things.

His approach transformed everyday life across the globe in a way that could never have been anticipated. And a similar transformation is exactly what is required in agriculture if we are to meet the sustainability challenges ahead.

Here is the problem. Population growth means that there ...

An ounce of (waste) prevention

An ounce of (waste) prevention

THE PROGRESS made in recycling rates is impressive, but should businesses be doing more to reduce the amount of waste they create? Jamie Pitcairn and Rupert carsick certainly think so.

In the last 20 years a huge focus across the UK has been placed on recycling yet it’s the second worst option for managing our resources, behind reuse and reduction. Recycling will not fix the UK’s dependency on primary material use ...

Empty promises?

Empty promises?

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING is everywhere, but should consumers really be that impressed by it?

There is an argument often made that small environmental wins add up to a big environmental win. The flaw in this logic is that it ignores the rebound effects that can result from ostensible “wins”. A classic example of rebound is the energy-efficient lightbulb, which would save small amounts of energy if used to replace its non-efficient counterpart. The trouble ...

Palm oil progress

Palm oil progress

DEMAND IS growing for sustainable oil but many companies still aren’t doing their bit.

Demand for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) is outstripping supply for the first time. New data from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) also shows that the gap between sustainable and unsustainable oil is narrowing. However, it’s a big gap to bridge.

In the first half of this year supply of CSPO, including GreenPalm certificates, was a shade under 5.3m ...

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 ...