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Farmed fish has bigger carbon footprint than cows

Aquaculture can emit more methane, and create more greenhouse gases, than cows, whilst one pint of beer can create three times more emissions and use four times more land than another. The findings are in a new study published in the journal Science. Researchers at Oxford University and the Swiss agricultural research institute, Agroscope, created…
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Kids’ sugar intakes are double recommended levels

Children in England have consumed more than a year’s worth of sugar in less than six months, according to figures from Public Health England (PHE). Children aged four to 10 years should have no more than the equivalent of five or six cubes of sugar per day, but are consuming 13 on average. Sugary soft…
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Hospitality wants tougher plastics laws

More than eight out of 10 (85%) hospitality businesses consider themselves sustainable, yet almost half don’t have specific corporate social responsibility (CSR) targets in place. Of those that have set targets, reducing waste is the most popular (81%), followed by energy efficiency (65%). Working with sustainable suppliers (64%), cutting consumption of single-use plastics (61%) and…
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Pay farmers for healthy food, say MPs

Farmers should be financially rewarded for producing healthy, nutritious food, a committee of MPs has said. The environment, food and rural affairs (EFRA) committee said that healthy food makes a wider contribution to public health and should be supported as part of a new government policy of providing public money for public goods. The recommendation…
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Food sector must speak with one voice, says FDF chief

The food industry is “absurdly fragmented”, according to one of its leading figures, and must put aside divisions to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK after Brexit. Delivering a speech at food and drink consultancy Camden BRI this week, Food and Drink Federation chief executive Ian Wright suggested the tendency for the…
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Polluters faced with closure under new rules

Companies in water-intensive industries such as food and drink, and leisure face having their facilities shut down under new EU rules, experts have warned. New sector guidelines are currently being drawn up as part of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), which will heighten already stringent obligations on emissions of waste water and generation of waste,…
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Protein companies failing to manage sustainability risks

More than half of the world’s largest meat and fish companies are at high risk of losing shareholder value because of their vulnerability to health, environmental and social issues. A new Protein Producer Index by FAIRR, the $5.9tn investor network, analysed 60 global intensive farming companies on health, environmental and social issues. It found that…
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‘Common Food Policy’ will address CAP failings

An alliance of 200 farmers, NGOs, academics and scientists plan to create a new food policy for Europe after claiming that current policies are failing on sustainability. Participants at the EU Food and Farming Forum met this week to design a comprehensive set of policy proposals for putting European food and farming systems on a…
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Environmental certification has “lost its way”

Environmental certification schemes are “offering a false promise of sustainability”, according to a review of the major seafood, palm oil and textiles initiatives. In its report, Changing Markets found that “in the vast majority of cases”, evidence of benefits to come from the schemes was “lacking”. What’s more, schemes like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)…
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