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Campaigners celebrate school meals victory

Campaigners have welcomed the government’s U-turn on its pledge to scrap free school meals after the policy was omitted from the Queen’s Speech. The Conservative manifesto promised to scrap the provision of universal infant free school meals (UIFSM), replacing it with a free breakfast, and planned to add the estimated £650m in savings to the…
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Greene King claims first with zero waste target

Greene King is claiming a pub industry first by setting a target of sending zero waste to landfill by 2020. The pub retailer and brewer said the target formed part of its partnership with waste management company SWR, through which it has pledged to reduce landfill waste across its entire managed estate. One year on…
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Bidfood campaign backs British bees

Bidfood is aiming to draw attention to the vital role played by bees in food production through a new initiative. The pollination campaign will raise awareness of declining bee colonies in the UK through a series of activities that help foster a healthy environment for bees. These include building bee ‘hotels’, creating bee-friendly gardens and…
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Farmers’ fair-weather friend?

Campaigners have cried foul over Sainsbury’s decision to stop working with the Fairtrade Foundation on tea, but is it really the ‘regressive step’ critics claim? By David Burrows. Sainsbury’s was one of the first retailers to sell Fairtrade products, and in the past 20 years or so it’s grown into the world’s largest retailer of…
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Hiding veggie options away on menus can dent sales

Consumers are 56% less likely to order a plant-based dish when it’s labelled vegetarian and categorised in a separate section on menus, according to new research by the London School of Economics. The experts took a menu with eight main course dishes, of which two were plant-based: risotto primavera and ricotta and spinach ravioli. They…
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Mixed reception for new DEFRA secretary Michael Gove

Michael Gove has been appointed as secretary of state at DEFRA, prompting major concerns amongst environmental campaigners and opposition MPs. In a surprise return to the front bench, Gove will take the lead on pressing issues such as air pollution, the reform of agricultural subsidies post-Brexit and food waste. Not to mention longer term challenges…
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Rainforest Alliance and UTZ merge

The ethical certification schemes UTZ and Rainforest Alliance will merge later this year to give them “a greater reach and a stronger voice”. “By joining forces, we will provide a leading platform to help increase consumer demand for responsibly sourced products,” the organisations said in a joint statement. The new body will be called the…
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Energy label is simplified, saving businesses billions

The European Parliament this week agreed to revert back to its original A to G format on energy labels, thereby removing the confusing plusses (for example, A+++). The rescaling of the old label will apply to a total of 15 product groups, including professional, commercial and domestic appliances. Product testing will also become more representative…
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Analysis: Business leads the way on veggie alternatives

With a DEFRA report on cutting meat consumption mouldering in the archives, there’s no point waiting for the government to set the agenda. By Nick Hughes. In July 2013, at the height of holiday season, DEFRA quietly published a report whose conclusions – if acted upon – would have radically shifted the direction of government…
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Political Print: Election result spells chaos for Brexit

Building a new food and farming policy takes personnel and expertise the UK simply doesn’t have. A tough task just got much harder, writes Nick Hughes. Spare a thought for the civil service. While Friday morning’s election drama was unfolding to widespread incredulity, the people charged with actually administering Britain’s EU withdrawal found the difficulty…
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