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Oliver leads calls for school meals U-turn

Jamie Oliver is among a host of campaigners to have called for the Conservatives to scrap a manifesto pledge to axe universal free school meals. The Conservatives said they did not believe giving free schools lunches to all primary school children was a sensible use of public money and proposed to instead provide those same…
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Standards must be maintained post-Brexit, say farmers

Farming groups across the UK and Ireland have called for current standards for the livestock industry to be maintained post-Brexit to help the UK secure the best trading deal with the EU. Livestock representatives from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and UK farming unions recently met in Belfast to discuss Brexit and the trade implications…
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Greens make case for new Environment Act

The Green Party has proposed a new Environmental Protection Act as part of a package of manifesto pledges aimed at building a green economy. Launching its election manifesto this week, the Greens claimed that while other parties continued to ignore the environment, they would protect it. The Party said the Environment Act would safeguard and…
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Can voters be made to care about climate change?

The UK public are concerned about the issue – but not enough for politicians to take action, writes David Burrows. As climate negotiators from nearly 200 countries descended on Bonn in May to flesh out the Paris Agreement, all eyes were on one man. That the US president, Donald Trump, once promised to “cancel” the global…
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Sugar tax should cover confectionery in coffee shops

Health campaigners have urged the next government to extend the levy on sugar-sweetened drinks to all confectionery products, including those sold in coffee shops and restaurants. Chocolate and sweet confectionery contribute 9% total sugar to the diets of children (4-10 year olds) and 11% in teenagers (11-18 year olds) but contain little or no nutritional…
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Lib Dems want 5p cup tax and tough new obesity strategy

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to hold a second EU referendum, pass a Zero Waste Act and place a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups. The party’s 2017 manifesto, launched this week, also includes a “national food strategy to promote the production and consumption of healthy sustainable and affordable food”. Amongst the other proposals is…
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MEPs back target to halve food waste by 2030

MEPs voted in support of targets to cut food waste by 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030 this week, as they called for clearer labelling and a review of VAT rules that discourage donations of surplus food. The European Parliament this week published a neat infographic showing that 88 million tonnes of food is…
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Sector Soapbox

Is foodservice an attractive career option for millennials? It depends on the business, says Shirley Duncalf. By 2020, half the workforce will be millennials. When it comes to attracting this generation, foodservice operators need to approach recruitment and internal policies in a different manner to appeal to these potential employees who are more conscious than…
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Labour commits to ‘X-Factor’ ad ban

Labour has said it would introduce a ban on TV advertising of junk foods before the 9pm watershed if it wins next month’s general election. The proposals would mark a significant extension of existing regulation which only prohibits the advertising of foods high in sugar, salt and saturated fat during programming aimed at children. Critics…
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Fruit and veg under threat from dry weather

Supplies of domestic fruit and veg could be threatened by a lack of rainfall after the UK experienced one of the driest winters in 20 years. The National Farmers Union (NFU) said it was growing increasingly concerned about the fruit and vegetable sector with some areas of the south and east of the country reporting…
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