Green Scene

59% of young want ‘green jobs’

OVER HALF (59%) of the country’s young people (19-25) say they are interested in working in the green economy, according to new research released by British Gas. But 38% of those interested say they don’t feel they have the skills to get a job in the sector.   According to the research, a quarter of…
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Retailers race ahead on green goals

RETAILERS have exceeded their environmental targets relating to waste, transport and energy, according to a new progress report.   The report, “A Better Retailing Climate”, shows how the sector is performing across a range of impacts.   In each case it has exceeded expectations, except for the one involving consumer engagement. In this case, retailers…
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Zero waste heros

UNILEVER, NESTLÉ UK&I and 3663 are setting an example for caterers facing the tricky task of sending less waste to landfill, writes David Burrows.                            Dealing with waste in a sector like foodservice isn’t easy – the lines of responsibility are easily blurred.…
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Up to us to make UK the greenest ever

ANNUS HORRIBILIS is how George Monbiot, the environment writer, described 2012 in his first column of 2013. It was, he explained in the Guardian, the year we did our best to abandon the natural world.                           “In the UK in 2012, the vandals…
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Farms of the future

FIFTY YEARS ago this month the book ‘Silent Spring’ kick-started the environmental movement and changed the way we grow our food. As climate change and population growth exert growing pressure, what will the next generation of farms look like?    This month marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”. Al Gore credits the…
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Whiter than white?

FOODSERVICE BUSINESSES talk a good game when it comes to supporting British dairy farmers, but few are willing to divulge details of the price they are paying for milk.                           It takes a lot of bottle to stand up to the might of…
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British population falling short of daily iron needs

LACK OF iron in the diet is a key health problem in the UK. Commenting on this latest health news from MeatMATTERS.com, independent dietitian, Dr Carrie Ruxton a member of the Meat Advisory Panel (MAP), notes: “First of all it is vital to note that iron is essential for the formation of haemoglobin which is…
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Why food companies need to support climate change adaption

September’s Foodservice Footprint will reveal the findings of a new government report showing that businesses are slow in adapting to climate change – especially the opportunities it provides. Here, Jessica Frank, climate change project manager at Twin, explains why adaptation is the key to survival.     CLIMATE CHANGE poses a major threat to global…
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Green Scene

SPEECHES HAVE been the talk of the town in the environmental world recently. On the one hand we’ve had the prime minister’s first speech on green issues. On the other, the Queen set out the government’s legislative agenda for the 2012-2013 parliamentary session. Both have divided opinion on their relative environmental merits.        …
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S – Word Ssssssshhhhhh

IT MAY be the most overused word of the 21st century – and we’re among the worst offenders. But does it mean so many different things to so many people that we’re better off avoiding it altogether? We ask the experts.                         We're ahead…
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