Tag Archives: Jim Paice

Fifty shades of green

THE LATEST update on the 'greening government' targets show Whitehall doing well overall but with big differences between ministries' performance.                            The Guardian website has a rather nice “green-o-meter” tracking the government’s progress against its greenest government ever claims. In November 2013, the latest…
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Freedom from information

FARMING MINISTER Jim Paice has told pubs, restaurants and caterers that they should tell diners which countries their food is from.                               Defra demands action from caterers on labelling but can’t provide data on current situation   A press release on…
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Chefs support action on milk price

JAMIE OLIVER and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have thrown their weight behind the NFU’s SOS Dairy campaign calling for action on the current milk price crisis.   The pair today issued a joint letter to The Times saying they are “shocked” that many British dairy farmers are receiving less money for their milk than it costs to…
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Caterers dragged in to milk debate

RETAILERS HAVE taken a swipe at caterers, food manufacturers and the Government for not paying farmers enough for milk.   Supermarkets have come under intense pressure in recent weeks after a series of price cuts, which the NFU has said has left dairy farmers “at the end of their tether”.   However, the supermarkets have…
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Government to tackle sustainable diets

THE FOODSERVICE sector has a “major role” to play in influencing consumer choice and shifting people to more sustainable, healthier diets.   New government project also commits to debate on GM   That’s according to a new government study into the UK’s food system.   The report is the first piece of work from the…
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Beef Week in full swing

AGRICULTURE MINISTER Jim Paice has teamed up with a group of all female farmers to help launch this year’s Great British Beef Week (GBBW) at Westminster.   Now in its second year, GBBW is organised by Ladies in Beef – an organisation formed to help promote and drive awareness of the quality and versatility of British…
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An appetite for change

IT'S BEEN almost 10 years since the UK Government ran a public debate on GM food. With issues over food security, drought and a booming population intensifying, is the foodservice sector one of those asking for the technology to be given a second chance? David Burrows reports.     Environmentalists are beginning to change their…
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Ban on illegal eggs from Europe

THE GOVERNMENT has confirmed that eggs being produced in barren battery cages across the EU, and egg products made from them, cannot be exported from their own countries of origin and sold on the UK market.   In a letter to the British Egg Industry Council, Food Minister Jim Paice stated that, under an agreement…
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GM debate must be re-opened

THE FOODSERVICE industry is ready to have another look at the options around genetically modified (GM) food.                             According to a poll on foodservicefootprint.com, 78% of readers are in favour of re-opening the debate on GM foods. Meanwhile, 11% don’t want a…
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Defra in the dock over sustainable sourcing

Jim Paice has been left with egg on his face after his department failed to meet its own buying standards on food procurement. With the angry Minister promising immediate action, David Burrows asks whether the Government really has an appetite for sustainable food? It’s not the first time a Minister has been left red-faced on…
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