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Meat remains the elephant in the room

The government needs to come clean on its carbon reduction plans for food and agriculture, or risk failing to meet its new world-leading target. By Nick Hughes. Last week, the UK government set in motion a law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. This is in line with…
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Get real about the race to net zero

In the rush to make a public net zero commitment some companies are failing to question the intrinsic sustainability of their business models, argues Nick Hughes. Has your business set a net zero target for carbon emissions? If the answer is no then there’s every chance you’ll soon be in the minority. When the government…
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Have out-of-home eating habits changed forever?

Foodservice businesses reopen next week. But new research suggests diner demands may be very different from 12 months ago. Nick Hughes reports. The coronavirus pandemic has turned the way many of us eat on its head. That’s why the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) latest public survey into food behaviours and attitudes has such pertinence for…
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The new Agriculture Act could change everything

The first domestic farm policy in a generation contains some important new measures, but it doesn’t add up to a full vision for a sustainable food system, says Sustain’s Vicki Hird. When the Agriculture Bill gained royal assent last month it signalled a major shift in farm policy and support – paying farmers for the…
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OPINION: Plastic bans are not an excuse to switch materials

Scotland is consulting on market restrictions for certain single-use plastics. Businesses need to change so they use fewer resources, says Zero Waste Scotland’s David Barnes The Scottish Government consultation on new market restrictions for certain single-use plastic items runs until January 4th 2021. These restrictions align with Article 5 of the single-use plastics directive (SUPD)…
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Opinion: It’s time to back progressive farmers

New survey data shows people overwhelmingly want food that supports farmers and meets high standards. Foodservice businesses have a key role to play in meeting their wishes, says the Food Ethics Council’s Dan Crossley. Farmers are at the sharp end of crop failures, climate breakdown, price pressures, labour shortages, and the outcome of trade negotiations.…
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Opinion: McDonald’s is bullish on British beef but coy about chicken

A new campaign to show the fast food chain’s commitment to UK and Irish ingredients raises concerns about its policy on poultry, says David Burrows.  McDonald’s UK & Ireland has launched a new map showing customers where its UK ingredients are sourced from. It offers a glimpse into the lives of some of its 23,000…
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Comment: A balanced debate about meat

The British Meat Producers Association has launched a new website to promote the environmental benefits of eating meat, respond to misleading information and spotlight the differences between British production systems and those overseas. A more “balanced debate” is needed so does the new site deliver? By Mark Driscoll. I welcome the website as a contribution…
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Sustainable supply chains and weathering shocks

Sustainable supply chains and weathering shocks: five key lessons from Nestlé Professional’s MD Katya Simmons. Report by Amy Fetzer  Go digital for distribution Digital distribution centres can be highly valuable in managing shocks such as global pandemics, according to Katya Simmons, Managing Director, Nestlé Professional UK and Ireland. Harnessing innovative technologies such as augmented reality…
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Back to business (as usual)

The prime minister is showing his true colours and they are far from green. But the public and businesses have other ideas, says David Burrows. Rewind to the start of lockdown and there was a haunting feeling that the coronavirus would not only stop the world in its tracks, but also derail efforts to halt…
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