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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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Assume plastic plans are dead at your peril

Covid-19 may have put government policies on ice, but anyone hoping they will melt away is set for disappointment, argues Sancroft International’s Felix Gummer. The Covid-19 outbreak has caused the largest disruption to business in the UK since the Second World War. The plastics and packaging industry is certainly no exception, but it would be…
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Comment: Countering plastic propaganda against reusables

Rebecca Burgess fears that the progress made on reducing our reliance on single-use plastics and moving to reusables will be undone due to the impact of the coronavirus. As a campaigning organisation, we’re obviously concerned about what the pandemic means for the progress made in moving away from single-use plastics towards reusables over the past…
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Comment: Beware the ‘miracle’ packaging claims

There has been a flurry of ‘green’ packaging claims in recent months, some of which are misleading buyers and consumers, says Martin Kersh. At the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) we support new technology and innovation. However, our members have reported a number of “miracle” claims being made. The terms that are most concerning are ones…
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