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WRAP reports mixed progress on food waste

UK food waste fell by an average of 7% per person between 2015 and 2018, however experts warned there is much work to do to if the UK is to achieve a 20% reduction in waste by 2025. Data from the Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) showed that total UK food waste measured 9.5…
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New Environment Bill will have more teeth

Businesses should prepare for measures in the forthcoming Environment Bill to be tougher than the 2019 version, according to one MP. Addressing this week’s Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) environment seminar, Mark Pawsey, the MP for Rugby and Bulkington, said the government would heed the message from voters on the doorstep in the run up to…
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Chicken boom fuelling deforestation

Growing UK demand for chicken is fuelling deforestation in South America, campaigners have claimed. Greenpeace found that people swapping red meat for chicken and other poultry may be contributing unwittingly to the destruction of South American forests because of a failure by high street brands to monitor where their animal feed comes from. UK poultry…
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“Crisis of confidence” in organic and vegan food claims

More than one in four consumers (27%) are “not confident at all” that foods labelled organic are grown or reared using organic methods. Meanwhile, just 19% are “very confident” that vegan products in supermarkets do not contain meat, with 60% “fairly confident” and 16% “not confident at all”. Lloyd’s Register said it found a “deep…
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Ocean current collapse could hit UK crop production

Crop production in Britain will fall dramatically if climate change causes the collapse of a vital pattern of ocean currents, according to new research. The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) brings heat from the tropics, making Britain warmer and wetter than it would otherwise be. University of Exeter scientists have found that, while warming Britain…
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Straw ban could be delayed

The ban on plastic straws, originally set to come into force in April, is likely to be delayed, Footprint understands. The government set out its plan to ban the distribution and sale of plastic straws in October 2018, with an introduction date of October 2019. A consultation showed majority support for the ban to be brought in…
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Vegan pizzas and burgers on the menu for 2020

Pizza Hut and KFC are among a number of high street food brands to launch new vegan products at the start of 2020. KFC has introduced its first permanent plant-based burger made with a bespoke Quorn fillet following a successful trial in London, Bristol and the Midlands last summer. Pizza Hut, meanwhile, has launched a…
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Dimbleby: ‘UK standards must apply to imports’

A sustainable food system should not only consider the environmental impact of food produced in the UK but must also apply the same standards to food imports, according to Leon co-founder Henry Dimbleby. The Defra lead non-executive and architect of the forthcoming national food strategy told this week’s Oxford Farming Conference that maintaining a level…
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Microplastic pollution far worse than initial estimates

There could be a million times more microplastic pieces floating around the oceans than previously thought, according to new research published in the science journal Limnology and Oceanography Letters. The findings will raise further concerns about the impact of microplastic pollution not only on the environment but on human health. Microplastic pollution tends to be…
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Happier days? Optimism rises in pub and restaurant sector

More than three quarters (76%) of business leaders in the UK pub, bar and restaurant sector say “a sustainable food chain” is important to their brand values. The finding, from the Business Confidence Survey, shows that environment will again be a key issue for the market in 2020. The survey – carried out in November…
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