The physical impacts of climate change and rapid growth of alternative proteins will put billions of dollars at risk for current food sector giants such as Tyson Foods and JBS, suppliers to household names such as McDonald’s, Walmart, Burger King and Marks & Spencer. According to an analysis by Fairr, the $20 trillion investor network, seven “key risks” will impact the…Read more
Analysis: Mind the emissions gap – why now is the time to act
The latest UN report shows that climate action is lagging well behind what’s needed. Countries must get serious, say experts at the World Resources Institute. The UN’s annual Emissions Gap Report takes stock of where global greenhouse gas emissions are headed versus where they need to be if we are to avoid the worst effects…Read more
Where’s the beef?
Irish beef sells itself on its green and natural credentials. Does it live up to the hype and what part can it play in a sustainable diet? Footprint’s Amy Fetzer investigates. It’s a funny few days to be finding out more about Irish beef and the Irish Food Board’s sustainability programme, Origin Green. Checking the…Read more
Will Boston Tea Party kick off a coffee revolution?
The café chain’s total ban on single-use cups is a bold move that its customers may not be ready for. By David Burrows. From today (June 1st) single-use coffee cups will be banned at Boston Tea Party’s (BTP) 21 stores. It’s a bold move, not least because takeaway hot drinks are responsible for 5.2% of…Read more
Fit for the future
The best sustainability strategies are those that are aligned with an organisation’s goals and impacts, and which don’t shy away from stretching targets. So what can be learned from Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow 2025? Amy Fetzer reports. It’s all about impact. When setting sustainability strategy, the key question that should be asked is: what and where…Read more
Why businesses need to take biodiversity seriously
Our food system is advancing the destruction of the natural world; but food businesses have the power to reverse it. By Nick Hughes. Delegates of a fatalistic disposition will have come away from October’s Extinction and Livestock conference in London feeling even more despondent about the state of our planet. The shocking statistics about the…Read more
Farmers’ fair-weather friend?
Campaigners have cried foul over Sainsbury’s decision to stop working with the Fairtrade Foundation on tea, but is it really the ‘regressive step’ critics claim? By David Burrows. Sainsbury’s was one of the first retailers to sell Fairtrade products, and in the past 20 years or so it’s grown into the world’s largest retailer of…Read more
Meat-free mania – why isn’t McDonald’s lovin’ it?
Big money is being invested in plant-based or lab-grown alternatives as consumers go flexitarian. The burger chains may be missing a trick. Meatless burgers are big news, and a fair bit of it is thanks to Impossible Foods. It has reportedly ploughed £60m into what appeared to be an impossible mission: a plant-based “meat” that…Read more
Heineken’s greener brew
The beer giant is refreshing parts of an industry its rivals haven’t reached, with a zero-carbon brewery in Göss. David Burrows reports from Austria. Chatting over a few steins in the Austrian town of Göss, Michael Dickstein admits the concept of a zero-carbon beer might not resonate with the majority of drinkers. His marketing team…Read more
Cash in on the climate revolution
The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change offers big opportunities for businesses that move fast, writes Frances Way. The low-carbon revolution is here. That’s the message sent to the private sector by the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, which became international law in November after ratification at unprecedented speed by the international community. The…Read more