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Poorest families cannot afford a healthy diet

Low income families would need to spend almost half of their after-housing income on food in order to eat a healthy diet, new research has found. Analysis by the Food Foundation compared the estimated cost of Public Health England’s (PHE) Eatwell Guide with household income. It found that the bottom 20% of families would have…
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Sales grow, but organic farmers could go bust after Brexit

Sales of organic food and drink increased 4% in the year to the end of June 2018, according to new figures compiled by Nielsen Scantrack. Fresh produce and dairy were the standout performers, with sales up 5.3% and 3.5% respectively, said the Soil Association. The figures are impressive given that they come on the back…
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Campaigners demand mandatory meat labelling

Animal welfare campaigners are calling on the government to make method of production labelling compulsory for all meat and dairy products. Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) launched a petition this month calling on the government to introduce “honest labelling” on products, arguing that consumers are currently “left in the dark” about how animals farmed for…
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Improved soil health essential for SDGs

A third of the Earth’s soil is degraded and something needs to be done about it – and fast, according to José Graziano da Silva, director-general at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). In a video message to the World Congress of Soil Science, da Silva suggested the Sustainable Development Goals…
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Co-op steps up redistribution with Leeds tie-up

The Co-op has partnered with hunger charity, The Real Junk Food Project, to redistribute surplus food to people in and around Leeds. The arrangement forms part of the retailer’s new Food Share initiative which aims to take products off sale earlier on the day of expiry, enabling charities to collect a wider range of fresh…
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Consumers demand scrutiny of seafood claims

The vast majority of seafood consumers want sustainability claims made on supermarket products to be verified by a third party. The proportion of seafood consumers demanding independent verification of sustainability claims rose from 68% in 2016 to 72% in 2018, according to a study of 25,000 consumers in 22 countries commissioned by the Marine Stewardship…
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Food sector secretive over sustainability progress

UK food and drink companies are struggling to meet their sustainability targets on waste, renewable technology and sustainable investment. Green technology firm Food Fw analysed publicly available information from 178 companies within the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in the first six months of 2018. The researchers evaluated the level of progress towards sustainability, including…
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Price incentives, not education, drive healthier choices

Food retailers can play an important role in improving diets by financially incentivising people to make healthier choices, new research has found. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that economic interventions, where retailers manipulate prices or offer financial rewards for making healthier choices, had the most potential to improve health.…
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UK food and health retailers commit to protect Antarctic

UK retailers have brokered a voluntary agreement with the largest krill fishing companies and the NGO Greenpeace to voluntarily restrict fishing in key areas around the Antarctic Peninsula, including “buffer zones” around breeding colonies of penguins. Krill, a small crustacean, are caught to feed to farmed fish and for their value as a source of…
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Organic body plays down glyphosate concerns in new tests

“Trace levels” of the herbicide glyphosate have been found in tests of organic grain and cereal products. The Organic Council, which according to its website is a non-profit campaigning for “totally organic principles”, conducted a “2018 annual organic product pesticide basket survey”. Glyphosate was found in Waitrose Duchy Farmhouse Batch wholemeal bread and Tesco Organic…
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