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Fish stocks “at risk” due to dodging of discard ban

Poor implementation of the EU fish discards ban has placed fish stocks at risk, according to a House of Lords sub-committee. The EU landing obligation – also called the discard ban – aims to protect fish stocks, and the wider marine environment, by requiring fishers to land all fish caught (and be counted against their…
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Salmon growth puts wild fish stocks at risk

The Scottish farmed salmon industry will require over 300,000 tonnes of wild caught fish every year to fulfil its ambition to double in size by 2030. The estimate was made by campaign group Feedback which said the industry currently uses roughly the same quantity of wild-caught fish to feed its salmon as is purchased by…
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Climate-friendly food pledge

Foodservice businesses are being encouraged to serve more climate-friendly food. The Cool Food Pledge encourages signatories to “provide delicious food that is better for the planet”. They also commit to a collective target of reducing the GHG emissions associated with the food they provide by 25% by 2030 relative to 2015 (a level of ambition…
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Alcohol sales drop in Scotland thanks to pricing policy 

The volume of alcohol sold per adult in Scotland in 2018 has fallen to its lowest level since 1994. The first expert analysis of data, just over a year since Scotland became the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP), showed a 3% fall in alcohol sales per adult in Scotland…
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Plain packaging policy needed for unhealthy food and drink, says IPPR

Sweets, crisps and sugary drinks need to be put on a level playing-field with fruit and vegetables if the UK is to win the battle against preventable diseases, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research. The IPPR report, Ending the Blame Game: The case for a new approach to public health and prevention, identifies…
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Lidl offers more transparent meat labels

Lidl is adding “method of production” labels to all its fresh chicken products to help customers “make more informed decisions”. The detail will be similar to that found on egg packaging, with information on five different types of farming system, including “indoor” and “British free range”. But some campaigners claimed the new scheme “shies away from…
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Waitrose puts faith in seitan

Waitrose is claiming a UK supermarket first with the launch of a new seitan burger. Seitan is a protein rich food made from wheat gluten which is increasingly used as a substitute for meat due to its appearance and texture. Its popularity with vegans or flexitarians has grown in part due to trendy restaurants such…
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Traffic light labels to show impact of food

Professor Chris Elliott has called for a new labelling system to show consumers the environmental damage, or indeed benefit, of the food and drink they are buying. Writing for The Grocer, the director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University, Belfast, said there is “huge economic benefit” in a “simple-to-follow and trustworthy…
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Sales of ethical food and drink pass £8 billion mark

Brits spent £8.2 billion in 2018 on ethical food and drink, including organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified products. Over the past five years, sales of ethical food and drink have shot up by 43% from £5.7 billion in 2013, according to the latest figures from Mintel. This year, sales are…
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Sainsbury’s feels the heat on plastics

Greenpeace has ramped up its pressure on Sainsbury’s to take more action on plastics after activists delivered thousands of complaints to the grocer’s head office in London. The campaign group said its analysis showed that Sainsbury’s received more plastics complaints on Twitter than any of the top four supermarkets last year. Sainsbury’s received more than…
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