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Big firms obstructing climate policy

FORTY-FIVE of the 100 largest global industrial companies have recently been involved in directly advocating against climate policy, whilst simultaneously pushing their own sustainability credentials.                     The figures have been published by newly-formed NGO InfluenceMap, which assessed the firms on everything from climate science transparency to…
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Two million hectare shortfall in UK land possible by 2030, study finds

CAMBRIDGE HOSTED industry platform calls for joint action plan with government.                   By 2030, the UK could require up to 7 million hectares of additional land to meet a growing population’s food, space and renewable energy needs, while increasing the area needed to protect nature and its…
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Few solutions to a world of problems

FEEDING THE World come 2050 is a tall order, but answers are in short supply. Footprint left a summit with more questions than answers.                    Journalists are sometimes prone to exaggeration, but The Economist’s deputy editor, Emma Duncan, was not underplaying the situation when she opened this year’s…
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Frankenfood debate lurches back into life

GENETICALLY MODIFIED crops are on the agenda again as supporters raise fears the EU's hostility could mean missing out on major benefits.                   Genetically modified food is firmly back on the agenda. After a year in which the controversial technology resurfaced as a topic of social, economic and…
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Fourth pesticide found to harm bees

THE EUROPEAN Food Safety Authority has concluded that the insecticide fipronil “poses a high acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize”.                   The findings have prompted calls for the European Commission to look at restricting the use of the chemical, which is…
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Push for GM continues

THE ENVIRONMENT Secretary, Owen Paterson, used his speech at the Oxford Farming Conference to once-again promote the role of genetically modified (GM) foods.   Paterson, who in December said GM “would be a good thing” highlighted the growing number of farmers that are using the technology and the “great opportunity” it provides.   However, he…
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How can you change the game?

LARGE FIRMS are increasingly adopting and scaling up sustainability innovations and reaping substantial rewards for themselves and their customers.   The new business approaches not only contribute to the green economy, but also show what can be achieved by decoupling business growth from increasing environmental damage, even generating restorative or net-positive social and environmental impacts.…
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An appetite for change

IT'S BEEN almost 10 years since the UK Government ran a public debate on GM food. With issues over food security, drought and a booming population intensifying, is the foodservice sector one of those asking for the technology to be given a second chance? David Burrows reports.     Environmentalists are beginning to change their…
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GM debate must be re-opened

THE FOODSERVICE industry is ready to have another look at the options around genetically modified (GM) food.                             According to a poll on foodservicefootprint.com, 78% of readers are in favour of re-opening the debate on GM foods. Meanwhile, 11% don’t want a…
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