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Businesses pledge support for sustainable water

Some of the UK’s biggest food businesses have committed to improve their water efficiency and take action on water risk hotspots as part of a new roadmap for the sector. Developed by WRAP and supported by organisations including The Rivers Trust and WWF, the water roadmap is designed to help businesses deliver the Courtauld Commitment 2030 target…
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‘Fundamental shift’ needed to hit chicken commitment

Compassion in World Farming has provided an update on progress against the Better Chicken Commitment (BCC) which has seen over 270 food companies commit to higher production standards for the meat chickens in their supply chains. It found that although a growing number of commitments across different food sectors was a “positive” step towards making…
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Buyers fail to link food waste with carbon

The majority of food procurement professionals are not targeting food waste reduction as part of their climate goals after new research found most see no link between waste and carbon emissions. The study of 282 people in senior food supply chain and procurement roles was commissioned by Sodexo as part of its new Appetite for…
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Price and transparency key barriers to eating sustainably

The British public’s desire to eat more sustainably is being thwarted by the high price of sustainable food and unclear labelling, new research has found. More than 70% of Brits (71%) surveyed by WWF believe we should eat food that is better for the environment, but 65% think sustainable options are too expensive and 68%…
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NET-ZERO NOTEBOOK: Cats, coalduggery and the climate

COP26 didn’t quite flop, but a failure to consider food system emissions has left it up to businesses to act. David Burrows reports.  “[…] it’s a Schrödinger’s cat situation in that [1.5°C] is dead and alive for now – and we’ll only know which it really is when we measure emissions in the coming years,” said Imperial…
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EMF sounds warning over reusable ambitions

Use of virgin plastic among some of the world’s biggest packaging users looks to have peaked, however more work needs to be done to eliminate single-use packaging altogether amid a dearth of innovation in reusables. This was the key message from the latest progress report for the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which found brands and retailers…
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Ultra-processed foods driving environmental damage

The ability of countries to meet their climate change targets is at risk from growing consumption of ultra-processed foods. A new first-of-its-kind 30-year study on the Brazilian diet published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal found increased consumption of ultra-processed foods, including sausages, margarines, sweets and soft drinks, was linked to worsened environmental impacts. The University of Sheffield Institute…
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Cost the key barrier to healthier diets

People’s intention to eat a healthy diet is often hampered by the high cost of healthier foods, new research suggests. Although 63% of those surveyed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) would like to change their diet to make it healthier, 77% could identify at least one barrier that stopped them from doing so with…
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Retailers found wanting on farmed fish

Supermarkets have been accused of “a complete lack of leadership” on the sustainability of farmed fish after a new report identified issues with feed and welfare. More than three quarters (76%) of major European retailers are failing to address the sustainability of their farmed fish supply chains, according to the report from the Changing Markets Foundation, Feedback…
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The heat in the meat debate

Consumption of meat fell 17% in the 10 years to 2019. That’s good news for the planet but not producers. David Burrows reports. Average meat consumption per capita per day has fallen 17% – from 103.7g in 2008 to 86.3g in 2019, according to research published in The Lancet. Using data recorded in the National Diet and Nutrition…
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