Tag Archives: WWF

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…
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British cod gains first MSC certification

North Sea cod officially designated as sustainable will soon be sold in supermarkets and restaurants for the first time in 20 years after English and Scottish cod boats were awarded MSC certification. Over a decade since North Sea cod stocks came close to collapse, North Sea cod has passed an independent assessment against the MSC’s…
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Challenge for agriculture as emissions progress stalls

Agriculture is expected to miss key reduction targets for greenhouse gases. With bold new policies needed, shifting demand could be the next step. By Nick Hughes. The UK’s transition to a resilient low-carbon economy is in danger of being derailed by a lack of government action on climate change. That was the stark warning issued…
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More foodservice ‘influencers’ needed to shift people to plant-based diets

The UK needs to “rethink the way it eats” in order to meet the Paris Agreement targets, according to WWF-UK. And the charity, which published its revised “Livewell Plates” this week, has identified chefs and supermarkets as “key influencers” in shifting consumers to more sustainable diets. WWF first created the Livewell Plate in 2011 to…
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Environment must not be compromised by Brexit, say NGOs

Some of the UK’s largest conservation groups have joined forces to urge the government to restore and enhance the environment as the UK prepares to leave the EU. The National Trust, RSPB and WWF are among 13 organisations to throw their weight behind the ‘Manifesto for a Greener UK’, which calls on the government to…
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UK misses sustainable palm oil target

The UK has failed to meet a target to achieve 100% sourcing of “credibly certified sustainable palm oil” by the end of 2015. Figures just released by DEFRA show that 87% of imports were RSPO certified by the end of 2015. This is a major improvement on the 24% recorded in 2009 but still short…
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Coca-Cola meets “aggressive” water targets

Coca-Cola has hit its water replenishment goal five years early and improved its water use efficiency by 27% since 2004. The soft drinks firm has supported 248 community water partnership projects in 71 countries, returning an estimated 19.9 billion litres of water to nature and communities last year – greater than the volume of water…
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Compass joins RTRS

Compass has joined the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS). The move comes hot on the heels of the catering firm’s poor performance in last month’s Soy Scorecard, published by WWF. Compass scored four points out of 24, which actually put it ahead of the likes of Sodexo (3) and Elior (0). The 2016 Scorecard is…
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Time for a serious rethink of sustainability standards to tackle the urgent climate challenges the world is facing

For many years I have worked with some of the world’s largest conservation bodies, businesses and other civil society organisations to develop sustainability standards for a wide range of globally traded commodities. Many of these focus on specific sustainability challenges, such as animal welfare, global trade or organic standards. These schemes have done a fantastic job…
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Can less meat mean more profit?

Have you heard of World Meat Free Day? Nope. Neither had I. But it was on July 13th. Oh. Cue a flurry of polls showing that people want to eat less meat and demanding more vegetarian options from us then? You’ve got it. Younger people are particularly keen flexitarians apparently. They would be. Nearly half…
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