Compassion in World Farming: making animal welfare a global priority | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional20, May 2013
Realistic initiatives ensure the issue remains a key element in the sustainability strategies of food producers and retailers
While life in free-range broiler production is not without its challenges, it is an area that has experienced steady growth over the past few years, says Anna Rountree, quality assurance audit manager at Free Range Chicken.
Consumers will pay a premium for higher-welfare food, but cannot be pushed too far, retail analyst Ed Garner of Kantar Worldpanel told this week's Pig & Poultry Live event at Stoneleigh.
Without necessarily knowing the term “traceability,” consumers have been calling for it in their food system for a long time. The evidence of that comes from the food industry itself, with its increased emphasis on where food came from. Many companies now highlight certain locations or farmers in brand names, commercials, or through packaging and labels.
Vermont seemed more likely than ever to become the first US state to mandate the labeling of genetically modified food (GMO) after a bill passed the state house, though legislators worry about a lawsuit threat from biotech giant Monsanto.
G.Mondini and Digi Europe have collaborated to launch an integrated weigh station with a coding system that allows printing directly onto film on the top of the tray, eliminating the need for labels and the cost of dispersing unwanted backing paper.
Brazil’s pork exports plummeted last month, with an increase in trade in some markets offset by the Ukrainian ban on Brazilian pork, according to the Brazilian Pork Industry and Exporter Association (ABIPECS).
UK year on year sales of organic food have increased for the first time since 2009, according to new figures from Kantar Worldpanel - an increase that the Soil Association has said was partly due to the horse meat scandal.
Independent Australian MP Andrew Wilkie says he will introduce a new private members bill to try again to shut down Australia's live cattle export industry.
Monsanto and other GM firms are winning in the US – and globally | Wenonah Hauter | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk20, May 2013
The US State Department has sadly joined the push to distribute GM crops around the world, whether people want them or not