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McDonald’s, Beef Industry Slammed for ‘Greenwashing’

McDonald’s and the rest of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef are “greenwashing” beef production with their principles and criteria for global sustainable beef, according to consumer, worker and environmental groups. In a letter to the Roundtable’s Executive Committee, 23 groups — including Friends of the Earth, Animal Welfare Approved, … Read more »

Australian Heat Wave Threatens Crops, Livestock

Australia’s heat wave is hurting agricultural production and livestock farmers, Reuters reports. Less available water for crops will have a negative impact on crops including wheat and sugar, Paul Deane, senior agricultural economist at ANZ Bank, tells the news agency. Australia is the second largest wheat exporter and the third … Read more »

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McDonald’s Pledges to Buy Sustainable Beef in 2016

McDonald’s aims to begin purchasing verified sustainable beef in 2016, according to the fast food giant. On its new beef sustainability webpage, McDonald’s outlines a three-part plan including aspirations, vision and approach. The company’s aspirations include developing global principles and criteria this year, developing purchasing targets and then beginning to … Read more »

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McDonald’s, Unilever ‘Beef Up Sustainability’

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, whose members include McDonald’s Europe and Unilever, has launched its Principles for Sustainable Beef Farming, intended to help the beef industry produce beef sustainably. The group says the principles are the most complete guidelines developed for beef production to date, covering sustainable farming systems, … Read more »

Cargill Closes Plant Due to Drought

Cargill will idle its Plainview, Texas beef processing plant due to a tight cattle supply brought on by years of drought in the region. The US cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1952, Cargill said. Increased feed costs resulting from the prolonged drought, combined with herd liquidations by … Read more »

Walmart Sustainability Index ‘Ahead of Schedule’

Walmart yesterday said its Live Better Scorecard – the company’s sustainability index to assess the environmental impacts of its products – is ahead of schedule, but did not say when it would be completed. The company also made announcements yesterday related to its monitoring of beef suppliers, and the installation … Read more »