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We Don’t Always Write about Cows, but When We Do…

We Don’t Always Write about Cows, but When We Do…

Reflections from Jen… When I found myself searching cow images (and mulling dairy puns) for the third time in the span of two weeks, I had to stop to think. In all my years writing for Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today, I’m not sure I ever wrote about dairy … Read more »

Climate Change Affecting Food Supplies, Stability

Climate change affects every continent, threatens global food supplies and could lead to political instability, and will worsen unless greenhouse gas emissions are brought under control, according to a report from global scientists. The report warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse gas emissions are … Read more »

Cone: Americans Willing to Pay More for Sustainable Produce

Cone: Americans Willing to Pay More for Sustainable Produce

Americans are willing to sacrifice variety and dollars in order to eat in a more environmentally and health conscious manner, according to the 2014 Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker. Some 89 percent of respondents consider where a product is produced when making food purchasing decisions, and 66 percent would pay … Read more »

Global Food Companies ‘Should Upgrade Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies’

Global Food Companies ‘Should Upgrade Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies’

Only four of the world’s largest food producers – Danone, Heinz, PepsiCo and Unilever – have invested in wide-ranging codes of conduct to guide their suppliers’ environmental performance, according to a new report from Verdantix. Verdantix benchmarked the sustainable supply chain strategies of the 12 largest global food firms, with … Read more »

Cost of Food as Catalyst for Change Cannot Be Ignored

In 18th century Paris the first thing the lieutenant of police did every morning upon reaching his desk was to inquire as to the price of a loaf of bread in the bakers’ shops of Paris. The price of the loaf would tell him whether he could expect a quiet … Read more »

SAP Measuring Footprints of 35,000 Danone Products

German software corporation SAP is helping French food group Danone to measure the individual carbon footprints of 35,000 of its products, as the food firm tries to reduce its emissions by 30 percent from 2008 to 2012. Many food companies can put figures on the the carbon footprint of a … Read more »

Food Manufacturers ‘Holding Back rPET’; Lush Outsources Recycling

The use of recycled PET in the food sector is being held back by poor quality control and by brand owners’ misconceptions, according to PET bottle molder APPE. The company, which says it is the largest food-grade PET recycler in Europe, is investing €10m at its recycling plant in Beaune, … Read more »

Sainsbury’s Swaps Plastic for FSC Corrugated Pack

U.K. supermarket Sainsbury’s has replaced the vacuum-formed plastic tray in its own-brand sliced cheese packaging with an FSC-certified corrugated pack, according to Packaging Europe. Designer Smurfit Kappa said it had a brief to reinvigorate a product range that suffered from poor presentation. Its Shelf Ready Pack is designed to improve … Read more »

DEFRA Scraps ‘Sell-By’ Dates To Cut Food Waste

DEFRA Scraps ‘Sell-By’ Dates To Cut Food Waste

U.K. agency DEFRA has released updated guidance to help ensure the right date marks are used on food labels, to make it easier for shoppers to know when food is safe to eat. DEFRA, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, wants retailers to ditch “sell-by” and “display-until” labels … Read more »

Nestle Discusses Water and Food Security

Peter Brabeck-Lemathe, chairman of the Nestlé Group, speaks on water and food security in the urban context at World Water Week in Stockholm. Yesterday at the conference, Nestlé received the Stockholm Industry Water Award for its leadership and performance to improve water management in its internal operations and throughout its … Read more »

Unsafe Mineral Oils Entering Food from Transport Boxes

Harmful mineral oils in recycled cardboard can find their way into food – even if the cardboard does not touch the food directly, Packaging Technology and Science reports (via Environmental Protection). In tests on experimental packs of noodles, researchers found that food quickly absorbed ten times the recommended limit for … Read more »