GRSB Connect for April 23, 2014
Welcome to GRSB connect for the week of 22nd April. Last week we held our executive board meeting in Brisbane, Australia. We really appreciated the effort so many members made to attend from around the world, and the hospitality of our Australian members who came to the first board meeting we have held there. In addition to existing members, there were some potential new members and observers, which all added to the value of our being there.
Dateline: 04/17/14, Source: By Matthew Cawood, North Queensland Register
One thing is certain about the concept of “sustainable beef” right now ... no one knows how it will work on the ground, or what effect it will have on beef production.
Dateline: 04/17/14, Source: By James McGrann, Beef Magazine
Sustainability is a buzzword these days, often invoked by food-service providers and retailers who increasingly say they’re committed to sourcing food from sustainable beef production systems.
Dateline: 04/19/14, Source: By Colin Bettles, Farm Weekly
US Cattlemen’s Association president Jon Wooster has warned any definition of “sustainable beef” would leave a critical question unanswered about what constitutes “unsustainable beef,” generating potentially negative commercial implications.
Dateline: 04/02/14, Source: By Jacinta Bolsenbroek, Farm Weekly
The Western Australian National Party is leading a charge to stop the draft of an environmental certification scheme.
Dateline: 04/11/14, Source: By James Nason, Beef Central
Australian cattle producers have little to fear from the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) process, and potentially much to gain, the Cattle Council of Australia maintains.
Dateline: 04/10/14, Source: By Matthew Cawood, Stock Journal
The strongest reaction to the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef's (GRSB) draft "principles and concepts" document has been fear. This is a poor basis for clear thinking.
Dateline: 04/07/14, Source: By Matthew Cawood, Queensland Country Life
For most people, standards like ISO9000 and ISO14000 suggest mind-blowing tedium. David Horlock argues that instead, the agriculture sector view standards as "knowledge of what good looks like", and apply that knowledge.
Dateline: 04/08/14, Source: By Gustavo A.B. da Fonseca, Huffington Post
Voluntary programs such as…the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef… have attracted the active participation of important corporate players such as retail giant Walmart….
Dateline: 04/07/14, Source: By James Nason, Beef Central
Whether cattle producers like it or not, they’re likely to hear a lot more about the need to develop standards to demonstrate their industry’s environmental, animal welfare and ethical credentials to the voting public in coming years.
Dateline: 04/07/14, Source: By Brenda Zulu, The Post Online, Zambia
FAO director general José Graziano da Silva says the youth need more incentives for them to engage in rural activities such as livestock production.
Dateline: 04/15/14, Source: By Ruaraidh Petre, Executive Director, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Beef Central
I am dismayed by some of the stories and comments I have read regarding the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
Dateline: 04/03/14, Source: ABC au
Australian meat processors will be watching closely to see if Russia's ban on Australian chilled and frozen beef can be overturned.
Dateline: 04/03/14, Source: By Whitney Daily, Food for Thought Blog in Partnership with Chipotle, Huffington Post
From cage-free eggs and rBGH-free dairy, to pink slime and sustainable beef, Americans increasingly expect companies to communicate the intimate details on how their food is produced and handled, from how animals and workers are treated, to the environmental impacts of packaging.
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Dateline: 04/03/14, Source: By Jon Condon, Beef Central
Twelve months after the launch of the Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System, the program’s standards are being re-defined…
Dateline: 04/01/14, Source: PR Newswire, Digital Journal
McDonald's, one of Cargill's largest global customers, honored Cargill today with seven "Best of Sustainable Supply" awards, including two category winners for community impact and economics.
Dateline: 04/03/14, Source: Meat & Poultry
The subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. is launching a new promotion which focuses on the Star Ranch Angus beef 100 percent commitment to consumers.
Dateline: 04/07/14, Source: Rabobank News Release
Market fundamentals remain very positive for the global beef industry, according to Rabobank’s Q1 Beef Quarterly report.
Dateline: 04/11/14, Source: By Eleanor Mackay, Meat Info.co.uk
Fast food giant McDonald's has launched a new digital business tool, which aims to help the beef industry save money and reduce CO2 emissions.
Dateline: 04/03/14, Source: Wall Street Journal Video
The CEOs from Tyson Foods and Waste Management talk about how they’ve been able to make recycling Tyson’s waste profitable by separating different types of recyclable materials. They both speak with WSJ’s Kimberley. See Video
BuzzBack + the Rainforest Alliance Kick Off Earth Month With Findings From A New Global Study on Sustainability
Dateline: 04/09/14, Source: PR Urgent
Just in time for Earth Month, BuzzBack and the Rainforest Alliance release new findings from their global sustainability study that find consumers have a different understanding of sustainability…
Dateline: 4/14/14, Source: By John Condon, Beef Central
The 2013 Northern Beef Situation Analysis is a detailed financial study commissioned by Meat & Livestock Australia, scrutinising the performance of the northern beef industry by region, market and herd size over the period 2001-2012.
Dateline: 4/14/14, Source: By Georgi Gyton, Global Meat News.com
EU beef prices have seen a sharp drop, with production costs rising, according to new figures discussed by European farmers' organization….
Dateline: 04/15/14, Source: By South China Morning Post
Long-stalled efforts by Australia to sell live cattle to China are gaining fresh impetus from negotiations to secure a bilateral free-trade deal.
Dateline: 04/15/14, Source: North Queensland Register
NorthBEEF’s vision is for a vibrant north Australian beef industry that is healthy, viable and secure.
Dateline: 04/07/14, Source: Nevada Appeal
With the global population projected to grow to 9 billion people by 2050, healthy soil is more important than ever.
Dateline: 04/11/14, Source: MercoPress
United States beef shipments to Japan may drop after the largest Asian buyer inked this week a deal with Australia to begin reducing import tariffs as early as next year, the Japanese agriculture ministry
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