GRSB Connect for October 21, 2014
Dear GRSB Member,
"As the GCSB approaches in Brazil, many of our members are asking what is next for GRSB. We have spent some considerable time, justified I think by the breadth and diversity of opinions we have to reflect, developing our definition of sustainable beef. We recently sent out a survey to all members to give their opinions as to where the main focus of our activities should be in the coming years. It is clear that this will need to include a means of translating the principles and criteria into action on the ground. There are several national roundtables emerging in North and South America, and worldwide there are several other groups working at a national level in ways that could be compatible with GRSB. While it is clear that the new board, as elected in Brazil, is the appropriate body to set policy, we will be presenting that new board with the results of the survey.
Dateline: By Tony Gleeson
Having settled on a vision, mission, principles and criteria the GRSB is now at the critical point of resolving how best to guide the application of these principles and criteria. Decisions at this point will have a major impact on the extent to which GRSB achieves its mission of continuous improvement in sustainability. Decisions at this point will influence the extent to which businesses adopt the principles and criteria and the credibility of the verification of that improvement. Read entire letter HERE.
Dateline: 10/15/14, Source: By Drake Bennett, Bloomberg Business Week
Whole Foods Market (WFM) today rolled out a rating system to tell shoppers the environmental impact of the produce and flowers it sells. The labels will give products ratings of Good, Better, and Best, based on such factors as pesticide use, water conservation, waste recycling, energy use, and how farmworkers are treated. Whole Foods has committed to labeling all foods in its U.S. and Canadian stores containing GMOs by 2018,
Dateline: 10/19/14, Source: Independent European Daily Express UK
Family farms have been contributing to food security and nutrition for centuries, if not millennia. But with changing demand for food as well as increasingly scarce natural resources and growing demographic pressures, family farms will need to innovate rapidly to thrive. Meanwhile, sustainable rural development depends crucially on the viability and success of family farming. With family farms declining in size by ownership and often in operation as well, improving living standards in the countryside has become increasingly difficult over the decades.
Dateline: 10/09/14, Source: By Jason Nason, Beef Central
Australian beef industry stakeholders eyeing the Chinese market should collaborate and work together under a "Brand Australia" approach, an international market expert told BeefEx on Thursday.
Dateline: 10/10/14, Source: By Hanna Lange–Chenier, Global Meat News
Beef and poultry production in the European Union (EU) has been growing steadily this year, putting the sectors on track for further growth in 2015, said a new European Commission (EC) report, released on 8 October.
Dateline: 10/17/14, Source: By Theopolis Waters, Reuters
Cheaper feed and the removal of a feed additive are bringing U.S. beef lovers juicier steaks, leaving the industry wondering whether to muscle up cattle before slaughter or aim for more fat, which enhances flavor. If consumers are willing to pay more for tastier beef, packers may have to decide between tonnage and taste. "At the end of the day it boils down to consumers who are willing to pay more, but it darn sure better be a good product," said Jim Robb, director of the Colorado–based Livestock Marketing Information Center.
Dateline: 10/15/14, Source:By Elizabeth Harball, E & E News
Brazil has reduced its deforestation rates by about 80 percent over the past decade, an effort the global community hails as a major environmental success story. It is said that as a result of this achievement, Brazil has made the single greatest contribution of any nation to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. But the strong actions taken by the government, agribusinesses and large landowners to protect the Brazilian Amazon have not resulted in a similar success story among smallholders, and the complex reaction to these policies by different food industries is driving new deforestation risks, according to two recent reports.
Dateline: 10/17/14, Source: By Georgi Gyton, Global Meat News
The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) unanimously endorsed a public statement calling for all Trans–Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations to support 'gold standard outcomes' for beef, during its annual meeting.
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