GRSB Connect for November 10, 2015
Dear GRSB Member,
Thanks to all those who came to Amsterdam for our General Assembly, the good attendance was appreciated. We would also like to thank those who contributed to the success of the event including the speakers from regional sustainability efforts, our guest speakers Dr Hetty van Beers, Dr Martin Scholten and Brian Lindsey and of course to the VanDrie Group who organised the tour on Thursday to several of their locations covering much of the veal chain, and the presentation by Dr Kees van Reenen.
The GRSB tour group at one of VanDrie Group's farms.
Please find the presentations from the meeting on the members area of our website.
Dateline: 10/16/15, Source: World–Grain.com
The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held their 14th annual meeting at FAO headquarters on Oct.12–13 to further strengthen their collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food.
Dateline: 10/19/15, Source: By James Nason, BEEF Central
Outcomes of research into a live export industry assurance program will be provided to the industry in March 2016, after which the industry will consider the feasibility of implementation.
Dateline: 11/02/15, Source: By Gren Winslow, Canadian Cattlemen
For much of this year you have read or heard about Canada's national beef strategy, but this fall the attention of the cattle associations across the country will swing around to paying for the strategy. A campaign is being put together for provincial cattle organizations to present the argument for raising the national mandatory checkoff from $1 to $2.50 per head to producers at their fall meetings.
Dateline: 10/22/15, Source: By Sean Cummins, AgriLand
Tighter supermarket specifications are having a big impact on the beef industry in the UK as these specifications are forcing farmers and processors to change their production systems, according to Robert Forster.
Dateline: 11/05/15, Source: The Cattle Site
A review of antibiotic use in UK cattle has suggested that the fight against antibiotic–resistant bacteria stands to benefit from better data collection and collation, especially through the use of information technology.The practical approach to gathering antibiotic usage data on UK cattle farms was identified in a new review from the industry–led Cattle Health and Welfare Group of Great Britain (CHAWG). The results were announced at a joint conference held by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). The outcomes highlight the significant benefits better data could deliver, such as improving the way antibiotics are administered strategically to tackle disease.
Dateline: 10/27/15, Source: By Krishna N. Das and Rejendra Jadhav, Reuters
Rising tensions over eating beef in Hindu–majority India are starting to hit the multi–billion dollar buffalo meat trade, with exports falling in the last six months as traders run short of supplies and China lifts purchases from Brazil.
Dateline: 10/16/15, Source: By Ciaran Moran, AgriLand
One of the key recommendations arising out of the Food Harvest 2020 report was for Teagasc to set up a stand–alone demonstration herd in the west of Ireland.
Dateline: 10/23/15, Source: By Marc Gunther, The Guardian
Sometimes life does imitate art. Last year, Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast–growing burrito and taco chain, produced an internet comedy series called Farmed and Dangerous to satirize industrial agriculture. The villain, a sneering character named Buck Marshall, who runs a fictional outfit called the Industrial Food Image Bureau, was inspired by real–life PR operative Rick Berman.
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Members in the News
Dateline: 10/27/15, Source: Scoop Business NZ
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Director George Tatham, who recently attended the Five Nations Beef Alliance in Mexico, says that new members from Paraguay and Mato Grosso in Brazil will add a new dimension to the group, now called the International Beef Alliance.
Dateline: 11/03/15, Source: By Alexis Kienlen, Alberta Farmer
Thinking of becoming a producer of 'verified sustainable beef,' but wondering just what it involves?
Dateline: 10/19/15, Source: By Steve Banker, Logistics Viewpoint
McDonald's is the first to admit things are not going as well as the company would like.
Dateline: 10/20/15, Source: Radio New Zealand News
The government, along with primary industry organisations, has released guidelines to help farmers prepare for possible impacts of El Nino weather conditions.
Dateline: 10/21/15, Source: EPA News Release
Ahold USA, based in Quincy, Mass., was recognized by EPA as one of the nation's top 100 purchasers of Green Power. As part of EPA's Green Power Partnership, more than 1,300 organizations are purchasing billions of kilowatt–hours of green power annually, avoiding carbon pollution equal to that created by the electricity use of more than 2.5 million American homes.
Dateline: 10/28/15, Source: PR Newswire
Today Elanco Animal Health, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY), released an updated report in support of its groundbreaking food security movement, "ENOUGH: Building a Food–Secure Tomorrow".
Dateline: 10/30/15, Source: By Barbara Duckworth, The Western Producer
Producers questioned what McDonald's really meant when it announced last year that it wants beef from sustainable operations.
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