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2017 Strongest Year on Record for Irish Meat Exports – Bord Bia
Amy Forde, Irish Farmers Journal | January 9, 2018
Irish meat exports were the highest on record in 2017 and were worth €3.8bn, Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy has outlined at the annual Bord Bia Meat Marketing Seminar.
Speaking at the seminar, Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy said: "Developments such as increased market access this year, set alongside trade figures, can leave us in no doubt about our meat industry's ability to be competitive globally.
"Population growth, growing consumer affluence and greater demand for meat are creating a long–term opportunity for us, while Bord Bia's commitments to quality, sustainability and consumer insight mean we've never been better placed to capitalise on them.
"Bord Bia is working strategically with the industry to anticipate and respond to the new market realities when faced with Brexit and other challenges."
Though ranchers play a hugely important role in conservation as covered in the article above, I recently came across an article which claimed that sustainability "is what ranchers are already doing".
While that is true for a proportion of the ranchers all over the world, it is clearly not true for all of them everywhere. If it were, there would be no need for roundtables for sustainable beef etc, and reducing sustainability to only what ranchers do ignores the roles of all of the others in the chain who have as much to contribute to and as much to gain from sustainability as ranchers do.
See below for the contributions that food companies are making through commitments to protecting the Cerrado in Brazil. As pointed out in the article, with the amount of already deforested land, and the implementation of both good agricultural and ranching practices, Brazil could produce more crops and more beef without converting any more land.
This has, in fact, been the trend in Brazil over the past two decades (reducing the amount of land per tonne of food produced), but demand grows constantly and food companies need to play their part to ensure that what they are sourcing is produced sustainably.
Saving the Cerrado, Brazil's Vital Savanna
WWF.org | January 25, 2018
It can be difficult growing up in your big sister's shadow, which may be how Brazil's Cerrado savanna feels.
Covering a quarter of Brazil, the Cerrado is one of the world's most important ecosystems, yet it's far less well–known than its neighbor to the north, the Amazon rainforest.
For more than 30 years, the Amazon has been the poster–forest for the environmental movement. And deforestation in the Amazon is largely slowing down. Unfortunately, however, the Cerrado continues to lose ground to expanding beef and soy production, plus other commodities and infrastructure. In fact, losses in the Cerrado have been greater than those in the Amazon for the past decade.
Fortunately, there's hope on the horizon. On Jan. 25, 61 of the world's largest food companies committed to working to halt deforestation in the Cerrado. This builds on previous commitments that these and other companies are implementing to protect the Amazon and other forests.
Thinking Circular with More Sustainable Packaging and Recycling
By 2025, the World Bank estimates a staggering 6 million tons of waste will be produced each day. What's more, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum predicts that by 2050, oceans will contain more plastics than fish. Added to this, the world's landfill waste continues to emit methane, a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide.
As the world's largest restaurant company, we have the responsibility and opportunity to take action on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today. We know that our vast, global supply chain can have a significant impact on the planet. And we're constantly improving our sourcing, packaging and transportation processes to lessen that footprint.
When you operate over 37,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries serving 69 million people each day, even small changes can make a big difference.
Cargill Launches Certified Beef Traceability Pilot
International Leather Maker | January 5, 2018
In Canada, Cargill says it is launching a pilot to trace and verify a fully certified beef supply chain that meets the criteria for the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Through the program, customers are to receive fully audited beef, while farmers and ranchers will earn a financial credit for participating.
"We are building businesses today that will provide our customers and consumers with the products and solutions they are seeking tomorrow", said MacLennan. "We are thinking differently about how to create positive impact and increase consumer trust."
GRSB Announces 2018 Executive Committee
Tri–State Livestock News | January 10, 2018
The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) is proud to announce the election of Ms. Nicole Johnson–Hoffman, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President for OSI Group, as President of the GRSB. Additionally, Dr. Leon Mol, Director of Product Safety & Social Compliance for Ahold Delhaize has been elected Vice President, and Cameron Bruett, Head of Corporate Affairs for JBS, has been re–elected Executive Committee Member At–Large.
Ms. Johnson–Hoffman, formerly GRSB Vice President, replaces Mr. Dennis Laycraft of Canadian Cattlemen's Association, who exits after serving a full, 2–year term, and who will now formally serve as Past President. Dr. Leon Mol is new to the GRSB Executive Committee after serving on the Board of Directors, and Mr. Cameron Bruett is also a Past President of GRSB.
These three new GRSB leaders join Mr. Carlos Saviani of World Wildlife Fund, who is the Secretary – Treasurer, and Executive Committee Member At–Large, Dr. Ignacio Blanco–Traba of McDonald's Global, to make up the 2018 GRSB Executive Committee.
Cargill Investing In PURIS to Accelerate Pea Protein Production for North American and Global Markets
Cargill.com | January 17, 2018
With the rapid rise in consumer demand for plant–based protein, PURIS, the largest North American producer of pea protein, and Cargill have signed a joint venture agreement to accelerate a new wave of great tasting, sustainable and label–friendly plant–based foods.
"PURIS is a game changer in terms of taste and vertical integration in pea protein," said David Henstrom, vice president, Cargill Starches, Sweeteners and Texturizers. "Cargill is excited to expand into the emerging pea protein space while continuing to support our conventional agricultural crops. It's clear that PURIS is in alignment with Cargill's vision to meet the growing demand for protein globally and to help customers deliver label–friendly products without sacrificing taste."
Cattle Council Outlines Its Next Steps
Beef Central | January 23, 2018
In a media release, Cattle Council of Australia says it is committed to moving the organisation forward with a model that demonstrates increased transparency and increased representation across the beef industry.