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Sustainability is no longer an optional add-on for food manufacturers and their suppliers. Climate change and shrinking resources mean a responsible approach is called for – and shareholders and customers want to know what is being done to safeguard food supplies and the interests of future generations.

IFCN says 40% fewer dairy farms in Western Europe by 2026

According to IFCN Monitoring, the world milk price has increased by 35% to a level of about $30/100 kg milk since June 2016.

What does Greenpeace's palm oil report mean for IOI & RSPO?

Greenpeace's damning report on Malaysian palm oil supplier IOI, just one month after its membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was renewed, could be damaging for the...

Ecolabel market to grow by 66%, and will become more powerful than regulation, say Danish researchers

The number of eco-labels could grow by 66% in the next 15 years as their power and influence becomes much great than regulation, according to new research carried out in Denmark.

’We are investors and we expect companies to manage the risks in their supply chain’

Investors worth $1.25trn urge industry to switch to sustainable plant proteins

A group of investors worth $1.25 trillion (€1.1 trn) in assets are urging 16 food companies to accelerate the switch to sustainable, plant-based proteins.

Greenpeace activists block IOI palm oil at Rotterdam port

Greenpeace activists are blocking palm oil imports from Malaysian trader IOI at Rotterdam harbour in protest at the firm's involvement in forest destruction, peatland fires and use of child labour....

Action on food waste needs to accelerate, says SDG report

Europe’s governments and companies have been great at setting targets to cut food waste, but now they need to “accelerate and scale up adoption of policies, incentives, and practices” to act upon...

Manufacturers are making positive progress on palm oil but Nestlé has work to do: WWF

European food manufacturers have “upped their game” and made substantial progress in relation to the procurement of sustainable palm, according to WWF’s 2016 scorecard.

'The first step towards a future with healthy, hardy plants' - but are they GMO?

CRISPR gene edited cabbage grown and cooked for the first time

Cabbages modified with CRISPR-Cas9 “genetic scissors” have been harvested and cooked for what is believed to be the first time, Umeå University says.

What does sustainability mean to you?

Successful sustainability initiatives need to consider how farmers work and think, and involve co-operation between all parties, says SVZ International.

Fish trimmings: Perfect for protein and pacemakers?

Scientists at the University of Bergen have discovered how to use fish trimmings to produce versatile protein powders perfect for human consumption.

'We’re not against meat, we’re for the consumer.'

Better Buying Lab plants sustainable eating seeds

Consumers say they want to eat sustainably but don't always buy sustainable food. In order to change this, The Better Buying Lab has enrolled Google, Quorn and Sodexo to understand why...

Green machines: Hinoman to open commercial facilities in Israel & the US, in 2017 as demand for plant-based protein rises

Hinoman – an Israeli start-up developing a novel source of vegetable protein that promises to give rivals a run for their money in the nutrition and sustainability stakes – aims...

Is your firm ready for 3 waves of disruptive food innovation?

In the next 10 years, the food industry will be profoundly changed by a series of disruptive innovations in three waves. "Some say these entrepreneurs will save the planet, others believe they...

Genetically engineered barley yields 30% more in salty soil: Study

A genetic anomaly discovered in barley may allow the crop to thrive in high-salt conditions, a study has determined.

Nofima teams up with food firms for CO2-emitting MAP replacement

Norwegian researchers have developed a CO2 emitting pad for a range of fresh fish and meat products, saying it could replace CO2 gas and moisture pads as well as boosting...

Is there a happy medium for small-scale artisanal producers and Big Food?

Some of the world’s rarest heritage and artisan foods will go on display this month at the Terra Madre Salone des Gusto food show in Turin, Italy. FoodNavigator asked Slow...

Carrefour calls on innovative firms to pitch ideas for fighting food waste

French retail giant Carrefour is calling on companies to pitch their ideas to cut food waste in any link of the supply chain as part of its Food Waste Challenge....

Maximum sustainable yield frameworks need to be adaptive, Myfish concludes

Maximum sustainable yield is not the same for every country and adaptable frameworks are therefore key for fisheries to meet CFP goals, the four-year Myfish project concluded.

Best-before-dates are bad news, say German food companies

Product defects (73%), technical faults (54%) and expiry of the best-before-date (43%) are the major causes of food waste in the German food industry, according to a study.

Leftover coffee grounds: Unlocking 6m tonnes of unused antioxidant dietary fibre

The use of leftover coffee grounds as an antioxidant dietary fibre is a low-cost value-added opportunity for an otherwise waste product, say Spanish researchers.  

UK shoppers will spend more for fairer groceries: Survey

UK shoppers would pay more for groceries in the knowledge producers were getting a better deal, a new survey suggests. 

South America & Africa biggest growth risks for palm oil - but upping market initiatives could curb deforestation

Voluntary market initiatives from the largest buyers and sellers of palm oil could help curb deforestation linked to the crop, researchers say, noting South America and Africa are most at...

Study delivers blow to nutrigenomic hopes – but damage not fatal

Results of a huge EU-backed project have dashed hopes that phenotypic and genotypic information could boost the effectiveness of personalised nutrition programmes. But one of the researchers behind the project...

Africa and Asia set to become UK’s biggest suppliers in wake of Brexit

Africa and Asia could take the EU’s place as exporters of fruit and veg for the UK following Brexit, retailers say.

Palm oil plantations moving in on lowland forests can damage ecosystem functions

Replacing tropical lowland forests with oil palm plantations can damage 11 out of 14 functions of a healthy ecosystem, some of which will be irreparable, researchers say.

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