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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 06 June 2012

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EDITORIAL: World Meat Congress Focuses on Sustainability

The World Meat Congress opened its doors on Tuesday (5 June) with its eyes firmly set on the subject of sustainable production.

The conference welcomed the new French agriculture minister, Stéphan Le Foll, following the recent elections in France and is also playing host to several other ministers including the Uruguayan agriculture minister.

The congress, which is being attended by more than 700 delegates from around the world, was opened by the International Meat Secretariat president Arturo Llavallol.

He told the congress that the IMS sustainability committee had been working closely with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations over sustainability issues particularly with regard to cattle breeding.

During the congress, International Meat Secretariat secretary general Hsin Huang announced that the IMS is to join forces with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to establish global standards to assessing the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions caused by livestock production.

The new partnership will be a three-way arrangement between the private sector, the governmental delegates to the FAO and non-governmental organisations and consumer groups.

The partnership will work on an international level to draw together research and studies to establish new standards for greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable livestock farming.

The new secretary general of the IMS Hsin Huang said: "It is a path-breaking approach.

"It is about taking the best of what is already out there. We are not about reinventing the wheel.

"But we have to have a reasonable and fair debate about the issues."

The French agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll said that the industry faced questions from some sections of society that were moving away from eating animal proteins, because of the amount of feed that is needed to produce the meat.

However, the meat industry needs to show it is feeding the population sustainably and at the same time meeting environmental issues.

"You have to factor in to animal production that you are really tackling the environmental problems," he told the delegates.

Chris Harris

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 » Trade Pact Likely to Boost China's Seafood Exports
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 » Study: Guidance for Consumers about Fish Consumption
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 » Pork Products Recalled
 » NPB Responds to McDonald's Statement

 » Fonterra and A-Ware in European Partnership


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 » Iotham Sees Income Rising
 » Japanese Beef Imports Fall in April

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 » Beef Farmers Encouraged to Use Marts
 » Livestock Markets to Increase Dairy Revenues
 » Fit not Fat - Key to Lamb Prices
 » UK Resumes Bone-in Beef Exports to Hong Kong
 » Defra Must Not Ignore CAP Advice
 » Pig Industry Assurance Summit
 » New Dutch Research Supports Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics

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 » CIWF Steps in to Help in Chilean Pig Farm Crisis


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 » Russian Agro-holding Invest in Ukraine Pig Complex


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 » Taiwan Beef Imports Hit Record in First Quarter

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 » Thailand Emerges as Global Seafood Powerhouse

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