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Wednesday 20th November 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Green VAT to Stimulate Sustainable Agriculture

A system of value added tax (VAT) could be used to stimulate sustainable agriculture, food production and consumption.

The tax is designed to direct consumers towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly products through taxation.

To ensure that the environmental impact of products is reflected in their costs, a
study published by the European Commission puts forward recommendations for a system of green VAT based on life cycle assessment.

This new economic tool would encourage sustainable production and consumption the researchers claim.

The paper, Towards stronger measures for sustainable consumption and production policies: proposal of a new fiscal framework based on a life cycle approach, by C. De Camillis and M. Goralczyk and published in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment proposes a system whereby VAT, calculated based on the environmental impact of the whole life cycle of the product, is used to guide consumers towards more sustainable, environmentally-friendly products.

The importance of decoupling environmental degradation from economic growth is highlighted by the EU’s Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy Action Plan.

The roadmap outlines how Europe's economy can be transformed into a sustainable one by 2050.
It proposes ways to increase resource productivity and decouple economic growth from resource use and its environmental impact. It illustrates how policies interrelate and build on each other.

It focuses on areas where policy action can make a real difference such as inconsistencies in policy and market failures to ensure that policies are all going in the same direction.

It also addresses prices that do not reflect the real costs of resource use and the need for more long-term innovative thinking are also in the spotlight.

Another report for the European Commission shows that environmental management programmes - such as ISO 14000 and the EU’s EMAS1 - have brought genuine progress in terms of sustainability.

It found that agri-food companies are not simply adopting these programmes purely as a marketing tool, hoping to win over consumers and other players in the market without having to invest in underlying green practices.

The study involved a survey of more than 600 companies in North America and the European Union, asking for information on how far the company had gone towards implementing ISO 14000 and how much investment there was in ‘environmental supply chain management’ (ESCM) - for example, in pollution reduction, recycling and waste reduction measures.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Salt Uptake and Water Loss in Hams
The salt uptake homogeneity is crucial in assuring quality in dry-cured hams.

FAO Food Outlook Forecasts Rise in Meat Production
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecasts 2013 global meat production is to expand by more than one per cent according to its latest 'Food Outlook' report.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: Chicken Imports Rise to Africa, Stable in Oceania
Chicken meat imports into Africa are forecast as the considerable increase in domestic production fails to keep pace with growing demand, according to industry watcher, Terry Evans. In Oceania, Australia is the only country to participate in the trade of poultry meat.

What Causes Melanin Pigmentation in Salmon Fillets?
A PhD project carried out at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science has examined the unwanted discoloration, or melanin "black spots", of muscle fillets from farmed salmon.

Market Reports

Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 20 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 20 November 2013
USDA GAIN: Russian Federation Dairy and Products Annual 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Livestock & Poultry - World Markets & Trade
NAB Australian Rural Commodities Wrap - 15 November 2013
USDA Milk Production - 19 November 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 18 November 2013
EBLEX Cattle Weekly - 15 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 19 November 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 17 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 18 November 2013
USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook - November 2013
Availability & Usage of Milk by Dairies in England & Wales – September 2013
Dairy Australia - Fortnightly Update 15 November 2013
USDA International Egg and Poultry: Canada
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 14 November
BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 46
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 14 November 2013
Portland Fish Exchange Prices - 13 November 2013
China Wholesale Prices - 14 November 2013
Irish CSO Reports: Agricultural Price Indices - September 2013
AHDB Pig Market Weekly - 14 November 2013

Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

Six Meals Wasted a Week Per Household
Little Change in UK Antibiotic Use in Animals
Northern Irish Slaughter Plant Prices Steady
Carrot or Stick? Building Animal Welfare into Business Sustainability
Minister to Speak at AHDB Outlook Conference
Research Project to Reduce Contamination on Meat Surfaces
UK Pig Industry Raises Concerns on Feeding Food Waste
Chromosome Map Aids Campylobacter Control
Clean Stock Keep Costs Down


Quality Standard Beef and Lamb Shine in Spain
Mexican Processor Bids for Campofrio


Chicken Exports to EU Boost GFPT's Profit
Impact of Typhoon Haiyan on Food Security Summit Agenda
CPF Livestock Sector Aids Recovery


Paraguay Targets China for Exports after FMD All-clear

   United States

Meat Sector Applauds Reduction in Corn Ethanol Mandate
Pilgrim's Pride Plans $200 million Savings
Tyson Foods Creates New Posts for Strategic Growth
Tyson Sales and Profits Rise
Pork Exports Down Beef Exports Continue Up
Call to Congress for Fair Treatment from Countries Receiving US Trade Benefits
US Poultry Sector Injuries at All-Time Low
US Pork Exports Struggle
September Sees Beef Export Surge Continue
Hagen Leaves USDA
Low Market Sees Cattle Rally
Consumers Back Country of Origin Labelling
Crop Inputs and Dairy Perform Well For Land O'Lakes
CME: Lean Hog Futures Drift Lower
Improved Profitability for High Liner

   European Union

EU Pig Prices Market Balanced
European Parliament Approves Budget
Could Green VAT Encourage Sustainable Consumption and Production?
Cooperating to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance
Prospects for the EU Pig Sector


Argentina Second Largest Beef Supplier to Chile


Godrej Tyson Launches Range of Affordable Chicken


Rise in Mexican Pork Exports


Philippines Acts to Help Farmers and Fishermen after Typhoon


Historical Trend for Lamb Prices
Struggle for Warrambool Cheese Needs Farmer Debate

   Korea, South

Australian Share of Korean Beef Market Up


Upscaling Impact of Certification Initiatives Unclear
New Packaging Shows Freshness of Fish


Boosting Returns by Effective Use of Kill Statement Information
Alternatives to M-COOL Can Give Consumers Product Information
Canadian Pig Group Welcomes Free Trade Deals
Canada: Hog Markets
Canadian Seafood at China Expo


Shanghai Courts Get Tough on Food Safety Crimes
China's Sheep Demand Begins to Take Off

   South Africa

First Fish Stocks for Graaff-Reinet Aquaculture Project


Peruvian Anchovy Worth More as Food than as Fish Feed

   New Zealand

New Zealand Sees Exports to China Grow
Robots to Find Salmon Bones in Fillets
New Zealand Exporting Chicken to Faraway Markets


Collaboration Agreement for Student Training


JBS Sees Revenues Rise
Eleven Per Cent Increase in Marfrig's Quarterly Net Revenue


New CEO for BRF International Business
China Welcomes Imports from Danish Crown
FAO Forecasts More Balanced Food Markets


Traceability Record in Chile Attracts EU Attention


Cambodia Recognises US Meat, Poultry Safety Certificate


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