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Wednesday 21st May 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Pursuing Sustainable Agriculture to Feed World

The first global voluntary business principles for the whole food and agriculture sector aiming at sustainable development have been set out by the United Nations.

The UN Global Compact introduced the Food and Agriculture Business (FAB) Principles in Rome.

They aim to help realise the goal of sustainable development as described in the Rio+20 outcome document (The Future We Want), and to empower businesses to make a positive contribution to the post-2015 development agenda.

As the world’s population grows to nine billion by 2050 and demand on global food systems intensifies, business will be a critical partner for Governments and other stakeholders to design and deliver effective, scalable and practical solutions for secure food systems and sustainable agriculture.

With farming and food occupying a pivotal position in sustainable development, the FAB Principles provide a holistic framework for companies to collaborate with the UN, Governments, civil society and other stakeholders to meet this challenge.

The six principles are designed to complement many existing initiatives that advance sustainability in food and agriculture, and serve as an umbrella over voluntary standards and technical compliance platforms.

However, the principles have not been launched without their criticism.

A report from Herman Brouwer and Guan Schellekens from Wagineningen University in the Netherlands, Validating the Food and Agriculture Business Principles, says that while there is broad support for the principles “the high level language of the FAB Principles draws concerns from stakeholders regarding how they might be applied in implementation, and actually translated into partnerships and enabling actions relevant for local situations”.

They call for greater clarity on what signing up to the principles actually means and requires.

“Do the FAB Principles call for endorsement, implementation, or advocacy?” the report’s authors say.

“A view on what adherence to the principles means, or could practically be, would be helpful to have in place when the Principles are adopted.”

The feedback from consultation has called for a number of changes and improvements. One of the main points is to broaden the focus of the principles to include forestry and fisheries.

While the UN was launching the report on sustainable business principles, the FAO was also reporting on the importance of fish and fisheries in providing protein for the world’s growing population.

Fish farming holds tremendous promise in responding to surging demand for food, which is taking place due to global population growth, the report says.

At the same time, the planet's oceans – if sustainably managed – have an important role to play in providing jobs and feeding the world, according to FAO's report.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

High Pressure Processing Equipment Market to Hit $600 million in 2018
HPP technology is a non-thermal food preservation technique used for food products that have high liquid content.

Research Project Opens Door to New Commercial Opportunities
A recently-completed research project, jointly funded by the Scottish Government and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), has established that meat quality measurement techniques and high-tech robotic equipment can successfully be used at line-speed in a commercial abattoir environment.

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: European Egg Consumption Linked to Production and Population
FAO data indicate that egg consumption in Europe increased slightly between 2000 and 2009 at a little over 12kg per person, reports industry watcher, Terry Evans. Other and more up-to-date estimates show considerable variation between the individual countries in the region.

Incidence of Tendon Rupture in Broilers
More tendon ruptures were observed in broilers reared during cooler months in this US trial, which the researchers attributed to the use of a growth promoter resulting in heavier bodyweights.

Company News

International Production & Processing Expo Among Fastest-Growing Trade Shows
US – Trade Show News Network (TSNN) announced that the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is among the top 25 fastest-growing U.S. trade shows in terms of net square footage.
MULTIVAC Continues its Growth
GERMANY - MULTIVAC continues on its path of growth and success. This was the message from Hans-Joachim Boekstegers, CEO of MULTIVAC, to a large number of journalists from home and abroad during interpack in Düsseldorf.
Profitable Poultry Processing Solutions from Marel
NETHERLANDS - ‘We love processing’ is the slogan Marel Stork uses for VIV Europe 2014. It underlines the poultry processing passion the company wants to share with you.
New Poly-Clip System – PPS Poultry Packaging Station
GERMANY - Efficient packaging of chicken, ducks and geese in bags – the new PPS Poultry Packaging Station of Poly-clip System sets standards in packaging hygiene and ensures compliance with the First In-First Out (FIFO) principle during the packaging process.
Randox Food Diagnostics Debut Drug Residue Product Range at VIV Europe
UK - Randox Food Diagnostics has expanded its exhibition schedule for 2014, establishing a presence at one of Europe’s leading animal husbandry and processing expo's. The UK-headquartered firm will make its debut at VIV Europe, held in Utrecht, Netherlands from 20-22 May.
Marel Stork Launches Water Bath Stunner PureSine at VIV Europe
NETHERLANDS - The new Water Bath Stunner PureSine form Marel Stork Poultry Processing helps improve meat quality by up to 30 per cent.
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Global Meat Industry News


JBS Foods to Go Public
Russia Approves Six More Brazilian Meat Plants
JBS Profits Hit by Taxes and Costs
CADE to Decide on JBS Beef Slaughter Plant Expansion

   United States

Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees Mark up Legislation
Call to McDonald’s to Source Beef Raised Without Antibiotics
NFU Continues Legal Defense of COOL
Is PEDV Really Impacting Slaughter Numbers?
Retail Pork Prices Hit Record High
Retail Meat Prices for April Reveal More New Records
Two Per Cent of Cattle Could Be 'SuperShedders'
Tip Off to FSIS Sparks Pork and Poultry Product Recall
E. coli Food Poisoning Outbreak Triggers Ground Beef Recall
Two New Appointments at Perdue Foods
AMI Helps US Consumers Confused about Antibiotics
Call to Stop Import Animal Products from Brazil
Smithfield Foods Reports Record First Quarter


Argentinian Health Status Remains After Brazil BSE


Japan Mulls Tariff-funded Subsidies for Pork Industry


China Beef Imports Increase Four-fold
China, Tajikistan Discuss Agricultural Cooperation
Talks Help Cook up Rebound in Pork Prices


Irish Farmers Praised for Caring for Animals

   United Kingdom

Workshop Addresses Science Needs of Beef and Sheep Sector
New Chief Executive for UK Turkey Firm
Cranswick Profits Show Good Growth
Livestock, Pets Linked to Emergence of Zoonotic Diseases
New Record for UK Pork Exports
Fifth Quarter Helps Cut Carbon Footprint of Beef
Hilton Group Expanding Operation
NFU Asks Members to Report Retailers Breaching GSCOP
Poor Information on Halal Confusing Consumers


How Valuable are UN’s Food and Agriculture Business Principles?
Growing Role of Fish in Feeding the World
Use Trade Talks to Address 'Protectionist' EU Dairy Measures
Global Food, Agriculture Sustainable Business Principles Unveiled
US-EU Jointly Fight Antimicrobial Resistance


Amul to Set up Dairy Plant in Varanasi
Haryana Clears New Agri Policy
EU Lifts Five-year Ban on Imports of Indian Poultry Meat

   Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Yellowfin Tuna, Swordfish Certified Friend of the Sea


Help for Ontario's Pork Producers
Canada South Korea FTA to Restore Market Access for Pork and Beef
Manitoba Strengthens Food Processing Direct Farm Sales


Revenue, Profit Higher for Ukrainian Egg Company

   European Union

Animal Welfare During Transportation on EU Committee Agenda
EU Cancels Tariffs on Ukraine Agricultural Products
Arla Foods EGM Walhorn to Merge
EU Pig Price Quotations Getting Nowhere


Suspected African Swine Fever in Polish Wild Boar


Philippine Agri-fishery Performance up in Terms of Value

   Korea, South

South Korea Exports More Poultry Meat to Viet Nam


Strict Poultry, Egg Checks in Singapore


Mexican Pig Producers Concerned over PEDv


Denmark to Export Sausages to China
Solid Half-year for Danish Crown in Difficult Market

   New Zealand

NZ Food Prices up in April on More Expensive Eggs, Dairy
Red Meat Profit Partnership Gets Down to Business


Poultry Farmers Call off Stir in Bahrain


Uruguay Seeks US Access for Bone-in Sheep Meat


Manno's Brothers Deep-water Rose Shrimps Sustainably Certified


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