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Wednesday 15th April 2015.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief

MSD Animal Health


Science and Innovation for Sustainable Food Production

Science and innovation are crucial to guarantee access to safe and nutritious food for all, produced in a sustainable way.

Former European Agriculture Commissioner, Franz Fischler said that European research has a key role to play in unlocking the potential of agriculture and in enabling those in developing countries to escape poverty.

His comments are part of a consultation paper outlining the role of research in developing global food and nutrition security that was launch this week as part of Expo 2015 that takes place in Milan later this year.

Mr Fischler, who chaired the EU Scientific Steering Committee that produced the consultation document said: “The issue of food and nutrition security is one that affects us all.

“We must look to innovative solutions to increase food production if we are to feed a growing world population healthily and sustainably.”

The discussion paper says that there is scope for the further development of mechanisms for enhancing research-into-use, through:

  • Developing research prioritisation to ensure that knowledge is generated across the complex global agri-food system that leads to the most positive impacts for the health of the public, environment and economy.
  • Developing instruments for aligning complex research challenges across complex societal needs that change across space (within and between member states and beyond).
  • Developing a sophisticated and inclusive innovation culture building on the European Innovation Partnerships, within Europe as well as beyond (e.g. in Africa).
  • Facilitating a sustainable bioeconomy and sharing related science and institutional knowledge internationally.
  • Developing channels of communication and knowledge exchange that are inclusive and respectful of cultural complexity.
  • Developing models of governance for delivering sustainable agriculture and nutrition from local to supra-national scales.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Slow Growth for European Egg Sector
Europe's share of global egg production is falling, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans. The ban on conventional battery cages for laying hens in the European Union from 2012 prompted short-term contraction in its member states, while output continued to increase in Russia and, to a lesser extent, Ukraine.

Does Reducing Protein in Pig Diets Changes Carcase Quality?
Research from Italy on the dietary protein supply for heavy finishers reveals that lowering the protein content does not impair carcase quality.

High-Fat Diet Alters Behaviour and Produces Signs of Brain Inflammation
Can the consumption of fatty foods change behaviour and your brain?

Intricacies of Carcase and Meat Quality
Raising pigs is all about feeding a rapidly growing human population and profitability, writes Dr Nick Boddicker from Canadian pig genetics company Genesus.

Market Reports

Agricultural Price Indices - 14 April 2015
Dairy Australia - Market News - 14 April 2015
QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) March 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 13 April 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 13 April 2015
AHDB BPEX Pig Market Weekly 10 April 2015
EBLEX Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 10 April 2015
USDA WASDE - April 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 10 April 2015
Usage of milk by dairies in England & Wales – February 2015
USDA International Meat Review - 9 April 2015
Sri Lanka Fish Prices - 9 April 2015
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 9 April 2015
USDA International Egg and Poultry - 9 April 2015
BPEX Weekly Export Bulletin - 8 April 2015
BPEX UK Pig Meat Market Update - April 2015

Global Meat Industry News

   United Kingdom

Restaurants Can Win Customer Trust by Serving British Meat
New Resource to Support Export Opportunities
Scottish Shoppers Select Lamb
Scottish Beef Sector Suffering
Cranswick Investments Boosting Profits
Weak Euro Causes Scotch Beef Back-Up
Moy Park Wins International Safety Award
Dunbia Joins Supply Chain Partners in Sheep Genetics Initiative
Dawn Plant Celebrates 10th Birthday
Meat Buyers Trust Butchers More Than Supermarkets
Continued Improvement in Cattle Carcases

   United States

Company Owner and Son Jailed over Salmonella Eggs
Hog Price Rebound Factors Supplies
Chile Approves US Chilled Pork Imports
US Cattle Weights Significantly Higher
US Beef Imports Jump in February
Pork Prices, Exports Down
Pork Prices Down This Year
US Expands Beef and Pork Trade with Mexico and Peru
Cal-Maine Foods Announces Joint Venture with Rose Acre Farms in Texas
Rally in Hog Futures Stalls
Smithfield Plans $12 Million Investment in Cudahy Wisconsin Plant


Scotch Lamb PGI Centre Stage in Canada During Scotland Week
Strike Hits Canadian Pig Meat Production
Lower Live Hog Prices Slow North American Herd Expansion


Tulip Provides Food Fit for Future King
Chinese Dairy Imports Rising Again
China Files Dispute with EU Over Poultry Product Tariffs
Minister Opens NZ Primary Sector Shanghai Office

   European Union

EU Should Allow Insects as Food Source
UK Leads Cattle Prices in Europe
Zero Tariff Quotas for Tuna from Asia Damaging EU Market
EU Pig Markets Stable
European Commission Makes Progress on Poultry Welfare During Transport
Relocation of Production at Faaborg Starts


German Survey Shows Salmonella Falling but No Drop in Campylobacter


Friend of the Sea Leading International Omega-3 Sustainability
What Are Priorities for Future Sustainable Food Production?
Cargill Sees Earnings Rise
Food Safety at Heart of World Health Day
Viet Nam Loses Appeal over Anti-dumping Inconsistencies
WH Group Sees Profits


Malaysian Group to Invest in Meat Processing in Pakistan


Lower Irish Live Cattle Exports
Irish Cattle Trade Getting Hotter


Final Steps in Nutreco Take-over Go Ahead
Man at Centre of Horse Meat Scandal Jailed

   Saudi Arabia

Saudi Beef Market Growing


Australian Exports to EU Ease in First Quarter
Consultations Start on Food Origin Labelling
Australian Beef Exports to US Continue to Fly
Australian Lamb Exports Strong
Weakening Australian Dollar Helping Offal Market
Australian Mutton Shipments Slow


Belarus Looks to Buy Russian Pork

   New Zealand

Sanford to Close Christchurch Mussel Plant

   Viet Nam

Pig Numbers in Viet Nam Higher Than Estimated


Argentina-China Make Progress in Opening Markets for Meat


China Chicken Buying Important to Brazil
Brazilian Calf Prices Close March at Record Level
Brazil Resumes Vietnamese Seafood Imports
Santa Catarina State Looks to Export Pork to the EU


Strong Cod Prices Drive Record Norwegian Seafood Exports


Lower Food Prices in Philippines Pull Down Inflation


HKScan Completes Egg Business Sale


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