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Delivering appropriate food from farm to fork, safely and in time, is no mean feat in parts of the world with poor infrastructure and extreme weather conditions. It requires close cooperation between actors at every stage in the chain.

India

EU, US request for food security data sparks trade row with India

The US and EU have called on the World Trade Organisation to make the provision of full information on India’s food subsidy programme a precondition before they can begin negotiations...

RSPO needs to broaden its principles: Cargill

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been called on to renew its principles on zero deforestation, land development and rights by Cargill Refined Oils Europe.

EUROPEAN RSPO 2014

Food firms risk exposure over non-sustainable palm oil

Food manufacturers that don’t use purely sustainable palm oil supplies risk being named and shamed on social media, the WWF has warned.

Seafood slavery: Asian slave labour producing prawns for European and US retailers

European and US retailers including Tesco, Carrefour and Walmart have been selling seafood from supply chains that involve slave labour, according to the Guardian.

Australia

Grocery council highlights Australia as priciest place to produce food

Australia now has the highest manufacturing costs in the world, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) following the publication of a gloomy report on the state of...

EUROPEAN RSPO 2014

Mondelēz throws down sustainable palm oil gauntlet

Mondelēz is challenging palm oil suppliers to step up their game so it can move towards using physical supplies of purely sustainable palm oil for all its products.

Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are crucial to food security and nutrition, says FAO

Urgent action is needed to address the adverse effects of overfishing, pollution and climate change on fisheries and aquaculture, says FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva.

Indonesian Minister and RSPO open to collaboration on joint sustainable palm oil standard

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Indonesian Vice Minister of Trade have announced that they are open to a collaboration to produce a joint sustainable palm oil...

China lifts temporary ban on British cheese exports

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has welcomed China's decision to lift the temporary ban applied to British cheese exports.

Mondelēz announces palm oil action plan: Non-compliant suppliers will be ‘eliminated’

Mondelēz International has published a palm oil action plan promising to “prioritize” suppliers that meet its sustainability principles – something Greenpeace says is fundamentally flawed due to its definition of what a forest...

European RSPO 2014

Sustainable palm oil pressures worrying to emerging economies

Food businesses and consumers don’t understand the impact emerging economies could face if pressure to source 100% sustainable palm oil builds too quickly, Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) sustainable development manager...

Soapbox

Why didn't Sir Alex Ferguson shift his Bordeaux at big-bottle auction?

As Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson auctioned part of his fine wine collection through Christie’s in Hong Kong last weekend, the absence of his sizeable Bordeaux stock was especially...

Palm oil: progress on sustainability, but challenges remain

Foodservice and animal feed sectors pose challenges for groups pressing to increase use of sustainable palm oil, but progress is being made.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Botanical adulteration, like doping in sports, is a problem that can be controlled but never totally resolved, but what is being done about it? Here the world’s biggest botanical players...

Agriculture

FAO and partners unlock carbon finance for herders and grazers

Poor land management has left large swathes of the world's grasslands degraded—an environmental problem with direct implications for livestock-dependent communities. However, a project has now succeeded in developing a means...

Australia

Study finds whale waste could save declining fisheries

New research has revealed that Far from being a threat to fisheries, whales may in fact play a key role in sustaining fish stocks.

India

Organised food retailers chalk up $2.2bn in losses

Indian food retailers have accumulated losses estimated at over Rs13,000cr (US$2.2bn) over the last fiscal year, according to an analysis of the top 10 burgeoning food retailers in the country. ...

POIG sets new benchmark for responsible palm oil

A new set of indicators set out by the NGO-backed Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) aims to take responsible palm sourcing to a new level.

Bright Food to acquire controlling stake in Israeli dairy Tnuva

Chinese dairy giant Bright Food looks set continue its international expansion after agreeing to acquire a controlling stake in Israel’s largest dairy, Tnuva Foods.

FAO chief urges global commitment to tackle nutrition challenges

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has called on countries to put nutrition high on their national and international agendas, and to take a lead role in the upcoming Second...

Chinese UK cheese export ban will be 'lifted soon': Defra

Two weeks into a Chinese suspension of British cheese exports, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has little to say on the issue but believes the...

Australian dairy farmers issued with El Niño warning

Australia dairy farmers are being urged to prepare for a long dry period in the coming months, as weather experts in the country reiterate their prediction of an El Niño....

UHT 'preferred format' to meet Vietnam rural distribution challenges: Tetra Pak

UHT will continue to be the "preferred format" for liquid dairy in Vietnam because it guarantees the safety of products distributed to the country's high rural population, according to Tetra...

‘Blue growth’ is the basis for sustainable fishing, says the FAO

Poor farm practices and a heavy reliance on wild fish for feed threatens long-term sustainability, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Olam invests $61m in first Asian cocoa plant

Agri-giant Olam International has announced plans to invest $61m in a new cocoa-processing plant in Indonesia, its first in the region.

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