Friday, July 1, 2022

My Daily Digest: May 13, 2021

Levelling the carbon footprint field A study from Lincoln University warns New Zealand is lagging behind the likes of Ireland when it comes to measuring farm-level carbon footprints. Origin Green has been up and running for a number of years and gives buyers of Irish food assurance that the producer has met key sustainability targets

It’s a simple, recognisable stamp that represents a pretty comprehensive set of targets have been achieved.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand assures us that our own programme is on the way and will go much further than Origin Green.

That’s good news because there’s no use doing the work on sustainability if we’re not going to let our customers know about it.

This sort of thing seems to happen a bit piecemeal here and that has to change.

It’s time to take an industry-wide approach to telling our story.


Bryan Gibson


Collaboration key to meat assurance programmes

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