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Consumer awareness of food’s environmental impact grows

Consumer awareness about the climate impact of food choices is slowly growing, according to a new report

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Consumer awareness of the environmental impact of their food choices is growing, according to a new report. Climate-friendly foods are still considered expensive and many do not consider it necessary to transition to a plant-based diet.

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Why global food prices are higher now than ever

UN's FAO monthly Food Price Index reports 33% global price food increase in September 2021
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Global food prices shot up nearly 33% in September 2021 compared with the same period the year before. According to this article in The Conversation, based on real prices, it is now more difficult to buy food on the international market than in almost every other year since UN record keeping began in 1961.

Source:  The Conversation

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Rescuing discarded food

Discarded food from food markets in Lima is redistributed

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The World Food Programme (WFP) is working to ensure to unsold produce from wholesale food markets is used to feed people in need. Leftover perishables such as potatoes, cucumbers, bananas, green beans, olluco tubers, spinach, basil, parsley, squash, leeks, coriander, papayas, pineapples, lemons and other products are transported to food kitchens. 

Source: World Food Programme

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How green is your food?

How green is your food? New eco-system labels to give environmental impact score

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New traffic light eco-systems labels will score the environmental impact of food. From ‘A’ to E’, the food at a corporate cafeteria in Birmingham, UK, is now rated according to the system. Such systems are being trialed elsewhere in the UK and in Europe. Improved information to assist better food choices can only help the big drive towards food sustainability worldwide.

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Global food prices soar

Why global food prices are higher today than for most of modern history

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September 2021 saw a 33% increase over the same period in 2020. Global food price increases are reaching their highest levels for a generation. Multiple factors contribute to this increase, such as the pandemic, fuel prices and extreme weather conditions. This article published in The Conversation explains more.

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Rainforest Alliance urges collective effort

Rainforest Alliance urges collective effort
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The Rainforest Alliance has stressed the need for collective power in order to create a shared vision of sustainability. The NGO’s annual report for 2020 highlights the importance of collective strength. Big businesses also have great power and resources to implement sustainability solutions on a large scale, the report says.

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What influences food prices?

What influences food prices?
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What influences food prices? How do oil, trade agreements and climate change influence the price of food? There are concerns that the price of UK food will soon rise sharply. Every household is of course affected by the price of food. 

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EU farm to fork

EU Farm to Fork Strategy

EU Code of Conduct for all farm to fork actors
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The EU Farm to Fork Strategy includes a code of conduct on responsible food business and marketing practices. The code has actions that can be undertaken in order to tangibly improve sustainability performance. Food processors, food service operators and retailers can voluntarily undertake these actions.

Source: European Commission

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Sustainability in food logistics

From farm to fork, the world's food supply chain relies on robust logistics
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The food supply chain relies on robust logistics. How can perishables reach a growing population with minimal damage and optimum freshness? And how can suppliers demonstrate sustainability? In the cold chain, refrigerated containers require constant energy and fuel to keep products at the correct temperature. Reefer containers need to be plugged in aboard vessels, making carbon emission reporting more complex. 

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Sustainable food chains matter

Food sustainability has never been more important than now

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Even the most resilient of cold supply chains would struggle to keep on top of sustainability amid a global pandemic and continuous supply chain disruption.  Cold chains face risks that other commodity chains don’t, including climate risks and the need to address environmental concerns. 

Cold chain companies need to blend together planning, technology, risk management and more to obtain supply chain visibility and deliver sustainability.

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