Why sourcing organic meat is like finding a ‘hog in a haystack’

July 15, 2017 by  
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One small family farms’ long, painstaking commitment to “slow-food” meat sourcing.

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Sustainable meat — made in a box?

April 19, 2017 by  
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Can new modular, USDA-compliant meat processing units tucked into shipping containers help make small- to mid-scale farms more successful and sustainable?

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Germany’s environmental ministry nixes meat, fish at official functions

February 24, 2017 by  
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The German equivalent of the Environmental Protection Agency is saying yes to sauerkraut, no to bratwurst—officially, at least. Barbara Hendricks, minister for the environment, announced last week that the Umweltbundesamt , Germany’s federal environmental arm, will serve neither meat nor fish at state events. She cited as a reason the inordinate environmental burden they pose on the environment, especially in the case of livestock farming, which studies show generate more greenhouse-gas emissions than transportation. This isn’t a novel stance for the ministry. In 2009, the Umweltbundesamt counseled Germans to return to the prewar tradition of eating meat only on special occasions, if not for their health, then for the sake of the planet. “We must rethink our high meat consumption,” said then–environment minister Andreas Troge. “I recommend people return to the Sunday roast and to an orientation of their eating habits around those of Mediterranean countries.” A nation that offers hundreds of varieties of sausage may not be so easily swayed, however. Germans consume a lot of meat—about 60 kilograms (132 pounds) per capita per year, according to some estimates . Unsurprisingly, Henrick’s pronouncement has already drawn criticism, with one political rival accusing the minister of “nanny-statism” and forcing vegetarianism on people. “I’m not having this Veggie Day through the back door,” said Christian Schmidt, minister of food and agriculture. “I believe in diversity and freedom of choice, not nanny-statism and ideology. Instead of paternalism and ideology. Meat and fish are also part of a balanced diet.” A member of Bavaria’s conservative Christian Social Union party, Schmidt previously called for a ban on giving meat substitutes names like “vegetarian schnitzel” and “vegetarian sausage” because they are “completely misleading and unsettle consumers.” Infographic: The true environmental cost of eating meat He also censured German schools for eliminating pork from the menu out of consideration for Muslim students. “We should not restrict the choice for the majority of society for reasons of ease or cost,” he said. Meanwhile, Hendricks’s detractors have dismissed her a hypocrite, since meat and fish will still be offered in the staff cafeteria. “The ban only applies to a handful of guests, not to 1,200 employees,” said Gitta Conneman, a senior minister from the Christian Democratic Union. “This is pure ideology, a ‘people’s education’ for the diet.” But, at least for now, the environment ministry isn’t budging. “We’re not telling anyone what they should eat,” it said in a statement. “But we want to set a good example for climate protection, because vegetarian food is more climate-friendly than meat and fish.” Via ThinkProgress Photos by Marco Verch and Oliver Hallmann

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Can craft butcher shops help transform the meat industry?

November 23, 2016 by  
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Small, artisan shops have the potential to encourage more farmers to switch to pasture-based practices, and could help scale up the market for better meat.

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Outdoor recreation can’t beat the heat of climate change

November 23, 2016 by  
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If you do business in a place like Montana, Big Sky Resorts, Columbia and Newell Rubbermaid offer lessons in adaptation.

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Food for thought, in 5 tasty GreenBiz videos

November 22, 2016 by  
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Whether it’s rampant food waste or the carbon footprint of meat, there’s plenty to chew on at the holiday table.

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Why Trump will spark business to save sustainability

November 22, 2016 by  
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The lack of leadership from Washington may be a blessing in disguise. Apple, Consumers Energy, General Motors and IKEA offer signs of hope.

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Unleashing trees in the battle against climate change

November 22, 2016 by  
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Did you know that wood construction materials can act as a carbon sink?

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Investors urge Cargill, Smithfield to address water pollution

November 21, 2016 by  
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They’re among four big global meat producers targeted in letter-writing campaign.

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How the world can eat away at emissions

May 25, 2016 by  
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If food is the “mother of all sustainability challenges,” can we stop climate change with our forks?

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