EU Commission funds 72 projects with €1 billion to boost green recovery
European Organic Congress 2021 to take place online from Lisbon on 16-18 June 2021
The European Organic Congress by IFOAM, with the title “Organic’s contribution to the European Green Deal”, aims this year to inspire the participants by focusing on how the agri-food sector’s initiatives enhance the transition towards a more sustainable food system, through the aid of leading examples from representatives and experts amidst the organic sector. The New EU Organic Regulation 848/2018 will also be explored, while focusing on its implications for the objective of 25% EU organic land by 2030.
Chinese government tackles food waste and promotes sustainability
Photo: Luo Jie, China Daily
China is combating food waste from farm to fork and everywhere in between, having launched a clean plate campaign last summer and passed an Anti-Food Waste Law at the end of April this year, according to the USDA. Both of these measures underline China’s growing interest in sustainability, but aren’t expected to diminish China’s demand for imported food and agriculture goods. However, sustainability is expected to become an increasingly important selling point for these products.
Guacapack to make guacamole more sustainable and last longer
The Guacapack Project aims to use renewable resources to develop a biodegradable packaging system that includes barrier labels and antioxidant additives from avocado waste to extend the food's shelf life by 15%, according to a press release. The project is funded by the Valencian Innovation Agency and led by the company ITC Packaging and the Universidad de Alicante’s research group on Polymer and Nanomaterial Analysis (Nanobiopol-UA) is also taking part.
Nature’s Pride and Berries Pride team up with SIFAV 2025 for sustainability
Photo: Nature´s Pride
The Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables (SIFAV) launched their new collaborative sustainability strategy for 2025. Nature’s Pride and Berries Pride are proud to be partner of this new program, which will focus on reducing the environmental footprint across the supply chain, improving working conditions, incomes and wages and strengthening due diligence reporting and transparency.
Direct Source International embraces CO₂ Correct initiative
Photo: CO₂ Correct
The CO₂ Correct quality mark was launched early this year based on the idea of making sustainability accessible to the fruit and vegetable industry. Organisations that want to improve their sustainable impact are guided by CO₂ Correct to a more sustainable future. The first step is to remove the total carbon impact of a product. From this CO₂ neutral starting point we can continue to implement further sustainability initiatives throughout the entire supply chain.
GLOBALG.A.P. launched new GGN Label
Selex chooses Sormapeel, embracing sustainability
Tesco calls on retailers to take collective action against climate change
Tesco has outlined its climate manifesto containing five key areas of focus, including cutting absolute emissions from energy and supporting the UK’s transition to electric transport, as well as tackling food waste, supporting the sustainable production of food, and helping customers eat healthy, sustainable diets.
Tesco chief executive Ken Murphy highlighted the need for both efficiency improvements and “cutting-edge” innovation if the retailer is to meet its climate change targets.