Carbon footprint labels becoming the norm

Food companies are increasingly shifting toward carbon labelling on their products, a move Fonterra says will only grow as consumers demand more information about the environmental footprint of their products.

Unilever is the latest to announce such labelling, with the UK-based global giant saying it will test the carbon footprint labels on up to two dozen of its products in North America and Europe by the end of this year.

Industry leaders won’t back down

Politicians and government officials will have noticed the size of Growndswell’s protests, but a primary sector leader says it will not be persuaded to back down on their reform agenda.

Shadbolt recognised for agribusiness contribution

Massey University professor and farmer Nicola Shadbolt has been named as the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s (IFAMA) first New Zealand Fellow.

IFAMA Fellows chair president emeritus Walter Armbruster acknowledged Shadbolt in a virtual message at this year’s conference, which is being held from June 21-25.

Making the right connections

Young Farmers clubs have played a big part in Samantha Tennent’s life for the past decade and her contribution was recognised at the organisation’s annual awards earlier this month. Colin Williscroft reports.

Drain impact under spotlight in Hawke’s Bay

Tile drains, the long-time local option for affordable, effective drainage, are under the spotlight in Hawke’s Bay in a project aimed at studying their impact upon freshwater quality.

Dampening gas leads NZ cleantech potential

New Zealand’s decade-long focus on methane emission mitigation is likely to provide the leading light for a growing cleantech sector, with potential to generate global royalties, despite the challenge alternative proteins may pose to the red meat sector.

Ospri extends reporting deadlines

Ospri is extending its timeframes for reporting livestock movements under the National Identification and Tracing (Nait) scheme in areas under a state of emergency after last weekend’s flooding.

The extensions will remain in place until state of emergency declarations are lifted in the Buller and Marlborough districts.

Groundswell staying mum on future

Groundswell will keep its word and take no further action until August 16 to give the Government time to respond to its concerns that its farming regulations are unworkable.

The protests on July 16 saw thousands of farmers and their vehicles head to 57 towns and cities across the country to protest policies around freshwater, climate change and biodiversity.