News in review – health, bees, milk, water and sugar updates

News in review – health, bees, milk, water and sugar updates

HEALTH. OBESITY has been in the news again this week. New research suggests the obesity crisis could be partly driven by women having fewer children as first born children are 29% more likely to be overweight as adults. Meanwhile, according to new data from Public Health England, up to five million people in England are at risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

Bees. In the same week that the Friends of the ...

Formula-1 style energy recovery system for lorries could reduce emissions by 25%

Formula-1 style energy recovery system for lorries could reduce emissions by 25%

A NEW Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) popular in Formula 1 could cut lorry emissions and fuel usage by up to 25%.

Road haulage accounts for a fifth of the EU’s total CO2 emissions.

The first KERS system for road freight vehicles, a KERS system recovers the kinetic energy usually lost as heat during braking, and uses it to power a small electric motor.

Developed by Skeleton Technologies and Adgero SARL, the Adgero ...

Germany to implement GM crop ban

Germany to implement GM crop ban

GERMANY IS planning to follow Scotland’s example of opting out of the block-wide EU GM license. This will allow them to block famers from using GM organisms.

The move comes after new rules allow individual member states to stop farmers using GM organisms, even if they have been approved for EU usage.

Scotland was the first country to opt out of the block-wide EU license, citing the need to preserve its “clean ...

Rainy weather boosts eating out bill

Rainy weather boosts eating out bill

POOR WEATHER has meant that many families have turned to eating out as a way to help keep the kids entertained.

Figures released by the Greene King Leisure spend tracker has revealed that British households spent 11% more on eating out in July. This was paired with a 2% year-on-year increase in spend on out of home leisure.

However, while restaurants and food outlets benefitted from the disappointing weather, “drinking and other ...

Environmental project top of the bill at Reading Festival 2015

Environmental project top of the bill at Reading Festival 2015

MANY FESTIVAL-GOERS heading to Reading Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend will leave behind their camping equipment.

Festival Republic are delighted to announce a UK festival first and ground breaking collaborative partnership with Knowledge Transfer Network, and Julie’s Bicycle to tackle this environmental issue.

After every festival volunteers take part in a salvage operation to scour camp sites recovering tents, sleeping bags and camping equipment left behind at the end ...

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Footprint Insight: Nothing is new but everything is different

Footprint Insight: Nothing is new but everything is different

SUSTAINABILITY IN business is constantly evolving, so how can an organisation keep its approach not only up-to-date but market leading? Amy Fetzer reports on a Bidvest steering group set up to answer just that question.

How can we maintain sustainability in our DNA, keep ahead of the marketplace, and make sure stakeholders meet their client needs? These were the questions posed by Bidvest Foodservice’s group sales and marketing director Andy Kemp.

Keen ...

Spreading the news

Spreading the news

NUTELLA’S UNDESERVED criticism from the French environment minister suggests that brands could do more to highlight their progress on sustainable palm oil argues David Burrows.

It’s not often that the likes of Greenpeace will jump to defence of a multinational food company, but it made an exception for Ferrero. The confectionery firm’s Nutella spread was thrust into the spotlight in June thanks to France’s environment minister.

“We have to replant a lot of ...

Behind the news headlines: Sodexo’s carbon commitment

Behind the news headlines: Sodexo’s carbon commitment

THE GROUP’S plan to slash emissions by 1.7m tonnes is a huge commitment but one that should bring rich rewards. David Burrows investigates.

Sodexo has announced plans to cut carbon emissions 34% by 2020. Published on World Environment Day in June, the commitment attracted a fair bit of media attention. However, much of it underplayed not only the homework that went into deciding on that target, but also the challenges that lie ...

My viewpoint: Is Britain lagging behind when it comes to sustainable diets?

My viewpoint: Is Britain lagging behind when it comes to sustainable diets?

A GROWING number of countries are thinking green when it comes to their dietary guidelines, and Britain needs to follow their lead.

As world leaders prepare for vitally important climate change negotiations in Paris at the end of the year, it’s good to see countries increasingly recognising the huge impact that our eating habits have for the health of the planet.

Sweden is the latest country to take account of the environment ...

Downing Street keeps food industry waiting

Downing Street keeps food industry waiting

THE CONSERVATIVE election win has produced plenty of europhoria but little concrete policy on the big issues of climate change and health.

There’s been discernible euphoria emanating from Conservative MPs and their supporters since the party’s surprise victory in the general election in May. Judging by Liz Truss’s recent assertion that it was the Tories’ support for the food industry that won the day – despite food barely featuring in the campaign ...

Workplace plays key role in improving the nation’s health suggests new nutrition study

AS GOVERNMENT data confirms that obesity will cost the UK more than £27 billion by 2015, a new project conducted among employees at Gatwick Airport and published in Complete Nutrition reveals that workplace interventions really can make a positive impact on employee health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gatwick Airport conducted ...

10 Tips on how to ‘sustainably shake up your business’

ANYONE INVOLVED in foodservice will know how important ‘sustainability’ has become to end-eaters, says Andy Badger of Acquire Services.

 

To help caterers understand and influence their food offers there has been some new technology developments that help businesses construct and implement Corporate Social Responsibility objectives including CO2 emission and waste reduction.

 

Specialists in online procurement, Acquire Services Limited, has launched a ...