Weekly Digest

The Protein Pulse, 21-27 August

FAIRR’s top news story picks to keep your finger on the pulse of the protein sector.

From Milkshakes to Meat: UK Businesses Battle with Shortages

Financial Times | 24 August 2021

The UK’s already fragile meat sector has been especially hard hit by labour shortages resulting from the twin crises of COVID and Brexit. There is now a consortium of producers asking ministers to allow them to take more prisoner day workers.

Scientists Say the World Urgently Needs to Cut Methane Emissions. The Politics Aren’t as Simple

Politico | 24 August 2021

The Biden administration’s move towards reaping the quick wins offered by cutting methane emissions may have prompted this piece on the complexities of shifting climate policy. It highlights the sensitivity of policies involving the agricultural sector, a leading source of methane emissions. In our recent dairy report, we examine the complexity of this via a detailed analysis of the threats and opportunities offered by New Zealand’s pilot agricultural emissions pricing scheme. Its considerable dairy industry can offer an important case study for other governments contemplating regulation, such as the United States.

Towards a Policy-Smart and Multidimensional Biodiversity Measure

UNEP | 17 August 2021

Metrics that accurately capture biodiversity levels and can be easily translated into corporate and public policy are highly sought after, especially given the recognition of the need to tackle the biodiversity crisis that runs parallel to the climate crisis. Such metrics have so far proved elusive; this week, experts from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have published a new report outlining a promising new multidimensional framework for measuring ecosystem health.

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Source: Food Dive

More Food for Thought:

Peak Poultry’: UK’s Appetite for Industrial Chicken Threatens Its Climate and Nature Goals, Campaigners Warn | Cecilia Keating | Business Green
Ending Subsidies That Harm Nature Could Create Millions of Green Jobs, WWF Says | Michael Taylor | Reuters
Asian Plant-Based Meat Sensation OmniFoods Makes US Retail Debut with OmniPork | Elaine Watson | FoodNavigator