This week: New Australian free-range eggs laws, a $400m rescue plan for the Great Barrier Reef, developing a sustainable bioeconomy and why food waste is not a solution to hunger.

Australia

Australian farmers question the future of live sheep exports
ABC News
The death of 2,400 Australian sheep from overcrowding, heat exhaustion and lack of food and water during live exports to the Middle East has lead to some farmers questioning whether the trade should be banned entirely.

New Australian free-range eggs laws come into effect
ABC News
All free-range egg producers in Australia will be bound by a new information standard. Egg producers can run a maximum of 10,000 hens per hectare of land in order to be accredited as “free range”.

Frydenberg stalls on woodlands protection after pressure from states and farmers
The Guardian
Environment and energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, responsible for approving recommendations for national environmental protection, has twice delayed deciding the status of Tasmanian, NSW and Queensland woodlands.

$400m Great Barrier Reef rescue plan reportedly in federal budget
SBS News
Next month’s federal budget will reportedly include $400 million for a rescue plan for the Great Barrier Reef and will tackle runoff from farming, the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish, and fund new research on coral bleaching.

Abroad

France declares that ‘vegan bacon’ is not a thing
Grist
For decades, France has been fighting a fruitless battle to ban English loan words from the mother tongue. Now the country has turned its obsession with language purity to vegan products.

Aldi swims to the top of sustainable supermarket seafood in the UK
Energy Live News
A new report from the Marine Stewardship Council says Aldi’s seafood range’s green credentials are soaring ahead of other supermarkets such as M&S, Morrisons and Iceland.

Helping farmers and reducing car crashes: the surprising benefits of predators
The Conversation
Animals that eat meat play vital roles in our ecosystems. One of the most outstanding examples researchers have found was that of agricultural services by flying predators, such as insectivorous birds and bats.

A bio-based, reuse economy can feed the world and save the planet – UN agency
UN News
Transforming pineapple skins into product packaging or using potato peels for fuel may sound far-fetched, but such innovations are gaining traction, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Op-Ed: Why Food Waste Is Not a Solution to Hunger
YES! Magazine
If the food industry is addicted to overproduction, then the food bank system is its enabler.

 

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