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  • Title: Fairfood International
    Descriptive info: .. Donate.. Fairfood uses cookies to improve your experience on the site.. By continuing to use the site you agree to our.. Privacy Statement.. Hide this message.. Home.. About Us.. Understanding the Fairfood way.. The Four Pillars of Our Strategy.. Organisation.. Reports and Organisation documents.. Our Partners.. News.. Open Up.. Executive Director s Blog.. Companies.. Our work with companies.. Policy.. Ahold.. Diageo.. Diamond Foods.. Friesland Campina.. LIDL.. Mars.. Spar.. Stone-Buhr.. Unilever.. Research.. Fairfood Sustainability Agenda.. Social issues.. Environmental issues.. Economic issues.. Products.. Reports.. Support Us.. What you can do.. Bittersweet.. Subscribe to the Fairfood Newsletter.. Contact.. People.. Offices.. Press Room.. Work at Fairfood.. Open Up: Cooking the Books.. Taking a closer look at issues of corruption in the food industry.. Read more.. Our new Advisory Board.. We have a new international Advisory Board consisting of professionals in a variety of fields.. Meet the team.. Annual Report 2011.. We have just released our Annual Report for 2011.. Take a look today.. “The Future We Want” fails to deliver promise.. We analysed the negotiated outcome text of the Rio+20 conference, titled “the Future We Want”, and find many issues with it.. The Right to Unite.. The next few weeks our ongoing Open Up campaign will be focussing on issues of unions, workers right to organise themselves.. and the freedom to express issues to employers without fear of retribution.. Land of Promise.. We are pleased to announce the launch of the new website for our project about pineapples from the Philippines.. – the Land of Promise, made  ...   Up! We hope that the features, graphics and videos we shared through animal farm have brought you closer to your food.. In the next few weeks, through our next theme ‘Cooking the Books’, we’re going to dig deeper into the meaning of corruption, the causes of corruption, and ways in which we can spot and prevent it.. Will our global food system be ready to welcome the 9 billionth person in 2050?.. 16 October 2012, 9:00.. As we mark this year’s World food day, the main question that readily comes to my mind is: Will our food system be able to meet global food and nutrition demands when we welcome the 9 billionth person in 2050?.. Fairfood Friday #73.. 12 October 2012, 9:54.. This week: Cheap, Good to Eat and Home-Grown: Apples Can Help Beat the Recession.. Jobs at Fairfood.. Manager Land of Promise (Research) 30-38 hours/week Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.. Manager Land of Promise (Advocacy) 20-24 hours/week Based in Amsterdam.. Project Leader Land of Promise Campaign.. Capacity Development Assistant.. HR Specialist.. Researcher Solution Analysis Certification and Eco-labeling.. Sustainability Advocate (Based in Amsterdam).. See all jobs.. - Select one -.. The latest news.. Making my company become sustainable.. Research related to the food and beverage industry.. Working at Fairfood.. Becoming a partner of Fairfood.. Learning what I can do to help the cause.. * indicates required.. Email Address.. *.. Close.. Visit us on.. twitter.. com/fairfood.. Navigation.. Jobs.. Disclaimer.. Privacy Policy.. Visit us on.. Facebook.. Twitter.. LinkedIn.. YouTube.. Flickr.. Fairfood International is.. powered by.. FileLinx..

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  • Title: Fairfood International » About Us
    Descriptive info: About Us.. Fairfood International is a vital part of the global movement of people who are passionate about creating change towards a sustainable food and beverage industry.. Established in 2002 by volunteers, Fairfood has evolved into a professional non-profit organisation supported by many volunteers.. Our Vision.. Fairfood International envisions a future with a fair and sustainable food system, which is able to feed the world, in a way that preserves the environment for future generations, respects human rights and secures a thriving economy for all.. Companies will acknowledge, meet and go beyond the expectations and requirements laid out in international conventions and agreements.. We believe that when all food and beverage companies acknowledge their responsibility and take steps to make the impact of the supply chains of their products a positive one, there will be concrete and measurable improvements in the livelihoods of people and in the quality of the environment.. By addressing social, environmental and economic issues throughout their supply chains, companies will have a significant impact on poverty reduction, environmental protection, natural resource management and economic development.. By the year 2020, Fairfood International will be the leading voice of the global movement to promote sustainability in the global food system.. Through proactive dialogues, Fairfood will have  ...   the sustainability of food and beverage supply chains worldwide.. We encourage companies in the food system to take significant and measurable steps towards making their supply chains sustainable.. Read about our strategy in our Strategy Document 2012: A Taste of Tomorrow.. Why we Advocate for Sustainability to Companies.. We believe that companies have the responsibility to lead their own journey to sustainability.. At Fairfood International, we are not involved with companies’ implementation of sustainability initiatives.. Rather we persuade companies to take full ownership of the process themselves, including its funding and implementation.. We engage in positive discourse with companies, approaching them with optimism but without naivety.. We believe in taking a critical approach when necessary, but starting from a positive position to encourage companies to open up.. To realise our vision and fulfil our mission we have chosen to approach companies directly.. So far, many transnational corporations in the food industry have shown their capacity to cause harm to the human rights and lives of individuals.. However, we believe that, as stated in the United Nations Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations, these corporations and other business enterprises also have the capacity to foster economic well-being, development, technological improvement and wealth.. Read More.. Advisory Board.. Supervisory Board..

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  • Title: Fairfood International » The Four Pillars of Our Strategy
    Descriptive info: The Four Pillars of Our Strategy.. In order to realise our mission, we employ a holistic advocacy strategy that is based on four strategic pillars.. Strategic pillar 1: Solid Contextual Knowledge of Companies and the Food Industry.. Being well informed on sustainability and the food and beverage industry is vital in order to engage in positive dialogues and encourage the necessary changes in corporate policy and practice.. Our research directly supports a variety of our advocacy needs.. Our reports are mainly used internally; they inform our dialogues with companies and they help shape the development and progress of campaigns.. Our research provides contextual information about the food industry and conditions, issues and supply chains throughout the world affecting sustainability.. We also provide targeted internal advice to guide the advocacy process on corporate policies and practices, as well as make assessments of the initiatives that companies apply to address sustainability challenges.. We continually build expertise in specific areas and focus our energy where it will have the greatest impact on improving sustainability.. See our Research section for more information.. Strategic Pillar 2: Direct, Proactive and Effective Engagement with Food and Beverage Companies.. Through the corporate engagement strategic pillar, Fairfood International persuades food and beverage companies to enact policies and practices that  ...   organisational objectives.. They draw public attention to the issues facing the food industry today, how companies can resolve them and strive towards a more sustainable global food system for tomorrow.. We campaign together with our supporters and partners around the world through extensive use of social media and online campaigns.. Strategic pillar 4: Meaningful Partnerships and Capacity Development.. Strong and relevant partnerships with like-minded organisations help us to have an ever greater impact on achieving our mission.. In our partnerships we share expertise regarding advocacy work, explore fundraising opportunities together, join forces in campaigns and connect to each others’ networks, amongst other things.. We value working hand in hand with organisations with diverse cultures and missions.. With clear communication we strive to benefit from combining complementary approaches and create synergies.. We have established partnerships with NGOs, research institutes, governmental institutions and companies.. Examples of our partners include ActionAid UK, Red Puentes Internacional working in Latin America, Oxfam Novib based in the Netherlands, La Isla Foundation in Nicaragua, Vrutti Livelihood Centre in India, Free2Work in the United States and many others, which are described in detail on our website.. We are grateful for the added value and inspiration that collaborating with these organisations brings.. See our Partners page for more information..

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  • Title: Fairfood International » Organisation
    Descriptive info: Organisation.. For the four pillars of our strategy to work together effectively, we need a strong internal vision of who we are as an organisation.. Our clearly established organisational values guide daily work processes, as well as our wider quality and impact objectives.. Our Organisational Values.. We recognise that as an organisation we also carry responsibility for our impact on society.. We hold ourselves accountable to clear organisational values and ensure that we have the same expectations of ourselves as we do of others around us.. We have an elaborate quality management system designed in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 standards and our organisational values.. This system ensures that our work satisfies the needs of our main stakeholders and is conducted in a professional, effective and efficient manner to optimise results.. This system helps us streamline the design and monitoring of our workflow to ensure that our values are effectively implemented.. Our team.. Fairfood employees are passionate, dynamic and idealistic.. They have a multicultural background.. All our staff are driven and inspired to contribute to our mission and to preserve our values.. As Fairfood International has a long tradition of working with volunteers.. Our workforce consists, for a major part, of volunteers, who are drawn to our cause and seek to contribute to it.. We invest in our people so they can excel in their job.. We also help them to deal with change, making them ready to take on new tasks and responsibilities, inside or outside of Fairfood.. See our Contact page for ways to reach our team.. See our Jobs page for currently open vacancies.. Organisational Structure.. The organisational structure of Fairfood International is split into five functional departments, the Executive Board, the Supervisory Board and the Advisory Board.. The five departments of Fairfood International are:.. Advocacy.. ,.. Communications.. Business Development.. and.. Operations.. Each department  ...   the Executive Board in managing the foundation.. This board consists of at least five members, who are non-remunerated and have different backgrounds.. Fairfood International has an Advisory Board consisting of an international network of prominent experts representing different nationalities and professional backgrounds.. Their role is to provide relevant advice to the Executive Board on strategic matters and to expand the professional network of the organisation.. The Advisory Board members support the organisation voluntarily; they have no legal fiduciary responsibility and no authority to vote on corporate matters.. Whereas the Advisory Board provides such support, the Supervisory Board remains the formal employer and supervisor of the Executive Board.. See who s part of our Advisory Board.. See who s part of our Supervisory Board.. Our Funding: Present and Future.. Fairfood strives to secure diverse financial means for its growth from various types of donors.. We do this through applying for funding from institutions like other NGOs, governmental institutions and trust funds.. Currently, Fairfood International has a number of funders, including two major funders that have committed to supporting our work for the coming years.. As part of the Medefinancieringsstelsel (MFS) II co-financing system for sustainable development, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has awarded Fairfood International funding until the end of 2015.. Fairfood International received this funding as a (candidate) member of the IMPACT Alliance, a group of innovative development organisations based in the Netherlands led by Oxfam Novib, and including SOMO, Butterfly Works, 1% Club and Hirda.. Fairfood International receives an average of €1,1 million per year.. We are also a proud beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, which is part of Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries, the world’s third-largest private charity donor.. Fairfood International became a beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery in 2010 and receives an annual contribution of €500,000.. Support our work: Donate to Fairfood International today..

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  • Title: Fairfood International » Reports and Organisation documents
    Descriptive info: Reports and Organisation documents.. If you would like to know more about Fairfood, please consult the following documents:.. A Taste of Tomorrow: Inspiring Change in the Global Food Industry Strategy Document 2012 2014.. Pdf file.. Management Letter 2012.. Pdf.. Partnership Satisfaction Survey 2011.. Annual Report 2010.. Annual Report 2009.. Annual Report 2008.. Annual Report 2007.. Code of Conduct.. Organisation Chart.. Quality Policy..

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  • Title: Fairfood International » Our Partners
    Descriptive info: Our Partners.. Collaborate with Fairfood International.. For Fairfood International to be able to facilitating change towards a sustainable food and beverage industry, partnerships are essential.. Partnerships are always based on mutual willingness and cooperation, shared responsibilities, transparency and mutual benefit.. Fairfood and its partners collaborate on the objectives to share networks, share knowledge, execute joint activities, fundraise together and/or to enroll in a capacity development trajectory.. Through this collaboration, Fairfood and its partners are able to do their workmore efficient and/or effective way than by working separately.. Fairfood has established partnerships with organisations, institutions, agencies, universities, labour unions, local authorities  ...   different mandates which are displayed below.. Are you interested in a partnership with Fairfood International?.. Please contact Nico Smid.. t: +31 627244149.. e:.. nico.. smid@fairfood.. org.. Istituto Oikos.. Verband Entwicklungspolitik Niedersachsen (VEN).. Alliance of Associations Polish Green Network.. Fairtrade Czech republic.. Rank a Brand.. Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen.. Fundecooperacion.. eLabel.. La Isla.. Programa Salud y Trabajo en America Central (SALTRA).. NANTS.. Consumers International.. Comite Francais pour la Solidarite Internationale.. Banana Link.. Fairtrasa.. Christliche Initiative Romero.. Association of Conscious Consumers.. Association ALMA-RO.. Green Liberty.. Oxfam Novib.. Nationale Postcode Loterij.. CNV.. CRLS.. EILER.. Filelinx.. ITC.. LETIS.. Red Puentes.. Repórter Brasil.. UCSD..

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  • Title: Fairfood International » News
    Descriptive info: Is it worth it?.. 10 October 2012, 11:19.. In today s feature on Open Up we are touching upon an issue that is steadily and, somewhat sneakily, causing some of the greatest impacts on people, the planet and the economy: concentrated animal feed.. Fairfood Friday #72.. 5 October 2012, 9:36.. This week: Where’s the Beef? Bovril is not just a meat spread, but a cattle-producing town in Argentina with a rich history.. Happy World Animal Day!.. 4 October 2012, 16:02.. Today we celebrate the life of animals in all its forms.. The Jaguar: on top of the food chain in the Amazon jungle, yet one of the many endangered species.. A cow’s journey to the slaughterhouse.. 3 October 2012, 14:30.. Large-scale and subsistence cattle farming have been identified as the main causes of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon  ...   Agriculture Organization (FAO).. Animal Farm casts a spotlight on World Farm Animal Day.. 2 October 2012, 13:00.. In recognition of World Farm Animal Day (WFAD) today, we have put together a short list of some of the features we have published relevant to the issues of farm animals.. The features offer some troubling insights into the plight of the animals that go on to become your beef steak, pork sausages, and chicken burgers.. Fairfood Friday #71.. 28 September 2012, 9:00.. This week: If the Bacon Apocalypse Comes Pork and therefore bacon may be in critically short supply on a global scale next year.. What would you miss most if the bacon apocalypse is truly upon us? Here are five products we d miss, if not for their taste than for their utter ridiculousness.. Pages:.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 21..

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  • Title: Fairfood International » Open Up
    Descriptive info: Corruption, like the actors perpetrating it, is a wily creature, coming in many forms and having far reaching political, economic, social, and environmental consequences.. By eating up national wealth, arousing distrust amongst people, exploiting natural resources, companies and individuals involved in corruption seriously hinder the development of established and emerging economies.. A brief introduction.. Corruption within the agricultural sector is ubiquitous and leaves poor and marginalised communities vulnerable.. Last year Oxfam published a report.. Land and Power: the growing scandal surrounding the new wave of investments in land.. , which shows just how hard the poor are hit by corruption as competition for land intensifies.. Moreover, according to Transparency International in some developing countries,.. corruption can add 30-45 per cent to the price of connection to a water network.. , and that in such situations, families face a struggle to survive and escape poverty.. Corruption is both a cause and a consequence of poverty.. This can be illustrated in situations where land and water are scarce.. Land: fertile soil for corruption.. Corruption related to the ownerships rights of land is either administrative or political.. Administrative corruption involves public officials utilising bribes, and in some cases, even illegally amending land rights.. Political corruption involves persons being evicted from their land for the implementation of large agricultural projects.. Political corruption is generally widespread in developing countries.. Countries moving away from an agricultural based economy often initiate large infrastructural projects to stimulate growth, which can result in the violation of land rights.. Land rights, which have not been legally established for example, in the case of indigenous peoples who have no “official” documentation that states their legal entitlement to the land they use is often fertile soil in which corruption can grow.. The negative consequences of corruption related to land rights are manifold and form part and parcel of a number of issues.. These are outlined in the economic pillar of.. Fairfood’s Sustainability Agenda 2012.. In the water.. Corruption in the water sector tends to occur in the construction, maintenance and regulation of irrigation and drainage systems in developing countries.. Farmers in countries where droughts are common rely on irrigation systems, whereas countries that experience seasonal floods rely on drainage systems.. There is a general shortage of water for agricultural purposes in the world, and this shortage is intensified by a growing world population, climate change, and by corruptive practices.. Corruption in irrigation and drainage projects is widespread.. One form of corruption in irrigation is.. Subsidy capture.. , a form of corruption whereby agriculture corporations capture water irrigation subsidies, usually by lobbying practices, while small holders, for whom such subsidies were intended, miss out.. Another form is the.. payment of bribes.. to officials to cover up discharges of wastewater and toxins in water resources or to allow for excessive abstraction from reservoirs or rivers.. Recipe for change.. Like all issues, corruption too has solutions.. There are some anticorruption tools available to companies to limit the occurrence of corruptive practices.. For example, companies could join the.. United Nations Global Compact Initiative.. , a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with.. ten universally accepted principles.. in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and.. anti-corruption.. Or they could use.. Transparency International Integrity Pacts.. , a tool for preventing corruption in public contracting and.. Water Integrity Network.. , which is a multi-stakeholder network that functions as a knowledge centre, as well as an advocacy initiative that raises awareness about the issue of corruption.. All these initiatives offer a storehouse of information and support to those who are willing to put the necessary structures in place to curb corruption.. Evidently there are many ways that companies can avoid their books being cooked.. Stay tuned in to this theme and read about all the ways that it can be done.. Image:.. cali.. (CC License).. Share this!.. Throughout the Animal Farm theme of our online series Open Up, we have addressed some key sustainability issues within the supply chains of different animal products.. We have talked about the impacts that the consumption of some animal products like chicken and their eggs have.. We have also looked at issues such as overfishing, and animal welfare.. Yet, we feel that we cannot walk away from the farm without touching upon an issue that is steadily and, somewhat sneakily, causing some of the greatest impacts on people, the planet and the economy: concentrated animal feed.. It is undeniable that our need for meat has grown exponentially.. According to.. The Economist.. , meat consumption has increased almost four times in the last fifty years.. The.. State of Food and Agriculture.. report published by the FAO in 2010-11 shows that 294.. 7 million tonnes of meat were predicted to be produced globally in 2011, this equates to approximately 42kilograms of meat per person, per year in developing countries.. The vicious circle of life.. To meet this growing demand for meat, animals need to be nurtured and fed.. Animal feed normally consists of forage such as plant and leaf matter.. However, cows, for example, cannot digest such feed well, and are reared on a diet consisting of concentrates such as maize and soybean meal to ensure they are more suitable for meat production.. The addition of maize and soybean creates a high performance diet, rich in protein and amino acids which help animals conserve energy for growth and remain healthy for human consumption.. Of course, with growing meat consumption, the use of these concentrates leads to a growth in the demand for soy and maize.. Currently over two thirds of the global production of soy originates from.. Argentina, the U.. S.. and Brazil,.. and.. the.. world’s.. largest maize producers are the U.. and China.. The increasing demand for soy and maize has consequences since not all production is sustainable.. Fast disappearing.. The expansion of soy and maize cultivation in South America, and its devastating economic and social consequences, like deforestation, land degradation and displacement of rural populations, has become very topical in recent years.. Deforestation in South America is twice as high as the.. global average.. ; and over four million hectares of rainforest, on average, are disappearing annually.. Deforestation removes significant vegetation in valuable forest areas, affecting the fertility of surrounding soil and ultimately causing land erosion and infertility.. Furthermore, both soy and maize cultivation require a vast amount of water, which evaporates four times faster than natural vegetation.. To produce these concentrates, expensive and insufficient irrigation systems are created, resulting in the depletion of local aquifers in water scarce regions.. Furthermore, according to the.. Dutch Soy Coalition.. , over six kilograms of soil are lost to every kilogram of soy and maize that is produced; much of this creates silt in surrounding rivers and reservoirs.. A fair amount of this water is then contaminated with fertilisers such as herbicides and pesticides which endanger plant and animal life downstream.. It’s not just the environment.. The social consequences of the cultivation of land for maize and soy are as dire as the environmental ones.. In 2008, a total of 5,266 soy workers in Brazil were rescued from slave-like conditions, according to Joao Pedro.. Stedile.. , a top official from the Movement of Landless Workers (MST).. In Paraguay, indigenous communities are frequently caught in violent struggles to maintain their lands in the face of the increasing threat of soy plantations.. Moreover, falsified contracts are often used to trick the uneducated.. locals.. into giving up their land.. In.. 2004.. alone, over 3000 people were arrested, 2000 charged and several deaths occurred during a wave of soy related protests.. And this year in South Sudan, large amounts of village land has been cleared by bulldozers to create space for maize.. production.. Making the change.. Clearly, there is a pressing need to make livestock production more sustainable, and for this we will need to change the cultivation methods of cattle feed primarily soy and maize.. We, as consumers, have the capacity to shape the food and beverage industry as a result of the products we choose to purchase, and those we choose not to.. The supply of sustainable animal feed will mirror our demand for sustainable meat, eggs and dairy products.. Carefully read the labels of the products you buy and look for any certification seals which indicate that sustainability issues have been addressed by the producer of a product For example: has the beef you purchase been grain or grass fed? Also, tell your local supermarket that you would like to buy sustainably sourced goods, and in particular, sustainably sourced animal products, and that you would like to see these made more readily available in their store.. Knowing the scale of destruction that unsustainable animal products leave in their wake, it is undoubtedly worth our time and effort to collectively demand sustainable animal products.. Government subsidies for large scale farming in colonial projects contributed greatly to the clearing of rainforest for the making of pasture for cattle as well as the cutting and burning of forest for the production of pasture by small-scale farmers there as indicated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (.. FAO.. ).. This video by AlJazeera English shows ‘’opening of the forest’’ in Brazil to maximize profit in the beef industry.. Commercial vs Subsistence cattle farming.. Beef farming is rapidly growing in both developed and developing countries and is characterized by commercial and subsistence farming.. Commercial beef cattle farming is large scale farming primarily for economic reasons such as maximizing profit.. Financial investment and technological improvement are the bedrock of commercial farming.. Large-scale cattle-grazing can be challenging as natural grass soon runs out and farmers then need to depend on other feeding methods such as grains to feed animals.. Commercial farming is generally capital intensive.. On the other hand, traditional or subsistence beef cattle farming uses old methods of rearing cattle mainly for the farmer and his family’s consumption, though excess beef products are sold for profit.. Family farming is commonly practiced with the subsistence farming method where family members including children participate willingly or otherwise in cattle herding.. According to the.. , subsistence farming also involves the exploitation of extensive grasslands by farmers where herds move between grazing areas according to season, some move according to temperature and others follow feed availability.. An example of subsistence beef farming in Wisconsin.. Exploring beef cattle farming in different countries.. Braziloperates commercial, large-scale and traditional subsistence beef farming and is currently one of the biggest producers and exporters of beef globally.. At present approximately 600,000 square kilometers or 15 percent of Brazilian Amazon has been deforested as a result of beef farming according to the.. Agriculture generally plays a major role in the economy of the country.. In the pastBrazil was known for its Amazon forest which is gradually disappearing mostly due to cattle farming.. Across the globe and in the Netherlands, most commercial and subsistence beef cattle farmers are conscious of conserving the environment by farming in sustainable ways.. Organic farming is free of intensive measures which include the use of pesticides for feed to ensure the beef is of good quality.. Exports of beef from the Netherlands are mostly to other European countries such as Germany.. The advantage of natural beef farming is the competitive advantage these farmers have over other beef farmers including consumer awareness about the benefits of eating organic food.. Nick Saltmarsh.. In recognition of.. World Farm Animal Day.. (WFAD) today, we have put together a short list of some of the features we have published relevant to the issues of farm animals.. Animals and their byproducts make up a large part of the average person’s diet, and so little attention is paid to how products such as meat, dairy and eggs are made so readily available to us, and at what price.. We have addressed some of the pressing issues concerning harmful practices in the livestock and fishing industries in Animal Farm, the third theme of our online series Open Up.. Below are some of the highlights.. Meet your meat.. Consumers demand action on animal welfare: Where do food companies stand?.. The cost of a Sunday roast.. Milking the cow dry.. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.. ”.. said Mohandas Gandhi.. If this is true, as a global nation, our greatness and moral progress leaves much to be desired.. You too can cast the spotlight on this day dedicated to the farm animals.. Share these features, post them on facebook, tweet about them, and forward them to your contacts, so that together we can advocate for change in the food and beverage industry.. Pig Business.. 25 September 2012, 10:46.. Throughout.. Animal Farm.. we have been dedicated to presenting you with a complete picture of the sustainability issues facing the animal products industry.. One of the key components is the pork industry which is rife with transparency and sustainability problems.. In order to highlight the issues in the pork industry, we turn to the work of Pig Business, known for their investigative documentary and campaigns against the many malpractices in the pork industry.. Pig Business has made it their goal to support “people across the world that are campaigning against factory pig farming, a system that abuses animals, threatens our health by overusing antibiotics, destroys rural communities, and pollutes the air and water.. ”.. You can watch the original documentary in its entirety below:.. After watching the film, let’s take the discussion to the comments.. Do you think the pork industry and companies are doing enough to tackle these issues? Do you eat pork and, if so, has this documentary made you think twice before buying bacon for your Sunday brunch?.. For more on Pig Business and to learn about their latest campaign against the Foston factory pig farm, visit:.. http://www.. pigbusiness.. co.. uk/.. Time for beef.. 19 September 2012, 6:00.. After three weeks of exploring the  ...   to see concrete commitments made progressively, and targets met, to further Coles’ transition towards greater sustainability.. Photography:.. Matthew Kenwrick.. (CC license).. Swimming in an ocean of debt.. 3 September 2012, 14:02.. We have reached a crossroads at which we are faced with a choice: to fish in a sustainable way and have the boundless choice of seafood available to us for years to come or continue over-fishing and contaminating the ocean only to cross fish off the grocery list in the not so distant future.. The decision seems simple enough but in practice it is proving to be exceptionally difficult to restore the balance of the ocean.. However, this is not an impossible mission, in theory.. Regardless of how daunting the task may be it would be short-sighted to ignore the warnings.. To simplify things let’s begin with the umbrella issue of over-fishing.. This occurs when fish are caught at a rate that does not allow adult fish to procreate at a sustainable rate.. This rate is three to four times above the limit at present, threatening many species to the brink of extinction.. For example, cod, a delicacy on the menu is a severely endangered species.. In 2004 the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned that cod would become extinct within 15 years.. Industrial expansion, pirate fishing and over-fishing have all contributed to this.. Although seas and oceans are governed internationally as a common heritage its vastness makes it difficult to manage.. Thus far international governance has not been very successful in combating over-fishing.. Turning a blind-eye.. While the balance of the marine ecosystem is being destroyed steadily by over-fishing the ocean, it is also persistently being polluted by toxic fuel emissions from ships.. The gaseous emissions from these ships also pollute the air.. Broader environmental issues such as climate change further aggravate the condition of marine life.. Additionally fishing methods such as purse-seining and trawling have a devastating impact on marine life.. The purse-seine method involves a drag-net with rings at the bottom through which a line is passed.. The net is drawn shut at the top which also pulls the rings tight and the fish are prevented from escaping.. Trawling on the other hand involves pulling a net through the water behind one or more boats.. These types of net-fishing lead to an increased rate of the removal of species.. If predators are over-fished then fish lower down the food chain thrive; creating an imbalance in the marine ecosystem.. The abundance of sardines, for example, has been linked to the exploitation of tuna.. On the other hand, the exploitation of sardines and anchovies has led to an abundance of jellyfish.. No doubt, more attention needs to be devoted to purse-seining and trawling as these are related to large-scale unsustainable fishing practices.. But in order to genuinely achieve a sustainable industry the so-called by-catch of many other animals needs to be reduced.. Pulled in with the catch.. The by-catch includes countless marine species, like dolphins, turtles and sometimes even birds that are being senselessly slaughtered in the fishing process.. By-catch from the more than 40 species of tuna, the fourth most popular fish in the world, even include sharks.. Dolphins often swim close to tuna; and are used as an indicator for tuna resources.. Bird by-catch on the other hand is associated with the long-lining method.. In some shrimp harvesting fisheries, by-catch levels are as high as 20kg for every 1kg of shrimp caught.. For every shrimp captured which is more than a trillion annually, about 40 other living organisms are killed.. Aqua-farming’s not a foolproof solution for mankind.. At one stage it was believed that farming fish, or aqua-farming as it is commonly known, could be a solution to the world’s need for fish; however it has come with its own set of negatives.. Aqua-farming basically aims to recreate the life cycle of fish in a protected environment.. The production cycle starts with hatcheries where eggs are hatched and the fingerlings are raised.. This happens in fresh water tanks on land or in cages in rivers and the sea.. Thereafter they are allowed to mature for roughly one year.. What makes aqua-farming risky is that high densities of fish increase the risk of bacterial and viral diseases and the antibiotics used to counter these are known to cause health problems in humans (apart from being an issue of animal health and welfare).. Eventually fish also become resistant to it.. To rear predatory fish like salmon at least three pounds of feed, consisting of other fresh fish, is needed to produce two pounds of farmed salmon with the consequence that increased aquaculture contributes to the depletion of wild fish.. This farming method is also a water pollutant as the chemicals that are used to treat diseases are washed into the sea.. Make the responsible choice.. Clearly the fishing industry is rife with problems, but we can use our buying power to make better choices about what species of fish to eat and buy them from sustainable sources.. That is not all; corporations can also secure a future for the fishing industry by adopting certifications from organizations like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Friends of the Sea.. Certification labels ensure, as much as possible, that fish stocks are not over-exploited and also that other environmental externalities are reduced.. Companies can also choose to market species that are not under pressure.. Our first port of call should consistently be to eat less fish as certification systems will not be effective if consumption still soars.. To help you make more informed decisions you can consult consumer guides such as Seafood Watch who assess which species are under threat in a given geographical region.. When standing at the crossroads where the signs are ‘Fish’ or ‘No Fish’, the choice is simple.. Where governments are failing and corporates are stalling, it is the consumer who can start walking down the right road and enable fish to stay on our grocery list for years to come.. Image by.. christopherallisonphotography.. com.. FrieslandCampina’s commitments towards sustainable practices.. 27 August 2012, 16:04.. Most Europeans are familiar with the brand Royal.. FrieslandCampina.. ; their milk products like butter, cheese yoghurt and many others play a vital role in any European breakfast.. With 14,391 member dairy farms in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium; its products sold in more than 100 countries worldwide; 19,000 employees in 25 countries; and sales amounting to over 9.. 6 billion euros in 2011, the impact of a company like FrieslandCampina on consumers and the food industry as a whole cannot be underestimated.. Demand for milk is high, and for the big players of the dairy industry it is profitable.. However, the impact of the dairy industry as a whole over the years has been negative; with production practices adversely affecting the welfare of animals, people and planet alike.. Yet some companies, such as FrieslandCampina, are working towards producing their dairy products sustainably.. A promising start.. The dairy giant has been busy with a number of positive initiatives to produce their products in a more sustainable manner.. In 2010, the company launched a strategic programme called.. route 2020,.. which, amongst other things, set a target for greenhouse gas levels at their member dairy farms to be reduced by 30% of the 1990 levels, by 2020.. They also set targets for palm oil and cocoa to be sustainably grown by 2020.. The soy which the company sources for cattle feed is to be certified by the.. Round Table on Responsible Soy Association.. (RTRS) by 2015, and cocoa sourced for the.. Chocomel.. brand is to be wholly.. UTZ.. certified by 2014.. All cocoa products sold in the Netherlands and Belgium are to be.. certified by 2020.. From 2012 onwards, measures to encourage sustainability on FrieslandCampina’s member dairy farms will form an integral part of.. Foqus.. , the company’s system for gauging quality.. Foqus planet.. will be the name for this system which will monitor four aspects of farming, “milk” (focusing on the quality of the milk their member farmers produce and supply, the methods of milking and the cooling of the milk), “cow” (which specifies criteria related to animal health, animal welfare and the responsible use of animal medicines), “production process” (relating to safe water and feed), and finally “surrounding area” (covering aspects such as the tidiness of the farm, outdoor grazing, food safety and sustainability).. No mention is made of addressing methane and ammonia emissions, however.. Both of these gases have given rise to concern about how atmospheric pollution and cow waste management ought to be addressed on every dairy farm.. As of January this year, member dairy farmers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium have been incentivised to implement sustainable practices on their farms by being rewarded points for the sustainable measures they take in accordance with Foqus planet.. They have a broad range of options to choose from (for example, implementing energy saving schemes, attending a course on animal health), relating to the aforementioned four aspects, which will facilitate them through this transitory period to sustainability.. FrieslandCampina sees its member dairy farmers as independent entrepreneurs, which operate under different conditions and have different starting points when it comes to the various themes relating to sustainability.. Thus, while there are some regulations, which they need to comply with, member dairy farmers have the freedom to choose the rate at which they incorporate aspects of sustainability, which Foqus planet provides them with, according to their needs.. One further example of FrieslandCampina’s efforts to implement sustainable practices is Unilever’s agreement to source dairy from FrieslandCampina, if the dairy company fulfils the criteria of.. Unilever s Sustainable Agriculture Code.. The criteria are focused on energy usage, the reuse of waste streams, reducing the CO2 footprint, and the promotion of and respect for animal health and welfare.. Measuring progress.. FrieslandCampina scored reasonably well in the.. 2011 annual survey.. carried out by the.. Transparency Benchmark.. of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.. However, it scored relatively poorly in three categories: stakeholders, verification and elaboration.. The Transparency Benchmark offers insight into the way Dutch companies report on their CSR activities in order to improve these.. The targets set for 2020 may be hard to meet without setting short term goals to monitor progress.. It is important to ensure all targets are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound); setting short term goals, and ensuring targets are smart, are ways to determine that the company’s efforts are sincere and that they are yielding results.. This can prevent any incidences of greenwashing.. Furthermore, while we do want companies to make long term commitments, in order to make them credible they need to be accompanied by incremental steps, which show how these commitments will be carried out and adhered to.. For example, FrieslandCampina aims for a two per cent yearly reduction of energy usage.. Reality shows, however, that this target was missed in both.. 2010.. and in.. 2011.. , according to their CSR reports for each year.. Furthermore, while a reference is made to FrieslandCampina’s supplier code of conduct (business practices for suppliers), this code has not be published in the 2011 CSR report, despite Fairfood’s repeated requests for this during discussions with the company.. The 2011 CSR report does show, however, many targets, plans and programmes.. The report divides the company’s CSR policy into four categories, “Nutrition health”; “Efficient and sustainable production chains”; “Dairy development in Asia and Africa”; and “Sustainable dairy farming”; and each category specifies the targets to be achieved by 2020.. Overall it is clear what the targets are and what initiatives the company has taken thus far, however, some targets could be more ambitious.. For example, the company’s commitment to source UTZ certified cocoa for their products sold in the Dutch and Belgian markets.. While it is unclear just how much chocolate the company uses in its products outside of these markets, with an eight year time frame, ensuring that.. all.. the cocoa they use is sustainably sourced by 2020 would be more appropriate.. Keeping commitments.. The challenge lies in maintaining the momentum; for a smooth and sustainable dairy industry, every company within the industry needs to ensure that from grass to glass, its practices are carried out sustainably.. This takes planning, setting short term goals and transparent reporting.. We believe that with adequate steps in the right direction, the well intentioned promises made by FrieslandCampina can be kept and can positively influence the industry.. bies.. What is.. Open Up?.. Open Up is Fairfood International’s explorative online series tackling issues of transparency facing the food industry today and what food companies can do to create a sustainable global food economy.. In the coming months, we will be taking a closer look at issues that matter in the food industry.. This month:.. Animals and their products provide a huge part of our food supply.. Throughout the course of this topic, we will address a number of malpractices which have surfaced in the chicken, dairy, beef and fish industries in recent years.. And as you will see, malpractices in the aforesaid industries are of social, environmental and economic concern.. So stay tuned for the Animal Farm.. Previously.. Got a question?.. Do you have a question about the topics we address? Submit your question.. here.. , on Facebook, or via Twitter.. Please include the hashtag.. #openup2012.. Follow us.. Follow @fairfood.. More than 50 billion chickens are reared annually as a source of food, for both their meat and their eggs; just one of the top five global chicken producers alone processes 44 million chickens in one week.. These chickens then find themselves served up as a fast meal at Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, other popular restaurant chains, supermarkets and corner stores.. With high consumer demand and the consequent bulk production and processing, just what should companies do to ensure a decent life for the chicken and healthy meat for the consumer?.. Keep updated.. Tweets.. vsz..

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  • Title: Fairfood International » Executive Director’s Blog
    Descriptive info: Welcome to my blog.. I will be commenting on issues, trends and events in the food industry.. As we mark this year’s World food day, the main question that readily comes to my mind is: Will our food system be able to meet global food and nutrition demands when we welcome the 9 billionth person in 2050?.. Consumers demand action on Animal welfare: Where do Food companies stand?.. 1 August 2012, 9:00.. Consumers all over the world have differing opinions on how to deal with the growing consumption of livestock products (meat, milk, eggs, cheese, etc) despite increasing evidence showing undesirable environmental impacts resulting from dramatic consumption patterns.. But, overwhelmingly, consumers agree that inhumane treatment of animals under intensive industrial farming and the associated consequences for food [.. ].. Food beverage workers’ freedom rights must be protected!.. 19 June 2012, 9:36.. Over 60 years ago, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining as a fundamental human right issue, but today, this right is still being trampled upon increasingly and a recent  ...   development at Rio+20.. Alongside quite a few civil society participants, I joined the Forum with measured expectations.. However, I must admit that currently there’s a lot of personal trumpet blowing going on, to the distaste of quite a good number of the civil society participants.. Calling on food companies to ‘open up’ their supply chains!.. 29 May 2012, 10:21.. Anselm Iwundu introduces Open Up.. Keeping companies honest today in order to better shape tomorrow’s sustainable food system.. 25 May 2012, 11:12.. How do we create a food system that is fair for all? Anselm Iwundu, Executive Director of Fairfood International introduces Fairfood s 3-year strategy: A Taste of Tomorrow.. Update from Anselm, Fairfood s new Executive Director.. 30 August 2011, 12:08.. It is a privilege to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of Fairfood International.. As a long time Fairfood supporter, I am excited and honoured to have been chosen to represent Fairfood in this esteemed position.. I succeed Frank van der Linde whose hard work and dedication at Fairfood during the last seven years I deeply appreciate..

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  • Title: Fairfood International » Companies
    Descriptive info: Companies.. Fairfood International encourages food and beverage brand owners all over the world to increase the level of sustainability of their brand products.. More sustainable food production benefits people, planet and profit.. To resolve poverty and hunger, the production and trade of food and beverage products will need to become more sustainable.. Fairfood is in talks with 2500 food and beverage brand owners from all over the world.. See our company pages to see a selection of companies where you can read the specific status of our current lobbying  ...   increase the level of sustainability of their brand products; the combination of which is referred to as an advocacy trajectory.. This process can be stopped or paused by us at any time, depending on the cooperation and willingness of the brand owner.. Introduction and Explanation of Fairfood‘s Approach.. Sustainability Dialogue with Account Manager.. Dialogue on Management Level.. Public Campaigning and Communication Tools.. See our company pages on:.. Success Stories.. Read how Fairfood encouraged these companies to take steps towards sustainability.. Morrisons sources Fairtrade sugar.. Expanding sustainability goals at Kraft..

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  • Title: Fairfood International » Policy
    Descriptive info: Policy.. At Fairfood International, we believe that companies have a responsibility to ensure that they source, produce and sell their products in the most sustainable way possible.. For this reason, Fairfood focuses its advocacy work on encouraging food and beverage industry companies to take responsibility for the role that they can and should play in ensuring the sustainability of their products.. Brand owners as primary target groups.. 4-step advocacy trajectory towards encouraging food and beverage brand owners.. Public attention to support advocacy trajectories.. What does Fairfood expect from brand owners?..

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