A newly released survey by
among 70 senior executives of food suppliers to UK supermarkets, reveals only
10% of suppliers measure their food miles, and 4% their C02 emissions.
Lack of standardisation and inconsistent data were quoted as the primary
reasons for failing to record measurements, meatinfo.co.uk reports.
The survey showed 93% of the food supply industry regard environmental issues
as important, but an overwhelming majority of suppliers at 86% wanted clearer
standards on the correct measurement of food miles and 79%, on CO2 emissions.
‘It is time for the government to bring some consistency to this important
area to facilitate more and more businesses joining the race to help the nation
meet its CO2 reduction targets,’ Ian Carr, Grant Thornton food and agribusiness
expert, said. ‘At present, standards can vary hugely and claims of good
governance can be somewhat overstated.
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