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Latin America Sustainable Beef Vision Summit
On July 10 to 12, the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) together with GTPS and Arcos Dorados hosted th Latin America Sustainable Beef Vision Summit for the first time to bring together Latin American national roundtables and their members.

The event, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, brought together actors from the entire beef chain and more than 15 countries, and was attended by more than 160 people. One of the keys to the success of the event was the collaboration of a range of stakeholders in its organisation and implementation.

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Latin America Sustainable Beef Vision Summit
Por primera vez en la historia de la Mesa Global de Carne Vacuna Sostenible (GRSB, sus siglas en ingles) se realizo un evento regional para juntar a las mesas redondas nacionales de America Latina.

El evento, celebrado del 10 al 12 de Julio en Sao Paulo, Brasil, reunio a actores de toda la cadena de la carne vacuna de mas de 15 nacionalidades y conto con la presencia de mas de 160 personas. Una de las claves del éxito del evento fue la colaboracion de distintas organizaciones para realizar el mismo.

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Zero Carbon Bill: Opinions Still Split as Submissions Close
Katie Fitzgerald, Ella Prendergast, Newshub | July 16, 2019
Beef and Lamb New Zealand insight officer Jeremy Baker told Newshub methane has been unfairly targeted and the emphasis should be put on other gasses.

"We want to actually play our part, but we also want to see that every single gas does its fair share and it's really important that we see not just gross emissions targets for methane, but gross emissions targets for CO2."

Dutch Retailer Ahold Delhaize Issues $681 Million Sustainability Bond
Alyssa Danigelis, Environmental Leader | June 27, 2019
Dutch retailer Ahold Delhaize issued its first sustainability bond for €600 million, around 681 million in US dollars, with a term of six years. The company says that proceeds from the bond will finance environmental projects and community initiatives.

These new or existing initiatives fall into three categories: sustainably produced product procurement, climate impact reduction, and the promotion of healthier eating, according to the company. The Ahold Delhaize Sustainability Bond Committee plans to oversee the allocation of proceeds as well as report on them.

Paraguay Moves Towards Sustainable Commodities
Silvia Morimoto, Inter Press Service | July 2, 2019
Paraguay is leading the way in the region to address the causes of deforestation. It is convening a "Forests for Sustainable Growth" strategy, and it is promoting new alternatives for the sustainable production of soy and beef that have been designed jointly with stakeholders.

Arcos Dorados Expands Its Sustainable Beef Program in Brazil
Yahoo Finance | July 15, 2019
Arcos Dorados, (ARCO) ("Arcos Dorados" or the "Company"), the world's largest independent McDonald's franchisee, today announced it will expand its program of purchasing sustainably produced beef. To date, the Company has quadrupled the amount of protein derived through this livestock model since Arcos had established this objective three years ago.

This announcement was made by Mr. Gabriel Serber, Arcos Dorados' Director of Sustainable Development and Social Impact, at the first ever Latin America Sustainable Beef Vision Summit. The summit was a three–day event sponsored by the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) hosted at McDonald's Hamburger University in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Fake Meat 'As Highly Processed As Dog Food': Can You Pick The Difference?
James Nason, Beef Central | July 2, 2019
Fake meat alternatives may be promoted as more "wholesome" than conventionally grown meat, but in a recent tweet a US scientist has drawn attention to the highly processed nature of two leading plant–based burger products by comparing their ingredients to those of pet food.

In a tweet, Dr Frank Mitloehner from the University of California Davis published the lists of ingredients of three products. One list was the ingredients of the Impossible Foods burger, and another the Beyond Meat 'Beyond Burger'. The third was a list of the ingredients of a premium brand of vegan dog food. He asked people on twitter if they could pick which was which.

24 hours after posting the tweet, Dr Mitloehner said in an interview that 100,000 people had responded to the quiz, and the "majority got it wrong".

White Paper Tells Red Meat Industry to Speak with One United Voice
Campbell Cooney, Queensland Country Life | July 4, 2019
The independent white paper commissioned by the Red Meat Advisory Council has called for Australia's red meat industry representative groups to be merged and unified as one body, to be known as Red Meat Australia.

If adopted Red Meat Australia would be the single national voice for the red meat and livestock industry, would be the single conduit for levies collected from business, and would take on the industry public policy, social license and marketing roles.

Traceability Expands
Victoria G. Myers , DTN The Progressive Farmer (blog) | July 15, 2019
A year ago a pilot project was announced to bring cattle traceability to Kansas. The program, called CattleTrace, touted a public–private partnership aimed at the development and testing of an infrastructure that could one day expand to a national scale.

The program, based out of Manhattan, Kansas, continues to gain momentum, and has installed readers and tags in not only Kansas, but in partner organizations in the states of Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kentucky. In addition, CattleTrace organizers are in discussions with leaders in seven other states to extend the program. Those states include: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas.

The ultimate goal of CattleTrace is to build a national database to allow rapid trace–back of a diseased animal.

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It seems that beef producers on both sides of the atlantic are unhappy with the EU / Mercosur deal.
Historic Trade Deal Is a Letdown for South American Farmers

Tatiana Freitas and Gerson Freitas Jr, Bloomberg | July 2, 2019
The vaunted historic free–trade deal struck with Europe was greeted with fanfare by South America's leaders. But it turns out the impact for agriculture, thought to be one of the biggest benefactors, may end up being limited after all.

Mercosur members will be allowed to export 99,000 metric tons of beef to Europe under a tariff rate of 7.5%. The deal is only about a third of what the South American bloc needed to help prop up markets, according to Miguel Schiariti, the head of Argentina's beef industry and trade group Ciccra.

"It really is a miserable allocation," he said.

Agriculture Minister Creed Pledges to 'Frustrate and Thwart' Beef Deal As It Currently Stands
Marie O'Halloran, Irish Times | July 3, 2019
Environmental and climate change requirements can be used to "thwart" and "dismantle" the EU Mercosur trade deal and protect the Irish beef industry, the Minister for Agriculture has said.

Michael Creed said he sees it as his responsibility "to ensure that everything is done to frustrate, mitigate, to dismantle, the ambition [of Mercosur] and to protect the interests" of the Irish beef sector.

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