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IARC review on red & processed meat – In the News

John Kerr posted in on October 28th, 2015.

The release of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)’s review of meat and cancer risk has  dominated the news media. The World Health Organization agency evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat and announced their findings this week. The Working Group of 22 experts determined the consumption of […]

The environmental footprint of meat – 3 News

John Kerr posted in on July 23rd, 2014.

3 News reporter Adrien Taylor looks in the environmental costs of meat in New Zealand following a widely reported US study in PNAS. An extract (read in full and watch the news clip here): A new study into the environmental impact of meat production has singled out beef as the worst offender. The study says […]

World’s first cultured beef burger – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 6th, 2013.

In a world first, Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University has revealed a Cultured Beef burger in London today. The burger, which was cooked by frying in a pan, was presented at a live event in front of a audience of some 200 journalists and academics. You can watch a recording of the full event […]

EU Horsemeat scandal – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 14th, 2013.

As consumer concern over the horsemeat scandal in Europe continues, one UK expert notes the irony that this ‘contamination’ may in fact be improving the quality of meat products. The discovery of horsemeat included in beef products in the Europe has spurred a high level meeting of EU leaders and a decisiion to carry out […]

Meat ‘gassing’ – what are the facts?

Peter Griffin posted in on February 7th, 2011.

News reports within the last day or two have revealed that some of New Zealand’s meat undergoes a process called ‘gas flushing’, in which carbon dioxide and oxygen are pumped into meat packaging to significantly lengthen the meat’s shelf-life. Meats which have undergone the process, also called Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), are not currently labelled […]

Milk from cloned cow’s offspring – Experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on August 4th, 2010.

NOTE: Further comments added The UK’s Food Standards Agency is investigating claims that milk from the offspring of a cloned cow is on sale in British supermarkets, according to a statement released overnight. European Union rules on novel foods ensure no products from clones’ offspring can be sold legally without a scientific assessment of safety. […]

Southland Times: New Zealand farmers told to embrace advancements in technology development

Peter Griffin posted in on May 25th, 2010.

Mark Hotton writes in the Southland Times about a speech by AgResearch’s Dr Jason Archer in which he outlined several technologies which could help improve New Zealand’s meat production. While New Zealand will never be able to produce meat as cheaply as some other countries, technologies are being developed which could help farmers to sustainably […]

Dom Post: Kiwi processors play down findings on meat ‘risks’

Peter Griffin posted in on May 25th, 2010.

Tim Cronshaw writes in Business Day about recent US research suggesting that processed meat can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and the reaction from the New Zealand Meat Processors Association, which says the research could mislead kiwis. Kiwis eat less processed meat than those who took part in the study, meaning […]

Newsletter Digest: Future electronics, meat consumption and the NZBio and Kea Awards

Peter Griffin posted in on March 26th, 2010.

Life after silicon – future electronics The journal Science gives over much of this week’s issue to the role silicon-based transistors have played in revolutionising computing and the possible way forward as scientists strive for faster, more powerful computers and electronics. Some scientists writing in Science are focusing on the re-engineering of silicon-based transistors while […]

Report: Climate impact of cutting back on cattle questioned

Peter Griffin posted in on March 25th, 2010.

A report presented this week at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society suggests that despite claims to the contrary, eating less meat and dairy will not have much of a mitigating impact on climate change. That’s because in most developed countries, greenhouse gas emissions from livestock make up a small percentage of […]

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