Press release: Food Waste Champion rallies major players to ‘Step up to the Plate’

first_img Climate change is no longer a buzzword – we must all stand up and be counted. We squander 10 million tonnes of food and drink every year. Businesses throw away food worth an estimated £5 billion and £15 billion is wasted from our homes (on average around £500 a year), the emissions this creates is the equivalent of every third car on the road. We simply must put an end to this. The food waste symposium runs alongside the V&A’s FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibition, and bring together big players from the worlds of food retail, hospitality, chefs and social media influencers to promote awareness of food waste and help drive it down from all sources. In 2017, 205,000 tonnes of surplus food in the retail and food manufacturing sectors was wasted. Some of the surplus is difficult to minimise, costly in that it would need to be reworked or repackaged, and some surplus would not be edible. It is estimated by WRAP that 100,000 tonnes of this is both accessible and edible with the remaining being more difficult to redistribute. Food waste in the UK totals 10.2 million tonnes per year, of which 1.8 million tonnes comes from food manufacture, 1 million from the hospitality sector, and 260,000 from retail, with the remainder from households. Anyone can sign up to the ‘Step up to the Plate pledge’ through sending a signed copy of the pledge to [email protected] Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot is expected to say: Major players from the worlds of food retail and hospitality, along with social media influencers and chefs, will join forces today to pledge ground-breaking action to drive down food waste, a driver of climate change.Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Minister Thérèse Coffey were among the first to sign up to the pledge – which includes a goal to halve food waste by 2030 – and will today be joined by players in the world of food including Nestlé, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose to help halve food waste by 2030.This comes as Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot will today host a major symposium ‘Step up to the Plate’ at London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum.Attendees are expected to sign up to a number of commitments on measuring and reducing their own food waste and inspiring others to follow their lead.Speaking at the event Environment Secretary Michael Gove is expected to say: The food waste symposium runs alongside the V&A’s FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibition, which will explore similar themes when it opens to the public on Saturday 18 May.Currently around 55,000 tonnes of surplus food is redistributed from retailers and food manufacturers every year. It is estimated a further 100,000 tonnes of food – equating to 250 million meals a year – is edible and readily available but goes uneaten. Instead, this food is currently sent away for generating energy from waste, anaerobic digestion to be used for fuel and fertiliser, or animal feed. Wasting food squanders the energy and resources used in producing, transporting and packaging, and when sent to landfill it rots and produces methane, contributing to our greenhouse gas emissions.Earlier this year the government launched a £15 million scheme to tackle food waste, building on its landmark Resources and Waste Strategy which sets out how the government will introduce annual reporting of food surplus and waste by food businesses. The first round of successful applicants receiving £4 million of funding has just been announced. Should progress be insufficient, we will consult on legal powers to introduce mandatory targets for food waste prevention.The Resources and Waste Strategy also sets out how the government will ensure weekly collections of food waste, which is often smelly and unpleasant, for every household – restoring weekly collections in some local authorities, subject to consultation.The government is committed to supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end hunger by 2030.Notes to editors:center_img setting an ambitious target to halve food waste by 2030 in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.adopting the WRAP and IGD Food Waste Reduction Roadmap to have half of all 250 of the UK’s largest food businesses measuring, reporting and acting on food waste by 2019. embracing a Food Conversation week of action in November 2019 to highlight the changes we can all make. using their voice and profile to empower and encourage citizens, including the younger generation. changing their habits as an individual to be a Food Value Champion at work and at home, buying only what they need and eating what they buy. I want to thank our Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot for bringing together the biggest players from the world of food today to ‘Step up to the Plate’ and slash food waste. Every year, millions of tonnes of good, nutritious food is thrown away. This is an environmental, economic and moral scandal, and I am determined to tackle it. I urge businesses to join me in signing the pledge to deliver real change to stop good food going to waste. The pledge asks attendees to reduce food waste by:last_img read more

BIMCO: Trade War Has Taken Its Toll on US Soya Bean Exports

first_imgThe trade war between U.S. and China has taken its toll on U.S. soya bean exports, which marked a 43 percent drop year-on-year during the first twelve weeks of the 2018/19 marketing year, which started in September 2018.Data from the world’s largest shipowner association BIMCO shows that the exports were down from 21 million tonnes by November 23, 2017 to 11.9 million tonnes by November 22, 2018. The drop is the equivalent of 122 Panamax (75,000 tonnes) or 183 Supramax (50,000 tonnes) loads.“Tonne mile demand is further hurt as not only are the volumes of US soya bean exports lower than last year, the distances sailed are also much shorter as the new destinations are closer to the US than China is,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, says.The association believes the loss of 122 Panamax loads (all destinations) may be downplaying the impact the change in U.S. soya bean exporting patterns is having on the dry bulk shipping industry.By November 23, 2017, 71.3% of all soya bean exports were sent to China, equal to 200 Panamax loads on one of the longest trades in the world. So far this marketing year, China has taken just 2.8% of U.S. soya bean exports, further harming the tonne mile demand generated by US soya bean exports.“The weaknesses in Panamax and Supramax earnings in recent weeks is likely to be linked to the lower demand for seaborne transportation of U.S. soya bean exports as compared to previous seasons,” Sand added.In particular Panamax and Supramax vessels are affected given their reliance on the high volumes of U.S. soya beans usually being sent to China at this time of year.The drop in this demand has been one of the factors behind the lack of seasonal upswing in earnings which has been seen in previous fourth quarters, BIMCO said.Panamax earnings fell from 14,385 USD/day on October 17,  2018, to 10,996 USD/day on November 23, 2018.As informed, so far this season only two countries imported more than a million tonnes of U.S. soya beans: Argentina and Mexico.On the other hand, China seems to have replaced U.S. with exports from Brazil. Namely, even though U.S. exports to China have dropped by 98% since September 1, compared to the same period last season, total Chinese imports of soya beans in the period from January 2018 to October 2018, have only fallen 0.5%, largely due to increased imports from Brazil.However, BIMCO expects to see total Chinese soya bean imports to be lower than last year as the U.S. dominates the soya bean export market in the last quarter of the year.“Hopes of a resolution to the US-China trade war before the end of the year rest on the upcoming G20 summit, but even in the unlikely event that all tariffs are immediately revoked, the trade war may have a long-term effect on trade between the two nations.“As evidenced by China halting imports of US crude oil despite it not being an official part of the trade war, tariffs are not the only factor which have and most likely will continue to harm trade between the two nations.“If Chinese farmers decide they need fewer soya beans to feed their livestock, the overall Chinese demand for soya beans could be permanently reduced, even if tariffs are removed,” Sand concluded.last_img read more

National and track champions in three IMCA divisions earn Bassett Racing Wheel awards

first_imgBURLINGTON, Wis. – The accomplishments of national and track champions in three IMCA divisions will be recognized with contingency awards again this season by Bassett Racing Wheel.Top drivers in national standings for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods all receive a set of four wheels from the Burlington, Wis., manufacturer.Track champions in the same divisions receive $60 product certificates, good toward the pur­chase of four wheels.All awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.In its 23rd season as an IMCA sponsor, Bassett also returns to national decal programs for Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods. Drivers in both divisions must display two Bas­sett decals on their race car to become eligible for point fund shares.“Only five sponsors have a longer tenure with IMCA than Bassett and it is a testament to their dedication to the IMCA market,” observed Kevin Yoder, marketing director for the sanctioning body. “We’ve seen a lot of changes during that time but their support has been a consistent spoke in our wheel for almost a quarter century.”Information about Bassett-made wheels is available at the www.bassettwheel.com web­site or by calling 888 888-7199.last_img read more

Wellington’s Jensen Lynnes breaks another swim team record in Division 1 Championships

first_imgJensen LynnesSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Jensen Lynnes participated in the Missouri Valley Championships Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Lawrence. The Wellington swimmer had a busy weekend as it was, but she actually qualified in more events than she was allowed to swim. Championships is the most prestigious meet hosted by Missouri Valley.While Missouri Valley is divided into two Districts meets (East and West), the Championships meet in Lawrence contained all the best swimmers in the Missouri Valley LSC, which encompasses all of Kansas, about half of Missouri, a section of the Oklahoma panhandle, and a nick of Texas.Lynnes proved herself perfectly capable of handling the stiff competition. With a 3.8 second cut in the 100 Back, she placed 13th out of 49 and captured Aurora Bonham’s team record. The 50 Free is always a competitive event, and this year was no exception. Out of 50 swimmers, Lynnes took 19th, shaving a fraction of a second and so beating her own team record. On her last swim of a long weekend, Lynnes improved her own team record with a 43.43 in the 50 Back, taking 22nd out of 45. By cutting over a second in the 100 Free, Lynnes beat Savanna Bonham’s team record (fun fact: it was exactly six years old) and placed 28th out of 53. Lynnes was unable to shave more time from the two second cut last weekend that qualified her 50 Breast for Championships, but she did swim her time, adding just .22 seconds and placing 17th out of 31. Lynnes demonstrated great mental and physical toughness in the 100 Breast and 50 Fly.After only ten minutes of recovery from her 50 Free, Lynnes had to hop back up on the blocks for the long breaststroke. Despite the aching muscles, she placed 24th. The fly is, by most accounts, the hardest stroke of all, and it is certainly no easier when it is the third event of the day! Still, Lynnes persevered, placing 35th.While year-round swimmers can represent their hometown swim team in summer leagues, they generally required to compete for their year-round club at qualification meets (depending on which team they are registered with in USA Swimming).Competing for the Wichita Aquashocks allowed Lynnes to team up with summer league rivals/year-round teammates Chloe Thome (of Twin Rivers), Sayler Roberts (of Haysville), and Nina Nelson (of Valley Center). The GPSL-spanning dream team gave Columbia Swim Club exhilaratingly tight races in both the medley and free relays. While they were unable to pull it out at the end, the Aquashocks team earned two second place medals to mark their successful meet.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 262 weeks ago Way to swim Jensen. Keep up the great work! Report Reply 0 replies · active 262 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Garage Sales for this weekend…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of May 20-22, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (12) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Michelle · 221 weeks ago Saturday, May 21st 9am-1pm 1023 N. Washington Antiques, Collectibles, unique and unusual items. Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michelle · 221 weeks ago Yard Sale – Saturday, May 21st – 9am-1pm 1023 N. Washington Antiques, Collectibles, Unique and Unusual items Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Suzanne · 221 weeks ago Huge Garage Sale – Saturday May 21st – 8:00 – 1:00 pm 1429 N Day Lots and lots of women’s clothing sizes 12-18 – Shoes, purses, children’s clothes, tons of toys, stuffed animals, baby swing, high chair, furniture and more. Something for everyone! Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Carl & Kathy Hubbard · 221 weeks ago Hubbard garage sale – first of several as we clean out and decluttered. This one will have mostly clothes and shoes. All items one dollar each unless marked differently. Ladies sizes 6 to 14 & XL and men’s sizes mostly XXL, some smaller. Also two dark green, wing back recliner chairs; oak table 42 inches round; high-quality wicker furniture: loveseat, chair, end table and coffee table both with glass tops. Sale is Friday, May 20, 4 to 7 PM and Saturday, May 21, 9 AM to noon. Location: 37 Western Ave. which is southwest of the Presbyterian Church. Canceled if raining due to the volume of items to put out, and will be rescheduled. Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Barbara · 221 weeks ago Indoor Sale-922 N. Olive -Wellington. Friday May 20, 8am-4pm and Sat. May 21, 8am-12. Lots of camping gear, fishing poles and reels, nets, folding chairs, tents, canopy, Coleman lanterns, tools, coolers, Budweiser items, folding table, bicycle, knee boards, new port-a-pot, camping heaters, electric BQ grill, lots of miscellaneous. Report Reply 1 reply · active 220 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ed Bauler · 221 weeks ago 16 wood pieces just right for a Chimenia or for camping–$10 4 12 week old rooster fryers –$15 call 620-399-3059 to see in the city of Wellington Report Reply 2 replies · active 221 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Andy oldridge · 221 weeks ago Yardsale everything 50 cent each. ….. 920 n c wellington. ……..may 19 & 20 8 am to 4 pm …. Thursday Friday …. come load up Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Driveway Sale · 220 weeks ago 316 W. 11th St. Friday(20) open until 7 Saturday(21) 8-noon Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Bill · 220 weeks ago May 26th Wednesday at 403 S. West Road Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more