There has been coverage in the Sky News, Reuters, Yorkshire Post, the Telegraph and the Times, surrounding yesterday’s announcement by Morrisons of their intention to become a first supermarket chain completely supplied by net zero carbon British farms by 2030. The chain is intending to use methods to reduce carbon emissions, such as low food-mile feed for animals and by working mainly with UK suppliers.
Morrisons also said they would look at the lifecycle of farm produce, to examine ways of achieving best practice in cutting emissions, with the findings shared across its network of farms. Separate targets have also been set out for net zero beef.
Environment Secretary, George Eustice MP, said:
The UK is the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050. Our farmers will play a key role in achieving this.
It is encouraging to see Morrisons commit to being supplied by net zero carbon British farms on such an ambitious timescale, helping to protect the environment for future generations.
Comment by Bethan Jones posted on
Perhaps Morrisons, like all supermarkets should stop selling cheap food at lower than production costs, at prices that benefit their margins not the producers. While i applaud this intention, yet again they are putting the onus on to producers and not by leading by example. Maybe they could get rid of all plastic wrapped fruit and veg as a starting point. Perhaps encourage customers to realise a chicken that cost £5 or less is not a viable product and by that very pricing the method to supply it will be unethical and environmentally very damaging. People need to see that we are all responsible for animal welfare and the environment. Net zero is a trendy concept, the reality is looking at making choices - choose to eat less processed food, less packaged food, only in season food (not expecting sugar snap peas in decemeber or strawberries in winter), more locally produced food, less meat but better quality meat - this all has a cost. you can not have it every way.