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New figures from Statistics Denmark reveal that 2015 was another record year for Danish organic exports. From 2014 to 2015, exports of Danish organic products rose by 15% and now account for DKK 2 billion of sales.
Every summer, so-called “Food Schools” are held around Denmark to encourage children to cook and take an interest in nutrition.
We should all take responsibility for providing food for the growing global population, says Karen Hækkerup, CEO of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council. The trade organisation has completed its input for the national action plan in support of “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and the UN’s global goals.
The award-winning Meat Masterclass learning programme run by the Danish Agriculture and Food Council was voted an unqualified success by the recent group of participants.
The use of antibiotics in livestock is extremely serious, particularly in Southern Europe. The Danish Agriculture and Food Council is challenging EU politicians to legislate on antibiotic usage.
Denmark’s Ministry of Environment & Food is sponsoring a major international food summit in Copenhagen from 25th to 26th August.
As public concern about the spread of antibiotic resistance grows, further refinements to Denmark’s ‘Yellow Card’ system for the control of usage of veterinary medicines have just been announced.
The Danish pig industry’s ‘Growth Panel’ (Vækstpanel) has just presented a report with recommendations that will help halt the decline of finished pig production in the country, with expectations of creating 5,000 new jobs and boosting export revenues by more than DKK 5 billion (£520m).
Hardly a week goes by without yet another NGO or academic institution proposing the introduction of a ‘food tax’ of some sort or other, as one of the obvious solutions to tackling the rising obesity epidemic across the world – not to mention, saving the planet into the bargain.
Since the launch of the WHO/IARC Report in November last year, every week seems to bring a new crop of headlines linking meat consumption to virtually all known human ailments, based on yet more research from universities and academic institutions across the globe.
The InterPIG annual InterPIG survey gives major pig producing countries the opportunity to benchmark their production against their major international competitors and is therefore an invaluable tool in measuring performance.
There was surprising unanimity among industry pundits who recently sought to plot a course for pig prices during 2016. All seem to agree that, following all the problems of 2015, there were still a difficult few months ahead, but there were also reasonable grounds for optimism that prices would begin a recovery in the second half of this year.
A New Year Message from Erik Larsen, Chairman of SEGES Pig Research Centre
Denmark’s performance in eliminating unnecessary use of veterinary medicine in livestock is regarded as exemplary in many quarters. In addition to using less medicines overall, Danish farmers have already phased out the use of cephalosporins and fluoroquinolones, both of which are widely used in human medicine.
It has been impossible to escape the tsunami of media coverage which followed the publication of the report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) at the end of October.
The Herning Congress is the main annual gathering of the Danish pig industry. This year’s event in October was attended by over 2,000 delegates, representing all stakeholders in the supply chain - from farmers and their stockmen, the meat and farm supply industries, politicians and numerous others.