BPEX: focus on environmental strategy
The British Pig Executive (BPEX) has released a
discussion document on understanding, developing and simplifying environmental
The discussion document, called Pig Industry Environment Strategy (PIES) , is the result
of a steering group that was aimed to address issues concerning environmental
The idea behind this is that word environment might strike
terror into the heart of a pig producers, but it need not be, according to BPEX.
The key aims of the document are:
Fewer inspections, less red-tape
â€¢ Premiums for 'green' products, to
help offset the cost of environment legislation
â€¢ Reduced energy and
â€¢ Creation of an environment forum to work with the
supply chain, government and regulators, to help deliver better regulation,
better prices through the chain, and well-informed, happy customers
â€¢ A knowledge hub to keep producers informed and to help them get it
â€¢ Proven delivery via quality assurance bolt-ons
BPEX chairman Stewart Houston said, "We can't carry on as we are. We
simply have to reduce the burden of environmental regulation while at the same
time we need a significant improvement in our environmental
"PIES will develop tools to manage the
impacts of pig farming on the environment, demonstrate economic benefits from
improved environmental performance and identify the research needed to advance
our environmental performance."
The Steering Group believes PIES can
offer benefits to producers including better use of resources, reduced impact on
the environment, greater awareness among stakeholders, better regulation and a
more popular 'greener' product.
Comments on the discussion document can be posted until
Friday, May 25.
â€¢ British Pig Executive (BPEX)
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