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UK Project to Improve Environmental Efficiency of Turkey Production

7 August 2012, at 8:47am

UK - The British Poultry Council (BPC) has pledged its support to an innovative new Life Cycle Assessment method for calculating the environmental impact of turkey production. The project, which will run until 2015, will generate guidelines on environmental best practice which can be adopted across the sector.

The UK turkey industry, which relies heavily on imported protein sources, has invested in measuring the environmental impact of production in order to better understand the sustainability challenges facing turkey production.

The collaborative research project is being run by Newcastle and Cranfield Universities together with UK producers, feed companies and the BPC. By providing fresh data on production efficiency, the Life Cycle Assessment will revolutionise future production for BPC members such as Bernard Matthews, which is leading this initiative.

All elements of the turkey sector are represented by the project including indoor reared, free range and organic as well as the breeders and feed companies. The £655,000 project has been part-funded by the government’s Technology Strategy Board, with further support from DEFRA and British Poultry Council members.

Peter Bradnock, Chief Executive of the British Poultry Council, said: “This is an impressive and exciting project, with turkey producers showing real leadership on improving environmental performance and sustainability. The poultry industry has always worked hard on this front and has an impressive record of feeding the nation in a sustainable, responsible and highly efficient way. But we all need to continue evaluating and innovating as resources become increasing scarce.”