Born from a collaboration between the Wye and Usk Foundation, M&S, Noble Foods and their supplier Moorend Farm, the nature-based initiative is exploring how wetland pools filled with specialist aquatic plants can help absorb phosphate on agricultural land.
Phosphate, found in high levels in chicken manure, can build up in soil and leach into water courses if not intercepted. This can lead to the growth of algal plants that are lethal for UK rivers.
It’s hoped therefore that the trial at Moorend Farm, which has capacity for 48,000 free range birds at any one time, could provide a blueprint for tackling the problem in Noble Foods’ suppliers – and other farms – across the rest of the UK.
And it’s just one way in which the supplier is taking action on sustainability.
Sharing further insights into this project – and plenty more – will be Noble Foods group environmental, health and safety manager Glenn Evans who joins a panel of four expert speakers at Food Manufacture’s free webinar, How to prepare for sustainability 2.0.
Taking place tomorrow (6 December) at 3pm, the free hour-long event will see leading experts and manufacturers share their priorities on sustainability heading into 2023, and beyond.
Elliot Chrisp, business unit manager for materials at Multivac will share insights on the steps that manufacturers can take to embed greater sustainability into their product and packaging chain.
Philip Rayner, owner at Pure Oaty manufacturers Glebe Farm, will share the company’s journey toward carbon neutrality, leveraging the benefits of local production and creative ways to make use of otherwise wasted products.
And Natalie Babbage, Kantar Worldpanel’s global LinkQ director will share the results of a global study that details what consumers care about when it comes to eco-credentials, against the backdrop of a tough economic climate.