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Companies agree to sustainable food policies

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By Josh Loeb

Vets Now, Vets4Pets, Goddard Veterinary Group and the RCVS are each working on creating their own individual sustainable food procurement policies.

The quartet’s pledge followed the BVA’s call – made in its recent policy paper on sustainable animal agriculture – for practices to develop their own ethically conscious policies for use when providing animal-derived food to hospitalised patients or to practice staff.

Such a policy could also be employed when selecting venues for staff meetings or appointing caterers for a workplace event.

The BVA is urging the veterinary profession to prioritise use of higher welfare and/or environmentally friendly products – for example, the association itself will only buy eggs, chicken and pork that is free range and British.

In addition, only RSPCA-assured farmed fish or Marine Stewardship Council-assured wild fish may be used when catering for BVA events. The BVA policy on food procurement incorporates ‘sustainability of harvest, animal health and welfare, fair conditions for producers and …

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