Fast food giant tells farmers: be nicer to your pigs

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McDonald’s first introduced the McRib – a boneless pork chop on a bun with barbecue sauce – 30 years ago but hopes to produce a kinder version of the sandwich after telling its US pork suppliers to house their pigs in a more humane manner. Source: AFP

MCDONALD’S is pushing its pork suppliers to stop confining sows in small pens known as gestation stalls, moving to address concerns raised by animal-welfare advocates – and catch up with some competitors.

The burger giant said the pens are «not a sustainable production system» and there are alternatives that «are better for the welfare of sows». The move was announced in conjunction with the Humane Society of the US, which praised the decision.  Sigue leyendo

La sostenibilidad: ¿una moda mal entendida?

Fotos: Luis de Garrido.

En un momento en el que “lo verde” mueve masas, el arquitecto Luis de Garrido desmonta muchos de los mitos actuales sobre la ecología. Nominado al Mejor Proyecto Arquitectónico Sostenible del Año por su Eco-Casa El Ojo de Horus, de Garrido asegura a EL IMPARCIAL que “el 99 por ciento de la información sobre arquitectura ecológica es una completa mentira” y que los códigos de eficiencia energética promovidos por la clase política son “triviales y deberían llamarse códigos de arquitectura digna”.

Hoy por hoy, el verde combina con todo. Desde la gastronomía hasta la industria textil, pasando por clásicos como la energía o intangibles como el turismo. Sigue leyendo

Targets revealed at concrete sustainability launch

The concrete industry launched its latest sustainability performance report today (20 February) and committed itself to a new industry strategy to further increase its sustainability lead over other construction material sectors.

In 2008, the UK concrete industry signed-up and committed to the Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy.

This landmark pan-industry agreement had as its central premise a common vision that «by 2012, the UK concrete industry will be recognised as the leader in sustainable construction, by taking a dynamic role in delivering a sustainable built environment in a manner that is profitable, socially responsible and functions within environmental limits». Sigue leyendo