Enlightened Agriculture

Funding Enlightened Agriculture

The Agrarian Renaissance needs new kinds of farms – polycultural, low-input, skills intensive; and these new farms need appropriate markets – generally local, and geared to the small-scale; and overall we need a true food culture – people who truly appreciate what good food is, and are prepared to seek it out.

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Neonics – the evidence mounts

Another study on the adverse effects of neonicotinoids on pollinators. This one, published in Nature Communications 7 Article number 1245, looks at 62 wild bee species with oilseed rape cropping … Read on

New study from Univ of Bern re neonics and male honeybee reproduction

Just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, this study from the University of Bern shows that “neonicotinoid insecticides can serve as inadvertent insect contraceptives” Abstract There is … Read on

All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology: Inquiry into Soil Health

The Group conducted an inquiry into soil health and protection in 2015/16, with a particular focus on agriculture.  Evidence was heard across three oral evidence sessions from a number of … Read on

Farming, Food and Brexit: Discussion Paper from Tim Lang and Victoria Schoen

What we’ve all been waiting for:  a thorough appraisal of the pros and cons of staying in the EU from the point of view of “enlightened agriculture”. Tim Lang and … Read on

Soil: How Much Water Can it Absorb?

Following on from Colin’s piece: In addition to its value in reducing CO2 levels by converting soil to organic matter, and using a “conservative estimate”, the top 12 inches of … Read on

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