Yearly Archives: 2018

New Defra consultation on planning: biodiversity gain to be key

This consultation for biodiversity to be net gain has just opened (it closes on Feb 10 2019). This about it Overview We are seeking views on how we can improve … Read on

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How much of the world’s food do smallholders produce?

The widely reported claim that smallholders produce 70–80% of the world’s food has been a linchpin of agricultural development policy despite limited empirical evidence. Recent empirical attempts to reinvestigate this … Read on

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Forest carbon storage puzzles scientists

How forest carbon storage affects climate change is a vital part of scientists’ calculations. But fresh uncertainties keep on sprouting. By Tim Radford for Climate News Network LONDON, 6 November, … Read on

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The battle for the future of farming: what you need to know

Kletr/Shutterstock.com Michel Pimbert, Coventry University and Colin Anderson, Coventry University It is widely agreed that today’s global agriculture system is a social and environmental failure. Business as usual is no … Read on

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UN approves Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas

PRESS RELEASE | LA VIA CAMPESINA 19 November. Monday, [NEW YORK] The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly voted in favour of the UN Declaration … Read on

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Brexit: Government’s environmental plans

According to the Brexit Civil Society Alliance, the Commons Environmental Audit Committee has concluded that “[T]he Government’s environmental plans fail to replace one-third of EU laws. . . The UK … Read on

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Why cows properly cared for are good – for the land, the climate, and us

This from Tom Chapman a livestock farmer, agriculture consultant and founding member of the Pasture Fed Livestock Association: “The oft-mentioned trope about emissions from animals and their other, supposedly damaging, … Read on

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UK scientists risk prison to urge action – it’s all happening today in Parliament Square

This from the Climate News Network by Alex Kirby: A group of British scientists and their supporters is willing to risk a prison term to press governments to tackle climate … Read on

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Meat, morality, and the vortex of lies

An early morning rant from Colin Tudge We are invited to be cheered by aspects of the Agriculture Bill for it seems that at last a Secretary of State is … Read on

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Natural Capital: a neoliberal response to species extinction

In this article, Ian Rappel attacks the thinking and ambition behind the drive to attach a monetary value to biodiversity and nature – that it “is being portrayed as a … Read on

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