Category Archives: The College

Defra latest stats on Agriculture in the UK (2016)

The annual report (published May 2017) in fulfilment of the requirement under the “Agriculture Act 1993 that Ministers publish an annual report on such matters relating to price support for … Read on

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Farming is far too important to leave to governments

As we build towards yet another election Colin Tudge suggests that it’s time for a little honesty I think I’d vote for any party in the coming election that took … Read on

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Nature Plants on use of pesticides and arable productivity and profitability

Martin Lechenet, Fabrice Dessaint, Guillaume Py, David Makowski and Nicolas Munier-Jolain from the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and Agrosolutions in France recently published a research letter in Nature Plants (March 1 2017, … Read on

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Bird flu – who’s to blame?

According to Rob Wallace, advisor to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy contrary to government departments and big industry it’s not wildfowl that are to blame but the “economic … Read on

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People Need Nature policy report just published

Published on Jan 3 2017, this report was written by Miles King et al of “People Need Nature” Called “A Pebble in the Pond: Opportunities for farming, food and nature … Read on

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Olivier De Schutter on why we need to shift to agroecology

This piece in today’s Guardian by Olivier De Schutter and Emile Frison, spells out the dangers of the so-called “technological advances” in industrial agriculture. That they “simply give industrial agriculture … Read on

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New York Times on the corruption of agricultural research by the industry that sponsors it

This piece in the NYT (Dec 31 2016) describes what is now common practice in universities that take money from industry: “scientists deliver outcomes favorable to companies, while university research … Read on

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The politics of Agroecology: cooptation and resistance in the global north

This article written by Miguel Altieri and Eric Holt-Giménez and published by Food First (Oct 18 2016) warns that “The political dimension of agroecology is problematic in the Global North—particularly … Read on

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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

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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

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