Category Archives: The College

Toxicity of glyphosate-based herbicides and other pesticides

The long-awaited research report is out!  Seralini et al the authors.  And the news is as has been rumoured:  It’s not the glyphosate that’s the main problem; it’s the formulants. … Read on

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Organic farming and feeding the world – new report

Published in Nature Communications in November 2017, this article on strategies for feeding the world organically is remarkably optimistic.  Abstract as follows: “Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to … Read on

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Major new study reports huge loss of flying insects

This study measuring the decline in flying insects, took place over 27 years in 63 nature protection areas in Germany.  The researchers estimate that there has been “a seasonal decline … Read on

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Our failing food system: where the real battle-lines lie; and what we can do about it!

This new report from IPES-Food (lead author Pat Mooney), sounds the alarm on the mega-mergers happening within the food industry: – the three firms dominating more than 60% of global … Read on

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What is Agroecology? Why does is matter?

A new report from the FAO of a regional symposium held last year in Budapest on agroecology for food security and nutrition sets out the important concepts of agroecology and … Read on

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How our food and farming systems are making us sick

This new report – Unravelling the Food–Health Nexus: Addressing practices, political economy, and power relations to build healthier food systems – from IPES-Food was launched at the UN Committee on … Read on

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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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