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DEFRA advertising new policy advisor posts for food, farming. This could be you!

25 news posts are going at HEO level Applications by June 8 2017 This from the job description This is a tremendously exciting time to join Defra, which is at … Read on

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Let’s start the world all over again

Colin’s first weekly blog about the College for Real Farming and Food Culture It’s obvious from all that’s happening that the world has lost its bearings. Not only is it … Read on

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For sustainability, growth, environment let’s talk of love, conviviality and the planet

This week’s Start the Week (BBC Radio 4 May 1) with Wendell Berry, Paul Kingsnorth and Kate Raworth could make you think there’s hope for us all. . .

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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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Select Committee report on food waste: is Neil Parrish MP suggesting we bring back swill?

Chair of the Select Committee on Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Neil Parrish MP, commenting on their new report Food Waste in England (published April 30 2017), had this to say … 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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The Ecological Land Cooperative’s new share offer

Really good news:  following their successful first three smallholdings at Greenham Reach, Devon, ELC has purchased some land in Lewis, Sussex, and is now launching a Share Offer to purchase … Read on

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Maple Field Farm – this is why local food farming is so important

April 2 2017 My day starts with a massive dose of home-grown adrenaline. Fear mounts as I cannot actually see our jet black in-calf dairy cow from the window. Since … 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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Can Britain ever again be fit for farming?

Colin Tudge fears that Brexit could mean the end for agriculture that truly aspires to produce good food for everyone Our excellent friend Nick Snelgar who writes regularly on these … Read on

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