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OrganicLea

Great piece in the Guardian (August 17 2017) about OrganicLea, written by Ru Litherland of OrganicLea telling the story of how it came to be, and to flourish!

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Small farm productivity & the role of small farmers in the UK food system

As Rebecca Laughton the author of this study (A Matter of Scale) says in her introduction, the sustainable intensification and industrial farming lobby has found it all to easy to dismiss … 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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CPRE report – Uncertain Harvest: does the loss of farms matter?

The second in their Food and Farming Foresight series of papers planned over two years, this report  by Graeme Willis “focuses on diversity in the size of farms and how … Read on

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Radicals vs Conventionals: Part I

What does it mean to be radical? What does it mean to be conventional? Colin Tudge looks beneath the surface of two big words that feature in many discussions on … Read on

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Radicals vs Conventionals: Part II

Can radicals and conventional thinkers ever really talk to each other? In particular, can the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the Oxford Farming Conference ever engage in truly useful dialogue.  … Read on

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New Post Brexit Trade Report from the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, Belfast

Published August 16 2017, the full “scientific” report – i.e. they’re trying to measure the impacts of three different trade scenarios using a modelling framework – can be found here … Read on

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Brexit latest from the UK Gvt on Future Customs Arrangements

Published today.  The full paper can be found here. Executive summary as follows: 1. As we leave the European Union and therefore the EU Customs Union, the Government seeks a … Read on

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Maple Field Milk – another howler

Another howler; another lovely deep north Atlantic low barrelling its way up from Cape  Finisterre; another complete deluge over Maple Field Farm. Perfect weather for grass.  And as we like … Read on

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Food, Farming & a 21st Renaissance: Oct 16-20 2017

Come and be inspired (leave your Brexit woes behind)! Join us at Schumacher College for this week-long course in October!  Bursaries available. BOOK HERE This from Colin Tudge about the … Read on

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