Author Archives: Ruth

Broiler chickens a “distinct and characteristic new morphospecies ….[that] symbolizes the unprecedented human reconfiguration of the Earth’s biosphere.”

See this research article by Carys E. Bennett, Richard Thomas, Mark Williams, Jan Zalasiewicz, Matt Edgeworth, Holly Miller, Ben Coles, Alison Foster, Emily J. Burton and Upenyu Marume in Royal Society Open Science 12 December 2018, abstract as follows: “Changing … Read on

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Defra Ministers Question Time March 29 2019: public invited to submit questions

Questions must be submitted by 12pm Wednesday March 20 2019 Press release: On Wednesday 27 March, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hold evidence sessions with all ministers from … Read on

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Shared Assets survey of land users

This from Shared Assets “We know there are organisations out there pioneering new ways of managing land and creating shared benefits while they do so. We call these organisations common good … Read on

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Food, Farms and Metaphysics: The Great Re-think

Join Colin Tudge, Jyoti Fernandes, Tim Gorringe and Ruth West for a short course at Schumacher College this May (20-24) to “re-assess all the big ideas we take for granted … Read on

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Job Opportunity: Planning Manager for the Ecological Land Cooperative

The Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC) is looking for a part time Planning Manager to Research, write and submit planning applications for the ELC low impact smallholding clusters; and Campaign for … Read on

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

This article, by Michel Pimbert and Colin Anderson (Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience, Coventry University) was published in The Conversation, Nov 18 2018 It is widely agreed that today’s … Read on

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The research agenda we really need

A modest proposal from Colin Tudge The science and technologies that governments like Britain’s choose to promote, either by encouraging corporate research or at taxpayers’ expense, is often not what … Read on

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Agric Bill: Labour leadership backs Agroecology amendment

Is Agroecology at last finding its way into the Agriculture Bill? An earlier cross-party amendment was withdrawn, but this one has the Labour Whips behind it.  Please ask your MP … Read on

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Draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill published Dec 19

Just in time for Christmas! Same worries:  where does this independent body get its teeth?  it’s independence?  And what of the Aarhus Convention?  We’ll still be a signatory even if … Read on

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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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