Category Archives: The Changing Scene

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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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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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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Maple Field Milk and small-scale milk processing introductory course

Nick’s first two courses proved immensely popular, so he’s offering another one day introductory course on Saturday December 3rd (2016) from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Course fee (including lunch) is £95 … Read on

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Oxford Real Farming Conference Jan 4-5 2017

Just two months to go and tickets are selling fast.  So book now!! http://www.oxfordrealfarmingconference.org/

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