Category Archives: The Changing Scene

New Defra report on crops grown for bioenergy in 2016

Thses stats on Crops grown for bioenergy in England and the UK in 2016 were published on Dec 6 2017. Key findings as follows: In 2016, 132 thousand hectares of agricultural … Read on

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Food Justice

This report on a workshop on Food Justice and Food Justice for All organised by Community Centred Knowledge and the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience in Birmingham (June 2017) … 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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EU Withdrawal Bill and the Precautionary Principle

Rupert Read (Nov 20 2017) here sets out the prospects for the retention of the Precautionary Principle after Brexit.  Gove seems onside, but his interpretation of the principle falls short … Read on

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Brexit: Withdrawal Bill Committee Stage Day two

Update from the Alliance (Unlock Democracy) The second day of Committee Stage saw the Government continue to win the vote but the vote margin (on both amendments and new clauses) … Read on

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Brexit: how to keep existing environmental standards

This paper on ensuring compliance with environmental law post Brexit by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and ClientEarth and funded by RSPB and WWF was published  on October … Read on

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Michael Gove’s plans for an environmental watchdog post Brexit

This from a media announcement over the weekend. The proposed environmental watchdog “. . .will be seen partly as an attempt by Mr Gove, another key Brexiteer, to  restate the … Read on

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AgriFood Atlas 2017

Compiled by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and Friends of the Earth Europe, this AgriFood Atlas is a must read! As the introduction states: “The contrast could … Read on

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RSPB’s report on potential impacts of Brexit for farmers

This from the latest RSPB newsletter (October 2017): “Brexit is expected to affect farming more than most sectors of the economy. Yet over 70% of the UK is farmed and … Read on

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New research on livestock farming and climate change shows the need to assess on an individual basis

This research was published in  The Journal of Cleaner Production by McAuliffe G.A., Takahashi T., Orr R.J., Harris P., Lee M.R.F. (October 30 2017). Press release as follows (Bristol University): … Read on

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