Category Archives: The Changing Scene

Homes for retiring farmers: new report from the LCA

The CLA have just published this report “calling on Government to support farming families by recognising in planning policy for England that building a new home in the countryside is justified … Read on

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South Indian farmers raising awareness of their plight

This from Tom Wakeford about “a wonderful initiative in South India” that needs your support: Smallholder farmers of Badampet village in Telangana, India, like thousands across the country, have lost … Read on

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Soil Association Land Trust looking for new Chair

Deadline for applications:  February 19 2018 The Soil Association Land Trust safeguards legacies of land, providing a safe haven and preventing land being lost from farming and growing. Land is … Read on

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EAC announces inquiry into Defra’s 25-Year Environment Plan

Environmental Audit Committee Select Committee Announcement New inquiry – 25-Year Environment Plan The Environmental Audit Committee is today launching a short inquiry into the Government’s 25-Year Plan for the Environment. … Read on

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Toxicity of glyphosate-based herbicides and other pesticides

The long-awaited research report is out!  Seralini et al the authors.  And the news is as has been rumoured:  It’s not the glyphosate that’s the main problem; it’s the formulants. … Read on

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A letter to Michael Gove concerning Trade and Parliamentary Sovereignty

Dear Michael Gove May I thank you for taking the time to attend the Oxford Real Farming Conference, both to address the full audience, and in closed session. This was … Read on

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Michael Gove at the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018

Michael Gove in conversation with Zac Goldsmith followed by Q&A – the recording of the session can be found here

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SoS Michael Gove at the ORFC: a reason for hope?

This year for the first time we went party political (obvious reasons:  there’s so much happening/about to happen that affects real farming inc Brexit and the loss of a wealth … Read on

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Organic v conventional food’s impact on health: review of evidence

Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture: a comprehensive review by Axel Mie,1,2 Helle Raun Andersen,3 Stefan Gunnarsson,4 Johannes Kahl,5 Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot,6 Ewa Rembiałkowska,7 Gianluca Quaglio,8 and Philippe Grandjean3,9 … Read on

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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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