Category Archives: Economics, Politics and the Law

All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology: Inquiry into Soil Health

The Group conducted an inquiry into soil health and protection in 2015/16, with a particular focus on agriculture.  Evidence was heard across three oral evidence sessions from a number of … Read on

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Farming, Food and Brexit: Discussion Paper from Tim Lang and Victoria Schoen

What we’ve all been waiting for:  a thorough appraisal of the pros and cons of staying in the EU from the point of view of “enlightened agriculture”. Tim Lang and … Read on

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Where there’s swill there’s a way – the case for feeding food waste to pigs

This joint paper from the Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, and the Centre for Conservation Science, RSPB was published in Food Policy 58 (2016) 35–48 Abstract: Livestock … Read on

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Hilal Elver backs small farms and agroecology in the face of climate change

The UN Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Prof Hilal Elver, presented the attached interim report to the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2015. The report outlines the adverse impact of … Read on

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World Bank Agriculture for Action Plan: seriously flawed

This new report by Eric Holt-Giménez, Justine Williams and Caitlyn Hachmyer of Food First “question(s) whether the Bank’s strategy will actually improve rural livelihoods, reduce rural poverty, end rural hunger and … Read on

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Ruthless Power and Deleterious Politics: From DDT to Roundup

This article by Evaggelos Vallianatos was published in Independent Science News, July 17. Synopsis: The modern controversy over Roundup (glyphosate) and the documentation of its effects on humans, animals and soils, … Read on

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Dairy Farmers Betrayed

This article by Simon Fairlie is published with his permission from The Land (Issue 18, Summer 2015) Why, when sixteen dairy farms close down every week, does the National Union … Read on

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New research finds organic agriculture can compete economically with conventional agriculture

This research has just been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA; Abstract: To promote global food and ecosystem security, several innovative farming systems … Read on

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Latest on Rural Development Payments for England: £177m to people and businesses to “help them support their local rural economy”

This from Rural Services Network: The new Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) was formally agreed by the European Commission last month. Under the programme, the government will be investing … Read on

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Oxfam New Briefing Paper: Working for the Few

This is taken from the summary — published January 19 2015, in time for Davos. The full report can be found here In November 2013, the World Economic Forum released … Read on

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