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Archive for September, 2016

The World’s Disappearing Wilderness

The World’s Disappearing Wilderness

  Research by The University of Queensland, Australia, reveals that an area of wilderness equal in size to Alaska, amounting to 3.3 million square kilometres, has been lost since the 1990s. This amounts to a tenth of the Earth’s wilderness in total, with the Amazon and Central Africa worst hit. Wilderness is defined as biologically […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Defra to Re-evaluate Funding

Defra to Re-evaluate Funding

Speaking at the launch of the State of Nature report, new environment secretary, Andrea Leadsom, reconfirmed the government’s commitment to a long-term plan for the environment, and described Brexit as offering new opportunities. The report, jointly compiled by wildlife groups and research organisations, reveals that more than half of 8,000 UK species of wildlife and […]

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Co-op to Stock only British Fresh Meat

Co-op to Stock only British Fresh Meat

The Co-op, which already uses only British meat even in its pies, sandwiches and ready meals, has now pledged to source only British fresh lamb and bacon by May 2017, which will make it the only retail group to stock 100 per cent own-brand fresh British beef, chicken, pork, lamb, bacon and turkey. The only […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Saving Farm Terrace Allotments

Saving Farm Terrace Allotments

The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG) believes supporting the Farm Terrace Allotments Campaign Group now could mean not having to fight to save your own site in the future. Although all the policy criteria for allotment disposal were not met with regard to Farm Terrace Allotments, the council claimed, and the Secretary […]

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New Welsh Pollinator Initiative

New Welsh Pollinator Initiative

A bee-friendly scheme was launched by the Welsh government and Friends of the Earth Cymru at a Wales Biodiversity Partnership conference. Intended to encourage communities to organise in order to help pollinators, the scheme is described as a ‘world first’, providing pollinator-friendly food sources, places for pollinators to live, committing to avoid pesticides that harm […]

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It’s Milk, but not as we Know it, Jim

It’s Milk, but not as we Know it, Jim

  Perfect Day, a Silicon Valley company, is looking to create milk products in a lab by synthesising milk from yeast. They aim to launch their ‘dairy’ products in late 2017, which they claim are safer, more nutritious and greener than the proper stuff, requiring 98 per cent less water, over 60 per cent less […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Food Waste Supermarket Opens in Leeds

Food Waste Supermarket Opens in Leeds

The Real Junk Food Project was started by Adam Smith three years ago, with a cafe in Armley which offered meals made using waste food. There are now more than 120 similar cafes across the globe, and The Real Junk Food Project receives between 2 and 10 tonnes of food at its warehouse on the […]

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Government Action on Animal Antibiotics

Government Action on Animal Antibiotics

  The government has finally responded to the O’Neill Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (which it originally commissioned) published late last year, at the same time as new levels of resistance were being discovered in bacteria on Chinese pig farms. This same resistance to polymyxins – a last resort treatment for humans – has now been […]

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‘Day Before the Morning after’ Blackberry Muffins

‘Day Before the Morning after’ Blackberry Muffins

Elizabeth McCorquodale is prolific and always provides more rather than less, so sometimes we end up with a delicious recipe without a home as the pages of her article have been filled with other equally delicious things. This time it’s muffins, and we’ve used cyberspace to make sure no one misses out. The great value […]

By September 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Crystallise Ginger

How to Crystallise Ginger

Crystallised Ginger, like candied peel, is a cupboard essential running up to Christmas and is called for in loads of recipes. uses. Here is Elizabeth McCorquodale’s recipe for making your own. INGREDIENTS 250g  fresh ginger, peeled and sliced very thinly 2 cups sugar 2 cups water METHOD Place the ginger in a saucepan with enough […]

By September 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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