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Author Archive: Paul Melnyczuk

Paul Melnyczuk is editor of Home Farmer, and together with Ruth Tott is the founder of the company. His Ukrainian father and Austrian mother came over in the 1950s, and he was raised near Accrington (of Stanley fame) in Lancashire. With a degree in European Literature and a year spent living in Sweden, and a further 2 years in the Sudan, his background is rich and varied.

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Our Chance to Comment on a Green Brexit

Our Chance to Comment on a Green Brexit

After all the hype and apparent battles between those who want a genuinely green Brexit and others who would, it sometimes seems, sell an ageing relative and add bleach and unwanted hormones to our diets for the sake of signing a trade deal with the US, Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has finally launched a major […]

Churches to Boost Rural Connectivity

Churches to Boost Rural Connectivity

  An agreement between the National Church Institutions of the Church of England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will encourage the use of Church of England property and buildings to improve the availability of broadband, mobile and WiFi connectivity for […]

Increase in Slaughter without Stunning

Increase in Slaughter without Stunning

Apparently the number of sheep slaughtered in the UK without prior stunning has doubled in the last 6 years to over 3 million. The sharp rise – attributed to the Muslim community eating more sheep meat and ‘enhance religious observance’ ‒ was described by independent peer, Lord Trees, a former president of the Royal College […]

New Threat to UK Dairy Industry

New Threat to UK Dairy Industry

  Every week sees yet another new attempt by US producers peddling inferior products to infiltrate the UK market, presumably prompted by our need to sign trade agreements as we leave the UK. But seriously; if someone tried to sell you an inferior product then described your refusal to buy it as a ‘trade barrier’, […]

End to Locally-sourced Meat?

End to Locally-sourced Meat?

A report from the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) describes the UK’s small local abattoirs as close to collapse. Over the last ten years more than a third have closed, with just 63 now remaining in England (down from 96 in 2007). This, together with the resulting high financial, environmental and welfare cost of transporting relatively […]

A Safety Guide for Selling at Farmers’ Markets

A Safety Guide for Selling at Farmers’ Markets

  Farmers’ markets present a great opportunity for fledgling businesses to check out the likely interest in a product while exposing it to a wide range of customers who prefer to buy (usually) locally sourced items from the actual producer – a great way of ensuring the provenance of foods in a market where shelves […]

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The UK Government’s Vision for a Greener Future

The UK Government’s Vision for a Greener Future

After a long delay the government has finally launched its 25 Year Environment Plan. It was launched in a major speech by Prime Minister, Theresa May, and pledged to eliminate avoidable waste, introduce new safeguards for wildlife, and connect more children with nature. A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment – […]

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Update

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Update

From the 18th of January 2018, following the discoveries of wild birds in both Dorset and Warwickshire infected with the H5N6 strain of avian influenza, a prevention zone has applied to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England, and from the 25th of January 2018 a similar prevention zone has been in place […]

The Smallholder Scotland Conference 2018

The Smallholder Scotland Conference 2018

The first Smallholding Scotland Conference will take place on the 16th of February at Pitcairngreen Hall in Perth. An essential event for anyone with an interest in smallholding and small-scale farming, the conference is aimed primarily at those with already established small holdings, and those who aspire to enter the world of small-scale horticulture and […]

Ten Food and Farming Risks with a Transatlantic Deal

Ten Food and Farming Risks with a Transatlantic Deal

THE SOIL ASSOCIATION has produced its own assessment of the different risks a trade deal with the US might bring about to coincide with the second reading of the Trade Bill in the House of Commons. The 10 are Chlorine-washed chicken (banned in the EU) Hormone-treated beef (banned in the EU) Ractopamine, which boosts an […]

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