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An Exciting New Initiative from the Ecological Land Co-operative

An Exciting New Initiative from the Ecological Land Co-operative

  Phil Moore of the Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) writes about the aims of the organisation and an exciting new initiative they have taken on designed to enable more people to work the land. The changing post-Brexit landscape could well prompt a resurgence in small-scale mixed farming. Could this possibly be one solution to the […]

Graham Harvey’s Latest Play, No Finer Life

Graham Harvey’s Latest Play, No Finer Life

  Michael Wale talks to agricultural writer, campaigner, and Archers agricultural editor, Graham Harvey, whose passionate belief in the importance of small farms has resulted in him writing a play Graham Harvey has now written in excess of 600 scripts for The Archers, and is agricultural advisor to the popular long-running nightly Radio 4 tale […]

Pork Pie Kits Competition

Pork Pie Kits Competition

ATTENTION ALL PIE FACES! THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A FAB PORK PIE MAKING KIT… Do you think your pork pie recipe is the best *pork pie recipe in the world? Fancy entering our competition to win one of these new pork pie kits from Weschenfelder? Then you’d better email your recipe sharpish to […]

By March 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

Invertebrate charity, Buglife, is dismayed that the National Farmers Union (NFU) is ignoring the compelling evidence that neonics have damaged wild bee populations and has again asked Defra to temporarily lift the EU-wide ban on using neonicotinoid seed treatments on insect pollinated crops. There is abundant scientific evidence that neonic seed treatments do not consistently […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
New Food Regulations Threaten Small Businesses

New Food Regulations Threaten Small Businesses

£300 per food hygiene inspection, per year? Not too much from the point of view of Northern Foods or Marks and Spencer perhaps, but it’s a lot for many small or micro businesses, and the vast majority of our food businesses are small businesses, yet they create far more employment than their larger competitors, and […]

By February 2, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Avian Flu and the Current ‘Prevention Zone’

Avian Flu and the Current ‘Prevention Zone’

So far the H5N8 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed at a commercial game farm in Lancashire, at two separate poultry farms in Lincolnshire, and in backyard flocks in North Yorkshire and Carmarthenshire. Restrictions remain in place in Wyre, Lancashire (the most recent outbreak confirmed on the 16th of January), and in East Lindsey […]

Britain First, When negotiating with Trump

Britain First, When negotiating with Trump

Dear Theresa May The removal of all references to climate change from the Whitehouse website and the prospect of a trade deal with the US worry me – if we were going to get shafted by TTIP as a Continent, what will we end up with now. When Mr Trump says, “America first” that sounds […]

Tasmanian Devil Milk May Provide MRSA Solution

Tasmanian Devil Milk May Provide MRSA Solution

For most of us our only knowledge of the Tasmanian devil is from Bugs Bunny cartoons, but I was lucky enough to see one up close not too long ago and they seem pretty inoffensive and quite small, although I have heard that they become incredibly aggressive if you come between them and their food! […]

Little Change in Antibiotic Use

Little Change in Antibiotic Use

  Optimism over the government’s recent acceptance of the O’Neill Review on antimicrobial resistance (see last month’s magazine) should in no way make us complacent about this critical matter. Data published recently by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) reveals massive overuse, with animal usage now twice as high as in humans. Lord O’Neill suggested there […]

Lancashire Go-ahead for Fracking

Lancashire Go-ahead for Fracking

Lancashire County Council – elected to serve the local population – recently had their decision denying fracking licences to Cuadrilla overturned by Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid. He had only just taken over the role, so would have had virtually no time to consider the implications of this momentous decision, and he did it using powers […]

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