Agriculture (Page 2)
Animal welfare concerns Britons more than food safetyGuardian Unlimited | 17 Nov 2010
EU-wide survey shows while cloning and GM foods dismay other countries, here livestock conditions cause the most worry. Britons seem more worried about the welfare of farm animals than health risks from food, an EU-wide survey revealed today. While concerns in the UK over pesticides, pollution,...
Control landowners, not badgers - that's the real answer to bovine TBGuardian Unlimited | 15 Nov 2010
Culling badgers risks spreading TB, government research concludes. But the NFU wants blood. It's one of those issues, like mad cow disease, that begins at the distant margins of public life, then explodes into the centre ground of politics. Anyone can see it coming - except, perhaps, the government. Tuberculosis in cattle is spreading rapidly: moving east and north from the south-west of England and south Wales.
Grubs up: Eating insectsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Nov 2010
More than 1,000 types of insect are eaten in countries around the world. So why are we so squeamish? Carlene Thomas-Bailey talks to a man on a mission to change your mind. He's not a professional chef, but Marc Dennis has hosted a string of surprisingly successful dinner parties, particularly...
EU looks to tighten GM crop assessment rulesReuters | 12 Nov 2010
The EU's food safety watchdog issued new guidelines on Friday for assessing the environmental impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants, as part of a shake-up of the bloc's GM crop approval system.
Natural winemakingGuardian Unlimited | 09 Nov 2010
Video: Henrietta Lovell visits 'natural' winemaker Thierry Puzelat to see how he makes his wine an 'expression of the land' by keeping his vines herbicide and pesticide-free.
EU states told GM crop plans may breach trade rulesReuters | 08 Nov 2010
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU legal experts "seriously doubt" that plans to let European Union member states decide for themselves to grow or ban genetically modified (GM) crops are in line with global trade rules, officials said on Monday.
EU exec proposes ban on animal cloning for foodReuters | 19 Oct 2010
The European Union announced plans on Tuesday to temporarily ban the use of animal cloning for food production, while allowing imports of food derived from the offspring of clones from the United States and elsewhere.
UK crops to face water supply crunch, may relocateReuters | 18 Oct 2010
Agricultural crops in Britain may need to be moved to new areas as the threat of both drought and flooding rises in the coming decades, a report commissioned by the Royal Agricultural Society of England said on Monday.
Farmers next to GM fields benefit from pest reduction, study showsGuardian Unlimited | 07 Oct 2010
US study finds reduced numbers of crop-damaging pests on corn farms that adjoin those growing GM crops. Farmers growing conventional corn next to GM crops can benefit from the reduction in crop-destroying pests without paying the premium for GM seeds, a new study has shown.The research, published...
Response: Landowners play a crucial role in wildlife conservationGuardian Unlimited | 06 Oct 2010
Farmers and foresters must be allowed to continue their land management methods. The Making Space for Nature review rightly says more must be done to protect our wildlife networks as "England's nature reserves, national parks and protected areas are failing in four out of five key quality...
What we can learn from our hunter-gatherer ancestors | Caroline Wickham-JonesGuardian Unlimited | 30 Sep 2010
The roots of our current problems of climate change and resource depletion go back 6,000 years to the arrival of farming. As an archaeologist my work is rooted in the past. As an inhabitant of the 21st century, I try to be "green". As an academic I am keen to re-awaken interest in the ancient hunter-gatherer population who lived in Britain before the arrival of farming 6,000 years ago.
How Peru's wells are being sucked dry by British love of asparagusGuardian Unlimited | 14 Sep 2010
Industrial-scale production risks water tragedy, charity warns. Asparagus grown in Peru and sold in the UK is commonly held up as a symbol of unacceptable food miles, but a report has raised an even more urgent problem: its water footprint.The study, by the development charity Progressio, has found...
High-yield agriculture slows pace of global warming, say researchersScienceDaily.com | 15 Jun 2010
Advances in high-yield agriculture achieved during the so-called Green Revolution have not only helped feed the planet, but also have helped slow the pace of global warming by cutting the amount of biomass burned -- and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions -- when forests or grasslands are cleared for farming. Stanford researchers estimate those emissions have been trimmed by over half a trillion tons of carbon dioxide.
Green services face axe in coalition savings planGuardian Unlimited | 25 May 2010
UK government environment departments say £250m of cuts will have to come from conservation and green building schemesGreen organisations were today assessing how hard they would be hit by the £250m of cuts imposed by the coalition government.The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural...
Tree cover far bigger than expected on farms: studyReuters | 23 Aug 2009
OSLO (Reuters) - Almost half of the world's farmland has at least 10 percent tree cover, according to a study on Monday indicating that farmers are far less destructive to carbon-storing forests than previously believed.