Tag Archives: Elizabeth Truss

Open data to boost farming and feed the world

SHARING DATA is the way for farmers and the food industry to find revolutionary news ways to boost farming and feed the world. Speaking at the Open Data Institute (ODI) Futures event on agriculture, environment secretary Elizabeth Truss said sharing data could help famers to maximise crop yields, improve quality of produce and feed a…
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Milk crisis comes to our doorsteps

FARMERS SUFFERING from low prices have so far targeted supermarkets with their protest but foodservice firms can’t afford to ignore the issue, writes David Burrows. The milk crisis has finally spilled over into the foodservice sector. In recent weeks retail representatives have been urging consumers and campaigners to challenge other food outlets on their procurement…
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Great British Food campaign launched

TOP CHEFS and pioneers of the foodservice sector will be involved in a five-year campaign to push British food both at home and overseas. The “Great British Food” campaign will run for five years and include trade missions, food festivals and a new Great British Food Unit. Raymond Blanc, Ken Hom and Leon’s Henry Dimbleby…
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Numbers you need to know

Sign of the times More than 144,000 people signed a petition in support of a 7p charge on every regular-sized can of soft drink with added sugar. As is parliamentary protocol, the government considered the topic for debate. And then said no.   Hit hard in the pocket The hospitality sector’s wage bill will rise 3.4%…
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A lot of bottle

LAST MONTH’S British Food Fortnight had the DEFRA press office in overdrive. There was the first regional British Food and Farming Plan event, a “new call for food labels to meet growing demand for local produce” (albeit using old research), millions in rural support funds and another “review of public sector food-buying habits to understand where…
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Subsidies to solar farms to be cut

ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY Liz Truss has called solar farms “a blight on the landscape” and revealed plans to cut subsidies under new plans to ensure more land is dedicated to food production.                           The controversial plans have come under fire from groups accusing the…
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UK exports reaching global high

THE ENVIRONMENT secretary, Liz Truss, has announced that a record number of countries are importing UK foods.                   Products including Yorkshire Ice and cheese are being shipped around the world into restaurants, supermarket and bars.   New figures show the UK government has helped 2,500 food and…
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The political print: DEFRA the poisoned challis

THE CABINET reshuffle seems to have inflamed a very public spat between he deposed environment secretary, Owen Paterson, and Greenpeace. Claims and counterclaims, regarding burning effigies and death threats, provided the Guardian and Daily Telegraph with plenty of copy. Paterson’s removal seems to have been the most controversial, but is that because the man himself…
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Ministers consider need for new Food Crime Unit

THE DEPARTMENT for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Food Standards Agency has issued a new report on food security and the introduction of a Food Crime Unit. The special report was commissioned by the government to address the current problems in Britain’s food supply network in response to last year’s horsemeat scandal.   Professor…
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Russian food ban – support for Scottish fishing businesses

ELIZABETH TRUSS, the Environment Secretary has pledged her full support for Scotland’s world-class fishing industry in response to Russia’s unjustified food export ban. The UK government, alongside industry, the Scottish government and the European Commission (EC), is working to open up lucrative new fish markets to help businesses increase their international trade.   Last week’s…
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