Tag Archives: Michael Gove

PM wages war on plastic in new environment plan

The UK government has said it will eliminate avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042 as part of a raft of measures to tackle plastic pollution. Delivering a major speech to mark the publication of the government’s 25-year environment plan, Prime Minister Theresa May also promised to extend the 5p carrier bag charge; to…
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Microplastics found in mussels in Kent

Research conducted for the BBC in the shores around Kent has raised further concerns about microplastic contamination in the food chain. An average of 60% of mussel samples collected from four of the county’s beaches contained microplastic particles. In Ramsgate the figure was 80%. Dr Stephanie Wright from King's College London, who carried out the…
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Political Print: Gove’s big green vision

DEFRA secretary’s conference speech is full of bold talk on the environment but short on detail – especially when it comes to Brexit. By Nick Hughes. Last week, the Print predicted that Michael Gove wouldn’t be quite so reticent in promoting his vision for food and the environment following the non-appearance of his Labour shadow…
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Gove’s green light for deposit return scheme

DEFRA has launched a four-week “call for evidence” on deposit return schemes for beverage packaging. Ministers have tasked the “voluntary and economic incentives working group” to look at a number of interventions that could reduce littering and improve recycling. However, the group has “specifically been asked to consider the advantages and disadvantages of different types…
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Political Print: Food’s off the table at the Labour conference

Hopes of the party promoting a bold new vision were dashed with the shadow DEFRA secretary sidelined in Brighton this week. By Nick Hughes. It’s party conference season, hence it’s time for the Print to snap out of its summer hibernation to pore over the food and environment policies of our current and future leaders.…
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DEFRA refuses to publish food prices report

The UK’s largest union has accused the government of suppressing a report on the impact of Brexit on food prices. DEFRA recently rejected a Freedom of Information (FoI) request from Unite to release the findings of the report, claiming that to do so “could seriously mislead the public”. Unite has appealed the decision to withhold…
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‘No surprise’ if agri-environmental laws weakened after Brexit

Moves to water down environmental regulations relating to food production will need to be closely scrutinised, according to a new report by the UK’s nature regulators. The Land Use Policy Group devised a number of possible post-Brexit policy scenarios for the UK’s agricultural sector – a focus on production, trade liberalisation and the promotion of…
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What’s in Gove’s plastic bag of tricks?

The new environment secretary’s praise for the carrier bag tax suggests that a previously regulation-shy government could get tough on waste. By David Burrows. What a difference 5p makes. New DEFRA figures show that seven of the UK’s largest food retailers have issued 83% fewer plastic bags since a tax was introduced in October 2015.…
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Mixed reception for new DEFRA secretary Michael Gove

Michael Gove has been appointed as secretary of state at DEFRA, prompting major concerns amongst environmental campaigners and opposition MPs. In a surprise return to the front bench, Gove will take the lead on pressing issues such as air pollution, the reform of agricultural subsidies post-Brexit and food waste. Not to mention longer term challenges…
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Spider-Man’s power and sticking up for foodservice.

IGD has forecast that the food-to-go market is set to rocket in the next five years. Sales will hit £21.7 billion by 2021, compared with a meagre £16.1 billion this year. There will be more options at supermarkets and garage forecourts, the analysts predicted, as well as an expansion in “specialist” outlets and of course…
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