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Why Farming Matters

...to the nation’s economy, environment and our health.   In contradiction to the idea that food production is one of the major scourges on the environment, the NFU firmly believes that agriculture is actually part of the solution to climate change.   When the NFU launched its campaign Why Farming Matters almost four years ago,…
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Cutting The Crop

In her first interview as Environment Secretary,Caroline Spelman, who has a background in biotech lobbying, has indicated the new coalition government’s unprecedented pro-GM stance, backing wider selling and growing of so called ‘Frankenfood’ and bringing this highly contentious issue once more to the fore. In the Guardian interview, the head of DEFRA said she was…
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What Price on the Future?

There is also good evidence to show that environmental initiatives are producing business efficiencies that are enabling firms to gain a competitive edge and, subsequently, creating greater value for shareholders.

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Meat of the Matter

With increasing demand for protein from those parts of the world where a vegetable-based diet has been the historical norm, questions are being raised as to the environmental impact of the burgeoning livestock industry.   You name it, whether we are contemplating water pollution, biodiversity collapse, climate change and land degradation, livestock production contributes a…
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Why the Status Quo is Unsustainable

Businesses are keen to find a solution to a more sustainable industry without actually understanding why the status quo is ultimately unsustainable.   What is sustainability? What does this overused word, synonymous with all environmental issues, actually mean? The most pertinent definition was published in the Brundtland Report of 1987 in which it is stated…
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A Major Vision

A global food crisis could mean a future in which 'local' is focal, says Nick Fenwicke-Clennell "Fifty years on from now, Britain will still be the country of long shadows on cricket grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and pools fillers and, as George Orwell said, 'Old maids bicycling to holy communion through…
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Can restaurants support UK sustainability efforts?

Sustainability is all about sourcing locally. Sourcing good quality local produce is hard work as you have to go out and find it - it doesn't always come to you. It is a long process, but one which over the years has enabled me to develop very good relationships with suppliers all across my home…
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Man – The Mystery Animal

James Samson, UK Brand Manager of Champagne Louis Roederer, dips into the ancient past and demonstrates that thoughts about sustainability are not exclusively contemporary.   Man is at heart a dreamer. However close to the gods he may sit in his assumption of power there will always be a clod of earth clinging to his…
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