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Post-Brexit farming support to be based on public goods

The government has proposed a new agricultural subsidy system that will see payments based on the provision of public goods rather than the amount of land farmed. The current system of support for farmers and landowners shaped by the Common Agricultural Policy is “inefficient and inequitable”, the government said. Under the new post-Brexit system, farmers…
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New labelling guide to help cut food waste

New labelling guidelines have been published to help reduce the amount of food people chuck in the bin. In the UK, two million tonnes of food is thrown away every year because it’s not been used in time; a third of this comes down to how shoppers interpret date labels. “We know that confusing labels…
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Public brand litter a turn off

More than a third of people would be less likely to buy from a business whose branded litter they see on the street, new research has found. Three quarters of those questioned looked upon a business negatively when seeing litter with their brand on it, according to the survey by Vapour.com. McDonald’s is the brand…
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Sugaring the Brexit pill

Britain’s sugar policy is a contradictory mess – but leaving the EU is a chance to bring agriculture and health goals into line. By Professor Jack Winkler. The UK government is drowning in dissent, divisions, plots and power struggles. The conflicts that receive most media attention focus on the prime minister and Brexit. But the…
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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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