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IARC meat findings don’t worry organic industry

The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) recently published report into the carcinogenicity of red and processed meat consumption is unlikely to negatively effect the organic meat industry say producers. The report by The World Health Organization’s cancer agency concluded that consumption of red meat is “probably carcinogenic to humans” and that processed meat […]

November 9, 2015 Continue Reading
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Coalition criticizes UK Government’s failure to respond to threats faced by bees

Earlier this week, coinciding with the first anniversary of the UK’s National Pollinator Strategy [NPS], the Bee Coalition warned that the UK government has failed to respond to continuing evidence about the threats faced by bees and other pollinators in England. In its Policies for Pollinators report, the coalition says that the action so far […]

November 6, 2015 Continue Reading
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Negative neonic findings just keep on coming…

In the same week Friends of the Earth announced it was mounting a legal challenge to the UK Government’s decision to allow the use of banned neonicotinoid seed treatments in England, new research has found that neonic pesticides applied as foliar sprays pose a risk to bees of all kinds. The report by the European […]

September 1, 2015 Continue Reading
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Bayer, Syngenta took part in ECP meeting on neonic ban, suppressed minutes show

According to newly published documents, Bayer and Syngenta were involved in a crucial meeting in May to decide if the EU-wide ban of their neonicotinoid pesticides should be overturned in the UK, The Guardian has reported. The record of the meeting with the Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) was previously supressed, says the paper, and […]

August 3, 2015 Continue Reading

UK Government lifts neonic ban after NFU’s second ‘emergency’ application

After rejecting the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) request for farmers to be allowed to use neonicotinoid seed treatments on some oilseed rape crops earlier this month, the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now temporarily lifted the ban. The move follows a second application for emergency use by the NFU and means […]

July 27, 2015 Continue Reading

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