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Soil Association backs NFU over ‘fake’ farm complaint

“The Soil Association says it “strongly supports” the National Farmers’ Union’s complaint to Trading Standards over ‘fake’ farm branding. The NFU has written to formally complain to the National Trading Standards over the use of ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on some food products. This follows concerns expressed by NFU members that the use of ‘fake’ farm […]

July 18, 2016 Continue Reading
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Vegan farming minister shock: “I don’t have a beard and I’m not wearing sandals”

The new shadow farming minister Kerry McCarthy has been mocking media and industry stereotyping of her vegan lifestyle and principles. An outspoken critic of the meat industry, McCarthy believes livestock farming contributes to world hunger by using crops as animal feed, rather than to feed humans. She has also campaigned against the over use of […]

September 24, 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
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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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