Monthly Archives: May 2014

Paterson promises the world to Levels Farmers – they want the Sun too.

Owen Paterson, the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Cabinet, has been missing for months. Where has he been? Not in the limelight. But he popped up yesterday in the West Country to promise the world to the Farmers of the Somerset … Continue reading

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NFU Deputy President, representing 50k wealthy farmers on £2Bn/yr welfare benefits, attacks green NGOs as single issue pressure groups

Today’s offering from Farmers Weekly reports Deputy President Minette Batters argue that boosting food production is the key to a thriving rural economy. Same old NFU there. But with 2.1 billion overweight or obese in the world, and the UK … Continue reading

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Dog Wars IV: The NFU piles in

  As a non-subscribing reader of the Farmers Weekly website, I only have ten free articles per month, but as we are near the end of May, I decided to splash out today and read this article, which I reproduce … Continue reading

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Common Good, Food and the Environment: by Miles King

Originally posted on Nature and the common good :
Food and the Environment A guest post from environmental campaigner and writer Miles King, who blogs on nature here. We all need to eat and most of us want to see at…

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Guest Blog by Ruth Davis: A Common Good Manifesto 1) Living Wages and Good Food

Today I am delighted to have a guest blog from my old friend Ruth Davis. We used to work at Plantlife together. Ruth is Political Director at Greenpeace though these are her own views. Ruth is starting an open debate … Continue reading

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The New Rise of the Populist Right and Far Right in Europe.

The Euro Elections have finally happened and we know the news – UKIP has won in the UK. UKIP is part of the rightist grouping in the European Parliament called Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group. Of course, as … Continue reading

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Does the National Farmers Union really speak for Society?

Following on from my last blog talking about how effective the NFU is at lobbying to protect the private interests of a few wealthy farmers, this classic insight appeared this morning in the Western Morning News. New Deputy President of … Continue reading

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The EU: environmental good or ill?

The next political tremor tomorrow when the Euro elections results are announced, no doubt will be reported by Nick Robinson on the BBC as a Magnititude 10 super quake. Has Farage got hold of polaroids of Nick as a student … Continue reading

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UKIPs policy for farm subsidies: strip away all environmental protections and public goods.

As we approach the dreaded Euro Elections on Thursday, I have been keeping (or should that be kipping) an eye on some of the claims made by UKIP on matters environmental. Last week they claimed that every household in the … Continue reading

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Dog Wars III: Parasites from Dog Poo make dairy cows abort

This article was in yesterday’s Farmer’s Weekly. As there is a partial paywall on that website now, I am copying in the article so you don’t have to go the FW website to read it. Stop using our fields as … Continue reading

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