Category Archives: public goods

Farmers Union attacks public goods approach to post-Brexit farm policy

While there is still nothing new coming from the Government on what a post- Brexit farm policy will look like, The Farmers Unions are gearing up to have their say – and they will expect to have the lion’s share … Continue reading

Posted in Brexit, farm subsidies, Farmers Union of Wales, NFU, public goods, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

Farm Subsidies after Brexit – the first hints from Farm Minister Eustice

We’ve had a first hint from the Brexit side, as to what support farming would receive if the UK left the EU. This from Farmers Weekly” First details have emerged of a plan for British agriculture if the UK leaves … Continue reading

Posted in Brexit, Common Agricultural Policy, farming, George Eustice, NFU, public goods, rewilding | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

My tuppence worth on the EU Referendum – and a poll

The big news for the Environment in 2016 is that, as a result of the divisions within the political right in England, we are being forced to vote on whether we want to stay in the European Union in a … Continue reading

Posted in Birds Directive, Boris Johnson, Common Agricultural Policy, corporate lobbying, Europe, European environment policy, George Eustice, Habitats Directive, Nature Directives, NFU, public goods | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Leaving Footprint, starting something new

Today is my last day at Footprint Ecology. I’ve had a very interesting 18 months here, working on a number of management plans, a variety of Habitat Regulations Assessments, the protection of Lodge Hill and Rampisham Down, researching and writing … Continue reading

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Save Lodge hill for its Scrub and its Magazines

military history: a one man concrete pill box at Chattenden (c) Miles King   I am naturally rather depressed that Medway Council unanimously voted in favour of the planning application to build 5000 houses on Lodge Hill and Chattenden Barracks, … Continue reading

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Feed the World….. sugar till we are all obese.

  We are told that Fat is the new normal and this is undoubtedly true. It’s another example of shifting baseline syndrome, also known as the “frog in the saucepan“. I have noticed my own waistline expand over the years … Continue reading

Posted in Common Agricultural Policy, ecosystem services, farming, public goods, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

The Supergrass that betrays real Environmental Goods

I was intrigued by this headline in Farmers Weekly (where else?) – “£2.5M boost for grass that helps prevent floods“. What can it be? A panacea for all our flooding problems – is it superabsorbent? Is it a climate change … Continue reading

Posted in agricultural pests, agriculture, ecosystem services, flooding, grasslands, Neonicotinoids, public goods, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

World Wetlands Day Blog: On the Level

In honour of World Wetlands Day (when will we next see an international environmental convention signed in Iran?) I write today about the Somerset Levels. Has anyone noticed that the Somerset Levels are under water? There’s been a bit in … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, Common Agricultural Policy, David Heath, Dredging, Environment Agency, Floodplains, public goods, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Public Goods for Public Money

“Public Goods for Public Money” has become a bit of a mantra, not just for me, but for a wide range of organisations and individuals fed up with one failed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy after another. I was … Continue reading

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The Death of Greening

Remember the European Commission’s much vaunted proposals to “green” the Common Agricultural Policy? The idea was that, to show the European public (who pay for the farming subsidies the CAP hands out) that their money really was being spent on … Continue reading

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