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Green Alliance brief on the EU withdrawal bill Green Watchdog amendment

Since I wrote the earlier piece on moves to strengthen environmental protection via the EU withdrawal bill, Green Alliance has produced this very useful briefing note. MPs vote tomorrow, so I am posting this now so you can draw your … Continue reading

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Will Gove get his way, for a toothier Green Watchdog?

The Brexit train continues to head towards the buffers. Today sees the EU Withdrawal Bill (aka The Big Brexit Bill) return to the House of Commons, where MPs will consider what to do with its tattered remains, after it received … Continue reading

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Losing the Muscle from Brussels risks leaving the environment protected by a Paper Tiger

Now that the consultation over the future of farm support in England has finished, Defra – the UK Government‘s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – tells us that more than 44,000 responses have been received. So many thanks … Continue reading

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Health and Harmony: Last chance to respond.

I’m posting this here as well as on the PNN website, for maximum reach. It’s the People Need Nature response to Michael Gove’s consultation on the future of agriculture in  England. If you haven’t submitted a response yet, please find … Continue reading

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We are what we Eat

The old adage “We are what we eat” is only partly true, at best. We eat vegetables but we are not vegetables. Similarly, those of us who eat meat are, in a real sense, meat – but we are not … Continue reading

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Writing elsewhere

It will not have escaped your powerful observational skills, dear reader, that there has been little going on at “a new nature blog”, for the last few months. Have I given up writing, developed a terrible case of bloggers block, … Continue reading

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The Pillar 2 Coup: Rural Payments Agency poaches Countryside Stewardship from Natural England.

Last week the Government launched its long awaited “what on earth are we going to do about paying farmers, after Brexit” consultation, called Health and Harmony. At the heart of the new policy lies the principle of “public goods for … Continue reading

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Health and Harmony? Government consultation on future of agriculture reveals no new detail

  Last week was  a momentous one in the life of farmers and anyone who take an interest in our food. The National Farmers Union (NFU) took the historic step of appointing a woman to be its President – it’s … Continue reading

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Where now for UK Agriculture?

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has created a huge set of risks and threats, but also some opportunities. One opportunity is to change the course of farming policy and practice. For 40 years the UK was subject … Continue reading

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First day of #ORFC18

Originally posted on thinkingcountry :
Around 800 people descended on Oxford Town Hall yesterday morning to attend the 9th Oxford Real Farming Conference. This is my third time attending the event, but it feels just as exciting and in many ways…

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