UK Agriculture

Is This The World's First 'Sheep Drone'?

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Tech

The iconic pairing of sheepdog and farmer is something that goes back hundreds of years, however Irish farmer Paul Brennan knows that just as many oth...

Why Super Volcanoes Are Actually A Good News Story

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Tech

After nearly 40 minutes of discussing super volcanoes with one of the world's most learned experts on the subject you're left with the overwhe...

Biofuels - A Burning Issue

Paul Brannen | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

There is a place for biofuels in EU agriculture, transport and environment policies, but we have to get it right. Labour MEPs are clear that any European support for biofuels should not take precedence over sources of food, environmental protection or land rights.

Where Is British Food in the Election Debate?

Meurig Raymond | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Politics
Meurig Raymond

The next few months will see the closest fought election in a generation. Already the economy, welfare, health and education have been occupying headline space as some of the most important issues which affect people and therefore their vote. But where is food in this debate? More importantly, where is safe, secure, traceable British food?

Secure Land Rights Are Crucial for Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050

Martin Koehring | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
Martin Koehring

Feeding a growing global population of nine billion people by 2050 is one of the world's biggest challenges--especially in the context of rapid urbanisation, rising amounts of food waste and climate change. During one day of discussions senior executives from agribusiness, policymaking and the NGO community examined approaches to food and nutrition security.

Time for Fair Trade Milk

Paul Brannen | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Sitting in a Northumberland farmhouse kitchen talking over a cup of tea, it quickly became clear to me that all is not well in the UK dairy industry...

A Tale of Two Oxfords...

Peter Melchett | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Peter Melchett

Given that Lord Krebs could hardly maintain his 'it's a waste of money' position in the face of this overwhelming scientific evidence, he has changed tack, claiming at Oxford that organic farming is bad for climate change, because it yields less than non-organic.

The Trouble With Cheap Meat

Andrew Wander | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Wander

But the injustices of intensive meat production aren't limited to the animals involved, or the natural environment, or the people unfortunate enough to live close to industrial farms. It's worse than that.

Big Ag - "Eat Less"

Vivienne Westwood | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Vivienne Westwood

When it was broadcast on the radio "eat less" came out as a ridiculous blunder - as if I had said that people who were hungry or could only afford to eat hamburgers should eat less. Of course poor people don't have any choice. Half the world is hungry, poverty increases; everyone is so worried. Therefore people were angry with me. Luckily the press then reported my interview in full and this cleared up what I was really trying to say. They quoted me, "What's good for the planet is good for people". Most importantly the press then posted the fundamental question: Is Big Ag.( agricultural capitalism) good or bad? This is the urgent debate we must have.

Fighting Human Trafficking in Supply Chains: What You Can Do

Madina Jarbussynova | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
Madina Jarbussynova

As more and more stories of human trafficking appear in newspapers and on television, consumers are increasingly asking what they can do to fight this problem. Many are frustrated, and feel disconnected from the people who make the clothes they wear or pick the fruit they eat, toiling in foreign countries and even on distant continents thousands of kilometres from the stores and markets where the products are sold...

The Future of Food: Urban Farming

Gareth Barlow | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Gareth Barlow

I am hugely frustrated. Frustrated by a species slow to grasp new concepts, content to doggedly hold on to the status quo, with a terrifyingly strong grasp.

Chipsafer: Upgrading Agriculture

One Young World | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
One Young World

Maria Victoria Alonsoperez is a One Young World delegate from Uruguay. She was a delegate speaker during the Global Business Plenary Session at...

Super-Dairies Spell the End of England's Green and Pleasant Land

Clare Finney | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Clare Finney

The biggest mega dairy in the States houses 32,000 cows. There's not the space for it here, but it's where we could be heading. Unlike America, though, we've not really got room to spare.

Falling Milk Prices and the Impact on British Dairy Farmers

Meurig Raymond | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

It is undoubtedly a very frustrating and worrying time for British dairy farmers. Milk prices are plummeting. With increased milk supply around the world and demand not increasing at the same pace, huge pressure has been put on milk values. For some it means they are now only getting around 25 pence-per-litre for their product. With the cost of production sitting much higher than this it is no wonder that many fear for the future of their farm businesses... What we also know is that it is clear that the British public want to back British farming and continue to support British dairy farmers during this difficult time.

With Food as a Common Denominator, an American Is Welcomed in Iran

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Farmers have little to cheer about; politicians even less. But, when an American can evoke an explosion of applause from Iran's most elite agricultural researchers at the suggestion that all of mankind is capable of standing together to address common challenges, the possibilities for a more peaceful world becomes limitless.

Pilot Badger Culls Are an Important Part of a Wider Strategy to Tackle Bovine TB

Meurig Raymond | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

Bovine TB continues to devastate farming family businesses in large parts of the country. I can assure you that the NFU remains totally committed firstly to stopping the spread and ultimately to eradicating this disease and recognises that this will only be achieved by using every available option.

Is Organic Actually Better for You?

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sally Norton

Is organic food actually better for our health? Well, it should be. Organic agricultural practices mean avoiding chemical fertilisers - using instead crop rotation and natural nitrogen sources like clover, composted manure and seaweed. Pesticides are severely restricted and routine use of antibiotics and other drugs is banned. That means we should be ingesting far fewer chemicals ourselves.

How Can We Produce More Meat? That's the Wrong Question

Philip Lymbery | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

Ramping up meat production to satisfy demand is unsustainable. If we are to build our future food model on solid foundations then the question needs to be: how can we feed a growing world population?

Will Russian Ire Make Food Cheaper?

Gareth Barlow | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK
Gareth Barlow

For twelve months many European and American food products will be barred from crossing Russia's borders. It's an interesting twist to the story and one can't help to wonder what the Russian government aims to achieve.

It's Time to Back British Farming to Put More Food on Your Table

Meurig Raymond | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

This year there has been a slide in the proportion of food produced in the UK for British consumers. We're calling on government, the food industry and shoppers to put British farming - and feeding the nation - at the heart of their decision making. We're now just 60% self sufficient - despite British farmers being geared up to produce more, sustainably, for the long term.

World War One: The Few That Fed the Many

Meurig Raymond | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

World War One left its mark on most families in Britain and those who worked in farming were no exception. Our family was one of thousands that sent men to war and helped produce food for the nation. My father was in the SW Borderers Regiment fighting on the Macedonia front in 1917.

Youth Unemployment: Challenge or Opportunity?

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

People, especially youth require strong vocational and business management training to equip them with the right knowledge and skills to start successful enterprises along the agribusiness value chain. Easy access to adequate and affordable financing for starting and growing enterprises must be made available. Finally, an enabling environment with strong political leadership that allows entrepreneurship to flourish and embeds the notion of entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector in the wider political and economic agenda must be supported.

Keeping Our Promise to Tariko and Bethlehem: Better Nutrition for a Better Future

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Melinda Gates

The 1,000 days between the start of a mother's pregnancy and her baby's second birthday are an especially crucial time to protect against these dangers. If babies don't get the proper nutrition during those 1,000 days, their brains will never fully develop. After that, the devastating truth is that the damage can never be undone - no matter how many vaccines they get or how much time or money is invested in their education.

Fresh Thinking: Longitude Problem Solved

Rebecca Rose | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Rebecca Rose

Voting has begun on the selection of the most pressing issue of our day: ensuring universal access to safe water, providing everyone with nutritious a...

The Multiple Challenges for Global Food Security

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Professor Gilligan was speaking on Global Food Security at a Gates Conversation earlier this week. The session was part of a new series of academic conversations that allow Gates Cambridge Scholars to interact with leading thinkers on major issues spanning a variety of disciplines.