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.... “But an approach that simply extends the non-EU rules to EU workers would be a big hit to our economy. In hotels and restaurants, manufacturing, and agriculture, more than 90% of EU and EEA migrants currently working as employees in the UK would not be eligible under the non-EU rules. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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New Brexit rules ‘could lead to unskilled workforce crisis’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 07:29:24 PM
.... “But an approach that simply extends the non-EU rules to EU workers would be a big hit to our economy. In hotels and restaurants, manufacturing, and agriculture, more than 90% of EU and EEA migrants currently working as employees in the UK would not be eligible under the non-EU rules. ...
Don’t dismiss bankers' predictions of a bitcoin bubble – they should know image
....But some of the perceived flaws behind bitcoin that alarm Dimon – no central authority, a public ledger of transactions – point to the foundations of a new financial establishment. In his jargon-busting lexicon of finance How to Speak Money, the author John Lanchester described how the high priests of ancient Egypt controlled agriculture – and by extension the economy – through a closely guarded flood measurement system known as a nilometer that was hidden behind a load of mumbo jumbo. ...
UK apple growers' labour shortage 'pushing them towards cliff edge' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 11:01:48 PM
....”. John Hardman of Hops Labour Solutions, a national recruitment agency that provides seasonal and temporary workers for the UK agriculture and horticulture industries, said the devaluation of sterling against the euro since the Brexit vote had already made the UK a less attractive place to work and put thousands of contracts in jeopardy. ...
The great Saudi sell-off: why bankers and lawyers are flocking to the Gulf image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of September 2017 03:00:17 PM
.... The National Centre for Privatisation, which began operating in March this year, has drawn up a list that reads like a cross-section of the Saudi economy. “Environment, water and agriculture; transport; energy, industry and mineral resources; labour and social development; housing; education; health; municipalities; telecommunication and information technology; and Hajj and Umrah [Islamic pilgrimage] services,” its website declares, are all subject to the programme. ...
Brexit is a chance for farming reform – but we must get the policy right | Ngaire Woods image
.... If the UK manages to seize this opportunity, the EU, the United States and other economies with highly protected agricultural sectors might follow suit. As it stands, large parts of UK agriculture are locked into the EU’s common agricultural policy, which is accused of driving the sector toward larger, more industrial and more environmentally damaging practices, including by failing to support farm diversity and directing payments to Britain’s wealthiest landowners. ...
UK to seek Irish border waivers on customs and food safety after Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of August 2017 06:27:16 PM
....”. Britain will have to tread a fine line between satisfying European import concerns and not ceding all control over food and agriculture regulation to Brussels, or preventing any trade deals with third-party countries that may want exemptions on products such as genetically modified crops or hormone-treated beef. ...
Monsanto sold banned chemicals for years despite known health risks, archives reveal image
.... In 1999, Aroclor 1254 and 1260 were blamed for one of Europe’s worst food contamination outbreaks, in Belgium. Wallonia’s agriculture minister called it “the most serious economic crisis Belgium has known since the war”. ...
Why 'economic anxiety' doesn't explain One Nation and the far-right's return | Greg Jericho image
.... Its authors note that “the loss of agricultural and manufacturing jobs is felt most acutely in regional areas and on the city fringes” – think, for example, about the loss of car manufacturers in Geelong, Elizabeth and Altona. The shift from agriculture, the decline of manufacturing and the mining boom that was mixed with an influx of income and people (much of which was transitory) has had many wondering if this upheaval and the fact that residents in regional areas feel they are being left behind has caused the increase in support for previously fringe parties. ...
Eggs contaminated with insecticide may have entered UK, EU warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 12:52:56 PM
....Criminal investigations have been launched in the Netherlands and Belgium, where authorities are facing questions over their conduct, having learned of the contamination in June. Amid growing anger in Germany at the lack of transparency by the Belgians, Belgium’s agriculture minister, Denis Ducarme, said on Monday he had ordered the country’s food safety agency to report by Tuesday on why it failed to notify neighbouring countries until 20 July. ...
REVEALED: The blossoming expat communities in countries you may NOT have considered image
....The country features long expanses of deserted paradisiacal beaches, turquoise Caribbean seas, quiet rural communities, charming markets, stunning biodiversity and bustling modern cities. Indeed, employment opportunities in Costa Rica have also blossomed, as many multinationals take advantage of its free trade zones, rich environment, agriculture and ecotourism. ...
Millions of eggs removed from European shelves over toxicity fears image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 10:52:41 AM
....Around a million eggs destined for Germany were recalled from the border with the Netherlands this week. The German agriculture minister, Christian Schmidt, called a “crisis teleconference” with his counterparts in German states where the insecticide had been detected. ...
Brexit likely to create a rise in UK megafarms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 12:00:18 PM
....The huge intensive farms, in which as many as 1. 7 million animals may be kept on a single holding, are an increasingly common, but controversial, feature of UK agriculture. ...
Hammond admits UK consumers hurt by pound's fall as GDP grows by 0.3% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 09:19:12 AM
.... Two or more consecutive quarters of contraction mean the economy is officially in recession. GDP is the sum of all goods and services produced in the economy, including the service sector, manufacturing, construction, energy, agriculture and government. ...
Post-Brexit trade deals 'threaten UK's animal welfare standards' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 06:37:35 AM
.... This came from No 10, despite assurances to the Guardian last week from the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) that any trade deal would maintain or raise food standards. Preserving food standards would be “of the highest priority” Defra told the Guardian, and trade deals in agriculture would not be “a race to the bottom”. ...
British American Tobacco to acquire Reynolds as activists decry merger image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 06:51:28 PM
.... “The supply chain is globalized, and they put one poor group against another,” said Velasquez. “Tobacco is the one crop that runs through the agriculture industry – it’s the most lucrative crop, and it’s the industry with the deepest pockets. ...
UK 'sleepwalking' into food insecurity after Brexit, academics say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 11:01:34 PM
....Prof Erik Millstone from Sussex University, who compiled the study with Lang and Prof Terry Marsden from Cardiff University, said the lack of government action was baffling. “We are surprised at the failure of the government to address a huge set of issues related to food and agriculture,” he said. ...
Irish business seeks €1bn in EU aid to protect firms hit by Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 05:40:20 PM
....McCoy said Brexit’s impact on Ireland should be treated like a “force majeure” inflicted on Irish business. Northern Irish agriculture leaders have previously warned that farmers could go out of business if trade barriers that made them less competitive were imposed. ...
Low-paid workers need better job satisfaction, No 10 review will say image
.... It is predicted that 15% of the UK workforce will be earning up to or at that level by 2020, up from 2% in 2000. In three years a quarter of workers in wholesale, retail, agriculture and fishing will be earning at the wage floor, according to the Resolution Foundation. ...
British strawberries could cost 50% more because of Brexit, MPs told image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 05:27:19 PM
....”. Minister for agriculture George Eustice, however, told MPs government figures suggested there was no crisis in recruitment of seasonal labour. ...
Banks should disclose lending to companies with carbon-related risks, says report image
....”. The recommendations were intended to be adopted by all companies, however there was extra guidance given to the financial sector, as well sectors likely to be most affected by climate change or the transition to a lower carbon economy – energy, transportation, construction and agriculture, food, and forestry. ...
Brexit could destroy the UK's food and farming industry – or be the making of it | Felicity Lawrence image
.... Farmers received about £3bn in support from the much-reviled common agricultural policy last year – over £2bn in direct payments, paid per hectare, and about £600m in rural development payments. The Treasury has been itching to abolish direct payments for years, believing agriculture should be treated the same as any other part of the economy – that is, British farmers must be competitive in international markets without subsidy. ...
Climate clash image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 09:37:48 AM
....President Trump's decision was "wrong for our planet" according to Apple chief executive Tim Cook. Climate change, or global warming, refers to the damaging effect on the atmosphere of gases, or emissions, released from industry and agriculture. ...
Thousands of protesters brand McDonald's the 'Trump of corporations' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 12:26:03 PM
....”. And as the largest global buyer of beef, pork, lettuce and tomatoes, they said, McDonald’s is responsible for farmworkers’ exposure to toxic chemicals and the environmental impacts of mass agriculture. ...
Brexit and the coming food crisis: ‘If you can’t feed a country, you haven’t got a country’ image
....Last month, as parliament wrapped up for the general election, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee quietly published a short paper called Feeding the Nation: Labour Constraints. As it reported, around 20% of all employees in British agriculture come from abroad, these days mostly Romania and Bulgaria, while 63% of all staff employed by members of the British Meat Processors Association are not from the UK. ...
The safety-first for savers and pensioners trying to secure shares image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Maike Currie, investment director at Fidelity International, said gold, agriculture and property are good protectors against the wealth-eroding effects of rising prices. ...
Brexit's hard Irish border questions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 08:22:16 AM
.... We can't just hope it will be alright on the night," he said. The other Brexit-related threat to Northern Irish agriculture is limits on immigration. ...
UK food sector faces enormous challenges post-Brexit, say peers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 11:01:13 PM
....It is the impact on farmers that is giving peers most cause for concern, and the report warns of a possible quadruple whammy from Brexit as they lose access to EU farm subsidies, European export markets, access to European workers and protection from a cheap imports from outside the EU. “Post-Brexit, the UK’s agriculture and food sectors face enormous challenges,” said Robin Teverson, the chair of the committee. ...
Still got a paper fiver in your wallet? Well you should spend it now! image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 06:00:22 AM
.... Those returned to the Bank of England will be recycled and turned into fertiliser. “This is done using a composting treatment and the end product is used as a soil improver for agriculture,” says the Bank. ...
UK needs immigration to keep service industries going, says ONS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 10:50:16 AM
....But they also show that migrants from western European countries are more likely to have a university degree, to be higher paid and to work in a job that matches their education. This split in profile between western and eastern European migrants working in Britain is echoed by their relative concentrations in the financial and business service sectors on the one hand and agriculture and manufacturing on the other. ...
Japanese snack giant Calbee hit by potato shortage image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 05:58:07 AM
....60), compared with 336 yen in the same month a year ago, Reuters news agency said. The agriculture ministry has been keeping records of harvests since 1983. ...
Savings rates turn NEGATIVE amid biting inflation with just ONE account beating rate image
....Savers willing to take a little risk with their money, could also consider turning to investments that can protect against inflation. Maike Currie, investment director for personal investing at Fidelity International, said: "The time to protect yourself against the return of inflation is before it happens and physical assets such as gold, agriculture and property are all good protectors against the wealth-eroding effects of inflation. ...
Hull after Brexit – will the City of Culture regret voting out? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 02:30:03 PM
....Haskins acknowledged that there could be opportunities from leaving the EU: the depreciated pound might help exports, and importers could be encouraged to produce more equipment locally. Overall, though, the letter reported that local businesses believed exporting would be hit because new trade deals were unlikely to be as good as existing conditions, that local industries, particularly food processing and agriculture, which are big employers, “are heavily reliant on eastern-European labour” to do often difficult work. ...
Bank of England considers palm oil for £20 polymer notes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 03:14:28 PM
....WWF said it was encouraged to see the “thorough and extensive” review in response to the animal fat issues, but it urged the Bank to proceed carefully if it moved to palm oil. “Palm oil has benefits as it produces more oil per land area than any other equivalent oil crop,” said Emma Keller, the agriculture commodities manager at WWF. ...
Price of imported fruit and vegetables 'will rise by up to 8% after Brexit' image
....The price of food imported from the EU is likely to rise by up to 8% by the end of any transitional period as Britain is forced to impose extra border controls, making it more difficult to bring in foods that we cannot produce ourselves. Last year the UK imported food and agriculture products worth £47. ...
Pension crisis looms as one in five Britons has no savings for their old age image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 01:37:00 PM
.... . And the job sectors with the most employees with pensions, include law enforcement (95 per cent), science and pharmaceuticals (90 per cent) and insurance (89 per cent), while those in in environment and agriculture, are least likely to hold one (54 per cent). ...
​Sweet Brexit: what sugar tells us about Britain’s future outside the EU image
.... Yet he claims it would be “extraordinarily naive” to translate this into a unilateral dismantling of import tariffs when Britain finds itself on the other side of fortress Europe. “If you are going to surrender agriculture, at least get something back for it, rather than just abandoning it,” he adds. ...
Dow and Dupont merger gets EU go-ahead image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 12:10:59 PM
.... . The three companies would focus on agriculture, materials and speciality products. ...
Parts of UK that voted for Brexit may be hardest hit, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 11:01:43 PM
....Nonetheless, the regional analysis was supported by a separate exercise that looked at the impact on particular industrial sectors. “With tariffs imposed on British goods at the levels currently faced by non-EU states, industries at risk of being hit by the highest duties will be agriculture, forestries and fishing; mining and quarrying; and manufacturing,” it said. ...
The British jobs Brexit makes hard to fill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
.... One of them is investment in a phenomenon that will dominate all discussion of jobs and pay in the years to come: automation. Thinktank the Resolution Foundation says sectors that are heavily reliant on lower-paid migrant workers, such as agriculture, construction and food manufacturing, could invest more in machinery and robotics to fill the employment gap. ...
Trouble on the ranch image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:01:57 AM
...."Nafta is extremely important to us. It's one of the biggest trade deals that agriculture has ever had," says John Robinson from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA). ...
Aberdeen wrestles with hard choices as independence looms again image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 03:59:43 PM
....Such is the decline in oil revenues that whisky is now the country’s biggest export, pushing professional services – much of them linked to Edinburgh’s finance industry – into second place; oil is third and mining and quarrying fourth. Many SNP officials still look to Ireland as a role model: Dublin as a low-tax financial centre, Cork as a hi-tech hub and agriculture as the bedrock. ...
No-deal Brexit 'would put UK in worst trading position of rich nations' image
....That ministers were even talking about the possibility of quitting without a deal “betrays a dangerous complacency” over trade, said McFadden, a Labour MP who works with Open Britain. “The government is flirting, as a negotiating tactic, with an option that poses huge dangers to UK industry, services and agriculture,” he said. ...
Robots delivering pizza and house viewing by VR: is 5G really the future? image
.... “5G should help the evolution of IoT. Possible future applications could include real-time health monitoring of patients, street lighting to suit the weather or traffic, environmental monitoring and smart agriculture. ...
After Brexit, Israel senses a chance to boost trade with UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 04:00:38 PM
....Canada, Australia and New Zealand are top of the list of countries Brexit ministers believe will be willing and able to sign a trade deal soon after the UK quits the EU. Canada sealed a deal with the EU last year that covers goods and services from agriculture to banking. ...
Greek farmers clash with riot police in Athens over austerity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 05:16:48 PM
....Farmers who travelled to Athens from Crete have clashed with riot police in the latest unrest on the streets of the Greek capital, prompted by the government’s austerity policies. The confrontation occurred outside the agriculture ministry, where farmers wielding staffs engaged with police firing teargas to prevent them from entering the building. ...
Drugs disaster image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 12:10:46 AM
.... . Widespread unnecessary use of antibiotics is not restricted to agriculture. ...
Air force versus 'armyworms' in Zambia image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 12:19:50 AM
. Southern Africa has suffered extensively from a widespread drought in recent years, but in the last few months a new threat to the region's agriculture has emerged - a plague of "armyworms". ...
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Australian housing market crash could lead to broader downturn, OECD warns image
....It recommended an emissions trading scheme be adopted if carbon reduction targets “beyond those brought about by the Direct Action Plan” were needed. “The price of carbon emissions in Australia is low, with large shares of emissions in industry, electricity, agriculture and fisheries are not priced at all. ...
Trump promises 'aggressive' action on trade to protect US image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 02:08:52 PM
.... . In the US and other rich countries they generally are relatively low, although there are some sectors - especially agriculture where there are some high tariffs. ...
Australia goes 25 years without recession image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 02:18:44 AM
Indian economic growth slows in December quarter of 2016 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 01:38:30 PM
....". Saugata Bhattacharya, a chief economist at Axis Bank, said "big rises" in agriculture and manufacturing "show that the impact from demonetisation on growth has been less than expected". ...
If EU workers go, will robots step in to pick and pack Britain’s dinners? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of February 2017 04:00:05 PM
.... Some predict that rigs will be harvesting robotically in two to three years, but my gut feeling is that robotics is five to ten years away,” says Simpson. “There’s no denying the fact that we need temporary overseas labour for UK agriculture. ...
Work-around image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:56:12 AM
....Rather than give up working on his family's farm he decided to set up a contracting business to hire himself and his tractor out. "I've always been in agriculture, from working at home with my father on the farm. ...
The supermarket food gamble may be up | Felicity Lawrence image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 06:00:29 AM
.... A decade ago, the Ministry of Defence predicted that changes to the climate, globalisation and global inequality would “touch the lives of everyone on the planet” within the next 20 years. “Food and water insecurity will drive mass migrations in the worst areas, but may also be possible in more affluent areas because of distribution problems, specialised agriculture and aggressive pricing … a succession of poor harvests may cause major price spikes resulting in significant economic and political turbulence,” a document warned. ...
Statisticians fear Trump White House will manipulate figures to fit narrative image
....”. During the first week of his presidency, external communication by the EPA and the interior, agriculture and health departments was halted. ...
Smoot and Hawley, the ghosts of tariffs past, haunt the White House image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of January 2017 12:00:23 PM
....”. Republicans called protective tariffs “essential for the continued prosperity of the country” and Hoover, who said agriculture was “the most urgent economic problem” facing the nation, said “an adequate tariff is the foundation of farm relief”. ...
Free range eggs may have to be renamed because of bird flu restrictions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 01:07:22 PM
.... Most free range production in the UK comes from small, independently-run family farms whose existence would be threatened by not being able to continue to sell their eggs as free range, with appropriate labelling, should the current housing order be extended. Farmers’ leaders in other EU countries are pressing for the same extension, and the issue was raised by both Dutch and Belgian representatives at a meeting of the EU agriculture and fisheries council this month. ...
Courgette crisis: Spanish farmers hope the worst is over image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 12:01:02 PM
.... The bad weather also hit producers in southern France, Italy and Greece, leaving British supermarket shelves light on courgettes and other vegetables, prompting warnings of shortages and higher prices until spring. The scale of the problem was laid bare earlier this week by Spain’s ministry of agriculture. ...
What do business leaders think of Theresa May's Brexit speech? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 01:56:08 PM
....Farmers still have “legitimate and important concerns” about Brexit despite May bringing some much-needed clarity about the negotiations with the EU, the NFU has warned. The agriculture industry exports 72% of its products to the EU, with £290m out of the £300m annual lamb exports being sold to Europe. ...
Sturgeon offers to shelve independence vote in return for soft Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 01:53:38 PM
....Sturgeon published a detailed paper just before Christmas asserting that Scotland could secure greater, preferential access to the EU single market than the rest of the UK, and protect free movement, by becoming part of the European Free Trade Association and then the European Economic Area, like Norway. The Scottish parliament should also be given significant new powers in areas currently controlled by the EU such as fisheries, agriculture, environmental protection and export policy, when they are repatriated after the UK leaves the EU. ...
After Brexit  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 03:16:46 PM
.... . "We will be consulting in the near future on exactly the shape of future farm and agriculture support," said Ms Leadsom. ...
Greatest invention? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 2nd of January 2017 12:29:31 AM
....Agriculture disrupts that cycle: we harvest the plants, and eat them. From the earliest days of agriculture, farmers discovered various ways to prevent crop yields from declining over time: by restoring nitrogen to their fields. ...
Modern slavery fears: Nearly 100 held in nail bar crackdown image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 12:07:04 AM
....In all, 14 of those arrested were passed to the National Referral Mechanism hub, a service supporting those identified as possible victims of slavery and human trafficking. Many people working in plain sight in UK nail bars, on construction sites, in brothels, on cannabis farms and in agriculture are in fact suspected to be modern slaves. ...
Brexit deal risks some sectors of economy being left behind, warns CBI image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 12:01:02 AM
....“While each sector has issues specific to them, there are many crossovers and common principles that unite them, for example the need to avoid cliff edge changes that cause disruption to supply chains and trade,” Fairbairn said. “From aviation and chemicals to life sciences and agriculture, firms of all sizes will want to understand how easy it will be for them to trade in the future with the EU which remains the biggest market for British businesses. ...
Sturgeon: UK could stay in single market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 11:38:21 AM
....She said powers over immigration were increasingly vital for the protection of Scotland's interests, and should be devolved to Holyrood as part of a substantial transfer of new powers after the country leaves the EU. This transfer would include area returned from the EU which currently sit within Scottish Parliament responsibility - such as fishing, the environment, justice and agriculture. ...
Engine of growth image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 01:07:35 AM
....There's recently been a resurgence of interest in biodiesel. It's less polluting than oil fuel, but it's controversial - it competes for land with agriculture, pushing up food prices. ...
Southern rail dispute reflects workers’ growing fears about rise of automation image
....Economists are divided over the effect of increasing automation. Some hark back to the introduction of threshing machines into 19th-century agriculture and say that train drivers are the new luddites. ...
IBM vows to hire 25,000 staff as tech chiefs meet Trump image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 08:52:41 AM
.... . "As industries from manufacturing to agriculture are reshaped by data science and cloud computing, jobs are being created that demand new skills - which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting. ...
UK naive to expect easy ride in Brexit trade talks, says Lords report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 12:01:41 AM
....Far from escaping the protectionism of “Fortress Europe”, as some Brexit supporters have promised, walking away entirely and relying on the WTO tariff regime could both push up food prices and introduce huge uncertainty for UK farmers who would have to fight to inherit quotas agreed under opaque WTO “schedules”. “There will be much more severe restrictions in certain sectors, primarily agriculture, than we face at the moment as a member of the single market,” said Richard Eglin, a senior trade advisor with the law firm White and Case. ...
Palm oil giant Olam accused over sourcing image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 11:54:03 AM
.... . Indonesia is often blamed for not doing enough to tackle the agriculture fires used to clear vegetation for palm oil, pulp and paper plantations in the Riau province in East Sumatra, South Sumatra, and parts of Kalimantan on Indonesian Borneo. ...
Galactic gold rush: the tech companies aiming to make space mining a reality image
....”. In the meantime, Planetary Resources has begun launching compact Earth observation satellites for use in agriculture, environmental monitoring and energy industries. ...
Vegans are right to be furious about beef fat in the new £5 notes | Chas Newkey-Burden image
.... The health benefits of a plant-based diet are increasingly recognised, and so are the environmental and welfare costs of consuming animal products. Some still see us as extremists, but a growing number recognise there is nothing more extreme than what animal agriculture is doing to the planet and its non-human residents. ...
The backpacker tax is a textbook case of how not to develop policy | Greg Jericho image
....This would not only reduce the tax revenue, it would undercut the wages of Australian workers and place holiday workers outside the system – thus, ripe for exploitation – something the Fair Work ombudsman has already found happens in abundance. Altogether it was a train wreck of a policy – masterminded by Joe Hockey, and overseen by the minister for agriculture, Barnaby Joyce. ...
World trade hangs in the balance as Trump prepares plan of action image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 26th of November 2016 04:00:35 PM
....TTIP The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of negotiations between the EU and US that aims to cut tariffs on everything from cars to beef. It is a bigger version of the TPP: the US wanted agriculture and financial services included. ...
UK third quarter GDP growth confirmed at 0.5% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 25th of November 2016 10:33:28 AM
....8%, driven by a continued strong performance on the British High Street as sales continue to boom. But all the others sectors of the economy, manufacturing, agriculture and construction, are contracting. ...
Lessons from Mars image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 12:41:38 AM
....Similar farming systems where plants are stacked up on shelves to save space and grown from seeds are already common in Asia, and are beginning to become more popular in the US and UK. Dr Gioia Massa, a Nasa scientist working on food production, says many of the lessons the space agency is learning could be applied in urban plant factories and other agriculture settings, with the potential to increase the amount of food grown in less space. ...

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