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....3 million, in a decline led by people working in banking, the public sector and construction. A shortage of labour is starting to be felt across the economy, from construction, farming and manufacturing to care homes, hotels and restaurants. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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The British jobs Brexit makes hard to fill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
....3 million, in a decline led by people working in banking, the public sector and construction. A shortage of labour is starting to be felt across the economy, from construction, farming and manufacturing to care homes, hotels and restaurants. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:02:25 AM
....An exporter hedges against a rise in the exchange rate. A wheat farming company covers itself by betting that the price of wheat will fall. ...
Driverless cars 'could lead to complacency' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:00:42 AM
....Aerial, marine, public transport, including metro and rail services, space, military, warehousing, ambulance services, inspection and monitoring of resources, working in dangerous and hazardous environments (such as nuclear facilities) and the delivery of humanitarian supplies. CAV could lead to changes in how farming is carried out in the UK, with the benefit of making the crop production system significantly more efficient. ...
The farming revolution that aims to bring free-range milk to Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 12:05:09 AM
....”. For Brealey, free range is “a fantastic opportunity to support traditional dairy farming because it is on a knife edge. ...
The Guardian view on the Ofcom deal: too little, too slowly | Editorial image
.... But there is no case whatever for a private monopoly which can supply something so critical to full social and economic participation in society. Openreach, the part of BT which supplies and maintains Britain’s broadband infrastructure, is a straightforward example of tax-farming. ...
Drugs disaster image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 12:10:46 AM
.... . As he explains in his book about intensive farming, he is not there to berate the farmers about their pigs' living conditions, although sows are crammed uncomfortably into crates. ...
Fairtrade campaigners fear Brexit impact image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 04:19:59 PM
.... . "We must help to improve the lives of farming communities who are still suffering a raw deal. ...
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
.... Even where mechanisation can be used, picking machines tend to be too expensive and impractical for small-scale farmers. “It depends a on the area, the crop, the local labour supply and the size of the harvest,” says José Ramón Díaz, a technical adviser at Asaja, Spain’s largest farming association. ...
Lesotho's 'pilot' fruit and flower farm image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 09:42:21 PM
. Fruit and flowers are the focus of a new commercial farming venture in the central region of Lesotho. ...
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Supermarket sourcing image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:18:01 AM
.... The climate means there are also certain items, such as bananas, that we simply cannot grow at scale in the UK. Given the massive housing shortage in the UK, Mr Martin says it's unlikely to be desirable politically to use more land for farming. ...
Morrisons to 'hedge bets' and recruit more UK-based suppliers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 07:01:03 AM
.... It is not to disengage from reliance on global trade, but to hedge our bets by increasing local production for local consumption,” Benton argues in the report. The chairman of Morrisons, Andy Higginson, said: “Morrisons is already British farming’s biggest single customer, and the publication of the report today from Prof Benton makes us more determined to produce more of our food and source more from local British suppliers … We want small UK food suppliers to become bigger ones and we also want to give our customers the option of more food that meets their local food tastes. ...
Let’s move to Kirkwall and Orkney: all sea, sky and peace image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of February 2017 04:30:13 PM
.... Expect stone cottages and terraces, plus suburban pebbledash and bungalows. Both are on the main island, decently populated and dominated by farming. ...
Tip of the iceberg: lettuce rationing broadens to broccoli and cabbage image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 05:36:12 PM
....”. Meanwhile José Ugarrio, a technical expert at Asaja, Spain’s largest farming association, said that the worst of the cold, wet weather that hit vegetable producers in the country had now passed. ...
Gucci owner gets teeth into snakeskin market with python farm image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 02:47:46 PM
....Commercial farms already exist in south-east Asia and China, but the system is widely used to “launder” illegally caught wild pythons – to the extent that most supposedly farmed python skin from Cambodia, Indonesia and Laos is considered suspect. In the past, farming of the reticulated python and Burmese python – two of the world’s largest snakes – has beenregarded as uneconomic, because the snakes take about three years to mature and are difficult to care for and breed in captivity. ...
Courgette crisis: Spanish farmers hope the worst is over image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 12:01:02 PM
.... Luján knows of one producer who recently lost his entire crop of young courgette plants to the weather. His fellow farmer Martínez – who grows artichokes, makes wine and heads the local branch of Asaja, Spain’s biggest farming association – looks back on 2016 as “a bit of a heads-and-tails year … the rains came and made up for the drought we’ve had for the past three years”. ...
Losing the plot: courgette crisis spreads to other vegetables image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of January 2017 04:35:33 PM
.... Courgette prices were up by 60% and some tomatoes by 45% over the same period. Spain’s largest farming association, Asaja, says the average price of a kilo of courgettes in Almería rose by €1. ...
Our next Scandi import: organic ‘folk food’ for all image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 12:05:01 AM
....”. But if the UK organic industry is going to enjoy anything like Denmark’s success, there will have to be a step change in organic farming. ...
After Brexit  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 03:16:46 PM
Brexit: Civil service faces 'bumpy ride' says union leader image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 05:03:34 PM
....". He highlighted the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as one department to face difficult choices because of the amount of EU legislation affecting the farming and fishing industries and the level of financial support they received from Europe. ...
Car clampings for unpaid tax are up 80% in two years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 05:00:02 PM
....After seven to 14 days, depending on the state of the car, they can send it to be crushed, broken up or sold. The big increase in clamping has coincided with the DVLA farming out the work to a private firm, NSL, whose job is to scour each UK postcode area twice a year for untaxed vehicles. ...
Farmers using food banks after government payment delay image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 12:48:17 AM
.... It said it does not know how much is owed in total. The payments involve those farming on common land, in which land is owned by one person but others are entitled to use it or take resources from it. ...
Batteries charged to play bigger role in UK energy grid image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 01:53:05 PM
Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart to buy Kidman estate image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 02:51:20 AM
.... . The largest Kidman station, Anna Creek, will be sold to a local farming family. ...
Edible gardens take root in urban Singapore image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 02:57:55 AM
....Singapore is a small, metropolitan island that imports more than 90% of its fruit and vegetables. Spare land is scarce, but urban farming - on rooftops, footpaths and vacant lots - is slowly taking root. ...
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'A landscape of exhaustion and moral decay' – lessons from the 'lost decade' of the 1860s image
.... What’s more, with global transport systems stretching further as each year passed, Britain’s grain, and even its dairy and meat produce, would soon be supplied from as far away as Australia and Canada. Domestic farming was about to go into a decline from which, some historians suggest, it has never recovered. ...
Ethical gifts: think of others when you think of others this Christmas image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of December 2016 06:59:15 AM
.... Oxfam has them, too, and is offering a free milk chocolate goat with every Oxfam Unwrapped gift card order until Friday 9 December. Some of the more offbeat gifts we found include: a kit for making banana wine, a popular drink in Malawi (£25 from Present Aid); the aforementioned wash-cloths for Kenyan camels (£15 from Good Gifts); “a pile of poo”, which is a mix of manure and organic fertiliser, plus some training in eco-friendly farming techniques (£9 from Oxfam’s online shop); and an acre of rainforest (£52 from Good Gifts – or those with deep pockets can treat someone to 25 acres for £1,300). ...
Is Cadbury's move the end for Fairtrade? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 28th of November 2016 06:00:54 PM
....But Glenn Caton, northern Europe president at Mondelez, tells the BBC that while his firm and Fairtrade have the same goals, "sustainability is about much more to us than price". "The next generation of farmers aren't taking on cocoa farming like they used to because it is so unprofitable, so we have to make sure their communities thrive and this means investing more in their communities," he says. ...
Machine food image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 25th of November 2016 12:36:28 AM
....And in Japan, the world's first entirely automated lettuce farm is due for launch next year. The future of farming is automated. ...
Lessons from Mars image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 12:41:38 AM
....To grow the lettuce - eaten by US crew for the first time last year - Nasa used a collapsible unit packed with rooting "pillows", essentially mini grow bags, which contained the seeds, and coloured LED lights to enhance plant growth. 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. ...
Trump to withdraw from Trans-Pacific Partnership on first day in office image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 07:26:22 AM
....Trump’s determination to rip up the agreement will have horrified Abe, particularly after the property billionaire appeared to have softened his stance on other campaign threats, such as downgrading Washington’s security commitment to allies Japan and South Korea. Abe invested considerable political capital in pushing for TPP, which was signed in 2015 but has yet to be ratified, including overcoming strong opposition from Japan’s influential farming lobby. ...
Protecting South Africa's macadamia nut crop image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 07:56:48 AM
. Macadamia nut farming is increasingly popular across the developing world and especially in Africa. ...
The Marmite row is the first sign of the true cost of Brexit for food producers image
.... But God knows what came over them when they voted en masse for Brexit. There are major faults with European farming subsidies, but if they think a post-Brexit world will replace all of them they are fooling themselves. ...
Weak sterling puts Irish mushroom farmers in the shade image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of November 2016 12:04:20 AM
.... My own business could be taken overnight if I am not careful. “But I have been in mushroom farming since the 1980s. ...
'We are owed more' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of November 2016 12:08:43 AM
....Now 50-year-old Mr Green has become a full-time farmer. He grew up farming and said that before being laid off he already produced nearly all the food he and his wife ate. ...
Fur real? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of October 2016 11:04:37 PM
...." . Fur farming was banned in England and Wales by the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000. ...
Cocoa farming threatens rainforests in Ivory Coast image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 9th of October 2016 12:26:25 PM
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Free land image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 11:03:35 PM
....To tackle this under-population, the government in Moscow has created a new law, entitling every Russian citizen to a hectare of land in the Far East for free. The idea is to develop the vast swathes of under-utilised land, for farming, tourism or other business. ...
Farm subsidies: Payment to billionaire prince sparks anger image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 02:25:57 AM
.... The latter two argue for reform of the subsidies. A campaign for reform is being launched by Greenpeace, which does not normally focus on farming, but says Brexit demands a re-examination of many policies. ...
How to live the Good Life without giving up the rat race image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of September 2016 06:00:24 AM
.... And it’s heartening to note that we are certainly not alone in having downshifted, with people all over Britain having chosen to live a more simple life. Canon Frome Court, for instance, is a farming co-operative in Herefordshire, with 19 self contained units for singletons, couples and families. ...
Get off my land! image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of September 2016 11:03:44 PM
....Farmers receive a certified plan of the land and land tenure documentation signed by the surveyor, chiefs and high court. "Land tenure insecurity is a core barrier to land investment and farming," explains Thomas Vaassen, Landmapp's co-founder and chief technical officer. ...
Clean-living cattle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 18th of September 2016 11:00:47 PM
...." . For these price-conscious shoppers - even those among them who make a living farming "natural" meat - it's industrial-scale, conventional agriculture in America's current food system that delivers. ...
Kenya's mobile-controlled greenhouses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 16th of September 2016 11:34:54 AM
. In Africa, despite many slogans and proverbs making references to farming, young people are increasingly attracted to big city living, leading to a wave of urbanisation on the continent. ...
The new sushi? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of September 2016 11:35:15 PM
....Tucked away in a warehouse on an industrial estate in the non-descript suburb of Van Nuys in Los Angeles, a revolution is taking place. And the revolutionaries? Five twentysomething college friends who are trying their hand at urban farming. ...
Golden crop image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 5th of September 2016 11:29:30 PM
....His wife also earned an average income working as a teacher and he could only dream of ways to supplement the family's earnings to one day send his six young children to university. With a passion for plants and gardening, he used his wife's small family plot to dabble in farming. ...
Croc of gold image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of August 2016 11:01:30 PM
....". Welcome to the lucrative, but dangerous, world of crocodile farming. ...
1,400 scientists attend Belfast livestock conference image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 29th of August 2016 05:11:09 AM
. More than 1,400 scientists are in Belfast this week for a major farming conference worth almost £3m to the local economy. ...
Farming dreams image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of August 2016 11:36:16 PM
....Not that this has dampened Mike's infectious enthusiasm. As he drives through the lush local landscapes in his Lion Mountains-branded 4x4, he talks about what he sees as the tragedy of Sierra Leone's under-exploited arable land, and the simple solutions that could improve the area's farming. ...
Farming support image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of August 2016 11:06:41 PM
. You might think the most important thing happening in the UK farming industry is the summer harvest. ...
Brexit: Government guarantee for post-EU funds image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 12:23:14 PM
.... The grants are given for owning land and also taking care of wildlife. The National Farmers' Union (NFU) said the Treasury's announcement was "positive" for farming. ...

Team GB shooting medallist Ed Ling returns from Rio early to help family with harvest on Somerset farm
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....Abbey, a five-time British shooting champion herself, missed London 2012 when she was controversially replaced by a rival who was 10 places below her. Ling has said how combining farming with competitive shooting has helped him keep perspective on life. ...
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The Archers' Rob and Helen storyline is just the latest in a history of controversial plots, says show's agricultural editor
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....It has previously been dubbed "EastEnders in a field", with accusations - strongly refuted by editor Sean O'Connor - it has been sexed up. On the question of factual accuracy with regards to farming, Harvey said: "I read all the scripts and try to make sure of technical accuracy. ...

Asthma cure could be found in Amish barn dust
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 5th of August 2016 04:17:18 PM
. Dust from the barns of Amish farms could hold vital clues about how to combat asthma, following pioneering research on children in two farming communities in America. ...

Countryfile is dumbing down to draw in an urban audience, presenter admits
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 4th of August 2016 09:43:10 PM
.... . Adam Henson, who hosts the farming section of the show, said he received regular complaints from farmers about the "dumbing down" of their specialist subject. ...

Leaving the EU can transform the countryside into a haven for bees, butterflies and wildlife, head of the National Trust says
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....Dame Helen said Brexit offered a chance to return the countryside to the way it looked in our parents' and grandparents’ generation. Speaking at BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday, Dame Helen will say that leaving the European Union is a chance “to reset the entire system for subsidising farming industry”. ...

Greg Rusedski's plan to build tennis court ruled 'out' by planning officers
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....Mr Sheehan, who lived there for ten years prior to the Rusedskis, said the land had been used for games of cricket, birthday parties and his daughter's wedding reception. Mr Silvester, the former farm stockman and relief milkman, said it had been used for recreation rather than farming since at least 1990. ...

Countryfile Live is the perfect way to kick off the summer of the staycation
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.... “Visitors will be able to see, hear, feel and, yes, smell the countryside for themselves. “One of the thing the TV programme does is to show the sheer variety of landscape and work and people and farming environments and we will be reflecting that. ...

Man calls police about loud noises outside his house which turns out to be mating hedgehogs
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.... Today, that figure could be as low as a million – a precipitous drop in a single human generation. The reasons for this decline include the way farming has changed to eliminate the creepy crawlies hedgehogs eat, and the fact badgers are preying on them. ...
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Aussie rules? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 18th of July 2016 11:10:38 PM
....". As a result he believes Australians are naturally good at adapting to change, noting that farming - one of the country's original industries - has to deal with the capricious weather and global competition on prices creating a natural resilience. ...
Dairy farm closures: More than 1,000 shut in three years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of July 2016 03:08:02 AM
....In total, 1,002 farms have closed over the three-year period. Yorkshire dairy farmer Jeremy Holmes said traditional dairy farming was "in a mess", with "far too much milk on the market". ...
Bakersfield blues image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 10th of July 2016 11:10:29 PM
.... . Many here feel like the government is leading the country into decline, by not protecting the oil and gas industry or doing more to support American manufacturing and farming. ...
Farndon Fields farm's fresh ideas keep customers wanting more image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of July 2016 11:32:00 AM
. "To make fresh produce pay you must move with the times” say a farming family whose investments have turned their land into a top spot for food lovers. ...
Spain opens the door for UK holiday home buyers to reclaim lost money image
....”. A second ruling regularised the position of thousands of illegal Andalusian properties, while another impending change will help buyers who bought properties built on illegally divided parcels of farming land. ...
The coastal village, the mining giant and the battle for South Africa’s soul image
.... Buffer zones would protect the most sensitive areas. “It’s important to understand that the Xolobeni mining lease area does not impeach [on] pristine coastal dunes, [and] rehabilitation will leave the land reshaped for arable farming use. ...
Strawberry fields for ever? UK wage laws 'will kill off fruit farming' image
.... But Paul Connelly, managing director of Beacon, said: “It seems that strawberry fields may not be forever in the British countryside. Our suppliers are warning that the landscape of soft fruit farming and fresh produce is under threat with the possibility of cheaper foreign imports replacing British produce on supermarket shelves and on restaurant menus. ...
Brexit could spell end for farming and car industry, says transport secretary image
....“When I was young, people didn’t think mining would ever end,” he said. “I hear the Brexiteers make the same case about car manufacturing and farming today. ...
ONS analysis disproves 'missing million of migrants' accusations image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of May 2016 09:56:46 AM
.... Johnson claimed they were putting public services under huge pressure. But as the former Conservative immigration minister Damian Green pointed out, these short-term migrants “include 27,000 teachers, 28,000 care workers and 60,000 seasonal workers in the farming industry who do tremendous things for this country, both in our public services and in the private sector”. ...
The inside story of Facebook’s biggest setback | Rahul Bhatia image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of May 2016 05:00:19 AM
....Commuters on India’s roads and highways found themselves called upon to support Free Basics from what seemed like thousands of billboards. One pictured a farmer and his family and asked them to support “a better future” for unconnected Indians such as “Ganesh”, who used Free Basics and learned “new farming techniques that doubled his crop yield”. ...
McDonald's takes virtual tours of actual supplier farms on the road image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 11:01:07 PM
.... McDonald’s at the time said it was disappointed by the decision – it has been allowed by the Tories and SNP to set up similar stands at their conferences. Technology developers, young farmers and experts from the leading agricultural university Harper Adams have been enlisted to create the roadshow, which McDonald’s hopes will reach up to 1 million people at farming shows and other events across the UK over the next year. ...
Ethical consumers are unattractive and boring, aren’t they? | Oliver Burkeman image
.... One is to address the outrage; the other is to try not to think about it – as with the people who chose not to learn about child labour. You can deal with the horrors of factory farming by becoming vegetarian – or by not hanging out with vegetarians who bang on about factory farms. ...
British farmers best served by UK staying in EU, says NFU image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of April 2016 06:21:26 PM
....”. The decision comes after the NFU commissioned a report on the impacts of Brexit on farming. ...
Biofuels, plastics and drugs: is this the future of our farms? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of April 2016 11:04:08 PM
.... It has contracted 350 British farmers to grow 5,000 hectares of miscanthus as a biomass source for power stations. “The British landscape that was once mixed farming is no longer,” he said. ...
Will Barack Obama’s EU charm offensive be enough to rescue David Cameron? image
.... Much more of that sort of thing can be expected. But George Eustice, the minister for farming who launched Vote Leave’s campaign in south-west England in front of 150 people at a Plymouth hotel on Friday, believes that Cameron and Osborne are mistaken if they believe the Scottish referendum playbook, in which the fear factor featured prominently, can deliver the same result. ...
Sauce firm defends 'once a week' advice image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 15th of April 2016 03:18:31 PM
.... . And Ben Reynolds, deputy co-ordinator of food and farming alliance Sustain, said companies were "trying to scramble to show they can be good and do the right thing", before the government releases its childhood obesity strategy later this year. ...
Eat our sauce just once a week - food firm image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 15th of April 2016 06:26:15 AM
....". Ben Reynolds, deputy co-ordinator of food and farming alliance Sustain, said he believed companies were "trying to scramble to show they can be good and do the right thing" before the government releases its childhood obesity strategy later this year. ...
Antimicrobial resistance a 'greater threat than cancer by 2050' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of April 2016 10:13:51 AM
....But Kerry McCarthy, the shadow environment secretary, accused the government of adopting a complacent approach to the looming crisis. In a speech to the Antibiotics and Farming Conference in London, McCarthy accused ministers of adopting a “negative role” in EU negotiations over calls by the European parliament to end the routine use of preventative antibiotics in farming. ...
Major hotel chain to grow vegetables at 1000 properties to cut food waste image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 02:09:50 AM
....Its restaurants will be required to weigh and record food that is thrown away in order to best determine how to cut waste. With up to one third of food produced being wasted, according to estimates by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation, there is ample room for businesses to save money while also helping reduce hunger and greenhouse gas emissions associated with farming and transport. ...
VIDEO: Myanmar to be taught how to fish image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of April 2016 11:31:41 PM
.... . So an international research organisation, WorldFish, has set up a training program for small-scale fish farming, in the hope of improving livelihoods. ...
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Waitrose ads go live on the farm image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of April 2016 01:31:11 PM
.... Commuters at some of the UK’s major train terminals, including Waterloo station, will be able to watch live footage on large screens from three different locations of the Waitrose farm, including beehives, rapeseed fields and panoramic views of the countryside. Waitrose is keen to highlight its UK farming credentials by pointing out that is the only major supermarket able to guarantee that all the cows that provide its milk and cream have access to outdoor grazing. ...
The Palestinian farmers battling border restrictions and lack of water image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of April 2016 04:00:09 AM
....Related: Isis is strangling Syrian trade but a new orange co-operative is turning to Russia. “Our trucks are not refrigerated because the West Bank is such a small area, so when they are stopped under the sun for long hours the fresh produce inside can lose its quality or even become inedible,” says Mohammad, a farmer of mushrooms and other produce near Qalqilya in the northern West Bank who also complains about the difficulties in importing fertilisers and farming equipment. ...

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