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Is imported meat undermining Welsh approach to GM?

12th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

A report in the Farmer's Weekly suggests that the cautionary approach to GM crop production by the Welsh has been undermined by sales of imported meat from animals fed by modified soya.

The Women’s Food and Farming event in Aberystwyth, heard criticism from beef producers who said Welsh family farms could not compete with the cheap imports.

One of the farmers, Karen Bellis, who runs 130 suckler cows and 130 sheep near Wrexham, said that if the Welsh Government was serious...

Is imported meat undermining Welsh approach to GM?

12th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

A report in the Farmer's Weekly suggests that the cautionary approach to GM crop production by the Welsh has been undermined by sales of imported meat from animals fed by modified soya.

 

The Women’s Food and Farming event in Aberystwyth, heard criticism from beef producers who said Welsh family farms could not compete with the cheap imports.

One of the farmers, Karen Bellis, who runs 130 suckler cows and 130 sheep near Wrexham, said that if the Welsh Government was...

Is imported meat undermining Welsh approach to GM?

12th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

A report in the Farmer's Weekly suggests that the cautionary approach to GM crop production by the Welsh has been undermined by sales of imported meat from animals fed by modified soya.

The Women’s Food and Farming event in Aberystwyth, heard criticism from beef producers who said Welsh family farms could not compete with the cheap imports.

One of the farmers, Karen Bellis, who runs 130 suckler cows and 130 sheep near Wrexham, said that if the Welsh Government was serious...

Sainsburys to double the amount of British food.

12th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has announced plans to double the amount of British food it sells by 2020.  The target is part of its '20 by 20 Sustainability Plan' which sets out 20 sustainability targets to be achieved over the next nine years, including water stewardship, cutting relative carbon emissions by 65% and increasing sales of fair trade products to £1 billion.

It also wants all meat, poultry, eggs, game and dairy products to be sourced from suppliers who "adhere to...

Paice says CAP reforms risk turning back the clock.

6th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Farm minister Jim Paice says that plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy are too comples and risk turning the clock back for UK farmers.  He went on to say that plans due to be unveiled in Europe next week needed to be simplified if the industry was going to become more competitive and increase food production.

In a damning criticism of Europe’s farming commissioner, Mr Paice said Dacian Ciolos seemed intent on returning to the past of EU agriculture, to the detriment of...

Decision on badger cull expected soon.

5th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Speaking at the Conservative party conference earlier this week, farm minister Jim Paice, said that a decision over whether to allow a pilot badger cull to tackle bovine TB willb e made within weeks.  He went on to admit that it had taken longer than expected to come up with firm cull proposals, but he hope progress would be made soon.

“It’s been a lot harder than I thought it would be to deal with the minutia to make sure we will be in a position to respond to and rebut a judicial...

Spelman says the Government is backing British farmers.

3rd OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

THE coalition Government is backing British farmers, Defra Secretary Caroline Spelman has told the Conservative Party Conference.

Mrs Spelman said her Government was promoting a ‘rural renaissance’, with farming at the heart of its plans.

Last week, her Shadow, Mary Creagh, claimed in Liverpool that Labour was ‘the party of the countryside’.

This week in Manchester, Mrs Spelman hit back insisting the coalition was ‘prioritising the...

Badger debate continues between politicians.

28th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

NFU president Peter Kendall and Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George have clashed over Government plans for a badger cull in England.

Mr George said the Lib Dems ‘don’t fully support’ the policy as they were ‘not convinced’ it is justified by the science and could be implemented as intended, despite assurances from the NFU that it would be done properly.

“Our concern is the risk of making things worse and farmers would never forgive us for...

Badger debate continues between politicians.

28th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

NFU president Peter Kendall and Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George have clashed over Government plans for a badger cull in England.

Mr George said the Lib Dems ‘don’t fully support’ the policy as they were ‘not convinced’ it is justified by the science and could be implemented as intended, despite assurances from the NFU that it would be done properly.

“Our concern is the risk of making things worse and farmers would never forgive us for...

GM wheat trial in UK approved by DEFRA

20th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

DEFRA has approved the UK’s first GM wheat trial, which will be conducted by the Rothamsted Research institute in 2012 and 2013. 

The research will assess wheat that has been genetically modified to resist aphids.

Ministers approved the trial after the independent Advisory Committee of Releases to the Environment (ACRE), advised Defra it was satisfied that it would not result in any adverse effect on human health or the environment.

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