Health and Harmony: the future of UK Agriculture

Tonight sees the deadline for responses to the Defra (The UK Dept for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Command Paper on future policy for Agriculture. Despite reading the document carefully I can't clearly see what the farmer or farm of the future might look like, but I do get a sense of a higher and … Continue reading Health and Harmony: the future of UK Agriculture

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New Brexit Blog

I have set up a new blog site solely dedicated to Brexit, Farming and the Rural Economy. You can see it here, and in particular a page of links to useful information which I hope to keep updated with relevant publications and other sources of Brexit information as they appear. I hope you will find … Continue reading New Brexit Blog

CAP: Agric Fundamentalists v Enviro Fundamentalists – some inconvenient points

Decision week for Defra Secretary Owen Paterson.  He is due to announce the 'modulation' rate for England by the end of the week.  Will it be 9% as the NFU wants, or 15% as the RSPB demands?  Modulation is EU-speak for the amount of farming support that is diverted (modulated) into more general rural development … Continue reading CAP: Agric Fundamentalists v Enviro Fundamentalists – some inconvenient points

Farming for Food Plus ~ Food+ Farming

Projects are now trying to bring the management and appreciation of nature's services - ecosystem services - to life.  Here is a case study I prepared for a seminar, part of one of these projects.  Please share your views in the comments section, or via twitter to me, @charlescowap The fictional case study below has … Continue reading Farming for Food Plus ~ Food+ Farming

The Top Environmental Business Opportunities

Water, Food, Carbon and Environmental Resilience are the top four business opportunities in the latest report from the Ecosystems Markets Taskforce. Water offers opportunities for its management, and for exports of water expertise and technology.  Rural businesses can be significant users of water themselves, and could be in the front line for not only flood … Continue reading The Top Environmental Business Opportunities

How Coca Cola won WW2 while the world starved: The Taste of War by Lizzie Collingham

Lizzie Collingham has written the first comprehensive survey of the role of food in WW2.  While 19.5 million died military deaths, 20 million died of starvation or hunger-related diseases. Collingham makes it clear that food was a decisive factor in the motives for, and outcomes of, WW2.  Germany had faced starvation in WW1.  Hitler eyed … Continue reading How Coca Cola won WW2 while the world starved: The Taste of War by Lizzie Collingham