Subject: Rural economies & communities

Roundup on Roundup

Glyphosate is a toxic ingredient in Monsanto’s chemical herbicide, Roundup and is used on corn and soya crops. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) senior researcher (Dr. Seneff) has strongly correlated its use to the epidemic we’re seeing in autism, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, infertility, celiac disease, and other intestinal disorders. Glyphosate interferes with biological pathways… continue reading

The decision this week to refuse permission for one of Britain’s first industrial-style farms, housing 25,000 pigs, has been welcomed by campaigners. The unit at Foston, Derbyshire, has been the subject of fierce opposition in a four-year-long fight that saw celebrities – including actor Dominic West and River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – stand up… continue reading

The Environment Agency’s (EA) decision to refuse a permit for a 25,000 intensive pig rearing facility near Foston in Derbyshire marks the end of five years of anxiety and falling property prices for the local community who were almost unanimous in their opposition to the project. It also sent a clear signal around the world… continue reading

Until the 1950s most food was produced by small and mid-size family farms in ways that were both environmentally and socially sustainable as well as transparent and traceable. Increasingly however, food production has become the domain of large corporations that use intensive, industrial models to produce food, utilising opaque and complex chains of production that… continue reading

Farming has always exerted a strong influence on the rural landscape and it’s people, shaping it physically, providing economic stability for countless families, and constituting a way of life. With the arrival of big agribusiness however, many rural communities suffer as small farms cease to be financially viable and rural life is diminished. HOW DID… continue reading