Subject: Rural economies & communities

If we are to continue being able to feed the world’s rapidly growing population sustainably, innovation and expert knowledge will doubtless be needed. Sadly, all too often progress means forgetting the practices and knowledge of past generations. Real progress looks backwards as well as forwards, as can be seen in the growing number of advocates… continue reading

The new Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture is due to be launched tomorrow and, although some praise the intentions of the alliance, many argue that it could just be used to ‘greenwash’ existing agricultural practices and even undermine sustainable farming. The need for action to be taken to control climate change is clear, as is… continue reading

BBC photo We all know our consumption of meat in the West is unsustainable, yet we rarely question why. Conflicting information and often bitter truths have created a culture of denial. The horsemeat scandal forced us to perk up and pay more attention to labelling, yet, most of us don’t know what the labels really… continue reading

In what is expected to be a significant development in the long-running battle between Midland Pig Producers (MPP) and local Foston Community Forum campaigners over a proposed 25,000 unit intensive pig facility in Foston, the Ministry of Justice has written to Derbyshire County Council to oppose granting planning permission. The Ministry cited ‘operational traffic, odour, noise,… continue reading