Category Archives: agrochemicals

A Monday morning Round-up

Round- up.  It’s a clever name, isn’t it. Combine two alternative, but complimentary, meanings – first, the “rounding-up” of weeds, like cattle. Just round-’em up and dispose of them. So simple. A second more subtle meaning might also seep into … Continue reading

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The Nitrogen Dilemma

Are humans, and everything we do, part of nature? Or have we evolved to the point where what we do is no longer considered “natural”? This might seem like a philosophical question, but the answer to it has a great … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the #Glyphosate Saga

    So many words have been written about the herbicide Glyphosate (commonly known as Round-up), it seems almost pointless adding any more. But anyway…     Last week the European Commission postponed a decision on whether to renew a … Continue reading

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clean ponds and encouraging bees: Bayer influences public debate on future of farm subsidies

A public survey, paid for by mega Agrichemical industry business Bayer, has found that three quarters of the public supports farmers continuing to receive subsidies. So far the survey has received little publicity, just a couple of articles in the … Continue reading

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Farmland nature is in intensive care

A week has past and I’m still at home. I finished my latest course of antibiotics yesterday (yay) and am drug-free for the first time in 3 weeks, for which I am very thankful. Now I need to start work … Continue reading

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Is exporting death good for the economy?

  We are told, repeatedly, that one of the main reasons why the UK should stay in the European Union, is because we have access to the single market. And this argument is being used in particular for agriculture. But … Continue reading

Posted in agrochemicals, deregulation, EU referendum, European Commission, European environment policy, Neonicotinoids | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments