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Tag Archives: National Farmers’ Union
It’s just not cricket: reactionary forces gather to challenge beavers’ right to stay where they belong.
In a rare piece of good news for the south-west’s environment, the government recently confirmed that beavers would be allowed to stay on the River Otter in Devon. Beavers were hunted to extinction in Britain about 400 years ago. Hunters … Continue reading
Posted in angling, Beavers, Natural England, NFU Tagged Angling Trust, beavers, Cricket Bats, devon, National Farmers' Union, Natural England 7 Comments
Guest blog from Sandra Bell at Friends of the Earth: Govt considering scrapping ban on Neonicotinoids
I’m reblogging this post from Sandra Bell at Friends of the Earth. The NFU are trying to overturn the ban on neonicotinoids, and the regulatory group is considering their proposal today. 7 reasons why the Government must not allow bee-harming … Continue reading
NFU claims badger cull is working; Defra continue to “revise” their bTB figures, downwards.
It’s good to see that Labour have one clear environmental policy – abandoning the Badger Cull. Huw Irranca-Davies confirmed that this was Labour’s position at the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday. According the Cull-supporting Western Morning News, “Mr Irranca-Davies said it … Continue reading
NFU special pleading knows no bounds
NFU President Meurig Raymond’s image is front and centre of the new NFU 2014 manifesto. He appears to have popped up from a hole, perhaps arising from an underground chamber: is this is satirical take on NFU’s relationship with badgers? … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, deregulation, Neonicotinoids, NFU, regulatory reform Tagged deregulation, Intensive Farming, Meurig Raymond, National Farmers' Union, NFU 8 Comments
The BBC revealed yesterday that grasslands had been ploughed up, thanks to the European Commission’s Common Agricultural Policy proposals on “greening” – oh, the irony – to protect grasslands from being ploughed up.The EC had made the fatal mistake of … Continue reading
Defra slams stable door shut long after cattle bTB infections have bolted.
Your favourite politician has been at it again explaining why it is so important to sacrifice, I mean, cull scientifically, badgers. He, or at least one of his minions, has written a piece on Conservative Home, of all places, seeking … Continue reading
NFU Deputy President, representing 50k wealthy farmers on £2Bn/yr welfare benefits, attacks green NGOs as single issue pressure groups
Today’s offering from Farmers Weekly reports Deputy President Minette Batters argue that boosting food production is the key to a thriving rural economy. Same old NFU there. But with 2.1 billion overweight or obese in the world, and the UK … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, badgers, NFU Tagged Agriculture, bovine TB, National Farmers' Union 7 Comments
Dog Wars IV: The NFU piles in
As a non-subscribing reader of the Farmers Weekly website, I only have ten free articles per month, but as we are near the end of May, I decided to splash out today and read this article, which I reproduce … Continue reading
Posted in dog poo, dogs Tagged Agriculture, dog poo, dogs, National Farmers' Union 4 Comments
The Death of Greening
Remember the European Commission’s much vaunted proposals to “green” the Common Agricultural Policy? The idea was that, to show the European public (who pay for the farming subsidies the CAP hands out) that their money really was being spent on … Continue reading