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WORRYING ABOUT BIOFUELS

The impact of biofuels on food supplies present and future is one of the latest worries of the environmental lobby. Once favoured a s a means of reducing finite fossil fuel dependency, it is now seen as snatching basic foods from the mouths of the poor to feed the fuel tanks of the affluent. The… » read more

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The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has clearly had second thoughts on livestock production’s contribution to environmental degradation and climate change. In its report ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow’ published four years ago it uncompromisingly blamed the world’s beef, dairy, pig, poultry and sheep producers for making a major and too often unnecessary contribution to AGHG emissions… » read more

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The long running dialogue on the ‘best’ model of trade in food and agricultural products to ensure food security inside and outside the European Union has been further enlivened by recent publication of a UK Government analysis of the issue. This clearly and unsurprisingly , emphases that only free trade will ensure both domestic and… » read more

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Anyone hoping that the trade ministers meeting in the margins of the Davos World Economic Forum would lead to an early regeneration of the Doha Round of trade talks is likely to be disappointed. While ministers of twenty three of the World Trade Organisation’s member countries did commit themselves to resuming the talks and to… » read more

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The rash of recent reports highlighting the issues of European farming and the environment, European farming and climate change and the pressure of population and urban growth on farmed land all concentrate attention on the basic dilemma of European agriculture policy development. The challenge can be reduced to one question: how to get more for… » read more

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Moves from various pressure groups and vegetarian celebs to promote reduced meat consumption as one means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions raises a number of important questions. Many sceptics would put such action in the category of futile gestures. Scientific evidence would suggest that a universal ‘meatless Monday’ would make only a minimal difference to… » read more

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Recent turbulence in world food markets, the threat of climate change and concern about the vulnerability of too many poorer countries to food shortage has produced a plethora of ideas to increase national, EU and world food security. Needless to say, there are fundamental differences, particularly in the EU, on how such improvement should be… » read more

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