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Reflections on the 10th Oxford Real Farming Conference

Oxford Real Farming Conference 2019

What an outstanding achievement!  From 80 people meeting up ten years ago to say ‘there is another way to do farming’ to a 1000 strong conference with 100 workshops and 250 speakers, including not just Michael Gove but this year the legendary Eliot Coleman. Colin Tudge and […]

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We can move forward now: time for Scotland to act on climate change

Cows and calves at Whitmuir Organic farm. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

Last weekend, the yearly climate change talks came to an end in Poland. Amid Brexit headlines, you may have missed the news: the world’s leaders agreed a new ‘rulebook’ for how countries will deliver on the promises made in the Paris Agreement in 2015. While this is […]

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Guest blog: Beekeeping for beginners for a pollinator-friendly Scotland


Guest blog by Alice Halls, freelance writer and beekeeper. Why bees are so important for our food system The Scottish government recently launched the Pollinator Strategy for Scotland (2017-2027), outlining measures to make the country a friendlier place for declining bee populations. Bees are essential for pollinating roughly one third of the […]

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Nine meals from poverty

It’s an indication of the increasingly surreal Brexit debate that laughably stupid UK government proposals for ‘no deal’ are being reported with a straight face rather than the derisory contempt they deserve.  Here’s the British Retail Consortium on food supplies last week: Stockpiling of food is not […]

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Threat to food and farming powers

Nourish Scotland Press Release Friday 9 March, 15:00 Reacting to UK Government proposals to centralise devolved powers on food and farming, [1] Pete Richie, Executive Director at Nourish Scotland said: “At a time when the Scottish Government has announced its intention to make Scotland a Good Food […]

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Agriculture will be Highest Emitting Sector, according to Climate Change Plan

The Scottish Government published their Climate Change Plan yesterday; it outlines a collaborative approach for reaching our global commitments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, there is a disturbing complacency when it comes to agriculture. By 2032, agriculture will account for 29% of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, […]

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A Good Food Nation: For all life on earth

Nourish Scotland are crowdfunding right now – seeking support and resources for our Good Food Nation campaign. This is our fourth blog in a series counting down to the closing date of the crowdfunder this Sunday (10th of December). The campaign is about all of us getting a say in deciding the […]

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Game of Drones with Dave Goulson

In a packed room in Edinburgh on Wednesday morning the 1st of November, Nourish hosted a talk by highly-esteemed biologist Dave Goulson, University of Sussex. Dave gave an overview of the current impact of pesticides on the insect world and on bees in particular, and discussed what […]

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Extinction ’17: What will halt mass extinction?

Last week, academics, NGOs, farmers and other humans converged on London’s prestigious Queen Elizabeth II conference centre. The attraction: an exploration of the disappearance of the natural world – and the creatures great and small that inhabit it. The extinction of species and loss of biodiversity is […]

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Climate Change Bill – Blog 3: Agroforestry in Scotland

With the Scottish Government’s consultation on the new Climate Change Bill closing on the 22nd of September, Nourish is publishing a series of blogs about each of our four key asks for the Bill. Third up: A strong target and more support for agroforestry in Scotland!   […]

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