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wild and woolly

Scottish sheep have been savaged recently – both by Jay Rayner who has swallowed the rather one-sided New Zealand  industry-supported Lincoln University study on the lifecycle analysis of NZ versus Brisith lamb, and by George Monbiot who wants to see some trees back on the hills. Help

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Eat less meat, waste less food

Westminster’s International Development Committee published its report today on Global Food Security. www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmintdev/176/176.pdf Good to see them recommending more help for small famers throug extension services (that could work in Scotland too) and a‘focus on sustainable systems such as pasture-fed cattle rather than on grain-fedlivestock. ‘ The

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Blasda 2013

Blasda is Scotland’s local food feast, which takes place right across the country during Scotland’s Food and Drink fortnight (Sat 7 – Sunday 22nd September).It’s an opportunity for communities to take charge of, and celebrate their own food culture. In the last few years hundreds of communities

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feral is wicked, says Monbiot

George Monbiot (Guardian 28 May) wants to see re-wilding in Europe. He’s a bit off the mark about CAP subsidies, which go to the low ground much more than the hills – but his main point is we should stop farming some less productive upland areas and

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land reform in Colombia

Good to see there’s been a breakthrough in Colombian peace talks, where land redistribution has been a key demand of Farc rebels for the last 50 years. Today 52% of the farms are in the hands of just 1% of landowners, giving Colombia one of the most

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Nourish proposes a City Foodshed Network for NPF3

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on the National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) and the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP). The consultation deadline is 23 July 2013. SPP and NPF3, both documents should have the same outcomes and targets with the SPP dealing with the ‘how’ and NPF3

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Calling new farmers

Falkland Estate in Fife is making land available for new farmers.  Parcels of between 5 and 15 acres, on Grade 3.1 land (suitable for vegetable production) will be created on the Estate, which already hosts Pillars of Hercules and the Big Tent. Scotland’s Rural College is offering

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Horticulture Coordinator – Fyne Futures Bute Produce

An opportunity to join a dynamic social enterprise on Isle of Bute.  Fyne Futures has been delivering a range of social and environmental benefits to Bute and beyond since 2005.  Our activities include recycling collection and processing, furniture reuse, community car club, energy efficiency and renewable energy

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