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Farming and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is the major story of 2020 and the crisis is not going away any time soon. Despite some countries are starting to ease lock-downs and restart their economies there is real uncertainty over the timing of a return to normal life if at all, and the risk[…]

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Can Insect Farming Solve Europe’s Protein Feed Problem?

Insects are vital for farming as pollinators of crops and as predators of pests but livestock farmers are now looking more and more at insects as a source of feed. There is however, a growing interest and research on farming insects to provide a source of protein for both animals[…]

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Antibiotics back the news

A recent report from the OECD suggests that super-bug infections will kill around 2.4 million people across Europe, North America and Australia by 2050 unless more is done to limit drug-resistant super bugs. Health officials in England launched a campaign to try to prevent people from asking for the drugs when[…]

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US Presidential Election

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th US President sent shock-waves through financial markets – the Mexican peso, along with stocks in Asia and emerging markets were initially hit hard, however have recovered to some extent as the real consequences of his victory are assessed. An outsider to the[…]

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Brexit Reactions and Fallout

In a shock referendum result the UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union, leading to a period of increased political and economic uncertainty. The aftermath of the vote which saw the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, has also exposed renewed tensions within the UK, with[…]

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Brexit and Farming

The UK will hold a referendum on its membership of the EU on the 23rd June. If the UK votes to leave the EU and ‘Brexit’ occurs, the implications for UK agriculture and its supply industries will be profound. Since joining the ‘Common Market’ a significant two-way trading relationship has[…]

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TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Deal Signed

On Tuesday 6th October in Atlanta representatives of 12 countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a free trade deal which seeks to cut tariffs and introduce common standards across the Pacific region. The deal covers key developed countries including the US,  Japan, Canada, Australia as well as emerging nations[…]

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New Zealand vets aim to phase out antibiotic use in livestock

The threat of antibiotic resistance to human and veterinary medicine from the excessive use of antibiotics in livestock is moving up the agenda. In March McDonald’s unveiled their Global Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals.  Key goals for this vision include aiming to eliminate the use of medically important antimicrobial (defined[…]

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GM Wheat Trial Results

The results of controversial field scale GM wheat trials in the UK have been published this week. The experiment conducted in 2012 and 2013 aimed to show that wheat with a genetic modification to produce aphid disrupting pheromone EßF could play an important role in aphid control. EßF is an[…]

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