Author Archives: Peter

The Field of Wheat – a social art project

www.fieldofwheat.co.uk Last year two artists, Ruth and Anne Marie, approached me with a request to host an art project to grow a field of wheat. I really didn’t know what I was getting into – initially I had visions of … Continue reading

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Presentation to the APPG on Agroecology: ‘a countryside fit for pollinators’

                                        I’m not qualified to apportion blame for the decline in bee populations and I’m certainly not here as an apologist for the farming industry but the reality … Continue reading

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Why we do not need GM omega 3 plants

In a blaze of publicity Rothamstead (24/1/14) has announced an application to grow an open air crop of Camelina Sativa engineered with synthetic omega 3 genes that trigger the production of the fish oil in the seeds of the harvested … Continue reading

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Is there a future without neonicotinoids?

  Of course there is. Debunking some of the myths The agrochemical industry and farming leaders have been quoted as saying that the ban on neonicotinoids will cost UK wheat growers up to £450m “the loss of this technology could … Continue reading

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Why Owen Paterson is wrong to back GM crops

It was back in 1999 that GM crops burst onto the farming scene — and into the public conscience —- with herbicide tolerant plants and insecticide producing plants and the promise of much more to come in the near future. For … Continue reading

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GM wheat in the UK? No thanks!

In the next few weeks a GM wheat trial will be sown in Hertfordshire by Rothamsted Research – the first such UK GM trial in over a decade – against a background of market rejection of GM wheat which has … Continue reading

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Debate: “Farmers should have the choice to grow and consumers the choice to eat GM foods”

Presentation at the John Innes Centre to the motion “Farmers should have the choice to grow and consumers the choice to eat GM foods” It’s been a number of years since I debated the issue of choice. The last time … Continue reading

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Weighing up the economics of dairy farms – Deborah Meaden says “I’m out!”

Today (Friday 9th Sept), after nearly 10 months working on the briefing along with farmers, dairy consultants and WSPA staff, the report “weighing up the economics of dairy farms” has been published with a foreword from Deborah Meaden of Dragon’s … Continue reading

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Economic Review of a Superdairy

Dec 2010 This economic review of the superdairy concept is an attempt to put some economic information into the public arena in the hope that everyone with an interest in the future of the dairy sector and the British countryside … Continue reading

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The power in the milk chain

The power in the milk chain The graph below taken from the DairyCo report Dairy Supply Chain margins 2009/10 http://www.dairyco.net/library/market-information/dairy-supply-chain-reports/dairy-supply-chain-margins-200910.aspx demonstrates not only the fundamental problems in the milk chain affecting  farm profitability but also delivering environmental and social benefits … Continue reading

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