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25Sep 20
Regenerative Farming: Our only hope or the next big con?

Regenerative Farming: The next big con?

Before I get shot down, let me start by saying that I believe the collection of practices being described today as ‘regenerative farming’ have huge potential to put the brakes on—and indeed reverse—many of the negative impacts of industrial agriculture. Regenerative farming practices and principles offer solutions to some of the crazy activities that many farmers have been encouraged—or even forced—to partake in. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the widespread adoption of regenerative farming is…

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03Sep 20
Certified Regenerative by AGW announcement

Regenerative Is For Everyone. New ‘Certified Regenerative by AGW’ label meets producers where they are on a journey of regenerative stewardship.

In a first for the industry, not-for-profit/charity certifier A Greener World UK/Europe has launched a plan-based regenerative certification, Certified Regenerative by A Greener World (AGW). As public interest in sustainability continues to increase and broaden in its scope, the demand for rigorous, meaningful assurances of responsible farming practices has grown. Building on its successful family of leading labels, the new certification will provide a whole-farm assurance of sustainability, measuring benefits for soil, water, air, biodiversity, infrastructure, animal welfare and social…

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18Aug 20

Britain At Breaking Point?

Over the coming weeks and months, American farmers and ranchers will probably hear a lot of apparent anti-U.S. farming reaction from the UK. On behalf of all British farmers, please don’t take it personally. The ‘B’ word In 2016, 51.89% of Britons voted to leave the European Union in what is now known as the Brexit referendum. Objectively, it is fair to say that most British farmers were more than a little ‘misled’ in the pre-election promises and predictions from…

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16Jun 20
Lords seek to allow gene-editing in UK "to produce healthy, hardier crops" blog post

Lords seek to allow gene-editing in UK ‘to produce healthy, hardier crops’ | Genetics | The Guardian

Reports in the Guardian suggest peers are planning to amend the Agriculture Bill at the House of Lords stage next month to allow gene editing of crops, potentially opening the door to the future gene editing of animals, too.   Wayne Copp Executive Director of AGW Europe and UK says: “As someone who has farmed sustainably for over 20 years, I know that many of my customers are seeking high-welfare, sustainable food that is also guaranteed ‘GM free’. And as…

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09Jun 20

What Price British Farming?

The future of thousands of British farming families – and our hard-won environmental and animal welfare standards – is up for sale to the highest bidder. And the going price? A successful free-trade deal with the Trump administration. The Agriculture Bill currently being rushed with indecent haste through Parliament before the summer recess does not set any animal welfare or environment rules into law on imports to UK after Brexit. With the recent failure of MPs to support a key…

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