Food, Farming and Rural Affairs Conferences

Upcoming Conferences of interestI have penned below a few conferences that may be of interest to those of you in the UK interested in food, farming and rural issues:9th September 2014 – LGA/RSN Annual Rural Conference 2014: Sustainability out of AusterityCrown Plaza Chester Hotel, Chesterhttp://www.local.gov.uk/events/-/journal_content/56/10180/6152025/EVENTThe conference will showcase the rural perspective on some of the … Continue reading Food, Farming and Rural Affairs Conferences

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#Farming Friday 22: Want To Be A Farmer?

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Are you planning your life ahead and thinking you might want to try farming?  Is this going to be a viable and fulfilling option, you wonder? The answer, it seems , can vary widely. In the US, a recent article with the somewhat dismal title “Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to be Farmers”has been gaining  a lot of attention. The discussion throws up concerns over scale of farming, credit etc. In contrast, young farmers in Kenyaare presented with farming as a great opportunity to contribute to their country’s development, earn a good living and even, be “cool”! What is your opinion?

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Is supporting fracking a bad idea for the Conservatives?

David Cameron has made it no secret that he is heavily supportive of shale gas extraction as a future industry in the UK. He claims that it is vital to create jobs, boost the economy, bring down energy prices and stabilise supplies of gas and oil. All of these things may or may not be … Continue reading Is supporting fracking a bad idea for the Conservatives?

Central Park and Species Identification

Taxonomy of species and identification is not, I must confess, one of my strong points although I would love to be a lot better than I am at the moment. This short clip is an inspiration to all those like me who would like to improve their species indentification skills. It takes a lot of … Continue reading Central Park and Species Identification