The Scots have a word for weather that is dull and damp: dreich. I adopted it into my vocabulary upon first staying in Scotland for a lengthy period of time a few years ago. It’s a lyrical onomatopoeic truth that really hits home in the British Isles. After all, we have a lot of rain … Continue reading Reflecting on Rain
Today Theresa May will be the first leader to meet Donald Trump since his inauguration as President last week. It is perhaps inevitable that the subject of energy policy will be discussed and, with this, global climate change policy. Mrs May has a duty not only on behalf of British people but on behalf of … Continue reading Mrs May – Please Stand up to Trump on Climate Change
For this episode of Meet the Farmers I travelled to the Oxford Real Farming Conference, which took place from 4th-5th January, and I spoke to farmers and others about the future of food and farming in the UK. It was the second time I had attended this inspiring event and it was good to be able to … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 4. The Oxford Real Farming Conference 2017
On average, Google processes over 6.5 billion searches per day and over 67% of our overall searches go through their system. Their closest competitor, Bing processes just over 870 million searches per day. Whenever we click on an ad through these searches we send advertising cash to the company. If only there was a company … Continue reading Switch your search engine: an easy way to save the planet?
Farmers depend upon nature for a range of free services – from pollination to pest control – but, unbeknown to them, could the seeds they are using be harming the very creatures that they need most? A new report from Friends of the Earth - Farming Wheat without Neonicotinoids - makes the case for neonicotinoid … Continue reading ‘Wheat farming – neonic seeds are bad news for the birds and the bees’ – Guest Post by Sandra Bell
As January moves steadily towards February it can seem increasingly difficult to remain steadfast with those New Years Resolutions. Keep going! For 2017, rather than setting a general goal, I decided to write a list of things to do or achieve. One of these involves cutting the amount of waste I generate on a weekly basis (credit … Continue reading My plastic wrapped fruit and veg boycott
Earls Hall Farm is an arable farm near Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. It is farmed by the Lord and Hunt families and in this episode of Meet the Farmers I spoke to David Lord. David is an advocate of no-till (non inversion tillage) and so I specifically wanted to talk to him about the way he manages … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 3. David Lord & Earls Hall Farm