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Hello Ms Truss

Our new UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is Elizabeth Truss. Er… who? She’s been working for improvements to education, very important, yes, but I haven’t seen much to suggest that she knows anything about the … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mr Paterson

Here in Britain, our Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs has been Owen Paterson. Not any more! Today, in a Cabinet reshuffle, Mr Paterson’s been sacked. I wonder who’ll take his place. Whoever that person is, I … Continue reading

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Opening the door on talks about trade

The biggest free trade deal in history is being negotiated now. If finalised, this will be the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States of America. This matters to everybody because we’re all … Continue reading

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Is the GM crops war over? What’s next?

GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered) crops are a fact of life by now. In our interconnected world (remember the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, which might be finalised soon) I think that people who oppose GM crops may have … Continue reading

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Feeding vegetable oils to farmed salmon

Many fish farmers in temperate climates raise Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Salmon are carnivores, fed pellets made from (among other things) wild fish. Wild fish are getting scarcer so a team of scientists, led by Erling-Olaf Koppang at the Norwegian … Continue reading

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Proud of the Fish Fight

The European Union changed its policy last year, to stop good fish being discarded dead from boats. Here’s celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall crowing about the Fish Fight. No more discards in European seas! I’m proud of the Fish Fight too. … Continue reading

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GM oilseeds for Britain?

This year in Britain, we heard there’d be no GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered, biotech) crops. It didn’t last. A new GM crop might soon be field-tested here. Eventually this crop might reduce pressure on overfished seas. A land plant … Continue reading

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Chinese shark fin soup ban

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
This video says about itself: 3 July 2012 China announces plans to ban shark fin soup at official functions, delighting environmentalists. Ramy Inocencio reports. From AFP news agency: China bans shark fin soup…

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New Marine Conservation Zones around England

New Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) will soon be created in English seas to protect coral reefs and other marine life. Yesterday Auntie Beeb told us that there are to be 27 new MCZs. ‘Announcing the 27 new zones, marine environment … Continue reading

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Bycatch: 1 for the price of 10

Originally posted on A Perspective Study:
Bycatch is a real and growing problem. We are catching more fish unintentionally than ever before thanks the to large-scale implementation of bottom trawling, a fishing technique in which ships as big as supertankers…

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