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Neonic makers might pay for research about neonics on the land

Here in Europe, three insect-killing neonicotinoids are under a temporary ban. During the ban our UK Government is welcoming new research. It’s now become known that pesticide manufacturers might fund some of this research. Vested interests! Last year my fellow … Continue reading

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What the British government is doing about bovine tuberculosis

Did you think I’d stopped thinking about bovine tuberculosis (bTB)? I haven’t and nor has our Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Here are two announcements from DEFRA today. First announcement: There’s to be ‘zero tolerance’ of missed … Continue reading

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Licensed to kill? Not a single badger has been shot two months into cull

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease which develops slowly, spreading from the lungs to other organs. In cattle (Bos primigenius) it’s called bovine tuberculosis (bTB), caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. Joanne Pugh at the Farmers Guardian explains how bTB works. … Continue reading

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David Heath wants neonics back

Here in Britain, our Minister of State for Agriculture and Food is David Heath. He’s not very impressed by the way three ‘bee killing’ neonicotinoids have been banned in the European Union (EU). Wildlife Extra tells us that Mr Heath … Continue reading

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The Forests Report response – All in this together?

Originally posted on Woodland Matters:
Horsemeat, papal resignations, 10p tax rate. The Government’s new Forestry Policy Statement, even – or is that especially? – in the world of Defra politics, feels more than a fortnight ago already.  A couple of…

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New rules about tuberculosis in cattle

Here in Britain we want rid of bovine tuberculosis (bTB). Here’s a list of notifiable diseases affecting livestock in Britain. On our way to that goal, we want to reduce bTB’s spread. Therefore we have new rules about testing cattle … Continue reading

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Hello Mr Heath and Lord de Mauley

Owen Paterson’s team at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) includes David Heath as Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, and Lord de Mauley as Resource Management Minister. For all three of these people, I’m watching … Continue reading

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