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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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European pesticide rules might threaten American exports

CropLife America ‘represents the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States.’ It’s a good source of information on many topics, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) now … Continue reading

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Agricultural biodiversity and climate change

Smallholders around the world favour diversity as they face changing, unpredictable climates. Bioversity International tells us how smallholders use biodiversity to adapt. ‘Given the prevalence and effectiveness of planting new crops and varieties as a coping mechanism, ensuring access to … Continue reading

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Tree of the month: Hazel

Today the moon is new so, according to this version of the Ogham calendar, we’ve just entered the Month of the Hazel or the Month of the Crabapple. I say ‘this version’ because people don’t always agree about the Ogham … Continue reading

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Conkers

Here in Britain the horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a glory of many of our landscapes. The horse chestnut or, as many people including me prefer to call it, the conker tree. It’s not a native species here but it’s … Continue reading

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