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The repentant environmentalist in his own words

In January this year, here in Britain, author and activist Mark Lynas made a speech to our National Farmers Union (NFU). He caused quite a stir. He said that he wanted ‘to put science back at the centre of the … Continue reading

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Dandelions control and allelopathy

Originally posted on changinglifestyleblog:
Although where ever possible I am not a user of herbicides, dandelions could be considered an exception. Even the smallest fragment of root will regenerate and with the production of hundreds of seeds from each plant the…

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Celebrating carrots (even if they don’t give you night vision)

Originally posted on Sciencelens:
Today, 4 April 2013, is the 10th celebration of International Carrot Day, the day to dress in orange and celebrate the wholesome goodness of these versatile and delicious orange vegetables. I wonder whether Carrot Day being…

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Crop of the month: Carrot

The Moon was full four nights ago so I’m thinking about harvest. You can see other posts in this series by following my ‘harvest’ tag. This month, let’s admire the carrot. The British Carrot Growers Association (BCGA) promotes carrots (Daucus … Continue reading

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Crop of the month: Parsnip

The moon was full last night so I’m thinking about harvest. You can see other posts in this series by following my ‘harvest’ tag. This month, let’s admire the parsnip. When is the parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) in season here in … Continue reading

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The world is short of food… or is it?

As autumn begins, here in Britain food prices are in the news. The National Farmers Union (NFU)’s combinable crops advisor Guy Gagen says that wheat yields in Britain this year have been the lowest since the late 1980s. ‘Combinable crops’ … Continue reading

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