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UK | Coronavirus: Rationing Based on Health, Equity and Decency now Needed

Food security is no laughing matter at the best of times, but TIm Lang gasped when he first read the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) annual food civil contingencies infrastructure report in 2018. It is barely a page long (in public at least) and assures us everything is OK and that the food system is resilient and able to withstand shocks. As the coronvirus racks the nation and panic buying continues, this complacency is about to be tested. […]

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Coping with Covid19 – Commoning as a Pandemic Survival Strategy

The pandemic now sweeping the planet is one of those historic events that will change many basic premises of modern life. Let us act swiftly to deal with the emergencies, but let us also seize the opportunity to think about long-term system change. If there is one thing that the pandemic confirms (in tandem with climate change), it is that our modern economic and political systems must change in some profound ways. […]

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Tweets of the Week – 12/2020

Our weekly Twitter round up of great content from our kindred network: a Friday treat for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy what we’ve found for you on twitter. Excellent @BBCFoodProg show on yes you guessed it – #COVID19 China, Italy and the UK.@DanSaladinoUK well done.@ProfTimLang and lots of good peeps on here.https://t.co/idM6r4tbyo — oliver moore (@oliver_moore) March 15, 2020 EMERGENCY: Coronavirus requires urgent action on food @UKsustain @FareShareUK @CPAGUK @IFAN_UK @TrussellTrust @ProfTimLang https://t.co/2ebTXL4POS — Vicki Hird 🐜🦗🐝 (@vickihird) March 15, 2020 "Disease, it turns out, is largely an environmental issue. Sixty percent of emerging infectious diseases that affect humans are zoonotic — they originate in animals. And more than two-thirds of those originate in wildlife."#waronnature #COVID19 https://t.co/hboqATLLVB — Irish Wildlife Trust (@Irishwildlife) March 15, 2020 “We cut the trees; we kill the animals or cage them and send them to markets. We disrupt ecosystems, and we shake viruses loose from their natural hosts. When that happens, they need a new host. Often, we are it.” Read this article. https://t.co/VFJJLRFvgU — Oonagh Duggan (@NatureNymph) March 18, […]

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Tweets of the Week – 11/2020

Our weekly Twitter round up of great content from our kindred network: a Friday treat for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy what we’ve found for you on twitter. Industry lobby wants to weaken the EU water law, writes @Florence_Schu for @EURACTIVBerlin. As govs. get set to discuss the #WFD evaluation this pm, we urge them to stay 💪in the face of industry pressure.English👉https://t.co/etHvw1xyMS@WWF_Deutschland @bund_net @NABU_Biodiv — WWF EU (@WWFEU) March 5, 2020 This is fascinating by Marina O'Connell of The Apricot Centre in Devon – a summary of her Masters thesis where she looked at the link between different farming systems and mental health. Read on #WickedLeeks https://t.co/WIttjifI0o — Nina Pullman (@nina_pullman) March 5, 2020 This is a truly amazing chart – a snapshot of what we have and what our plants need Worth a minute or two of anyone’s time to digest it – from @DrTrevorDines pic.twitter.com/O4Wt46ydkT — James Rebanks (@herdyshepherd1) March 4, 2020 The original chart (and explanation of it) is published in our @Love_plants rewilding position statement here https://t.co/pdx5CkT8aN — Trevor the […]

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Reviewing Ecological Focus Areas: A Cross Pollination of Ideas

Insect pollinators continue to decline across Europe despite the Common Agricultural Policy’s increased focus on environmental protection. In response, a group of experts are calling for the improved quality of wildlife habitats through more targeted management and a robust monitoring framework, and a diversity of habitats to meet the resource requirements of our pollinating insects. […]

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Tweets of the Week – 10/2020

Very useful study looking at the benefits and costs of a range of poultry welfare measures. https://t.co/XEMzwB8Mg4 — Derrick Wilkinson (@DGWilkinson) February 28, 2020 LEAK: EU’s Farm to Fork strategy will be based on five key targets https://t.co/yPcNUu8Ele — EURACTIV Agri & Food (@eaAgriFood) March 2, 2020 "Dark chocolate, whole-fat dairy, and unprocessed meat, have a relatively high saturated-fat content but show no association with increased cardiovascular risk". Group of nutrition scientists argue current limits on saturated fat no longer justified https://t.co/MHJQRwi3NQ — Alan Matthews (@xAlan_Matthews) March 2, 2020 While Germany is being sued by the EU Commission for excessive nitrate levels in groundwater, a new study has linked agriculture with groundwater pollution. Berlin is working on tightening its fertilisation regulations.@EURACTIVBerlin reports.https://t.co/42M5swBScG — EURACTIV Agri & Food (@eaAgriFood) February 28, 2020 Undiplomatic, alarming attack by US Amb to @FAO on FAO's approved Scaling Up Agroecology Program: "an explicit rejection of the very idea of progress – extolling 'peasant' farming & promoting 'the right to subsistence' agriculture." Speech available here:https://t.co/rwaCYdrIGL pic.twitter.com/RvRZ5TvHf8 — Timothy A. Wise (@TimothyAWise) […]

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Tweets of the Week – 09/2020

Our weekly Twitter round up of great content from our kindred network: a Friday treat for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy what we’ve found for you on twitter. Some common misconceptions about grazing, GHGs, and soil C I’ve heard that negate the actual science (a thread): 1. “Properly managed cattle on grasslands sequester enough C to offset all their GHGs”A: sometimes, but that’s certainly not unilaterally true. — Paige Stanley (@paigestanley_ag) February 20, 2020 La @ConfPaysanne, des syndicats et associations, dont Attac, demandent un plan de transition sociale et écologique de notre #agriculture : – arrêt des aides publiques à l'agriculture industrielle– soutien à l'agriculture paysanne et biologique#SIA2020https://t.co/o9kJJArS00 — Attac France (@attac_fr) February 23, 2020 EFA uptake dominated by N-fixing crops and catch crops, and under standard, and even pollinator-friendly, management, they don't provide many resources for pollinators. https://t.co/JoOj03BeTR pic.twitter.com/b1dyUrGcMg — Jane Stout (@JaneCStout) February 21, 2020 1) This finding in the new @IPCC_CH flew under the radar: there's a little known tradeoff about "extensive" vs "intensive" pasture-based livestock production. Intensifying grazing systems is often reported […]

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Tweets of the Week – 08/2020

Our weekly Twitter round up of great content from our kindred network: a Friday treat for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy what we’ve found for you on twitter. Best pay for ecosystem restoration separately (as already through CAP). Misleading & undermines climate action/accounting to treat highly uncertain, unreliable land C *flows* as equiv to land C stocks, let alone price them same as unextracted fossil C. Reward low N wld be better. — Paul Price (@swimsure) February 17, 2020 The EU aims to create common data spaces to increase the quality of services when it comes to agriculture & healthcare, according to a Commission data strategy draft seen by EURACTIV.https://t.co/OAHc6AoN6b — EURACTIV Agri & Food (@eaAgriFood) February 17, 2020 L'industrie des #pesticides, aidée de pays comme les USA et le Canada, fait un #lobbying forcené pour que L'UE autorise l'importation sur son territoire de produits contenants des résidus de pesticides qui y sont interdits. @lemondefr sur notre rapport 1/ https://t.co/DQPpn8foTR — Martin Pigeon (@mpceo) February 17, 2020 Great piece by @keith_JCFJ highlighting the risks to […]

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Awkward Alignment – How will Green Deal Momentum and the CAP Process Work Together?

There are a number of policy imperatives coming together, all of which related in some way to farming, food and rural Europe. While CAP clanks on, the EU Green Deal and its Farm2Fork component have more ambition and perhaps momentum. But how will these policy proposals work out their differences, with pressure from some many angles bearing down on them? Oliver Moore sketches out the terrain. […]

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Tweets of the Week – 07/2020

#FarmToFork strategy: #EPlenary to quiz @jwojc on 13/02 at 9am on ways to make EU farming more sustainable while ensuring that farmers can continue to deliver high-quality products, remain competitive & receive fair support. More info & webstreaming links: https://t.co/7NHgbJfrfm — AGRI Committee Press (@EP_Agriculture) February 12, 2020 German #organic market grew by 10% in 2019 to nearly 6% of total retail sales, according to Diana Schaack of AMI @BioFachVivaness pic.twitter.com/l8fhGTTJs2 — Nic Lampkin (@LampkinNic) February 12, 2020 Fact-check : Are Germany’s nitrate levels false? https://t.co/QRMfX90L0v — EURACTIV Agri & Food (@eaAgriFood) February 13, 2020 Using the CAP to support the European Green Deal requires generous budget for ecoschemes, linking interventions to national impact targets, and facilitating restructuring of wider food system according to @IDDRI_ThinkTank https://t.co/om8a6tV6j3 — Alan Matthews (@xAlan_Matthews) February 13, 2020 We welcome the fact that the EU’s agriculture commissioner @jwojc wants to crack down on intensive animal farming! The EU ought to minimise suffering and protect farm animals, said our @Olga_CIWF. Read the article by @gerardofortuna & @NatashaFoote🔽 https://t.co/lmqYPqI4MW — Compassion in […]