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glyphosate: understanding the controversy | farming futures

The debate over glyphosate has not been a scientific discussion but an activists’ war against ‘Big Agri’. Glyphosate is scientifically proven to be safe and should be re-authorised.Acting within the remit of its mandate, the European Commission decided on 29 June 2016 to extend the marketing authorisation of glyphosate, the active substance of the world’s most commonly-used herbicide, until the end of 2017 at the latest. It noted, quite unusually, that “member states were not prepared to take responsibility for a decision”. Indeed, four attempts – two of which constituted a formal vote – to garner a qualified majority between March and June 2016 had been unsuccessful, despite an overwhelming majority of 20 Member States in favour of renewal.The required majority by population could not be

l’agence européenne des produits chimiques blanchit le glyphosate

L’Agence européenne des produits chimiques a annoncé, mercredi, qu’elle ne classait pas le glyphosate parmi les agents cancérogènes.Le Monde
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15.03.2017 à 13h01L’agence d’expertise prend ainsi le contre-pied de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé et ouvre la voie à une réautorisation du produit en Europe.

l’agence européenne des produits chimiques interpellée sur le dossier glyphosate

Plusieurs ONG dénoncent des conflits d’intérêts dans le groupe d’experts chargés d’évaluer la cancérogénicité du célèbre herbicide.Le Monde
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Par Stéphane FoucartQuarante-huit heures avant l’adoption d’un rapport crucial pour l’avenir du glyphosate, les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) ne relâchent pas la pression. Elles ont adressé au directeur général de l’Agence européenne des produits chimiques (ECHA), lundi 6 mars, une lettre protestant contre des conflits d’intérêts qui, selon elles, minent l’impartialité de son expertise. Les enjeux sont considérables : l’agence basée à Helsinki (Finlande) doit rendre, à compter du 8 mars, une évaluation de la cancérogénicité du glyphosate qui pèsera lourd dans la décision de le

l’agence européenne des produits chimiques interpellée sur le dossier glyphosate

Plusieurs ONG dénoncent des conflits d’intérêts au sein du groupe d’experts chargés d’évaluer la cancérogénicité du célèbre herbicide.Le Monde
| 07.03.2017 à 01h01
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07.03.2017 à 09h50
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Par Stéphane FoucartA la veille de l’adoption d’un rapport crucial pour l’avenir du glyphosate, les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) ne relâchent pas la pression. Lundi 6 mars, elles ont adressé au directeur général de l’Agence européenne des produits chimiques (ECHA) une lettre protestant contre des conflits d’intérêts qui, selon elles, minent l’impartialité de l’expertise de l’organisme. Les enjeux sont considérables : l’agence basée à Helsinki, en Finlande, doit rendre à compter du mercredi 8 mars une évaluation de la cancérogénicité du glyphosate qui pèsera lourd dans la dé

planning to better balance farming and wildlife

Farmers across the country need to prepare for a future in which a better balance between farming and wildlife is an increasingly important element of UK agricultural policy, urges farmed wildlife authority, Marek Nowakowski.  And they should do so in a well-planned way over the next few seasons to put themselves in the best possible position after Brexit.“The shape of the UK’s post-CAP agricultural support regime remains a matter for considerable debate and lobbying from all sides,” he stressed at the 2017 series of environmental training days run for growers across the country by Agrii with the support of Natural England and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).“However, the direction of travel towards greater environmental improvements  alongside food production is crystal clear. Un

should rural policy beyond brexit look beyond farming?

I grew up on a farm, in a farming family, and my brothers still farm.  My own academic career has included extensive research on farming households, and particularly women’s work on farms.  I know how fundamental farming is for the countryside, for our landscapes, our food production and our rural economy.  And I also know that farming is not an industry that operates in isolation.   Agriculture may be the weft of a rural community but it is woven through with many other industries and businesses, from the micro to the multinational level. As the UK prepares to exit the European community, we have a unique opportunity to take a completely fresh look at a wide range of issues, including how we think about the rural economy.  For the past 40 years the Common Agricultural Policy has structure

more funding needed for vital civil society food and farming sector

The Food Ethics Council has published the ‘Food issues census 2017’, which provides a frank assessment of the activities and capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) working on food and farming in the UK.It follows on from the original food issues census in 2011, the first ever effort to develop a picture of the voluntary sector on food, farming and fishing in the UK.  Taking the ‘temperature’ of food and farming related civil society organisations in 2016* is a timely opportunity to assess how the landscape has changed.Our latest survey indicates that the challenges faced by the food system are getting worse. And despite the best efforts of CSOs, the sector’s response is not commensurate with the scale and urgency of the challenges.The census reveals the dependence of the sector on

remembering the wild west era of videogame gold farming

The trade in virtual goods isn't what it used to be. The post Remembering the Wild West Era of Videogame Gold Farming appeared first on WIRED.

iron ore posts fourth monthly gain in five

Chinese steel and iron ore futures fell nearly 3 per cent after sharp gains in the prior session amid reports that the country's top economic planner was investigating the recent surge in futures markets.China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) this month questioned futures brokers on whether speculation has distorted commodity futures prices amid concerns that the recent rally will drive inflation higher, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
Stockpiles of imported iron ore at 46 major Chinese ports reached 129.35 million tonnes last week, the highest since 2004 when SteelHome consultancy began tracking the data. Photo: Brendon ThorneThe NDRC is tasked with overseeing the Chinese economy, regulating prices and approving major infrastr

iron ore posts fourth monthly gain in five

Chinese steel and iron ore futures fell nearly 3 per cent after sharp gains in the prior session amid reports that the country's top economic planner was investigating the recent surge in futures markets.China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) this month questioned futures brokers on whether speculation has distorted commodity futures prices amid concerns that the recent rally will drive inflation higher, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
Stockpiles of imported iron ore at 46 major Chinese ports reached 129.35 million tonnes last week, the highest since 2004 when SteelHome consultancy began tracking the data. Photo: Brendon ThorneThe NDRC is tasked with overseeing the Chinese economy, regulating prices and approving major infrastr

policies for better livestock farming

Future policies towards livestock farming and trade in the UK and EU should support a shift to healthy sustainable diets and develop more coherent approaches to environmental objectives such as climate change, protecting nature and high animal welfare. (Sue Dibb, Eating Better website)These are the findings of a research report commissioned by Eating Better from the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) to examine how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and trade policies influence the consumption and production of meat & dairy foods; and what policy changes to CAP and future agricultural policies could shift livestock production and consumption onto a more sustainable, ethical and healthful pathway.Towards an integrated approach to livestock farming, sustainable diets and th

pigs and chocolate:using maths to solve problems in farming

Improving cocoa yields for the chocolate industry, estimating the quality of meat in pigs and refining the design of a hydroponics system, were three farming challenges tackled by academics at a recent workshop hosted by the University of Bath’s Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI) and the Knowledge Transfer Network.The Agri-Food Study Group brought together over 40 mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists to work on challenges presented by representatives from the Agri-Food sector over the course of three days.The Study Group, which ran from 16-18 January 2017, was organised by the IMI and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), and sponsored by Innovate UK. Climate variability and cocoa yieldsConfectionary company Mondelez International, famous for brands such as Cadbury an

wondering if the bayerface awards are for you?

Running for the eighth time, the Bayer/FACE Awards celebrates the best of British agricultural education, recognising those who have made a significant and noteworthy impact on helping people understand the importance of farming and the countryside environmentWonder no longer! Running for the eighth time, the Bayer/FACE Awards celebrates the best of British agricultural education, recognising those who have made a significant and noteworthy impact on helping people understand the importance of farming and the countryside environment.The Awards culminates in a scrumptious ceremonial lunch in London where the winners of the five award categories – Access Award, Biodiversity Award, Future of Farming Champion Award, Farm School Partnership Award, and Inspiring Educator Award – will be announce

condition score your horse | farming futures

Condition scoring your horse is an objective assessment of his current body condition, essentially scoring fat cover.The level of fat cover is assessed using a numeric grading system.There are a number of factors that can affect the condition score of a horse. Primarily condition is related to feed intake, but also other factors such as fitness, age, pregnancy and general health will be influential.Many horse owners find it difficult to differentiate between fat and muscle. Condition scoring needs to be hands-on in order to feel the relevant areas of the horse.The areas where horses store fat are:Neck – including their toplineOver their shouldersRibsBackboneRump (pelvis area)Top of the tailA top tip is to divide your horse into three sections, condition score each area and then divide your

farmers club charitable trust focuses on developing farming's future leaders

Through the Farmers Club Charitable Trust, with generous support from two major sponsors, 17 agriculturalists have participated in courses offered by the Windsor Leadership Trust over the past five years.The WLT aims to provide inspirational programmes for leaders from all sectors of society, who have, or will have, the potential to shape the future of their own organisations, and society as a whole.The Farmers Club Charitable Trust has helped expose leaders and emerging leaders from the farming sector to other leaders in society, including people from the clergy, military, health care, charities and commerce.Club eventThe 17 WLT farming graduates, with support from the Farmers Club Charitable Trust, are hosting an event open to agriculturalists interested in learning more about the WLT pr

china steel futures slip, spot iron ore drops

Chinese steel futures slipped for a second day as investors locked in recent gains, though the outlook for the commodity remained firm as declining traders' stockpiles pointed to a pick-up in demand.Inventory of rebar among Chinese traders had fallen in the past two weeks, after hitting a nearly three-year high of 8.3977 million tonnes in mid-February, according to SteelHome consultancy. It stood at 7.8362 million tonnes as of March 3.

Amid strong domestic demand, China's steel exports fell to a three-year low of 5.75 million tonnes in February, customs data showed. Photo: Morris MacMatzen"We think end-user demand is picking up at the moment because of improving construction activity," said CRU consultant Richard Lu in Beijing.Lu said the drop in futures prices reflected profit-takin

researchers: anecdotes and data | farming futures

A couple of days ago, a DEFRA policy official told me that the uncertainty over EU exit was creating a fertile environment for evaluation, as champions try to ensure their favoured policies have a place in the forthcoming landscape, post Brexit. This struck me as interesting, and I made a note of it. While some may call this anecdote, for a qualitative researcher this is data: incomplete, uncorroborated, yes, but data nonetheless.  It might in a future analysis about evaluation uptake prove to be gold dust, an insight that unlocks others, a necessary factor in assessing evaluation effectiveness. Who knows?The point I’m trying to make here is the fact that one person’s data is another’s anecdote cuts to the heart of a ‘problem’ of qualitative methodologies in evaluation research.  Compared

keeping quail | farming futures

Andrew Homer finds quail both productive and fascinating. Here he covers some basic essentials for anyone interested in keeping quail.Have you ever dreamt of keeping chickens for eggs but just don’t have the room, or wanted to keep something a little different from a rabbit, guinea pig or hamster? Well, quail are a great alternative if you are limited by space. They are small game birds and a great choice for back-garden keepers or city living, where larger poultry such as chickens, ducks or geese are simply not practical.A Coturnix quail (the common quail but also known as Japanese quail) stands approximately 12cm (5in) tall. They make excellent quail for beginners because they start to lay eggs at a young age (approximately six weeks old, in fact), and from my experience require a simila

agricultural revolution sees six out of seven farms disappear since 1950

Photo: Depositphotos.comThe Dutch farming sector has been transformed since the war by massive consolidation that has seen six out of every seven farms disappear, new figures show.A study by the CBS confirmed that large-scale agribusinesses now dominate the sector. The average pig farm in 2017 had 1,600 animals, against a figure of seven in 1950. Similarly, cattle farmers now have an average herd of nearly 160 cows, compared to 13 in 1950.Overall the Netherlands has 55,000 farming businesses, cultivating a total area of 1.8 million hectares. Both the number of farms and the total land area have shrunk since 1950, when there were 410,000 farms working 2.3 million hectares overall.The number of sheep has declined sharply from a peak of 2 million in 1992 to around 780,000, slightly fewer than

icex readies for futures trade relaunch in diamonds

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icex readies for futures trade relaunch in diamonds

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bse plans gold futures, spot trade at gift city

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intelligent robot strawberry farmers | farming futures

Dogtooth Technologies, a start-up company based near Cambridge, is developing autonomous robots designed to harvest soft fruits such as strawberries. (The Engineer)The company tested its first prototype robot in the field in the summer of 2016, and is already working on an improved version. Five of these second generation robots are due to be operating on a farm this summer.Now, in an EPSRC-funded project, known as Vesca, the company is working with researchers at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge to develop advanced computer vision and motion planning systems, to enable the robots to more efficiently locate fruit and determine their quality and suitability for picking.The team will do this by improving the robots’ machine learning algorithms. This will enable them

us oil producers put more rigs to work for an eighth week in a row

US drillers added oil rigs for an eighth week in a row to the most since September 2015, extending a 10-month recovery as energy companies boost spending to take advantage of a recovery in crude prices since OPEC agreed to cut production late last year.That didn't help sentiment, and both Brent and US oil extended their weekly losses on Friday. Brent slid 1.6 per cent to $US51.38 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate shed 1.6 per cent to $US48.47, early afternoon New York time.
US crude futures steadied around $US48 a barrel on Friday after falling this week to its lowest since November. Photo: BloombergDrillers added eight oil rigs in the week to March 10, bringing the total count up to 617, 60 per cent more than a year ago, energy services firm Baker Hughes said on Friday.
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us oil producers put more rigs to work for an eighth week in a row

US drillers added oil rigs for an eighth week in a row to the most since September 2015, extending a 10-month recovery as energy companies boost spending to take advantage of a recovery in crude prices since OPEC agreed to cut production late last year.That didn't help sentiment, and both Brent and US oil extended their weekly losses on Friday. Brent slid 1.6 per cent to $US51.38 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate shed 1.6 per cent to $US48.47, early afternoon New York time.
US crude futures steadied around $US48 a barrel on Friday after falling this week to its lowest since November. Photo: BloombergDrillers added eight oil rigs in the week to March 10, bringing the total count up to 617, 60 per cent more than a year ago, energy services firm Baker Hughes said on Friday.
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