MPs from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee have urged the Government to take immediate action on food insecurity in the UK - amidst the pandemic and beyond.
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Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) cattle vaccination trials are set to take place in England and Wales, with the potential to prevent 40,000 cattle from being slaughtered each year, better support farming communities and reduce the need for such rigorous food safety checks.
The nine projects to receive funding are applying big data, artificial intelligence and robotics to UK farming, with the aim of establishing a more efficient system of food production that cuts costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
The British Government has stated that it remains confident that the Agriculture Bill will reach Royal Assent in time to begin the transition towards a new, fairer agricultural system in England as planned in 2021.
The new funding aims to support UK dairy farmers who have seen decreased demand for their products since bars, restaurants and cafes closed as part of lockdown measures.
The £1 million promotional campaign taps into the need for personal moments during lockdown – designed to highlight the role fresh milk and dairy plays in these challenging times.
FDF’s Director of Membership and Commercial Engagement and incident lead on COVID-19 describes the impact coronavirus has had on food and beverage manufacturers and how FDF has been managing and offering support during the crisis.
The report shows that all of the UK's highest value exported products have grown, with whisky, salmon, wine, gin and pork increasing by over 10 percent on the same period last year.
The UK is set to implement the smarter rules for safer food (SRSF) package, a set of EU regulations for the protection against animal disease and plant pests, regardless of the Brexit outcome.
The Real Bread Campaign is said to believe that a document sent to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) attempts to legitimise abusing people’s growing love of sourdough by misusing the term.
Action on Salt has responded to the National Food Strategy, stating that in order for lives to be saved, government must enforce a salt reduction programme immediately.
In the second part of a two part series, Vincent Walsh and David Haley explore how agroforestry could be implemented into the UK agricultural market.
Poultry farmers and bird keepers have been urged to take action on the threat of Avian Flu, including keeping areas clean and separating poultry species.