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What comes after CAP?
What comes after CAP? Of all the areas of life that will be affected by Brexit, agriculture is unlikely to be the one that generates the most headlines. But it is vitally important. Not just for the food it produces but for the much wider range of wildlife, landscape and cultural benefits that...
26 Aug 2016
Where next for Scottish farming?
Farming is, and always has been, a regular theme in my working life. Whether I’m meeting those who lead Scotland’s National Farmers Union or challenging politicians and senior civil servants on the decisions they make on agriculture policy, wildlife friendly farming is at the heart of those...
10 Feb 2016
Why Meat Free Mondays are a must for food security and climate change
Lucy Bjorck, RSPB Senior Agriculture Policy Officer Food security means different things to different people. To a subsistence farmer in a developing country it means producing enough food for their family for a year. For a low wage worker it means having cash to buy enough healthy food to feed the...
13 Oct 2014
Pests and marine species moving faster than terrestrial wildlife
Land based wildlife seems to be responding more slowly to climate change than both life in the oceans, and agricultural pests and diseases, suggest two papers in Nature Climate Change. A new synthesis of observed changes in marine biodiversity reports widespread and systematic shifts which show remarkable...
3 Sep 2013
Scrubbing up for turtle doves
Continuing our look at the plight of the turtle dove this week, Jacqui Weir , Woodland Biodiversity Advisor, shares her experiences of taking part in vital research to help identify the causes of their decline - the first step in finding the solution to save our most threatened farmland bird. ...
9 Aug 2013
Climate challenges farmers – who mustn’t forget our farmland wildlife
Ellie Crane, RSPB Agriculture Policy Officer Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) has gone on record as saying that climate change is the biggest threat facing UK farming. He points out that though farmers may be able to adapt to gradual changes in temperature, extreme weather...
31 Jul 2013
Biofuels – a u-turn at last?
For the last couple of years, the RSPB and many other NGOs have been campaigning against biofuel targets. One of my favourite moments was when we ran this advert in the national press. Great ad, made even better by the fact that a complaint to the Advertising Standards Agency about it was rejected...
11 Sep 2012
Climate change and farming – more than just more carbon dioxide
Guest blog from Ellie Crane, RSPB Agriculture Policy Officer Arable farming is arguably one of the economic sectors most sensitive to climate change. It is also a very versatile sector: farmers have always had to respond to change. Modern farming looks quite different from early agriculture, but one...
3 Jun 2013
Will the CAP ever fit?
Photo credit Andy Hay Politicians are skilled in the art of compromise. And yet we all know the truth about compromise – it satisfies no one. Our European institutions, namely, the Council(of Ministers from across the EU), Commission and Parliament, are now in the middle of trying to reach a...
25 Apr 2013
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