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AGRICULTURE: THE NET ZERO CHALLENGE – PART 2

AGRICULTURE: THE NET ZERO CHALLENGE – PART 2

Following on from our last blog, we look at the specific challenges of achieving net zero in agriculture by 2050... The impact of agriculture on the environment is both significant - in the UK it accounts for about 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions - and...

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NET ZERO BY 2050: THE UK’S CHALLENGE – PART 1

NET ZERO BY 2050: THE UK’S CHALLENGE – PART 1

2021 is the year of the UK’s presidency of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It’s in Glasgow in November, therefore, that, for the twenty-sixth such meeting of its kind, the world’s governments will assemble to review progress against global warming, and...

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ALFRED MOND, FIRST BARON MELCHETT

ALFRED MOND, FIRST BARON MELCHETT

As part of our pioneer series, we cast the spotlight on an industrialist and politician whose influence on farming was later challenged by one of his distinguished descendants. It was a much-noticed irony of the career of the late Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett...

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AUSTRALIA TRADE DEAL: FARMERS WAIT FOR REASSURANCE

AUSTRALIA TRADE DEAL: FARMERS WAIT FOR REASSURANCE

With the Australian trade deal and the new agricultural act heralding a new post-Brexit world, we take a look at what UK farmers can expect in the coming years. Compared with the down-to-the-wire drama of last year’s negotiations with the EU, the UK’s talks with...

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JETHERO TULL AND THE INVENTION OF THE SEED DRILL

JETHERO TULL AND THE INVENTION OF THE SEED DRILL

Today’s seed drills are a feat of sophisticated engineering and a vital tool of modern farming; but who was the man behind the first seed drill and how did his invention change farming forever? Today, the idea of agriculture without mechanisation is unthinkable. And...

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