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Food and Farming Awards 2014

It’s that time of year again…..

BBC Radio 4 have announced the categories for this years Food & Farming Awards, the 14th such event.

The 14th BBC Food and Farming Awards celebrate the best of British food and those companies and individuals who grow, make and supply it. Nominations close at midnight on Monday 27th January 2014.

We have a couple of local favourites in mind, especially the Yorkshire Gin that MrsL discovered at the Country Living Fair; but who will you vote for…?

You can see the categories and nominations on the Radio 4 Website here.

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High Court Judges Overturn Pesticide Ruling

Georgina DownsAn environmental campaigner’s victory against crop-spraying policies has been overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Georgina Downs, from West Sussex, had argued illnesses she suffered were caused by crop-spraying near her home.

In backing her case, the High Court told the government to reconsider spraying policies.

But Ms Downs now faces a huge legal bill after three judges at the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal by the Environment Secretary.

The judges ruled the government was following guidance that gave priority to human health.

They made no order for costs in the case, which means each side has to pay its own legal bills.

Ms Downs, 35, who lives on the edge of fields near Chichester, estimated her campaign had cost her more than £100,000.

However before the court battle started she agreed with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that each side would bear its own costs and she had already paid her lawyers.

House of Lords

She launched her independent UK Pesticides Campaign in 2001 after being exposed to pesticide spraying from the age of 11. She said she had suffered flu-like symptoms, including a sore throat, as well as blistering and other problems.

After the Appeal Court judgment, she said: “I am upset but not as upset as if the ruling had gone against me on my own evidence.”

She said the appeal judges ignored her evidence and used official reports to reach their findings.

She now plans to petition the House of Lords for a hearing.

 

This may go down in history as the most bizarre and inaccurate judgment to have ever come out of the Court of Appeal
Georgina Downs
pesticides campaigner

“I think this may well go down in history as being the most bizarre and inaccurate judgment to have ever come out of the Court of Appeal,” she said.

“The Government could not have wished for a better result than if it wrote the judgment itself.”

In the Appeal Court ruling, Lord Justice Sullivan said that Ms Downs “genuinely believes that her own, and her family’s health problems have been caused by the exposure to pesticide spraying”.

He said that although Ms Downs was “a most effective campaigner” she had no formal scientific or medical qualifications.

He said the regulatory framework for pesticides required that a balance was struck between the interests of the individual and the community as a whole.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was entitled to conclude that it had achieved that balance by compliance with the terms of a directive which ensured priority is given to the protection of human health, the court found.

The Crop Protection Association said the judgment was a victory for common sense.

“Crop protection products are essential to maintain an adequate supply of high-quality, affordable food,” said chief executive Dominic Dyer.

 

(source BBC)

A Farm for the Future – last chance to see on BBCi Player

There are just 8 hours left to watch the programme,  ‘A Farm for the Future’  via the BBCi player

 A fascinating look into the future of farming, wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the futFarming Without Fossil Fuelsure, and discovers that nature holds the key.

With her father close to retirement, she returned to her family farm in Devon, but last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca, with many of her neighbours going bankrupt due to the price hike in everything from tractor diesel, contractors bills, animal feed and fertiliser.

 Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is, and explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel.

(we first bogged about this programme when it was originally aired in February)

See also, the study by Chatham House “Food Supply in the 21st Century: The New Dynamic”

Farming Without Fossil Fuel

 The Final Programme of the current BBC Natural World series,  ‘A Farm for the Future’ airs tonight

 In what’s promising to be a fascinating look into the future of farming, wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the futFarming Without Fossil Fuelsure, and discovers that nature holds the key.

With her father close to retirement, she returned to her family farm in Devon, but last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca, with many of her neighbours going bankrupt due to the price hike in everything from tractor diesel, contractors bills, animal feed and fertiliser.

 Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is, and explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel.

The show is aired tonight, 20 Feb 2009 at 20:00 BBC Two (except Wales, Wales (Analogue))   And again 22 Feb 2009 at 17:00 17:00   BBC Two (Wales, Wales (Analogue) only)

See also, the  new study by Chatham House “Food Supply in the 21st Century: The New Dynamic”