Tag Archives: food production

Congratultaions to all at the Edible Garden Show

Well done to all involved in this wonderfully inspirational show, @EdibleGardenSho 

Looking forward to seeing more pics.

If you are wondering what the show was about, view the organisers official video

 (credit Edible Garden Show)

For more details and info on next years show, see their official website

It’s British Food Fortnight!

Celebrate the best of British Food and Produce – here are some top tips to help you discover the diverse and delicious range! Click here

Here at Agratech Towers, we were well impressed with the Tomato and Sweetcorn soup, made with goodies from our Abel & Cole box!!! We adapted this recipe by using corn from three cobs(boiled) and five large British tomatoes chopped, added teaspoon of sugar, and a smidgen more tomato puree!!! Yummy

Courtesy of Love British Food

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”

 

 

TV Chefs back ‘Honest Food Campaign’

The Conservatives’ new Honest Food Campaign  was launched yesterday at the National Farmers’ Union annual conference, by  Nick Herbert, the Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary.

The campaign which calls for an end to misleading food labels, has the backing of  TV chefs Antony Worrall-Thompson and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The chefs believe that a clearer labelling system which shows the country-of-origin, to help shoppers buy British food.

Current legislation has a loop-hole that allows foreign meat processed in Britain, to be labelled as British.  This means that some ready meals, for instance, that have been processed and packaged in this country, may contain meat and chicken from anywhere in the world.

The Conservatives are pushing a Bill to make country of origin labelling mandatory, and claim that clearer labelling will:

Allow consumers to make informed choices about the food they buy
Prevent non-British meat being labelled as British
Support British producers by allowing consumers to identify genuine British meat;
Promote superior British produce by highlighting the advantages of British produce
Restore trust and confidence in British food and labelling in general

Nick Herbert, “People have a right to know where their food comes from. Meat labelled ‘British’ should be born and bred in Britain, raised to our high welfare standards.”

NFU’s ‘New Agenda for Farming Conference’

New Agenda For FarmingThe annual NFU conference, this year themed ‘The New Agenda for Farming’ kicks off in Birmingham next Monday, and upbeat NFU president Peter Kendall is to call on the government to ‘put its money where its mouth is when it comes to farming.’

Mr Kendall’s slot is directly before DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn, who signalled a more progressive attitude towards farmers when he spoke at last month’s Oxford Farming Conference.

“There was lots of really good stuff about Oxford,” says Mr Kendall. “What we want to do is pick up on that and set out the agenda we want to see for farming. We want to set out where farming has come from and show where it needs to go.”

In particular, he highlights Mr Benn’s “no ifs, not buts” Oxford insistence that the government wants British farmers to produce as much food as possible – so long as doing so sustains the environment and safeguards the landscape.

The government is at last starting to acknowledge the importance of agriculture, believes Mr Kendall, especially when it comes to food security. The view of Britain as a rich country that can buy itself out of trouble is crumbling, he adds.

“DEFRA is starting to make a lot of noises about food production being important. We want to make sure we have an input into government policy that means farming has a better chance of being successful and thriving.”

Mr Benn’s speech is not the only sign that the government has finally woken up to the potential of British agriculture. Just before Christmas, the Home Office increased the number of work permits for migrant farm workers by 5000.

The number of workers entering Britain under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme had been restricted to 16,250. But the number will rise to 21,250 this year in a bid to overcome a labour shortage that had seen crops left unharvested, states the Farmers Weekly