Gene editing plants.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has recently announced that it is relaxing the rules on gene editing (GE) for crop production in the UK. This is not the same as genetic modification (GM) which a few years ago got labelled as ‘Frankenstein Food’. GM uses DNA material from other species to make changes to the plants. Gene editing manipulates the coding … Continue reading Gene editing plants.

We run out of food this week

Around about the 20th of August we will run out of food. A sobering thought but actually not likely to happen whilst we can still import food from other countries. The statement does bear further scrutiny though. This is the date that the country would notionally run out of food if the public had only eaten British produce from the 1st January. As a country, … Continue reading We run out of food this week

Goodbye 2020. Hello 2021

As the Christmas decorations are returned to the loft and the tree is cast out to wait for recycling, it is a poignant moment as once again we head back into lockdown. Could this be the start of our own special groundhog day, where time stands still and we go round in an endless loop? Or should we break out of this melancholy, briefly look … Continue reading Goodbye 2020. Hello 2021