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.
Henley standard 2/12/21 Was COP26 a cop out or did it actually achieve anything meaningful? You have to wonder if it did, when the conference was closed by a tearful chairman after the shenanigans over the wording for a reduction in coal use. It also now appears, according to a report by Brazil’s space agency, that the decimation of their rainforest has increased by 22% … Continue reading Farm methane is not as harmful.
Below is a copy of the text that went into my monthly column for the Henley Standard on April 2nd. Under the banner of Farming Matters with the title of the piece ‘Helping rare birds to survive’. The first two paragraphs are excepts from previous blogs, then in summary I try to relate this to our core business which is producing food. As a farm, … Continue reading Farming Matters April