Time to put another view on Glyphosate and neonicotinoid pesticides. Glyphosate, sold as Roundup, is often making the headlines as being the demon pesticide and the cause of all sorts of ills. It is a non-selective, contact herbicide, meaning it will kill most plants. Pure glyphosate is low in toxicity, however products usually contain other substances that help the glyphosate get into the plants and … Continue reading Another Opinion on Pesticides
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.
One of the quietest times of the year on an arable farm is the dismal month of January. I am sat here writing this the day after ‘Blue Monday’ which apparently is the most depressing day of the year, so called because with Christmas behind us and the days short, cold and miserable then it can all seem a bit, well blue I suppose. However, … Continue reading Dull January been and Gone looking forward to spring.