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A new report by the Environmental Audit Committee suggests that protections for wildlife and habitats could be weaker after the UK leaves the EU if the Government doesn’t take action before, or in the early stages of the Article 50 process. The MPs looked at the legislative, trade, and financial issues and make recommendations for action to secure the future of the natural environment. They call on the Government to allow full parliamentary scrutiny of its plans for the future of environmental legislation after Brexit.

Researchers have assessed how changes in production efficiency and dietary patterns can combine to ensure food supply whilst minimising the global environmental impact of food production. The gain in the production efficiency of agriculture was found to be insufficient to meet future food demand whilst preventing additional environmental burdens, if dietary trends continue to grow based on GDP.

Using food waste as pig feed

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

This FCRN blog post by Karen Luyckz argues that instead of feeding virgin crops like soy, barley or maize to pigs and chickens, we should allow these omnivores to eat our leftovers, as they’ve done for thousands of years. In fact, in the UK, during both world wars leftover food was the only thing they could eat at all, as it was illegal to feed pigs any food that was deemed fit for human consumption.

Green Alliance’s new report examines the pressures which agriculture is under – to increase production, reduce its environmental impact and eliminate its dependence on public subsidy. 

CPRE’s new report is the first in a series of ‘Food and Farming Foresight’ papers, designed to encourage debate about the future of farming.  Brexit gives the opportunity to shape a new national vision and policies for farming and this paper suggests policies to build a resilient, financially stable and dynamic farming industry that works for communities and the environment. 

Key recommendations are to:

Date and Time: 
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 11:00 to 16:00

London

This is event is the closing workshop of a project jointly carried out by Kingston University and the Permaculture Association, an ongoing collaboration involving research and engagement activity.  

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 09:00 to 13:00

London

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 09:00 to 13:00

London

Professor the Lord Krebs, Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change and Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra, are key speakers at this seminar which will consider policy priorities for climate change adaptation and planning for the upcoming UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (January 2017). 

The Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee on Climate Change has produced an Evidence Report on the risks and opportunities to the UK from climate change, to inform the second (five-yearly) Climate Change Risk Assessment, to be presented to Parliament in 2017.

The report highlights the top six areas of inter-related climate change risks for the UK:

A new report by WRAP has revealed that over half of the food waste generated by the UK manufacturing and retail sectors is avoidable.

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