Agriculture

Rabobank has set out seven tips for the food industry to get smarter

Food industry’s seven steps to meet population challenge

By Laurence Gibbons

The food industry must focus on seven key objectives in order to boost production and increase availability and access to food “significantly” over the next decade to meet the demands of a growing global population, according to Rabobank.

Insect food

Eating insects poses no special risks for humans

By Michael Stones

Edible insects pose no special risks to human health – when consumed directly or used as stock feed – according to a new risk assessment from the European food safety watchdog.

Chéron: Price stability is needed

Limagrain boss calls for price stability

By Rick Pendrous

The EU needs to adopt a new stabilisation model from 2020 to counter extreme volatility in prices for commodities, such as wheat and maize, caused by speculation in global markets, according to the boss of French grain co-operative Limagrain.

Agriculture minister George Eustice refuses to rule out AHDB privatisation

Conservatives may consider privatising the AHDB

By Rick Pendrous

The future of the agriculture levy boards, which form part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB,) in public hands could be in doubt following the suggestion by a senior industry source that the Conservative government might consider...

GM cereals and oilseeds could harvest a range of benefits, the report claims

GM crop benefits hailed in independent study

By Michael Stones

Genetically modified (GM) cereals and oilseeds could benefit consumers, farmers and the animal feed supply chain, while boosting UK competitiveness in the global market, claims new independent research.

Elliott: 'We must produce food of greater quality'

£30M food research centre for Belfast underway

By Rod Addy

A £30M food research centre is being developed by Queen’s University, Belfast, as an extension to its existing Institute for Global Security, which is pioneering work on food security systems.

Welsh cattle farmers' fears have been dismissed by David Clarke

Red Tractor boss rejects Welsh beef accreditation fears

By Laurence Gibbons

Welsh beef farmers’ fears Red Tractor accreditation would “increase costs” throughout the supply chain without any return have been dismissed by David Clarke, boss of Assured Food Standards (AFS), which operates the Red Tractor quality assurance scheme.

Yacon is a natural source of fructooligosaccharides

Business Leaders’ Forum

Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 new jobs

By Rod Addy

Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 jobs over the course of this year off the back of strong demand for its organic and gluten-free muesli and other food lines.

Stormy outlook: People in developed countries were advised to radically change their diets

Sustainable diets needed to save the world from disaster

By Rick Pendrous

People in developed countries such as the UK need to completely change the food they eat if the world is to avoid a catastrophe from rising global food demand from a rising world population and climate change, a leading food security expert has warned.

Moy Park's David Mark (left) with chicken grower Graham McIlroy

Moy Park chicken grower raises its biosecurity game

By Rick Pendrous

Moy Park chicken grower Graham McIlroy has invested in a viewing gallery to improve the biosecurity at his farm at Aghadowey in what is a first for the Northern Ireland poultry industry.

Pesticides: vital tool or threat to food security and the environment?

Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned

By Michael Stones

Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth (FoE).

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