Agriculture in the national news - November 30

A DAILY look at how agriculture has caught the headlines across the country (Monday, November 30).

Marks & Spencer changes its labels in victory for ‘honest food’ campaign
Marks & Spencer has backed The Sunday Telegraph ‘honest food’ campaign by announcing its meat, fish and dairy items will be clearly labelled with the country of origin.

The retailer said it will become the first major chain in the UK to clearly state the source of all its dairy produce. The move follows an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph into the sourcing of food and how it is labelled which showed how shoppers are often left baffled or misled.

Daily Telegraph

Romanian is surprise choice to be new EU agriculture commissioner
A Romanian has been proposed as Europe’s new agriculture commissioner.

Dacian Ciolos will create history if the European Parliament confirms him in post as he will not only be the youngest commissioner ever appointed to Europe’s top agricultural job, but also the first eastern European.

Mr Ciolos, 40, is Romania’s former agriculture minister. He was the first to declare his candidacy when it was announced in September that current incumbent Mariann Fischer Boel would be standing down.

Press and Journal

Farmers facing massive clean-up bills after Cumbria floods
Hundreds of sheep, centuries-old dry stone walls and miles of fencing and hedges were washed away in the floods.

Many farmers are still unable to reach their stock across flooded fields. The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has warned them not to take risks.

Cumberland News

NFU leader demands ‘special deal’ for farmers
THE Government has been urged to work for a future for Britain’s hill farmers and not just treat them as custodians of the countryside.

Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), said the country’s remote and disadvantaged areas needed to be made a special case in order to continue in existence.


Call for action as farmers turn back on ‘unprofitable’ dairy produce
THE number of dairy farms in Lancashire have dropped by more than 300 since the turn of the millennium, new figures have revealed.

Many farmers have turned their attentions to other ventures as there is not much money in producing milk, according to Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

Mr Evans has called for a parliamentary debate on the state of farming after the figures were revealed.

Lancashire Telegraph

Scientists grow pork meat in a laboratory
SCIENTISTS have grown meat in the laboratory for the first time. Experts in Holland used cells from a live pig to replicate growth in a petri dish.

The advent of so-called “in-vitro” or cultured meat could reduce the billions of tons of greenhouse gases emitted each year by farm animals — if people are willing to eat it.

The Times

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