The disastrous impact the looming Australia Trade Deal will have on farming was debated in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 8th of June.
Westminster appears to be entirely comfortable with a tariff-free deal with a country whose standards – chemicals harmful to bees and aquatic ecosystems, the use of paraquat, no review period whatsoever for pesticides – fall way short of our own.
” Employment, the prosperity of rural areas and our high standards should not be jeopardised for the sake a headline-grabbing deal.” Martin Kennedy President NFU Scotland
Scientists in Scotland searching for a high protein vegetable source are examining the possibilities of Apios Americana, the American bean plant.
Mammals, birds and amphibians worldwide have lost on average 18% of their natural habitat range as a result of changes in land use and climate change.
“Scotland’s farmers have served Scotland’s economy and communities for decades if not centuries, and they have always managed to respond and react when needed”
An international survey has been launched to gauge the impact the pandemic Covid-19 has had on women in the food and agriculture sector.
“With England’s decline more than offsetting the rise in Scotland, and GB slaughter numbers increasing 6% over last year between June and September, it highlights the potential supply tightening to come. “
McEwan Farms is a family run business based at West Mains of Colliston and is home to 1000 acres of owned land and 1600 acres of contract farmed land nearby.
Niall Campbell, regional manager for the North West of Scotland at the SAC and Rob Black, his Oban-based colleague, said that the combination of the global pandemic and leaving the EU has prompted people to think differently.