INDUSTRY

New skills strategy first step to productivity growth

According to DEFRA’s most recent Farm Business Income report, the UK’s agricultural productivity growth rate has plateaued since the early 1990’s and underinvestment in skills & training across the sector is a key factor, according to Tom Hind, Chief Strategy Officer at the Agriculture &...

Skills shortages and careers pathways in the agrifood industry – building a framework that delivers UK productivity

Although the agrifood industry contributes more to the UK economy than the automotive and aerospace industries combined, this highly diverse sector is in short supply of human capital. In this article, that is scheduled to be published in the December issue of the IFST Magazine, AFTP Director,...

The future of food production is just around the corner

The future of food production is just around the corner During the AFTP conference in July 2018 we took the opportunity to chat with members of the AFTP community and gain their opinion on what lies ahead for food and agriculture businesses in the near future.  In our first piece, Chris Wells...

Vegan alternatives to steak and beef become a reality

As the barbecue season starts to heat up and the debate continues around the environmental cost of producing intensively reared red meat, two food research companies have recently launched completely vegan alternatives to minced beef and steak. Dutch company Vivera is distributing 100 per cent...

Institute for Space Systems EDEN plant cultivation technologies project - how will it affect life on earth?

The EDEN ISS research project in Antarctica is designed to help astronauts grow food in space and on other planets. It has produced its first crop: 3.6kg of lettuce, 70 radishes and 18 cucumbers. But will the new technologies the project aims to develop be useful on Earth? Evolution and Design of...

Blockchain and global food production

Blockchains are being heralded as ‘the next big thing’ in emerging technology, but what are they, and why do we need to know? What is a blockchain? Blockchains are effectively ledgers, recording multiple transactions across an industry in a way that can’t be changed. “A blockchain is a...

Salt reduction initiatives remain relevant

By Professor Ian Fisk, Professor of Flavour Chemistry, and Deborah Kendale, AgriFood Training Partnership. The introduction of the ‘Sugar Tax’ on soft drinks may have distracted public attention away from salt, but salt reduction initiatives are still required to reduce the amount consumed in the...

Healthy eating advice may lead to unintended consequences

By Tim Hess, Professor of Water and Food Systems at the Cranfield Water Science Institute, Cranfield University and Dr Chloe Sutcliffe, Research Fellow in Water and Food System Resilience, Cranfield University. The Global Food Security Programme has been established to fund research that will...

Productivity, innovation and education – women in agriculture have their say

Increasingly, women are at the forefront of addressing the dual challenges of profitability and sustainability that affect the UK agrifood sector. DEFRA estimates that women make up 28% of the British agricultural workforce and the number of women running farms has steadily increased to just over...

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