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Counting carbon: a fresh angle on farm efficiency, and a future currency.

What is a “carbon footprint”? A carbon footprint is the total weight of greenhouse gas emissions emitted over the life cycle of a product or service, expressed as kg carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent (hence “carbon”), representing the contribution of that product or service to climate change. It is...

A teaspoon here - a teaspoon there - how sugar in our favourite products is being reduced - but have we noticed yet?

Sugar reduction is here to stay as part of the Government’s reformulation programme ‘achieving the 20%’ and our childhood favourites are now in line for redevelopment to bring us the same product…with less sugar.  Kellogg’s recently announced their plans to cut the sugar content of some of our...

OFC Delegates encouraged to cut food waste to increase global food security

At this year's Oxford Farming Conference, Professor Leon Terry Director of Environment and AgriFood at Cranfield University urged the audience and policy makers to review their priorities in relation to research into crop production and post harvest losses. He argued that UK research funding...

AFTP Office Closure over Christmas

The AFTP office will be closed for the Christmas holidays during 22nd December 2017 - 2nd January 2018 inclusive. Any course applications, email/contact form enquiries and voicemails received during this period will therefore be processed by our team when the AFTP office reopens in the New Year on...

Acrylamide in Food - Regulatory and Industry Update

New regulations concerning the levels of acrylamide in foods and drinks were published on 20th November 2017. Some 15 years after the occurrence of acrylamide in cooked foods was first reported, the University of Reading hosted a symposium on 16th November run by the RSC (Royal Society of...

Sustainable intensification means increasing efficiency through higher yields - right?

Since the latest report produced by Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) has been selectively interpreted in Guardian columnist George Monbiot’s unsympathetic assessment of livestock production systems, we would like to present an alternative, more nuanced view. Papers by Capper et al. have shown...

Festive Greetings from the AgriFood Training Partnership

Open your interactive Christmas e-card At the AgriFood Training Partnership, 2017 has been a very busy time with the merging of three previous partnerships into one, launching an award-winning website and holding a launch of our own in July 2017, as well as continuing to run our portfolio of over...

Training the Trainers with AFTP: Brian Evans - Further Education College Lecturer Makes the Grade

Brian Evans - an agriculture and animal science lecturer at Hartpury College is in the final stages of studying for an MSc online. Brian first heard about the MSc in Sustainable and Efficient Food Production, an online MSc, at an animal nutrition conference in Nottingham. He was keen to update his...

The view over the farm gate, Brexit and beyond – where next for the UK?

With leading industry and policy makers’ opinions from a conference spanning the farming and food manufacturing community, briefings around the country from AHDB and with the Reform Bill (European Union (Withdrawal) Bill) looming, the AFTP are taking the opportunity to provide an assessment of...

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