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A ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks brought a less-than-enthusiastic reaction from my dining companions this evening.

George Osborne’s announcement today that he plans to impose a ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks brought a less-than-enthusiastic reaction from my dining companions this evening. We were a disparate group, united by a passion for riding horses, and – myself excepted – with no professional connection to the...

Tesco recently announced that they will donate their unsold food to charity organisations.

Tesco recently announced that they will donate their unsold food to charity organisations. And they aren’t the only supermarket giants to be putting serious effort into waste reduction. In France, it is a legal requirement to dispose of food waste via the charity route with heavy fines for...

Making the most of our natural capital

Issues facing agriculture today are well-documented, perhaps the main conflict being between producing enough food for a growing population and the need to reduce our impacts on the natural environment. Ruminant production has come under close scrutiny, particularly in terms of greenhouse gas...

Meat Vs Plant Protein

Once again I found myself sitting in a café discussing the format for our next AFTP modules with subject experts. This time it is was Caroline Rymer, lecturer and researcher in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development whose research focuses on animal science (nutrition, health and welfare...

Tesco aren’t the first, and they aren’t the only supermarket giants to be putting serious effort into waste reduction.

As I wander round the fruit and veg section of my local Intermarché in the sleepy French town of Bedarieux I am reminded of a conversation we were having back in the AFTP office about Tesco’s recent announcement that they will donate their food waste to charity. Tesco aren’t the first, and they...

Is salad really 'rocket' science?

This week saw the start of planning for a new module in Fresh Produce Post Harvest Quality Management. This is so new that we only just preparing a draft “Module Description Form”, the first piece of documentation, presented at a University Board of Studies meeting which, when finally ratified,...

What's in your G&T?

So, we've just had the last day of the workshop of the 'Flavour: From Farm to Fork and Beyond' module, a workshop which opened with Dave Bains discussing flavours, fragrances and some of the legislation behind it all. Now Dave is a flavour chemist recognised for his enormous contribution to the...

AFTP Official Launch - 4th July 2017

Today marks the launch of the new AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP) which builds on the heritage of the three previous Advanced Training Partnerships (ATPs) in AgriFood, Food and Pasture. These three partnerships were all funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (...

Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management

The AFTP is pleased to announce that we will be running our BBRO endorsed 'Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management' course from October 2017 This is the third year we have run this course which is highly applied to grower and agronomist areas of interests ranging from crop physiology and...

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