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“Cold?” “Mais, non, c’est comme d’habitutde”

Once again I have spent a good chunk of the last few months working away from the UK in the south of France and, in all that time, I reckon we have seen rain once. There have been some devastating forest fires near where I live and my department of Hérault is officially on a fire alert status of...

Road to Rio

Reading the press coverage of the preparations for the Olympic games in Rio over the last week or so I suppose it is to be expected that the focus is on the sensationalistic bad news stories (the Zika virus, doping scandals, security issues, infrastructure not being ready to name but a few), rather...

Can we have our cake and eat it?

Exercising my right to vote is something I feel very strongly about. People died so that ordinary women and men (yes, men too) like me could vote. In some countries it is illegal not to but here in the UK we still rely on people’s willingness to make a difference and a desire to have their voices...

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,...

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