Farming

Riverford farms plants idea of staff ownership

James Fitzgerald  talks to the man who championed seasonal vegetables well before they became fashionable. Guy Singh-Watson, founder of Riverford Organic Farmers, is thinking outside…


Nitrate: there’s something in the water

The United Kingdom’s four nations have the highest river nitrate concentrations in Europe. The European Environment Agency is demanding change, writes James Fitzgerald. The UK’s…



Pressure grows to weed out glyphosate

Scientific evidence is mounting against the world’s most common herbicide, writes James Fitzgerald. This may be the knock-out round for Roundup, Monsanto’s top selling weed…






Migration fault lines revealed

Few issues stir up such strident opinion as migration. From the wish to control borders and protect jobs and communities, to the need to open…


Are GMOs really the cream of the crop?

It has been 20 years since the wholesale adoption of genetically modified crops by American and Canadian agriculture. However, the promises of higher yields and…