How coronavirus exposes our fragility

18 Mar

If, as Neil Gaiman said, any civilisation is two meals and 24 hours away from barbarism, ask yourself this: what am I having for dinner tonight? That might be an easy one for you to answer. But what about dinner four days from now, or six? The fact that many people would find that second question […]

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UK strategy for US trade talks promises to protect NHS, food safety standards

2 Mar

LONDON — The National Health Service “is not, and never will be, for sale,” the U.K. government promised as it unveiled its plan for a trade deal with the U.S. A new document setting out the British negotiating objectives says: “The Government has been clear that when we are negotiating trade agreements, we will protect the […]

The Agriculture Bill is radical, but it may not be enough to sustain smaller British farms

22 Jan

A new focus on environmental stewardship and animal welfare in the Agriculture Bill has pleased some conservationists. But British farmers will probably now have to compete on price with agribusinesses in the US. Richard Byrne (Harper Adams University) asks whether the new subsidies will be enough to keep smaller UK farms afloat. The long-awaited Agriculture … Continued