DEFRA

agriculture

This New Super Crop Could Change the Way We Grow Wheat

British researchers claim the new GM wheat crop can photosynthesize more efficiently to produce higher yields.
Daisy Meager
2.3.17
environment

Bee-Eating Hornets Are the Latest Threat to British Agriculture

There’s more bad news for honeybees as the UK’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs confirms a sighting of the bee-eating Asian hornet in Gloucestershire.
Daisy Meager
9.21.16
goat meat

Thousands of Baby Goats Are Dying So You Can Eat Goat Cheese Salad

Being of no use to goat milk farmers, 40,000 male goats are slaughtered at birth in the UK every year. But thanks to a growing appetite for goat meat dishes, this could be set to change.
Daisy Meager
5.26.16
britain

Brits Are Eating More Pizza and Drinking Less Tea

According to new data from the government’s National Food Survey, Britain is falling out of love with traditional staples like tea, toast, and fish and chips.
Phoebe Hurst
2.18.16
britain

British Pig Farmers May Soon Become a Thing of the Past

It has never been easy to be a farmer, but to be a British pig farmer today is really bad news. The average UK pig-only farmer will see his yearly income drop by 46 percent in 2016.
Alex Swerdloff
2.8.16
wine

Lasers Could Help Britain Make Better Wine

The UK Department for Food and Rural Affairs has released new 3D laser mapping data designed to “revolutionise the English wine industry by helping growers identify new land.” But are the winemakers convinced?
Josh Barrie
11.19.15
uk

The UK’s Most Widely Used Weed Killer Could Be Making Bread Toxic

In July, the UK’s Soil Association called for a ban on the use of glyphosate on wheat, a herbicide used by non-organic farmers to control weeds, saying that it could be carcinogenic.
Gareth May
9.1.15
bees

Scientists Say Pesticides Are Causing the Beepocalypse

A new countrywide field study has uncovered the first evidence of a link between certain pesticide use and honeybee decline in England and Wales, contrary to UK government claims that mites and weather conditions are to blame.
Phoebe Hurst
8.21.15