From land grab to soil grab – the new business of carbon farming

Grain

The world’s largest agrochemical companies are pushing ahead with carbon credit programmes to enhance their power in the food system and enable big oil, food and tech corporations to avoid cuts to their emissions. This massive soil grab is based on faulty carbon sequestration schemes that undermine real climate solutions and reinforce a model of industrial agriculture and food that erodes soils and is responsible for over a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Support Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Foundation

For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks, mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid. In 2022, our online Choose the World you Want Festival will return from 21 February to 6 March.

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Suffocating rivers exposed

Barry White

A ‘chemical cocktail’ of sewage, agricultural waste, and plastic is polluting the waters of many of the country’s rivers according to a report published on 13 January by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, see: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/8460/documents/85659/default/ . It points out that water companies appear to be dumping untreated or partially treated sewage in rivers on a regular basis, often breaching the terms of permits that on paper only allow them to do this in exceptional circumstances.

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After COP 26 urgent government action needed says report

In its independent assessment of COP26, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has made a series of key recommendations to the UK government for action at home and internationally. The report published on 2 December on global progress after COP26 points out that the UK has one of the most ambitious 2030 emissions targets in the world, but it does not have all the policies in place to deliver it.

The Committee is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008, advising the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets. It also reports to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

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