Government climbs down, but are food standards guaranteed?

Recently the government accepted changes to proposed legislation that may make it harder to sign trade deals that harm food and animal welfare standards. Many see it as step in the right direction in protecting the quality of the food on our plates and our farmers and follows rebellions – led in the Commons by senior Tory MP Neil Parish  the member for Tiverton and Honiton and in the Lords by crossbench peer Lord Curry – over claims that Ministers’ original plans for a temporary food commission were ‘toothless’.

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Planning revolt forces U-turn

The government is set to revise its proposals for controversial planning changes in England, after new housing targets prompted a backlash amongst some senior Conservative MPs according to the BBC’s news web site. We reported some of the criticisms in our posting on 10 October at:

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Conference discusses ‘How we build back better’

Just how we can achieve a green recovery and tackle climate change by building back better was discussed today at our virtual conference. With the government’s promise of a green recovery plan which aims to set out how to rebuild the economy after the devastating Coronavirus pandemic, actions taken now to respond to the current health crisis and rebuild our economy will have an impact for generations to come.

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Trust announces plans for plastic free woodlands

Following our 24 October posting ‘Plastic tubes face redundancy following vote for Plastic Free Woodlands’, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has released details of their successful 18 month project, which they hope to start in December. They will also be running some volunteer tree planting and tube removal days as part of this project. Continue reading “Trust announces plans for plastic free woodlands”

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