Events Showcase – A sustainable agenda



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Download PDF With a jam-packed schedule planned over the two days, CPM takes a look at some key themes of the seminar programme ahead of this year’s Cereals Event. We have some of the top researchers, scientists and farmers coming together. By Charlotte Cunningham Rarely a day goes by when topics like climate change, sustainable agriculture and agricultural policy aren’t brought up in conversation. And exploring these themes in detail – along with many others – is the Cereals Event seminar programme. Instead of dashing manically between theatres to catch the next speaker, this year the event is ensuring that expert knowledge is even more accessible by condensing the traditional four theatres into two to deliver a bumper programme. Seminars will be split between the Cereals AHDB Theatre and the New Era Theatre. In the AHDB theatre, day one will be based on the theme ‘tomorrow’s solutions for today’s challenges’, while day two will focus on soil health – including a session with Defra’s Janet Hughes to discuss environmental policy. Over in the New Era Theatre, markets diversification and innovation will be the topic of conversation. With these topics in mind and taking into consideration the many factors involved in…
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Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...