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  • Glyphosate future still undecided

    European ministers have once again reached stalemate on whether to relicense the weed killer chemical glyphosate. Only 14 voted to approve the proposal that the licence be renewed for a further 5 years, 9 voted against and 5 abstained. It now goes to an appeal committee for consideration at the end of this month. Time is running out, as the licence ends in December.

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  • Neonics - UK to back ban says Gove

    Michael Gove, Minister for the Environment, has committed the UK to backing a ban on bee-harming pesticides. "Where there is evidence that human activity is contributing to pollinator decline, we have a duty to act. Among the potential threats to pollinators are neonicotinoids, a type of pesticide." He writes "the UK will be supporting further restrictions on neonicotinoids. Unless the evidence base changes again, the government will keep these restrictions in place after we have left the EU."

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  • Xylella fastidiosa. What is it?

    What is Xylella? Is it a risk for British plants?

    Xylella fastidiosa is a bacterium that lives in the plant’s ‘xylem’ (water channels). It causes disease by restricting or blocking the water and nourishment from travelling throughout the plant - thus causing the plant to rapidly wilt and die from lack of water. Variants of the bacterium have been detected as far apart as Brazil, the US, Italy and Germany. It could well be on its way to Britain.

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    Lawrence Hills, a freelance journalist and keen organic grower, founded our organisation in 1954. He was passionate about promoting the potential of the herb comfrey as a natural fertiliser and the benefits of organic growing as a whole.