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Wandering Ewe Dairy – July

Wandering Ewe Dairy - July

Hugh and Pippa Stables run Wandering Ewe Dairy in North Somerset.  They produce a hard, unpasteurised, ewes’ milk cheese from their own flock of sheep.  2021 was their third year of commercial cheese production.  This is the tenth of 12 monthly blogs, which are intended to give a flavour of the year.

It is high summer […]

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Help! There are too many honeybees!

Help! There are too many honeybees!

What? Aren’t honeybees in decline and under threat? Well, the answer is: Yes and no:

As things stand, globally, Apis mellifera is probably the only bee species whose colony numbers are NOT in decline. Apis mellifera is the honeybee we know in Europe as ‘our honeybee’ and these bees are the ‘work horse’ (can bees be […]

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Wandering Ewe Dairy – June

Wandering Ewe Dairy – June

Hugh and Pippa Stables run Wandering Ewe Dairy in North Somerset.  They produce a hard, unpasteurised, ewes’ milk cheese from their own flock of sheep.  2021 was their third year of commercial cheese production.  This is the ninth of 12 monthly blogs, which are intended to give a flavour of the year.

We are reaching a […]

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Joint Statement on the Genetic Technologies (Precision Breeding) Bill

Joint Statement on the Genetic Technologies (Precision Breeding) Bill UK civil society urges MPs to understand the implications of deregulation and revise the bill to ensure the interests of farmers, businesses and citizens are protected

32 groups and individuals representing a broad range of food, farming, animal welfare, human health, environmental, academic, ethical and spiritual interests make the following statement: “On Wednesday, 15 June, the bill to deregulate most genetic engineering technologies in farming and food will have its second reading in the House of Commons. This bill represents a […]

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The Summer Solstice: A day to celebrate and appreciate midsummer’s gifts and traditions

The Summer Solstice: A day to celebrate and appreciate midsummer’s gifts and traditions

On the 21st of June, we celebrate the longest day of the year here in the United Kingdom. Known as the summer solstice—or by its Celtic or pagan names Litha and Alban Hefin—this day represents midsummer and has been celebrated on the British Isles since at least the Neolithic era.[1] The summer solstice represented […]

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Should we be saying ‘food apartheid’ instead of ‘food desert’?

Should we be saying ‘food apartheid’ instead of ‘food desert’?

Many in the Slow Food community are likely familiar with the term food desert, used to describe an area that has limited access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. This is an issue in the UK, where more than one million people and one in ten low-income communities are part of a food desert.[1] […]

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Wandering Ewe Dairy – May

Wandering Ewe Dairy – May

Wandering Ewe Dairy – May

Hugh and Pippa Stables run Wandering Ewe Dairy in North Somerset.  They produce a hard, unpasteurised, ewes’ milk cheese from their own flock of sheep.  2021 was their third year of commercial cheese production.  This is the eighth of 12 monthly blogs, which are intended to give a flavour of the […]

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Wandering Ewe Dairy – April

Wandering Ewe Dairy – April

Hugh and Pippa Stables run Wandering Ewe Dairy in North Somerset.  They produce a hard, unpasteurised, ewes’ milk cheese from their own flock of sheep.  2021 was their third year of commercial cheese production.  This is the seventh of 12 monthly blogs, which are intended to give a flavour of the year.

Lambing marks the start […]

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Slow Garden Chronicle: April

Slow Garden Chronicle:  April

Have you heard of salsify?  Until a few years ago, I thought it was probably a herb and had paid it no attention.  These days it is on our list of favourite vegetables.  I would go as far as to say that I will grow salsify instead of carrots in future.

According to my go-to vegetable […]

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Russia, Agriculture & Energy

Russia, Agriculture & Energy

How industrial agriculture helps Putin’s war

‘The U.S. Subsidy That Empowers Putin’ – this headline of an article by George W. Bush’s former speech writer David Frum in The Atlantic[1] certainly caught my attention. “For decades, the U.S. government has, at great expense, encouraged farmers to grow more corn so that it can be turned […]

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