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Badger cull pilot areas revealed

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badgersBadger cull pilots aimed at reducing cattle tuberculosis can take place in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset this year, the government has said.

The exact areas are not being revealed for security reasons.

But the majority of the Gloucestershire area lies near Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean, while the Somerset area includes part of Taunton Deane.

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Food industry, are you ready for reporting?

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Whether it’s for the government, the client, or for the consumer, you will be required to report on the environmental impacts of your organization and its products sooner or later. In France, there was a mandate in place for all consumer goods. Then there wasn’t. And then Europe decided not to wait for France so they started their own work. There are pilots underway in France and at the European level at this very moment. And then there’s Canada, the EPA in the USA, the CRC in the UK, the upcoming carbon tax in Australia, as well as Walmart’s supplier requirements, and Tesco’s and Casino’s work with labelling. You get the picture.

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Eating a wide range of fish

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fishFish are vitally important, providing billions of people with food, jobs and livelihoods. They also form a critical part of ocean food webs. Falling fish numbers affect other species that depend on them, like sea birds, and could lead to whole ecosystems (natural systems that support life) being badly damaged. So eating fish the sustainable way really matters.

Fish are a great source of protein and have health benefits. The Department of Health and the NHS recommends that we eat fish as part of a balanced healthy diet.

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£20 million for farming and forestry businesses

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banner-ff-crops-01A new £20 million fund to help rural businesses increase profits and reduce their impact on the environment has been launched today by Agriculture Minister Jim Paice.

Farmers, foresters and horticulturalists can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to invest in green projects and new machinery so their businesses can grow in an environmentally friendly way.

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UTZ CERTIFIED Q3 close shows significant increase in coffee, tea and cocoa sales

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Demand for sustainably sourced coffee, tea and cocoa continues to grow

UTZ CERTIFIED enjoys a sales boost in its third quarter sales. Compared to January - September 2010, certified sustainable coffee sales rose 23% in the same period this year, leading to a sale volume of 105,757 metric tons of coffee certified by UTZ in total. Tea sales also increased significantly by almost 74% for a total of 2,416 metric tons and sales of currently registered UTZ CERTIFIED cocoa have risen to 29,719 metric tons -- an impressive increase of 149% compared to the same period last year.

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