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The sustainability of intensive farming practices is to be assessed by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment…[more]

Gentle caresses and soothing talk count for nothing when it comes to keeping cows happy, according to Edmond Pajor and his team at Indiana's Purdue University in the United States…[more]

The days are numbered for New Zealand's first-in-first- served model for allocating water, Environment Minister Marian Hobbs is warning…[more]

Giant meat company Affco's move from downtown Auckland to rural Horotiu last month is already paying dividends…[more]

Scottish trials suggest sowing a mix of barley cultivars will result in improved crop yields and disease resistance…[more]

The European Union's proposals for agricultural trade liberalisation fall short of the ambitious reform called for when the Doha round was launched, Trade Minister Jim Sutton said yesterday…[more]

GRAVE concern has been expressed over the mid-term CAP reform proposals announced last week. Under them, Britain's farmers will lose up to £300m a year in support payments from 2007…[more]

US backs opposition to ‘snapback’ tariff - the US beef industry has supported Australia's stance in opposing new tariffs on beef exported to Japan…[more]

The British Medical Association (BMA) is looking again at research into genetically modified food four years after it raised safety doubts…[more]

Liberalising Farm Trade: EU Needs To Shoulder Responsibility…[more]

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