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The flood and lessons in a teacup

Marianne Landzettel: The floods in the north of England and parts of Scotland are causing misery to thousands of people. News footage shows flooded streets and clean-up missions, and it’s triggered a discussion about investments into flood protection - or rather the lack of. It might be too early to assess the damage in rural areas, from drowned livestock to ruined soils and crops. But it’s high time to discuss the impact of what’s happening upstream – and it’s not just the fact that according to George Monbiot* areas of the moors are still being drained and burnt to improve grouse shooting. I’d like to highlight the impact organic agriculture can have: it can act as a growing flood defence and keep mountains from moving. Literally.

05 January 2016 | 5 Comments | Recommended by 3

Rainton Herdshare

David Finlay: This is a good news story. It’s about how we are going to have a damn-good go at coming up with an alternative food system that, to a large extent, addresses all the issues we worry about.

11 March 2014 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 6

Italian Breadmaking in the Scottish Borders

Soil Association Scotland: Helen Jukes writes about her experience of the Italian Breadmaking course at Bread Matters...

30 September 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Organic September in Scotland

Soil Association Scotland: Soil Association Scotland are blogging about everything Organic September in Scotland. Here's whats happening so far...

16 September 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 3

The countdown is on

Whitmuir the Organic Place: 35 days to go to the Highland Show and still haven't pinned down a supplier of organic early potatoes to go with the beef stew. Our own Colleen are through the ground but looking a bit sorry for themselves, and unlikely to make the grade in time. With overnight temperatures down to 5 and 70 mile per hour winds it's been a bit grim out there this week. The salads in the polytunnel have slowed right down but we've lined up four other local organic growers to top up supplies.

27 May 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 3

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