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Supermarket watchdog to halt supplier bullying

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Environment UK images 25Farming groups give big welcome to new protection on prices

Farmers and food processors will have more power when it comes to dealing with supermarkets under new legislation laid out in the Queen's speech yesterday.

The Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill contains a new watchdog which will be set up to ensure that supermarkets deal fairly and lawfully with suppliers.


Novel treatment from PAC-Solution transforms wastewater into useable asset

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Environment UK RTEmagicC PACSPAC-Solution Ltd. has launched an environmentally-friendly disinfectant treatment system that enables wastewater to be reused for agricultural irrigation. The system offers effective purification without any harmful by-products often associated with traditional cleaning methods.

The development of this chemical-based treatment technology comes at a time when many countries are faced with challenges in their water supply. The ability to use purified wastewater in irrigation and other agricultural applications reduces the demand on exploitable raw water resources and supports the farming industry. Sustainable wastewater purification system is energy-efficient and does not create harmful by-products at any stage of the process.


Alan Titchmarsh: We must act now

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Environment UK Alan TitchmarshRHS Conference: ‘Horticulture, a Career to be Proud of’

Today, the gardening world gathered at the RHS Horticultural Halls, in London, to take the first steps to solve a serious problem; the current perception of gardening as a career. A recent RHS survey found 75 percent of under-18s think it’s a career for dropouts, and 70 percent say it was never recommended to them at school.*

As part of the first National Gardening Week, ‘Horticulture, a Career to be Proud of’, saw key figures in the gardening world**, from Kew’s top scientist to the Chelsea Show Manager, give talks to an audience made up of MPs, the media, representatives from the Horticultural and Educational Industries etc, in an effort to change the perceptions of horticulture being an unskilled, second-choice career.


‘Party on the Plot’ for National Allotments Week

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Environment UK NSALGThe National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG) is calling on all allotment holders across the UK to hold a ‘Party on the Plot’, during National Allotments Week (6th and 12th August 2012), as it works to galvanise community support for allotments and protect them from developers.

A recent survey conducted by the NSALG* found that 74% of its members are worried that their allotment land will be sold off and redeveloped in the future; while the Society itself receives hundreds of calls a year from allotment holders looking for advice on how best to safeguard their plots.


Farming organisations react to the budget

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Environment UK farmingThe budget "represented a missed opportunity for the Treasury to introduce measures that might have helped farmers capitalise on the growing confidence that is currently evident in the industry," the NFU said today.

NFU President Peter Kendall said: ’Chancellor George Osborne was right to focus on growth and I was pleased to see measures that could create a more competitive business environment in the UK.

In particular, the Chancellor’s ambition to increase UK exports over the next decade to ’1 trillion should benefit farmers who are the backbone of a food and drink industry which constitutes our biggest manufacturing sector.