The Real Food Shop

We spoke to Andy who was in the van on a beautiful May morning at its weekly Brodick stop. Andy and Jenny McDonald, of Woodside Farm in Kildonan, are the organic growers, and brains, behind the Real Food Shop. Andy had been up and ‘cropping’ salad and herbs for the shop that morning at 7 …

Relocalising the food chain: why it matters and how to do it

by Jane Powell, published on the Sustainable Food Trust website One of the positive aspects of Britain’s departure from the EU is that it has sparked off a debate on the future of UK farming, requiring us to question fundamental assumptions. Should we see food as a commodity for export, or to feed ourselves? What …

Winged insects may be flying to oblivion across much of Europe

The mass of flying insects in parts of Germany has fallen by three-quarters in the last 27 years. Since the territories sampled were all nature reserves in some way protected from pesticides and other disturbance, the implications are alarming: winged insects may be flying to oblivion across much of Europe, according to the Climate News …

Crofting Federation welcomes government commitment to continue crofting legislation reform

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the Scottish Government commitment to continue the process reforming crofting legislation within this parliamentary session, as indicated by the consultation launched this week. “This is another stage in the long process of crofting law reform,” said Russell Smith, Chair of the SCF, “and we are pleased that the …