The biobed is an invention by Swedish farmer Göran Ohlsson to minimise surface water pollution and point-source pollution in areas where spraying equipment is filled or cleaned. It is a simple, efficient and cost-effective concept, based on the principle of pesticide biodegradation.
In 1992, Swedish farmer Göran Ohlsson had the idea of building a biobed. The reason was his concern and efforts to reduce point-source pollution originating from filling and cleaning of spraying equipment. He had learned that chemical pollutants can be broken down by normal microorganisms in agricultural soil. He therefore constructed a simple pit, just over half a metre deep, filled with … Read more
Thanks to the excellent organisation of FARRE, EISA’s national member in France, participants are able to look back to a great Farm Visit 2017. Exchange of thoughts and knowledge on sustainable agriculture, on Champagne production and the future of farming in an intensively used agricultural area were some of the key issues addressed. For more information, LE FORUM DE L’ENVIRONNEMENT is available in the French language.
LEAF announces the appointment of Carl Edwards as its new Director, Education and Public Engagement. Carl will plan, lead and execute LEAF’s ambitious education and public engagement strategy that will drive forward public understanding and demand for more sustainable food and farming and enable schools to enrich their curriculum. Read more …
Brussels, 28th July 2017
In July, the consortium Water2REturn coordinated by BIOAZUL launched a new project that will demonstrate the technological and economic viability of recovering and recycling nutrients from slaughterhouse residues, transforming them in to high value products with a wide range of agricultural applications.
In an increasingly robust EU circular economy, nutrients and bio-stimulants coming from livestock represent a significant added value; W2R is an initiative which aims to promote the use of nitrate and phosphate compounds recovered from the livestock value chain as organic fertiliser. Read more:
FEFAC, representing the EU compound feed and premix industry, has published its Annual Report 2016-2017. The 2016-2017 period marks the last year of the presidency of Ruud Tijssens, who in the foreword describes his term as the point where the European feed industry manifested itself as part of the solution to tackle societal challenges with the publication of the 2030 Feed Industry Vision. In a second foreword, newly elected FEFAC President Nick Major places a focus on ensuring viable farm incomes through the Common Agricultural Policy as a precondition to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Read more:
Leading arable farm, E W Davies Farms Ltd has become the latest farm to be launched as a LEAF Demonstration Farm in recognition of its commitment to more sustainable farming. It joins over 35 other LEAF Demonstration Farms set up to showcase the very best of sustainable farming practices to farmers, as well as to a wide range of audiences through organised visits. Read more:
HRH The Countess of Wessex visited Overbury Enterprises, a LEAF Demonstration Farm on Wednesday 6th July 2017. The Countess, who became LEAF’s Honorary President last year, toured the farm and estate and also met LEAF trustees, LEAF Demonstration Farmers and staff, as well as representatives from Overbury Enterprises. Read more:
The merger between two of the UK’s leading farming and food educational charities, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), has been confirmed.
LEAF is now looking to build on its position as a leader in public engagement in food, farming and the environment and maximising FACE’s expertise in the education sector. The newly expanded organisation will offer stakeholders and partners, improved efficiencies, enhanced engagement and will create even more opportunities for educating and engaging the public with food and farming. Read more …
The Countess of Wessex
On Sunday 11th June, HRH The Countess of Wessex, LEAF’s Honorary President, visited The Waitrose Farm, Leckford Estate for LEAF Open Farm Sunday.
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The UK public showed support for British farming en masse last weekend with over a quarter of a million people visiting farms. Initial estimates from organisers LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) indicate that over 250k people spent the day at one of the 358 farms across the counbtry that hosted an event. Read more …