Food production’s effect on water supplies must be investigated and properly recorded, warns Professor Tony Allan
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Thursday 19 February 2009
Thursday 29 January 2009
Friday 09 January 2009
Wednesday 07 January 2009
Outlook And they are off. The start of the Christmas trading update season has brought relatively good news from the high street, or at least news that was not nearly as bad as some had been forecasting. Debenhams was down "just" 3.3 per cent in the 12 weeks to 3 January while the fashion chain New Look was actually up 2.8 per cent in a similar time frame. Even Next, which resisted the trend to discount sales in the run-up to Christmas, was down by "only" 7 per cent on a like-for-like basis, which in these markets counts as almost respectable, though this was over a longer time frame and may therefore disguise double-digit falls in November and December.
Thursday 11 September 2008
Shoppers were given conflicting messages today on the effect on UK food prices of the rain-laden summer.
Saturday 23 August 2008
Sunday 17 August 2008
Pakistan's military dictators never go quietly. Field Marshal Ayub Khan was removed by a three-month long popular insurrection in March 1969. General Yahya Khan destroyed Pakistan before he departed in 1971. General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (the worst of the lot) was blown up in his military plane together with the US Ambassador in 1988.
Wednesday 06 August 2008
Wednesday 30 July 2008
Profits for Britain's 30,000 grain farmers will increase by 40 per cent this year because of global food shortages, agricultural analysts said yesterday.
Friday 20 June 2008
If you crossed Ken Loach with Robert Guédiguian, added a pinch of wry comedy and handed it to a thoroughly committed ensemble of actors, the result would be something like Couscous.
Friday 16 May 2008
Add beer to milk, oil and bread. SABMiller, brewer of Peroni and Miller Lite, warned yesterday that it would pass on the rising costs of ingredients to customers through higher prices, piling pressure on consumers already struggling with hefty increases across a range of basic energy and food products.
Wednesday 12 March 2008
Wednesday 05 March 2008
Premier Foods, the Hovis bread and Mr Kipling cake maker, has slashed its final dividend and renegotiated its banking facilities as it struggles with soaring wheat prices.
Sunday 02 March 2008
The present wheat crisis reminded me of the first time I met Professor Cary Fowler. It was over supper at one of the three restaurants on the Arctic island of Svalbard and we were debating if we dared try the whale steak. Neither of us was brave enough, choosing instead beefburger and chips. Over dinner, the professor, the world's authority on crops, explained why he had spent the past 20 years badgering governments about the need for a single safe storage place for all the seeds on the planet which give us our food.
Friday 29 February 2008
MF Global, the commodities broker spun off from the UK's Man Group last year, has sacked a rogue trader whose unauthorised dealing in the wheat market cost the group $141.5m.
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