A day organised by Nourish Scotland and Slow Food Youth Network Scotland, looking at the Common Agricultural Policy and Sustainable Food. For more info see: www.capwhatscooking.eu/node/70.
Pete Ritchie of Nourish and Whitmuir Organics will give a talk on sustainable food production. This is a public meeting open to members and non-members.
Free but donations welcome.
A screening of the film Symphony of the Soil to mark 2015 - International Year of Soils with director Deborah Koons Garcia and soil scientist Dr Janet Moxley
Although the weather was windy, cloudy and cold, that didn't dampen our spirits at the Abington Agricultural Show on Saturday 22nd August.
We had our stall just in front of the sheep judging so that the farmers could see our Scottish Greens banner, and be treated to a display of posters showing sheep grazing among wind turbines, along with a summary of our aims for natural resources: land reform, local production, fisheries management, organic farming and sustainable farming.
Yet again we are hearing that dairy farmers are struggling and that supermarkets are to blame for pushing down milk prices. We all love to hate Tesco but how much are the supermarkets really the villains in this piece?
Rural areas are often seen as being fairly leafy, prosperous places full of rich landowners raking money in from farming subsidies, with perhaps a few incomers commuting to well paid jobs in towns or working online, and the odd well-healed pensioner who’s retired to the enjoy the rural idyll. However this belies a starker reality of hidden poverty, an aging population, lack of opportunity and low incomes contrasting with enormous wealth and power. So what are the issues and what can be done about them?
Lanarkshire Greens will be having a stall at Biggar Show. All helpers welcome, or just come along, say hello and find out more about what we're up to. Biggar Show is a great day out - crafts, displays, animals and refreshments and children's activities.
Land rights campaigner Andy Wightman will be speaking on the Common Good assets of former Burghs such as Biggar, how and how to find out what these are and ensure that they are used to benefit local communities. SLC says Biggar has no Common Good Assets we believe that it does as the Public Park and the Burnbraes as well as some other sites would seem to meet the criteria.
A review by Green land rights activist Andy Wightman's of CAP subsidies to farmers are allocated highlights that the top 10 % of farmers receive 48.6% of payments.
Lanark butcher Michael Shannon is backing a motion lodged lodged in the Scottish Parliament by Green MSP Alison Johnstone. Michael who sells meat produced on his farm under the Damn Delicious brand told the Lanark Gazette that he was angered by the fact the supermarkets had been taking the cheapest option by buying lamb from abroad rather than supporting local farmers. He pointed out that imported meat may not have been raised with the same animal welfare standards, and is more likely to contain additives such as hormone growth promoters.