An Essex farmer named Jim Dutton who was at the centre of the genetically modified controversy over 10 years ago is now welcoming the government with open arms to the idea quoting that genetically modified food has been long overdue.
Farmers around the UK are being asked to come up with ideas to input into a new £125,000 research programme for farming.
On Friday 13th June Friends of the Earth, Grassroots Action on Food and Farming,Banana Link, the Small and Family Farms Alliance, farm and National Sheep Association attended the Tesco AGM to expose the company’s record of putting profit before people and the environment, despite the claims in its Annual Report and Corporate Social Responsibility report.
Friends of the Earth has discovered that Asda (owned by the American retailer Wal-mart) is building mezzanine floors in existing stores in order to significantly expand its non-food retail floorspace. In doing this Asda is exploiting a loophole in UK planning law which excludes internal building works from the definition of development requiring planning permission.
The proposed acquisition by Sainsbury’s of 171 Somerfield stores referred to the Competition Commission
On the 30 July 2003 the proposed acquisition by J Sainsbury of 171 Somerfield Stores from the “Springwater” Bidding Group was referred to the Competition Commission by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Patricia Hewitt. Her decision was made in accordance with advice from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
Wal-Mart’s ASDA has overtaken J. Sainsbury into second place in the UK grocery market according to the latest market share figures released on Wednesday by industry body Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS).
The Code of Practice was introduced following the recommendation of the Competition Commission, whose investigation into the supermarkets found evidence that the biggest supermarkets (Asda, Safeway, Sainsbury, Somerfield and Tesco) adversely affected the competitiveness of some of their suppliers.
On Monday 17th March the results of a UK farmer survey undertaken by Grassroots Action on Food and Farming, Friends of the Earth, British Independent Fruit Growers Association, Small and Family Farms Alliance, Pig Association, the Farmer’s Union of Wales and National Federation of Women’s Institutes revealed that many farmers feel the Supermarket Code of Practice , introduced a year ago, has made no difference to the way in which supermarkets did business with them.