Author Archives: Julia Chatterton

About Julia Chatterton

Systems modeller with a particular expertise in food, farming and agricultural systems. Working with life cycle assessment methods for over 4 years to assess and analyse the environmental burdens associated with food and other production systems.

Bread developments – the bread that could last for 60 days

A technique has been developed that may make bread last up to 60 days, through a process that zaps the spores that cause mould. It is estimated that 32% of bread loaves purchased in the UK are thrown out as … Continue reading

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Chemical stunts growth of bacteria-carrying flies

The pesticide pyriproxyfen that has been shown to inhibit insect growth may be used to help reduce the spread of foodborne bacteria carried by houseflies. The chemical has previously been shown to stunt mosquito growth, and new research suggests it … Continue reading

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London bee numbers may be too high

The London Bee Keepers Association (LBKA) has warned that there may be too many bees in London and has criticised an initiative by a business group offering hives to central London firms. This may lead to an unsustainable bee population … Continue reading

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Ash dieback – plant passports and disease modelling

The latest disease to threaten UK woodlands, Chalara fraxinea or ash dieback, has led scientists to call for plant passports to monitor movements within Europe, for all plants “for planting”, i.e. potted plants, but not cut flowers or fruits. Stricter … Continue reading

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Intensive agriculture’s relationship with migratory routes for birds

New research has shown that the effects of intensive agriculture’s are causing migratory birds to change their route when flying to breeding grounds. The Afro-Eurasian Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) is a common inland shorebird with well- defined migration routes from sub-Saharan … Continue reading

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Future proofing UK farming

Farmers are counting the cost of the most recent spell of wet weather that brought flooding to many agricultural areas in November 2012. Many farmers have either lost or had to give up on drilling winter crops this season and … Continue reading

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Lessons from Hanoi

The 2nd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, which took place in Hanoi, Vietnam in early September, stressed the urgency of “climate-smart” agriculture. This seeks to increase agricultural productivity in an environmentally and socially sustainable way, whilst … Continue reading

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