Rural and Environment

  • This week: 01/02/19

    1st February 2019 by

    Single use cups  Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham was delighted to help launch Glasgow’s cup depository this week. “With up to 500 million single-use cups being used in Scotland every year, we all need to do our bit to make sure they don’t end up littering our streets and our seas.”  ...

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  • Weekly round-up: 25/01

    25th January 2019 by

    Animal licensing Responses published to our consultation on licensing for dogs, cats and rabbits. So many of you got in touch to give us your views on our proposals to improve the welfare of Scotland’s pets, and lessen the burden on regulators. Read more Arctic Frontiers Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon attended the Arctic Frontiers...

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  • Chieftain o’ the pudding-race

    24th January 2019 by

    Crispy or fried, as a burger or in a pastry, haggis can take as many different forms as its homeland’s weather. To help you celebrate this Burns Night, Scotland’s national chef Gary Maclean has shared some of his favourite ways to cook one of Scotland’s most famous exports. Crispy fried haggis with red onion chutney,...

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  • In the news: EAT-Lancet Report

    17th January 2019 by

    As you may have seen in the news (BBC, Guardian) today, the EAT-Lancet Commission has published a report, which looks at addressing the need to feed a growing global population a healthy diet, while also defining sustainable food systems that will minimise damage to our planet. The report describes a universal healthy diet, based on...

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  • Weekly round-up: 11/01/19

    11th January 2019 by

    Addressing animal welfare issues this week at Parliament, Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon announced that CCTV will now become a legal requirement in slaughterhouses across Scotland. Read more           Hill farmers and crofters in Scotland’s most remote areas will continue to receive assistance under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS)...

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  • In the news: Farmers on the frontline of climate change

    27th December 2018 by

    You may have seen in the news today that WWF Scotland are calling on the Scottish Government to provide greater leadership and support to Scotland’s farmers to help them adapt to the challenges of a rapidly changing climate. This comes as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming called for...

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  • Winter rural crime: snow joking matter

    14th December 2018 by

    By Catriona Maclean, Head of Rural Economy and Communities Scotland’s rural communities are some of the most rewarding – and safest – places to live and work in. However, by their very nature, rural areas and the way of life that comes with them mean there are unique set of issues and challenges faced by...

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  • “Tariff-free trade only viable option for Scottish seafood” – Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing

    10th December 2018 by

    “As the deadline to Brexit ‘D-day’ approaches, we’re gradually beginning to get a clearer picture on what the various scenarios could mean for Scottish industry. “Some of those arguing the case for leaving the European Union have been keen to reassure UK business that the inevitable downturn or loss in trade to the European market...

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  • Weekly round-up: 07/12

    7th December 2018 by

    Fisheries and Aquaculture funding Fisheries Secretary  Fergus Ewing announced £4.8 million has been awarded to 29 fishery and aquaculture projects across Scotland, helping coastal communities to diversify their economies and transition to sustainable fishing.         Young People’s Food and Drink event The Scottish Government has pledged £7.5 million until 2020 to support...

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  • St Andrews Day – 12 months as Scotland’s National Chef, by Gary Mclean

    30th November 2018 by

      A year ago I was offered the position of Scotland’s first National Chef. This was a brand new role in Scotland but as soon as I was offered the position I gladly accepted. Why wouldn’t I want to be at the forefront of something I love and am passionate about? Being National Chef to...

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