Cassandra Coburn 3 August 2019 9:00 AM 3 August 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp I’ve lost track of the number of features I’ve seen joyfully hailing the edible insect revolution, entitled ‘Grub’s up!’ Barclays has released a report which predicts that the market for edible insects will hit $8 billion by 2030, and you can already buy Smoky BBQ Crunchy Roasted Crickets in Sainsbury’s. Research last month showed that certain species of edible insect contain higher quantities of antioxidants than freshly squeezed orange juice. Bugs are officially on track to become not just the ethical and environmental solution to protein provision, but a superfood as well. But wait. As with most food fads, these pronunciations are coming early, and are based on scant evidence. Everyone longs to believe that edible insects are the answer, now that we know what a toll the meat industry takes on the environment. And … [Read more...] about Edible insects are not the future of food
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Madsen Pirie 2 August 2019 8:15 AM 2 August 2019 8:15 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Boris’s new government abounds with good people and good ideas to boost business – and we are already reaping the rewards. Liz Truss, as the new President of the Board of Trade has announced today that once we leave the European Union, the UK will be a global free trader, with freeports and safe harbours to help this aim along. Freeports are areas next to shipping ports or airports that we designate as effectively foreign territory. That doesn’t mean they are owned by foreigners; it simply means that for tax and regulation purposes, they are treated as if they were outside the UK. They’re areas where HMRC has no right of entry or the authority to pick pockets. In particular, it means that goods coming into them are not subject to UK tariffs, taxes or regulations. Those burdens only apply if the goods then enter the domestic economy. … [Read more...] about A global, free trading Britain should back freeports
James Forsyth 3 August 2019 9:00 AM 3 August 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp On Sunday, Boris Johnson’s cabinet ministers were summoned to a conference call for an update on his Brexit strategy. The EU had not yet indicated any shift in its position, he said, but that should in no way deter the government from its current course. He was confident, he told his cabinet, that if he stuck to his guns the EU would move eventually. This, then, is the new government’s position. The Prime Minister told ministers that he does not think no deal is the most likely outcome — but if the government is not prepared for it, nothing will change. Is he right? Will the EU blink first? Many in the EU are unwilling to give ground. They don’t think the UK can possibly get ready to leave the EU with no deal by 31 October. The UK will back down at the last minute, they assume. And until recently, they had a point. A few weeks ago, … [Read more...] about Who’ll blink first – Boris Johnson or the EU?
Roger Awan-Scully 2 August 2019 3:32 AM 2 August 2019 3:32 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Were there a Most Beautiful Parliamentary Constituency in the UK award, Brecon and Radnorshire would be a very plausible contender. But Conservatives may be struggling to appreciate the aesthetic appeal of this large chunk of rural mid-Wales today. The by-election there overnight has reduced Prime Minister Johnson’s effective parliamentary majority – that is, including the DUP – to a single seat. A difficult parliamentary situation for the government just got ever-so-slightly worse. So much for the honeymoon period… In truth, the by-election result should not have been much of a shock. Brecon and Radnor has not, historically, been particularly fertile territory for the Conservative party. The seat was actually held – albeit on slightly more favourable boundaries – by the Labour party between a 1939 by-election and … [Read more...] about The Liberal Democrats win the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election