Food fraud… what are we doing about it?

Unfortunately, relevant authorities are currently focusing their energies on legislation which scrutinises the 'quality' of local products. Of course, this is NOT a bad thing in itself... we actually need to address the issue of quality. But when you consider that we're concentrating on 'quality' without tackling the issue of 'traceability', then it's simply pie in … Continue reading Food fraud… what are we doing about it?

Antibiotics use in healthy animals, WHO news release

A few thoughts following the press release issued by WHO - "Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance". The organisation is right in advising livestock farmers around the world to be extra careful. Here are a few considerations from a local perspective to put consumers' minds at rest!   … Continue reading Antibiotics use in healthy animals, WHO news release

Greater demand reported after promoting local products

Throughout the years, I have been approached by various farmers and enthusiasts about the need for proper agri marketing for Maltese produce. It is now even clearer that even locally, media leaves a huge impact on consumer behaviour. Those who appreciate the food culture are well acquainted with Italian TV programs that exalt their regional … Continue reading Greater demand reported after promoting local products

Fighting Extinction – Saving Malta’s Black Honeybee

Article by: Darryl Grech, Administrator of Breeds of Origin Conservancy Apis mellifera ruttneri is Malta’s black honeybee. The Maltese black honeybee has adapted superbly to the harsh climatic conditions of our islands and displays excellent characteristics, such as hardiness. However, the reputation of the A. m. ruttneri bees among some beekeepers is poor and partly … Continue reading Fighting Extinction – Saving Malta’s Black Honeybee

Young Farmers & the future of EU Rural Development

Young Farmers have been given prime importance during the Presidency events bringing together Rural Development Directors from all the European member states to Malta. The events happened between Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th March 2017. On the 22nd, the Maltese delegation greeted our European counterparts and introduced them to the theme of events and obviously … Continue reading Young Farmers & the future of EU Rural Development