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ENGOs express grave concern at Fomm ir-Rih ‘Agro-Tourism’ Proposal

ENGOs express grave concern at Fomm ir-Rih ‘Agro-Tourism’ Proposal

Friends of the Earth Malta together with the six undersigned ENGOs wish to express their grave concern about the proposal to turn the Fomm ir-Rih Rural Hamlet into a tourist complex, under the guise of an agro-tourism project. The project includes the demolishing of several existing buildings to make way for new suites, as well as the take up of fresh land for the construction of a number of new units. The hamlet in question is a Grade 3 Rural Settlement and thus receives the highest protection at law, making the proposal blatantly illegal. Since the area in question is...

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Growing food has become our passion

Growing food has become our passion

Michelle and Michelangelo Galea – young agriculture enthusiasts. Growing food has become our passion. The journey started when my husband Michelangelo and I decided to have a go at growing broad beans. Years later we are growing a variety of organic fruits and vegetables for ourselves and our family, looking at the idea of food growth in a more holistic manner, making sustainability a top priority. Through research and practice we have found that implementing a permaculture and a closed-loop system not only benefits the land but also ourselves, making food growth more sustainable. When working with nature instead of controlling and...

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Concreting of country pathways raises concern of NGOs

Concreting of country pathways raises concern of NGOs

Friends of the Earth Malta together with eleven other environment NGOs are concerned by the use of concrete in various country pathways currently taking place in various localities in Malta and Gozo. The works are destroying the habitat for various species of flora and fauna including protected species and pollinators such as the honey bees. The ongoing destruction of this vegetation could have an impact on honey production and the pollination of agricultural crops in Malta. The construction methods used to upgrade these country pathways go against the water conservation measures already in place. The end result will facilitate water...

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The EU Protein Plan: a chance to close the loop and have more localised food production?

The EU Protein Plan: a chance to close the loop and have more localised food production?

Plant proteins are an important part of human and animal nutrition, but recently soybeans and other important sources of plant proteins have found their place at the centre of discussion in Brussels.  With two European parliament reports and 14 Member States signing the ‘European Soya Declaration’, why is the EU suddenly talking about soybeans and lentils? Protein crops are crops that are rich in the protein, a macro-nutrient important for both human and animal development and growth.  Protein crops can include a vast number of crops, from soybeans to legumes and oilseeds. The EU currently dedicates around 3% of its...

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