13 February 2019
The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, UK recognising the new eating trends and the increased awareness of climate change has decided to further research on the effective and extensive use of global farmland. The university has been the recipient of £ 2.2 million donation from the John Oldacre Foundation to build on its already generous support for research at the university.
Research on Agriculture & Food Security
RAU carried out the soybean research as the crop is now being incorporated into meat products and helps reduce the red meat consumption thus providing environmental and dietary benefits. Harvesting Soya in the UK would help improve consumer understanding of this crop whilst reducing food miles and can be a profitable and viable crop for farmers. The crops are designed to have lower reliance on fertilisers and reducing production costs.
Dr Nicola Cannon, Principal Lecturer in Agronomy and supervisor to the soybean research said “It is an honour that the Foundation has chosen to build on its already generous support for research at the RAU. It means we can increase our focus on studies that offer benefits to farmers, the environment and the public by improving the carbon footprint of agriculture and reducing input costs”.
Why Royal Agricultural University?
Just a short drive from Oxford and Bristol, RAU is a close-knit community of 1,200 students and staff that has been at the forefront of agricultural education for over 170 years. RAU was the first agricultural institution in the English-speaking world.
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