A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Monday, December 08, 2003

Country concerns.....

Country Illustrated is an important, and beautifully-illustrated, magazine looking at rural issues in the UK. It is such a pity that it is not available online. The magazine also most generously hosts articles by yours truly, and, if you can get hold of a copy, I hope you might find my most recent piece, on GM, a little bit more rational than some about this febrile topic: 'A well-judged warning about GM crops' (Country Illustrated, December 2003, pp. 14-16): "Much hot air, and mighty little sense: Professor Philip Stott makes a rational assessment of the over-excited debate on genetic modification and the future of British farming." So says the rather kind strap line - at least I tried!

This December issue of the magazine is a particularly fine one, with articles by Duff Hart-Davis on the slaughter of Highland Deer, on facts about foxes, on the barmy inflexibility of English Heritage over the choice of thatching materials, and on a 'Verdict on DEFRA by the Government's own man' (this by Gillian Shephard MP, former Agriculture Minister, about Lord Haskins' big new report).

I think it is good to read this magazine, even if you do not share all of its tackle and tack - there are voices to be heard, too often excluded in our urbanised and metropolitan isle.

Country Illustrated can be obtained in one of two ways: either by joining CountryClubUK (whereby you receive the magazine free - highly recommended) or directly at the following e-mail: info@countryclubuk.com.

Philip in his tweeds. "Snifter, Old Boy?" "Pull!"

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