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UK economy grows by 0.8% – the fastest pace in three years

UK economy grows by 0.8% – the fastest pace in three years | Unit 2 12.3B Economic Growth | Scoop.it
GDP growth accelerates to 0.8% in the third quarter – although output remains below its pre-recession peak
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UK GDP growth limited to 1% in longer term, economists warn

UK GDP growth limited to 1% in longer term, economists warn | Unit 2 12.3B Economic Growth | Scoop.it
IEA paper predicts a post-crisis era of sluggish growth, tempering recent good economic news stories

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PM wants curbs on migrant benefits

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Curbing migrants' access to state handouts will be one of the main aims of David Cameron's plan to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the European Union, the Prime Minister has said. Mr Cameron also indicated he would like tighter restrictions on the ability of citizens from new members of the EU to come to the UK looking for work. In an interview with The Times, the Prime Minister also hailed the UK's "good rate of growth" and indicated that his 2015 election pitch to voters will be a promise to complete the work of repairing Britain's battered economy. The Prime Minister is set to make a referendum on Europe a key pledge in his 2015 manifesto, with the vote due before the end of 2017 after a period of negotiation with Brussels and leaders across the continent about a new settlement for Britain. Speaking about his efforts to forge a consensus with German chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders, he told The Times: "Could the whole problems of immigration, problems with welfare tourism .... be part of ... making sure that we have a European relationship that works for Britain? Yes of course it can.

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UK GDP expands 0.3 per cent, economy continues to flatline

UK GDP expands 0.3 per cent, economy continues to flatline | Unit 2 12.3B Economic Growth | Scoop.it
UK GDP grew by 0.3 per cent in the first three months of 2013, according to the latest quarterly national accounts from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
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Marist Economics's curator insight, April 25, 2013 6:28 AM

Some welcome relief for UK's Coalition government that we have avoided the 'Triple dip recession' headline. However, Labour will seize on the fact that GDP "has been broadly flat over the last 18 months". Output from the economy remains 2.6% below its pre-crisis peak in 2008.

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UK GDP growth limited to 1% in longer term, economists warn

UK GDP growth limited to 1% in longer term, economists warn | Unit 2 12.3B Economic Growth | Scoop.it
IEA paper predicts a post-crisis era of sluggish growth, tempering recent good economic news stories

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UK Economy: GDP Growth Accelerates To 0.8%

UK Economy: GDP Growth Accelerates To 0.8% | Unit 2 12.3B Economic Growth | Scoop.it
Official figures for the third quarter show further progress in the economic recovery but growth was not as high as some hoped.

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10 Big Trends for Agriculture

10 Big Trends for Agriculture | Unit 2 12.3B Economic Growth | Scoop.it

I’ve got a number of keynotes coming up in the New Year focused on the agricultural sector, and have done quite a few in the past.

My insight resonates with the agricultural crowd, whether farmers, ranchers, or agricultural support and bio-science companies. I recently spoke to the top 100 cattle, stockyard and feedlot operators in the US at a private event in Sonoma County, California. The US Farm Credit Cooperative has brought me in twice. Want to think about opportunity? Read the post, Agriculture 2020! Innovation, Growth & Opportunity — and also read on below.

Massive growth in food demand: The UK Food and Agriculture Association estimates that the world population will increase 47%, to 8.9 billion, by 2050. That’s a potentially huge food marketplace. That fact, more than anything, spells the reality that the agricultural industry is full of potential opportunity!A continuing rampup in efficiency: Simple fact: global agriculture must double in the next 30 years to sustain this type of population growth. Add this reality check: there is little new arable land in the world. The result is that existing producers will have to continue to focus on smarter, better, more efficient growing in order to meeting demand.Hyper-science: One of the realities of the infinite idea loop in which we now find ourselves is this: while there are 19 million known chemical substances today, the number is constantly doubling every 13 years… with some 80 million by 2025, and 5 billion by 2100. Science is evolving at a furious pace, and with science at the root of agriculture, we will continue to see constant, relentless new methods of improving crop and livestock yield.Innovation defines success: Growers that focus on innovation as a core value will find success; their innovation will focus on the triple-feature need for growth, efficiency and ingestion of new science. It will be by adopting new methodologies, products, partnerships and ideas that they will learn to thrive.Retail and packaging innovation drive agricultural decisions: Do this: stare at a banana. Did you know that Chiquita banana has come up with a special membrane that doubles the shelf-life of the product, doing this regulating the flow of gases through the packaging? Take a look at Naturepops: each lollipop is wrapped in fully bio-degradable film made from plant matter, and the bags they come in are made from recycled paper, water-based ink and poly lactic acid made from cornstarch. There’s a huge amount of innovation happening with packaging companies and on the store shelf, and all of these trends have a big impact on agriculture.Intelligent packaging moves front and center: Innovation with packaging will take an even bigger leap in years to come, and will involve hyperconnectivity, a trend that will be driven by food safety, tracability, country of origin and nutrition labelling needs. Our lives are soon to be transformed by packaging that can “connect” to the global data grid that surrounds us; and its’ role will have been transformed from being that of a “container of product” to an intelligent technology that will help us with use of the product, or which will help us address safety and tracability issues.The energy opportunity: Agriculture is set to play a huge role as we wean ourselves away from our dependence on oil and natural gas. The US Department of Energy plans to see alternative fuels provide 5% of the nations energy by 2020, up from 1% today. And it is expected that there will be $1.2 billion in new income for farmers and rural landowners by getting involved with new energy sources such as windpower. Europe plans to have a market that involves at least 20% usage of bio-fuels by 2020, and Feed & Grain estimates that liquid fuels from agricultural feed could replace 25% to 30% of US petroleum imports by that time.Convenience and health take center stage: We will continue to see rapid change in consumer taste and expectations as people comes to place more emphasis or doing their best with the little time that they have. For example, it is expected that fresh-cut snacks grew from an $8.8 billion market in 2003 to $10.5 billion by 2004, according to the International Fresh-Cut Produce Association, as part of a trend in which produce and fruit continue to compete with traditional snacks. Expect such unique trends to growth both in terms of number and rapidity.Direct consumer-producer relationships blossom: As this technology evolves and as people become more concerned about the safety of what they eat, a natural result is a frenetic rate of growth in direct relationships between growers and consumers. Check out SouthDakotaCertifiedBeef– that type of thing defines the future of this trend!Generational transformation: perhaps the biggest trend is that we are about to witness a sea-change in the rate by which new ideas in the world of agriculture are accepted, as a new generation of technology-weaned, innovative younger people take over the family farm.Partnership defines success: If there is one trend I emphasize in every industry I’m involved with, it is that no one individual or organization can know everything there is to know. As I indicated in my I found the future in manure article, this trend is also becoming prevalent in agriculture. We will continue to see an increasing number of partnerships between growers and advisers, suppliers, buyers, retailers and just about everyone else, so that they learn to deal with the massive complexities that emerge from rapid change and innovation.


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Loran Sneller's curator insight, September 29, 2013 3:41 PM

In the year 2050 the world population will increase 47%, to 8.9 billion. Global agriculture must double in the next 30 years to sustain this type of population growth.The result is that existing producers will have to continue to focus on smarter, better, more efficient growing in order to meeting demand.One of the realities of the infinite idea loop in which we now find ourselves is this: while there are 19 million known chemical substances today, the number is constantly doubling every 13 years… with some 80 million by 2025, and 5 billion by 2100. There’s a huge amount of innovation happening with packaging companies and on the store shelf, and all of these trends have a big impact on agriculture.

amagazinecalledbible's curator insight, October 1, 2013 7:25 AM

#windpower #sustainabledevelopment #renewable

Lydia Dingeman's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:09 PM

This artical is about how the world population is going to increace by 43% by 2050. Agriculture needs to become more efficant in order to keep up with the poplaustion groth of the world.

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Britain's economic recovery: three key challenges to long-term growth - The Guardian

Britain's economic recovery: three key challenges to long-term growth - The Guardian | Unit 2 12.3B Economic Growth | Scoop.it
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Britain's economic recovery: three key challenges to long-term growth
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Over the past two decades – up to and including the recession – GDP per capita grew faster in the UK than in all our major comparator economies.
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UK economic growth in danger of flat-lining at 1%

Latest from Banking Times - New post: UK economic growth in danger of flat-lining at 1% http://t.co/K93aniqQzB

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