“The ban has drawn the tea industry into complete disarray.” Crops are failing in Sri Lanka seemingly after the government banned the use of chemical fertilisers this year, forecasted to wreak havoc on the country’s economy. Among the affected crops is tea, their biggest export. Master tea maker Herman Gunaratne fears they have their harvest reduced by 50 percent as the crop succumbs to pests, unless the government changes course. Is rapid adoption of organic processes truly sustainable?
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The UK media is regulated by the likes of IPSO and Ofcom. The report by press regulator IMPRESS highlights the link between low levels of media literacy and trust in the news. The study found that three quarters of those who did not know if journalists were regulated did not trust the news. It suggests that improving media literacy is one way to stem the erosion of trust, and shows that audiences have an appetite for information on news processes. Stakeholders need to collaborate in order to rebuild trust in the news, and independent media is well placed to do this. Read full article here