Factory Farming

A Journey From Piglet To Plate

Millie Diamond | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Millie Diamond

The internet is rife with pictures of cute baby animals and there is no escaping the more recent increase of piglets and micro-pigs in the mix. But how many of us want to associate that sweet little snuffling snout with our delicious Saturday morning bacon sandwich?

The Virtual Reality Film That Will Change How You See The Chicken Industry

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK

Article contains images and details which some readers may find distressing. Factory farming remains a relatively hidden industry with the sq...

Pig Sick - Our New Year-Long Investigation Reports on the State of UK Pig Farms and It's Not Pretty Reading

Juliet Gellatley | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Juliet Gellatley

Nearly all the 4.9million pigs reared in Britain at any one time are kept on intensive units in distressing conditions. From the gigantic to the ramshackle, these factory farms have one thing in common: they thwart all natural instincts of the pig.

We Are What We Eat

Jane Fuller | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Fuller

In 2010 I saw the documentary 'Food Inc.' at BAFTA - a deeply unflattering look inside America's corporate-controlled food industry and its knock-on effects to the country's farmers and the health of its citizens. The film showed that the Big Food corporations put their vast profits way above a nation's health and that this is happening on a global basis.

Processed Meat: Bad for Us, Bad for the Planet

Philip Lymbery | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK
Philip Lymbery

On Monday, (26th October) the UN's public health arm - World Health Organisation (WHO), classified processed meats, such as ham and sausages, as carci...

Compassion's Take on the Sustainable Development Goals

Philip Lymbery | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK
Philip Lymbery

Last week the United Nations launched its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 aims included in a new 15 year plan. This plan aims to end poverty and hunger by 2030 and achieve a host of other truly worthy objectives such as gender equality.

Why One Perdue Chicken Farmer Broke the Conspiracy of Silence

Philip Lymbery | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Philip Lymbery

In 1992, Craig went into chicken farming to feed his family and be his own boss. He soon found he was anything but. And, after 22 years of farming, he has done something no one has done before. He gave us, two long-standing animal welfare advocates, unrestricted access to his farm where he raises chickens for US poultry giant Perdue...

Eerie Lake Erie: Factory Farming Is Causing Big Problems Far Beyond the Farm

Philip Lymbery | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

You may well have picked up the latest news from Toledo in Ohio, USA, where a severe toxic algal bloom - said to be at least in part due to industrial farm pollution - is causing havoc with local water supplies, leaving half a million people without safe drinking water.

'Small Milk' Farmers Challenge Logic of Mega Dairies

Andrew Wasley | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Andrew Wasley

In contrast to the vast US-style 'mega dairies' appearing in parts of the UK, one Sussex biodynamic dairy farm says small-scale milk production can wo...

Farmageddon, the True Cost Of Cheap Meat

Sue Cross | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Sue Cross

The world's demand for meat is growing and the population is rising. And so the pressure to increase production is escalating at a stupendous rate. The future of farming could go two ways.

Are Factory Farms Making Us Sick?

Philip Lymbery | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

For the last three years I have researched the catastrophic effects of factory farming: the public health risks, the threat of antibiotic resistance and the nutritional nose dive that factory farmed food has taken...

How 'Ag Gag' Laws Target Those Exposing Horrors of Factory Farming

Andrew Wasley | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK
Andrew Wasley

The pigs were crammed in; moving, squealing, eating, shitting - these animals didn't have the luxury of outdoor exercise or daylight. This barn (more like a warehouse in fact) was home for now. Locals told us the farm contained 13,000 pigs, and was an intensive piglet "nursery", where young animals were brought from breeding establishments elsewhere to fatten up before being dispatched to the slaughterhouse and people's dinner plates.

Why Are We So Horrible to Other Animals?

Sue Cross | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

We all know the reality: that humans' inhumanity and gratuitous disdain towards the animals in our control will continue. Nevertheless, when petitions are signed and a little more thought is given to what we eat, wear, use for medicine, the number of animals that are forced to suffer so dreadfully might be just a little smaller.

The Pheasant Shooting Season Begins On October 1st...

Sue Cross | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

The pain the birds are subjected to when their beaks are cut has been compared to the pain humans' feel when a limb is amputated since, under the hard outer layer, beaks have blood vessels and nerve endings which make them as sensitive as fingers are to humans.

Lab Meat Or Rearing Animals On Factory Farms: Which Is the More Unnatural?

Sue Cross | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

'Cultured beef', 'shamburgers', laboratory meat. Those who are put off the idea of eating meat that has been processed from the stem cells of an animal and developed in a laboratory say its unnaturalness is the principle reason for their distaste. But when animals are reared intensively for meat that is hardly more natural.

Test-Tube Meat: Yay or Nay?

Bhanu Bhatnagar | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Bhanu Bhatnagar

The recent laboratory development of an in-vitro beef burger created from stem cells is causing quite a buzz amongst consumers. Most people's first reaction is one of disgust and trepidation. And then the many questions: how can I eat meat that was grown in a lab made possible only by human engineering?

The World's Most Sustainable Burger

Philip Lymbery | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Tech
Philip Lymbery

The food and farming world, as we know it, is about to change. The world's first 'in vitro' burger is being cooked and eaten in the public eye, today. It's an extraordinary moment, and one that I have been waiting for with baited breath.

Not for Human Consumption: The Fastest of Fast-Fattening Diets Are on Factory Farms

Sue Cross | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Small farmers who rear their animals in a natural way call in vets to treat them when they are ill; meat industrialists do not. This business is all about providing food that is as cheap as it can possibly be. Keeping prices down means the industry cannot afford to care about the animals.

Investments in Suffering

Mark Jones | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Mark Jones

In the last several years the European Union has implemented bans on many inhumane practices of confining farm animals. Key measures included ending lifelong confinement of breeding pigs in sow crates as well as ending the use of conventional battery cages for confining egg-laying hens and the use of veal crates for restraining baby cows.

Foie Gras Might Be A Gourmet's Delight - But Its Production Process Could Not Be More Brutal

Sue Cross | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Post-mortems in slaughterhouses have shown that 30% to 70% have suffered severe injuries: bruised and broken bills; damaged throat muscles; maggot-infested neck wounds; multiple broken bones including wing fractures (the last attributed to a diet deficient in calcium).

The Importance of the F Word

Philip Lymbery | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK
Philip Lymbery

It's a simple word, but these four letters quite literally mean the world to us. Everywhere you look, food (or the absence of it) is a defining feature of society. Food fuels us, sells products, titillates and amuses, provides social cohesion, stimulates endless foodie conversations and raises the 'celebrity chef' to an almost god-like status. A lack of food fuels hunger, poverty and even war.

Australia Has Again Been in Uproar About Revelations of Cruelty in an Egyptian Abattoir

Sue Cross | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

The Australian campaign group Ban Live Exports have catalogued a raft of severe animal welfare abuses. To western eyes these might seem exceptionally brutal but the fact is that in any intensive system once animals draw near their slaughter date cruelty rachets up.

The World as We Know It Will End Unless We Change Our Eating Habits - A Case For The Vegan Option Continued.

Sue Cross | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

In many parts of the world incomes are increasing and ever more people are moving into cities. Lifestyles are changing. And so are diets.

Christian Ethics: Are They Found Wanting With Regard to Factory Farming?

Sue Cross | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Two new leaders of the first and third largest Christian churches: Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis, and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. A...

If Your Easter Lamb Disappoints - Here's Why. The Case For The Vegan Option Continued.

Sue Cross | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

News of the thousands of sheep that were lost in last week's snow drifts has given us an insight into sheep farming. Warnings were issued several days...