Factory Farming

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

Philip Lymbery | Posted 08.08.2014 | 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...

Will Antibiotic Resistance Put an End to Factory Farming? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

If we are concerned about the over-use of antibiotics in human medicine then alarm bells should sound louder still when it comes to their use in intensive farming.

Paul McCartney - Here's An Idea!

Sue Cross | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

With all the furore surrounding the horse meat scandal it seems there is no better time the current advertising campaign promoting the new Linda McCartney range. But will it work?

Should We Care That Fish Might Feel Pain? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

In trawling nets, fish are trapped with rocks, debris and other sea life and dragged along the bottom of the sea for hours. Surely, in these circumstances, they must suffer fear, pain and stress?

Slaughterhouse Waste - It All Has to Be Dealt With: A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Thanks to the horse meat scandal tons of processed meat products are being removed from supermarket cabinets. The waste is huge. But the meat industry usually strives to avoid waste. Any part of an animal that can possibly be used for human consumption is made fit to eat, right down to the stripping of bones.

Horsegate Will Run and Run

Tracy Worcester | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Worcester

The 'horsegate' story is set to run and run. It gives me no pleasure to say 'told you so' but I've argued for years that the industrialisation of agriculture, in order to get the cheapest food, results in ever lower quality standards.

Blood Sports or Factory Farming? Which Is the Crueller? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Fighting bulls are selected for their aggressive spirit. Like racehorses bred for the track they are highly prized and their welfare is paramount. Beef cattle, on the other hand, are bred and reared purely for meat. Only a very small proportion are kept for breeding - nearly all bull calves are castrated.

Do Farm Animals and Humans Have Anything in Common? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

When our backs are against the wall, our fear and anxiety, our terrified, panic-stricken reaction, are just the same. How must animals feel when they are rounded up for slaughter and rushed up ramps onto lorries?