UK Farmers

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

Every Rain Cloud Has A Strawberry Lining

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK

The wettest winter since 1766 has been good news for strawberry farmers. While heavy rain caused havoc for many farms across southern Britain, the ...

Act Now, or Food Shortages Could Become a Problem for Us All

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

It is time that we start asking ourselves important questions for how these challenges to our food supply will be addressed in years to come, and that the solutions are appropriate and equitable...

Christmas Dinner - Nine Months to Make, Nine Minutes to Eat

Sian Breslin | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

This is a quick low down on the main components of Christmas Dinner and why we should take pleasure in every mouthful of the most anticipated dinner of the year.

PICTURES: Selfies On The Farm

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.12.2013 | UK

Old MacDonald had a farm ee i ee i oh! And on that farm he liked to take selfies obvs, lol, rofl, lmao. Yes, the self-portrait trend has gone ...

Britain Would Starve If We Only Ate Home-Grown Food, Farmers Warn

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK

Britain would starve if we only had home-grown food to rely on, farmers have warned. Falling self-sufficiency means Britain produces less than two-...

Help Us Take Ducks to Water

Dr Marc Cooper | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK
Dr Marc Cooper

Ducks need access to water. This isn't surprising. After all, they're water birds. So you might think that the duck you buy has come from birds that have had access to open water. However, there are no UK legal requirements to provide ducks with water for anything other than drinking.

The Truth About Veal

John Avizienius | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
John Avizienius

Have you ever eaten veal? If not, you're not alone. Many people don't understand what veal is or think it's cruel because it comes from calves killed at a young age. Surely it's better to ensure they are treated well, and produce higher welfare meat from them, than let them go to waste as a simple by-product?

New RSPCA Chicken Welfare Initiative: Another Reason to Buy Freedom Food

Dr Marc Cooper | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Dr Marc Cooper

Better information about the health and welfare of different chicken breeds can help farmers make informed decisions about the breeds they choose to rear and, just like independent reviews of other products we buy, it could also allow retailers and shoppers to make informed choices about the chicken meat they select.

The Unintended Cost of Intensive Modern Farming Might Just Be Our Health

Mike Baker | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Mike Baker

I believe that the well-being of animals and people is inextricably intertwined, as highlighted in this report. A different approach towards food production is urgently needed. WSPA wants to change the way we perceive and treat the billions of farm animals the world relies on for food.

A Newcomer to Dairy Farming

Chris Webb | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Webb

I'm already half-awake when the soft ping of my alarm nudges me to get out of bed. It's four o'clock and there's a ninety minute drive to the farm, so I need to get going. I quickly pull on some old clothes and head out into the dark, frosty morning.

Farmers Fear For Livestock Cut Off By Snow

The Huffington Post UK | David Hobbs | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK

Livestock farmers are becoming increasingly fearful for their livelihoods as the heavy snow and wintry weather threaten their animals. It's believe...

My War Against GM Crops

Michael Hart | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Tech
Michael Hart

When herbicide-tolerant crops were first introduced the promise was that they would mean less herbicide use and so have less environmental impact and lower cost to the farmer for weed control. But herbicide use is back to where it had been before GM crops were introduced.

Tesco In Fresh Local Meat Pledge

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK

Supermarket giant Tesco is to double the amount of fresh meat it sources in Northern Ireland. Following on from his earlier pledge to work more clo...

Tesco Pledges To Bring Meat Production 'Closer To Home' - But You'll Foot The Bill

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlie Thomas | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK

Tesco's boss has vowed to bring meat production "closer to home" and work much more closely with British farmers in the fallout of the horsemeat scand...

Hold Your Horses!

Jude Thorne | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Thorne

So where can consumers buy with confidence without needing a DNA testing kit? With the real guardians of food traceability and provenance, local farm retailers and local butchers, of course.

Charlie Thomas

Family Butchers Benefit From Horsemeat Scandal - But For How Long?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK

Family butchers have reported a surge in sales following the fallout of the horsemeat scandal, but the spike could disappear unless action is taken to...

15,000 Crocodiles Bust Out Of South African Farm

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK

Around 15,000 crocodiles have reportedly escaped from a farm in South Africa. The owner of Rakwena Crocodile Farm was apparently forced to open th...

'In Relation to Animals, all Humans Are Nazis' - Animal Rights Today Part One

Hannah Gal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

'When we were children', he explains, 'we listened to our parents read us a story about animals, we smiled and giggled, we mimicked the noises the animals made, we wanted to play with them.. not have someone shove a knife in their throat and cut them up into pieces'.

Parliamentary Vote Opposes Badger Cull Proposal

Henry Smith | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Politics
Henry Smith

There are three principle reasons why I was one of those Members to ask a House of Commons business scheduling committee for a debate on the proposed badger cull and why spoke and voted against a cull in the debate I secured on the floor of the House last Thursday.

Controversial Badger Cull To Be Delayed

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK

The badger cull is set to be delayed after questions over the cost and effectiveness of the scheme. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expecte...

Top Scientists Say Badger Cull Will Increase Cattle TB, Not Reduce It

PA | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Politics

A group of professors from leading universities and zoological institutions across the UK have urged the Government to reconsider controversial plans ...

Wet Summer To Push Up UK Food Prices

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK

Food prices are likely to rise after farmers in England and Wales reported poor harvests due to the rainy summer. Wheat yields fell 14.1% this year...

Charlie Thomas

Have They Had Their Bacon? UK Pig Farmers Quitting The Industry

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK

British pig farmers are being forced out of the market or to cull livestock as the price of producing pork continues to rise. Following a number of...

The Problem Isn't Badgers, It's (Politically Led?) Bad Science

Hilary Burrage | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Politics
Hilary Burrage

National Farmers' Union and the majority of farmers - but not all - may believe that badger culls will do the trick, and a lot of politicians want to keep the farmers onside. And it will probably pay electoral dividends for a while. But longer term this 'solution' is could even make things worse...