UK Farming

$400Million Cocoa Investment Aims To Tackle Poverty And Empower Farmers

Michael Gidney | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Michael Gidney

Today the cocoa industry is worth billions, yet the bitter truth behind the sweet treat is that too many cocoa farmers are struggling to survive, trap...

Iran's Looming Water Crisis Leaves Farmers With A Stark Choice

Arwa Aburawa | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Arwa Aburawa

As the wells and dwindling groundwater resources run dry the farmers are left with a stark choice; either reform their traditional, yet wasteful, irrigation practices or abandon their family land for nearby, dense urban centres where they will have find work outside their skill set.

Farmed Animals Are More Intelligent Than We Thought - But This is Missing the Point

Elena Orde | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Orde

We need to value the lives of all animals - regardless of what scientists have proved about their intelligence. We should not value an animal more based on whether it can solve a puzzle or use tools.

Down On The Farm

Mike Collins | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Mike Collins

In the early 1990s when a farmer decided to retire, the land that he'd managed in south Bath would become the focus of a passionate community-led camp...

Cows Can Now Text Farmers When They're Sick Or Pregnant. Yes, Cows.

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Tech

Cows can’t talk human. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that’s proven to be annoying for farmers and, probably, downright infuriating for the co...

Celebrating British Sausage Week

JB Gill | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
JB Gill

Sausages have been a staple in the British diet for centuries-upon-centuries. According to Love Pork, it is believed that sausages were first brought to Britain by the Romans some time before 400 AD.

Hard Work Pays Off

JB Gill | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
JB Gill

If I ever needed confirmation that hard work pays off, last week I was informed that my television show "Down On The Farm", which I co-host with presenter Storm Huntley and is produced by BBC Scotland for CBeebies, has been nominated in the Best Children's Programme category for a Scottish BAFTA award...

Another Level Of Suffering For Chickens

Jonty Whittleton | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Jonty Whittleton

We've been fighting the use of cages for animal products for decades. From fur farming to bear-bile extraction to egg production, these cages are generally designed to do one thing - make the most products as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Can Removing Subsidies In Farming Be Positive After 'Brexit'?

Fjona Krasniqi | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Politics
Fjona Krasniqi

If the UK is to prosper outside of the EU, opening itself to worldwide markets will mean that British farmers must be able to compete in order to maximise profits. Theresa May's government should pursue free trade where cooperation with the EU is also important, and a trade agreement must be agreed with the EU, the UK's largest trading partner.

Demand For Dairy Is Driving The Badger Cull

Elena Orde | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Elena Orde

The badger cull has clearly been a political tool to keep traditionally conservative-voting farmers and farming communities onside. The government have been keen to show that they are doing something to help, that they are taking a strong stance. In reality this is manifesting in violence and cruelty rather than addressing the root cause - modern farming methods.

Nature Post-Brexit Depends On The Resilience Of Farming

Ross Murray | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

As a nation we ask a lot of the countryside. It must feed us, attract tourists, be accessible for recreation and exercise, generate energy and store carbon. At the same time it must clean the air, provide an escape and inspiration, manage flood water, provide habitats for flora and fauna, and be a good place to live and work for rural communities. We ask all this and much more.

Sainsbury's Food Waste Shows Hunger For Change

Edd Colbert | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Edd Colbert

Supermarkets are finally feeling the pressure when it comes to food waste, and Feedback will be monitoring them closely over the next year to make sure that they 'taste the difference' between ambitious gestures and committing to effective long term actions to prevent food waste.

Five Key Questions On The Future Of British Farming Post-Brexit

Paul Brannen | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

As far as I can tell the last time the House of Commons discussed agriculture, without having to do so in the context of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) of the European Union, would have been some time circa 1970.

Hundreds Protest Outside Parliament For Global Day Of Action Against Live Animal Exports

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 29.08.2016 | UK

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Parliament on Monday as part of a global day of action against long distance live animal transport. Campaigne...

Brexit: A Blank Canvas For Farming

Peter Stevenson | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK
Peter Stevenson

We have a real opportunity therefore, as we move away from this flawed system, to treat Brexit as a blank canvas upon which to redesign our food and farming policy. If we paint the right picture, we can make huge changes for the better not only here in the UK, but globally too, by setting a new benchmark for others to follow suit.

British Farmers Can Have a Bright Future

Christopher Carter | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Politics
Christopher Carter

Currently many UK farmers are held to ransom by domestic supermarkets and their demand for low prices. Basic economic theory tells us the best way to increase prices for specific goods is to increase demand...

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

Juliet Gellatley | Posted 09.08.2016 | 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.

Brexit and After: That Was the Revolution That Was

Colin Tudge | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Colin Tudge

Colin Tudge proposes a way forward which is, of course, a million miles from what our new government has in mind Brexit is potentially and very prob...

Fatherhood and Farming: Raising a Family in the Countryside

JB Gill | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents
JB Gill

Experience of the countryside is all about opportunity for me. It's a chance to look at life boiled down to its simplest form and better still, see things from a different view. Whether a career in the countryside is for you, or you just want to eat great food, one thing is for sure, understanding our environment is a good thing for everybody.

Food, Farming and the Environment in a Brave New World

Ross Murray | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

To say that UK farming is at a crossroads is an understatement. Food security, the rural economy and environmental management could all change beyond recognition after Brexit when the UK's relationship with the Common Agricultural Policy ends.

Brexit Will Benefit Both Farmers and Consumers

Jayne Adye | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jayne Adye

With the referendum really heating up in recent weeks, there has been a surplus of outlandish claims coming from both sides. With plenty of column inches already dedicated to the Prime Minister's scaremongering about the dangers of World War 3 if we Leave the EU, the ordinary voter can understandably come to the conclusion the whole referendum issue is a bit of a storm in a teacup...

Yours for £1 - This Stunning National Trust Farm

Richard Neale | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Richard Neale

We want an experienced shepherd, able to move their flock of sheep to ensure that sensitive habitats get the grazing they need. Plantlife Cymru have kindly offered to purchase the farmer's new flock. The National Trust will offer the successful applicant expert conservation and farming support, as well as providing a farmhouse with picture-perfect views over the North Wales coast.

The Challenge to Connect the Countryside

Ross Murray | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

The CLA is exploring how countryside communities can leap ahead and achieve the ultrafast connections that will genuinely set rural businesses up for the future. Only when Government and industry show that they are looking to that horizon alongside us will they genuinely deserve the credit they crave.

Why Supermarkets Have a Duty to Provide Better Labelling for Milk

Jonty Whittleton | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Jonty Whittleton

Up to a fifth of dairy cows in the UK are kept indoors in factory farms all year round, never feeling the grass beneath their feet or the sun on their backs. In Denmark 85 per cent of farms were grazing cows on grass in 2001, but by 2010 this had reduced to just 35 per cent . In the US the majority of dairy farms are industrial-scale indoor systems which can house tens of thousands of cows.

These Young Farmers Are Using Virtual Reality To Reveal McDonald's Secrets

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A perilous skills shortage facing British agriculture is prompting ever more innovative efforts to attract young people to a career in farming. McDona...