UK Farming

Dartmoor Life

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maggy Whitehouse

I love Devon life. I love the farmers and their sheep and cattle that surround us; I love helping search for lost ponies and disentangling sheep from fences; I love walking the lanes at night with the beagles and watching the skies turn...

Change for Chickens: How NGO-Corporate Partnerships Can Have Global Impact for Farm Animals

Jonty Whittleton | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK
Jonty Whittleton

For egg-laying chicks at least, we are moving slowly but surely to a "post-cage" era. Nestlé, the world's largest food company today announced they will use only cage-free eggs in all U.S. products within the next five years.

Badgers Face a Bleak Future

Mark Jones | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Mark Jones

Figures released by DEFRA on 16th December reveal that almost 1500 badgers were shot under license in the cull zones in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset in 2015. This brings the total number of badgers killed to almost 4,000 over the past three years, at a cost to the taxpayer that's probably in the region of £25 million.

Climate Change Threatens Food Production - But British Farmers Have the Answers

Meurig Raymond | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK
Meurig Raymond

Farmers worldwide need to invest in making our industry more resilient to weather disruption if we are to feed a growing population with divergent tastes. We need a fair share of access to water resources, as well as better protection of agricultural land from flooding.

Taking Time Out to Reflect on a Sustainable Future

Marike de Peña | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK
Marike de Peña

Fairtrade can't implement the SDGs by itself. We're one player - albeit a significant one - in a global movement for change, and it will take a seismic shift in attitudes and behaviour from governments, businesses and consumers to bring about the kind of sustainable growth we need. But we've got 25 years of experience behind us and Fairtrade is the world's most recognised ethical brand...

The 5p Plastic Bag Versus The Steak on Your Plate

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jasmijn de Boo

The Climate Change Act 2008 gave the government a mandate to impose a fee for plastic carrier bags in an attempt to cut down on waste and global warming. In England this measure has now been implemented. While the step in itself is laudable, its environmental benefits will be negligible.

From Cage to Grave: The Short, Unpleasant Life of a Game Bird

Dr Toni Shephard | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK
Dr Toni Shephard

The pheasant shooting season starts today, and while many people instinctively oppose the killing of animals for sport, most have no idea just how miserable the short life of 'game' birds really is.

Why African Agriculture Should Be a Hot Topic for Investment

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to transforming Africa from a continent of poverty to prosperity. Africa's attractiveness for inve...

Will a Vegan Be the Fox in the Defra Henhouse?

Ian Middleton | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

Having a vegan as shadow minister for agriculture may well upset the cosy rapport farmers have with government at the moment, but I thought that was the point of electing Corbyn in the first place. To think the unthinkable and do what's right, rather than what's pragmatic and expedient to the wishes and votes of vested interests.

The NFU Needs to Appoint a Head of Campaigns

Paul Brannen | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Photo credit: Daniel Rowe While watching a TV report on dairy farmers removing milk from supermarket shelves I experienced a 30-year flash back. A ...

Milk Wars and Cow Power

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

We know our UK dairy farmers take a real pride in their animals and their milk, just like the one-cow farmer in Africa, but how do we as consumers share the UK dairy farmer's pride in this highly popular product?

Its Eye Sockets Were Empty and Blooded - And It Was Somebody's Fault

Sue Cross | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
Sue Cross

No survey has been done, or could be done, on the number of sheep caught in wire. But I have many times, particularly when walking or cycling, stopped to unhook a sheep. Sometimes they jerk their head in panic and are released that way.

It's Time to Rename Farming

Gareth Barlow | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Gareth Barlow

So has the time come for the industry to be bold and drop the name? Ditch the word farming and use a different term that captures the imagination and interest of the twenty-first century consumer? The Food Production Industry.

East Is East, and West Is West, and Slowly the Twain Shall Meet

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jethro Shirley-Smith

And from my little terrace, Kipling was so right; East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. Nestled in a far, gentle corner of Eastern Europe, Predeluţ couldn't be much further from the noise and agitation of the West, even if it tried.

It's Time to Back British Farming

Meurig Raymond | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Meurig Raymond

The headline figure is that we only provide 62% of the country's food supply. And this is set to get worse. The UK is on course to become the most populous country in the European Union - an estimated 77million people by 2040 - and official figures suggest our ability to feed ourselves will drop to just 53% by then. So, my message today is: it is time to Back British Farming.

Working 14 Hours a Day to Lose Money - The Personal Cost of the Milk Price Crisis

Alice Knox | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK
Alice Knox

It is hard to express how depressing it is to get out of bed at 5.30am to work a 14 hour day to lose more money. It's difficult to carry on. We are dairy farmers on the north side of Dartmoor National Park with a small herd of 100 milking cows. We are struggling to survive. For every litre of milk we sell we now lose seven pence.

Prince Charles Has An Unlikely Source Of Support In Republican Jeremy Corbyn

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.08.2015 | UK Politics

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has made a rare intervention in support of the Prince of Wales. The hardline leftwinger and long-standing...

Animals Watch Out, There's a Human About

Nick Abbot | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Nick Abbot

Instead of running wild over hills and dales, they get walked twice a day, if they are lucky, and get to pee on a tree in the midst of a concrete wasteland. If we were honest with ourselves, we would call this selfish. We would acknowledge that the dogs are not as happy as they could be, but we think they are cute and they amuse us, so we imprison them.

Let Kindness Be the Inspiration

Sharon Bull | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

It's not often you meet someone who inspires you, the way Carole Webb inspired me, but earlier this year I was privileged to meet this wonderful lady and all her animals - including Moonbeam, George, Blossom and Jack. Spending time at Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary confirmed to me, just how intelligent and gentle, farm animals are.

500k People Don't Want The Government To Lift A Ban On 'Bee-Killing' Pesticides - But It Just Did

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK

The government has lifted an EU ban on "dangerous" pesticides linked to the decline in bees, despite a petition from more than half a million people p...

The Growing Inequality of EU Land Ownership

Paul Brannen | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

As a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in the European Parliament I have questioned the wisdom behind aspects of the CAP's aims and implementation and I intend to be no less vocal on its contribution to the growing problem of land grabbing in the EU. Inequality is a growing curse in society: a growing inequality in land ownership will only exacerbate matters further.

Struggling Dairy Farmers Forced to Diversify to Survive

Morgan Meaker | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Morgan Meaker

Every day, dairy farmers Andrew and Jane Charlesworth lose £130. They're not even close to making a profit. "Milk has become a throwaway commodity," says Andrew. "It's cheaper than water." The Charlesworth's story is typical. Dairy farmers up and down the country are struggling.

MRSA Is in British Meat: Is This the Wake-Up Call We Need?

Philip Lymbery | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Philip Lymbery

This is the first time MRSA of livestock origin has been found in British pig meat. The findings indicate that British consumers are already being exposed to MRSA in retail meat, with a person eating pork twice a week likely to be exposed to contaminated meat once every three months.

MRSA in British Pork; Why We Should All Be Concerned and Defra Must Act

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

This is the first time MRSA of livestock origin has been found in British pig meat. The findings add to the growing evidence that overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to resistance in life-threatening infections in humans, and supports the call for urgent action to address inappropriate use in farming.

We Must Not Give in to Intimidation Tactics of a Minority

Minette Batters | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK
Minette Batters

What the Caffe Nero situation has taught us is that each individual retailer or outlet should stand firmly by their procurement policies - and not differentiate between milk that is and is not perceived to be from the cull areas. This is an approach that will have most force.