UK Farming

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...

MPs Call For Farmers To Tackle Belching Cows To Cut Emissions

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics

MPs have urged farmers to do more to cut belching and flatulence among their herds of cattle if they want to ward off calls for people to reduce the a...

Virtual Reality: Bringing the Farm to Your Living Room

Jonty Whittleton | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jonty Whittleton

I'm standing in the middle of a pig shed. To my left and right, I see row after row of tightly packed sows and their squealing piglets. The building is a sorry sight - hard, featureless, sometimes barely visible in the dim light. I want to leave, except I'm not actually "there". Welcome to the curious world of virtual reality.

Brian May Isn't Impressed With The Government Even After Its Animal Welfare U-Turn

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK

Brian May has said that "the only real hope for animals" is an end to the "awful" government after it abandoned controversial plans to scrap animal we...

The Government's 'Dangerous' Plan To Scrap Animal Welfare Codes Isn't Over Yet

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Government has been accused of "washing its hands entirely of its responsibility" after it emerged that it was planning to scrap animal welfare gu...

Quiz: Which Industries Have Been 'Bailed Out' By The Government?

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Politics

Tata's decision to sell its UK-based steelworks has prompted calls for the Government to step in and save it. Take our quiz to find out which others h...

The Government Is Planning To Scrap Animal Welfare Codes

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK

The government is planning to scrap animal welfare guidance and devolve regulatory powers to the farming industry, it has emerged. Under plans drawn u...

The Bitter Taste of Easter

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

There's a terrible irony that while we are getting fat on sugar, Ugandans are going hungry because of it. Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, doesn't it?

The Impact of Eating Animals: For You, Others and the Planet

Lauren Dawson | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Dawson

This past weekend we celebrated Earth Hour 2016, causing many of us to look at what changes we can make to do our bit for the planet. We all know about swapping light bulbs, shorter showers and driving less, but there's one change we can all make that has a bigger impact than anything else: what we put on our plate.

It's Time We Reconsider What We Define as Humane

Louise Mead | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Louise Mead

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I'll keep saying it until people choose to listen. None of this is necessary. We have no need to use and kill animals for food, clothing, entertainment, or any other reason. To harm and kill another being without necessity is profoundly unjust, no matter how you paint it. There is only one way to bring this injustice to an end; and that is, my fellow animal-lovers, for each of us to be the change by being vegan.

Leave or Remain: Supporting the Rural Economy

Ross Murray | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

The one hard-and-fast rule about a 'Plan B' is to make sure there is one. The farming industry - at the whim in recent years of foot and mouth, bovine TB, crop disease, droughts, flooding, and commodity price crashes to name but a few - understands of the importance of a fall-back plan.

The Death of GM?

Peter Melchett | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Peter Melchett

The real question is just how long GM will take to die, how many further environmental problems it will cause in going, and how much more research money which is desperately needed for projects which are actually useful for farmers will be wasted before the Government and many scientists in a country like England realise that they are wasting their time, and all too often, your money.

Dairy Cows Are Mothers Too: Their Milk Is Not Meant for Us

Jimmy Pierce | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Jimmy Pierce

Mother's Day gives us a ready-made opportunity to express our love and gratitude to those who raised us. Lots of us also recognise other caregivers in society, but how many will be extending their thoughts to other species?

Change Is in Our Pocket - This Fairtrade Fortnight Stand Up for Farmers

Michael Gidney | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Michael Gidney

As our annual Fairtrade Fortnight gets underway this week (Feb 29th - March 13th) thousands of people across the UK will "sit down for breakfast, and ...

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.