UK Farming

A Journey From Piglet To Plate

Millie Diamond | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Millie Diamond

The internet is rife with pictures of cute baby animals and there is no escaping the more recent increase of piglets and micro-pigs in the mix. But how many of us want to associate that sweet little snuffling snout with our delicious Saturday morning bacon sandwich?

Work Hard, Work Hard: A Day In The Life Of A Farmer

Polly Rayne | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

In a time when most of our weekdays are spent typing at desks, pre-digital ways of working feel almost endangered. But the re-emergence of interest in...

The Rise Of Smart Farming

Mohsen Mohseninia | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Tech
Mohsen Mohseninia

Today, we use sensors to monitor cattle, which means that a farmer can make informed decisions on how to manage his livestock based on real-time data, and he can do that remotely without having to be physically in the field. Therefore, the time saved by avoiding manual monitoring can be used elsewhere to make the farm more efficient.

How Women Are Stamping Out Poverty In Bangladesh

Mark Hammersley | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Mark Hammersley

"My daughter is going to finish school," one young woman told me, defiantly. "She's going to get the opportunities I didn't have."

The Countryside Matters

Ross Murray | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Ross Murray

The British countryside is the 8th wonder of the world, and the envy of so many. We are all fortunate to be part of it. We must not forget our mutual interest in preserving its quality, its natural state and many purposes, its continued viability and our ability to share the experience with those who live in towns and cities. In short the countryside matters, for us all, and all the time.

Five Reasons Why I Love Being A Farmer!

JB Gill | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
JB Gill

I can't say this is the job I most look forward to, however, once I get going, there's something incredibly therapeutic about being in the pens, on my lonesome, having a nostalgic listen to a JLS album, whilst cleaning out the animals.

No Time For Nostalgia

Carole Walker | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Carole Walker

At the Eastern Counties Vintage show, rows of lovingly-restored tractors show the changing face of British agriculture. There is of course nostalgia for these simpler, slower machines and the farming traditions of past decades. But there is also a real concern about how farmers will cope with the challenges of Brexit and the uncertainties ahead.

Air Pollution Is Ravaging Plant Life

Dr Trevor Dines | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Dr Trevor Dines

Walking in the mountains of Snowdonia, the problems of the city can feel a long way away. The negative impact of poor air quality on human health is, thankfully, increasingly well-documented. Not only does air pollution contribute to thousands of early deaths, it also compromises the health of people suffering from ailments like asthma.

When Is A Bargain Too Good To Be True?

Michael Gidney | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK
Michael Gidney

We depend on these people, and they depend on trade with us. They deserve a fair deal for their hard work. We mustn't allow exploitation, child labour or poverty pay to continue. We must demand greater transparency from companies.

One Weekend: Two More Reasons To Drop Animal Products

Isobel Hutchinson | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Isobel Hutchinson

This weekend, the UK has been outraged by a shocking act of animal cruelty: up to 1,800 day-old chicks were found dumped in a field. The incident has...

Supply And Demand

Ross Murray | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

Apart from the obvious international trade dilemma posed by Brexit, in my view the most pressing economic challenge of our generation is that of housi...

How Are Global Food Brands Protecting Farm Animals?

Jonty Whittleton | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Jonty Whittleton

A new report released this week shows how 99 of the world's largest food companies are focusing on the welfare of farm animals used in their products....

Break The Cycle In 2017

Philip Lymbery | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Lymbery

© Compassion in World Farming The Western world is hooked on cheap meat. It has become completely normal in our culture to eat so much of it that an...

Investing In The Countryside

Ross Murray | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

What will life be like for people living and working in the countryside in the year 2030? As the impacts of climate change become increasingly obvious...

$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.