UK Farming

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.

Long Life and Good Health!

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

As I lay in my darkened room I came to an important conclusion. In the US, medicine is a commercial enterprise and in the UK it's a social enterprise. But in Africa medicine is hugely dependent on aid enterprise.

Home-made Baby Food and a Sexy Farmer

Bernadette McKuur | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Parents
Bernadette McKuur

So here's the thing, it is almost six months since I gave birth to my daughter and it is glaringly obvious that she is ready to be weaned. 'Glaring' being the operative word because that is precisely what she is doing.

Is This The World's First 'Sheep Drone'?

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Tech

The iconic pairing of sheepdog and farmer is something that goes back hundreds of years, however Irish farmer Paul Brennan knows that just as many oth...

Why Banning Snares Is a No-Brainer

Joe Duckworth | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Duckworth

This week, we called on MPs from all parties to ban snares outright. Britain is one of only five countries left in the EU where snares are completely legal, and frankly it shames us all. Snares are indiscriminate, inhumane, and unnecessary. Banning them is a no-brainer.

Where Is British Food in the Election Debate?

Meurig Raymond | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Politics
Meurig Raymond

The next few months will see the closest fought election in a generation. Already the economy, welfare, health and education have been occupying headline space as some of the most important issues which affect people and therefore their vote. But where is food in this debate? More importantly, where is safe, secure, traceable British food?

Secure Land Rights Are Crucial for Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050

Martin Koehring | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
Martin Koehring

Feeding a growing global population of nine billion people by 2050 is one of the world's biggest challenges--especially in the context of rapid urbanisation, rising amounts of food waste and climate change. During one day of discussions senior executives from agribusiness, policymaking and the NGO community examined approaches to food and nutrition security.