UK Farming

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.

Romy Fraser, Founder Of Neal's Yard Remedies And Owner Of Trill Farm

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In 1981, long before the world got hooked on green juices and chia seeds, Romy Fraser opened a small natural health and beauty shop in London's Covent...

A Tale of Two Oxfords...

Peter Melchett | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Peter Melchett

Given that Lord Krebs could hardly maintain his 'it's a waste of money' position in the face of this overwhelming scientific evidence, he has changed tack, claiming at Oxford that organic farming is bad for climate change, because it yields less than non-organic.

Why Farmers Should Vote Labour

Paul Brannen | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Traditions are by their very nature famously difficult to break but there must be a growing sense among UK farmers that there is only one way to secure the future of British farming come May's general election and that is to break the habit of a lifetime and this year vote Labour.

Badger Culling - The Total and Abject Failure of a Politically-Motivated Policy

Mark Jones | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK
Mark Jones

After two years, the government's own results clearly show the pilot culls have failed to deliver on either effectiveness or humaneness.

Big Ag - "Eat Less"

Vivienne Westwood | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Vivienne Westwood

When it was broadcast on the radio "eat less" came out as a ridiculous blunder - as if I had said that people who were hungry or could only afford to eat hamburgers should eat less. Of course poor people don't have any choice. Half the world is hungry, poverty increases; everyone is so worried. Therefore people were angry with me. Luckily the press then reported my interview in full and this cleared up what I was really trying to say. They quoted me, "What's good for the planet is good for people". Most importantly the press then posted the fundamental question: Is Big Ag.( agricultural capitalism) good or bad? This is the urgent debate we must have.

Avian Flu: Why We Should Be Cautious

Philip Lymbery | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Philip Lymbery

The spectre of avian influenza has once again been raised by a double-strike in Europe. The highly contagious strain, H5N8, which could potentially affect people, has been discovered on a Dutch poultry farm, whilst a further case has been found on a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire, England, although the strain has yet to be confirmed.

Living Wage Week: The Big Business Model Needs Changing

Natalie Bennett | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

To give small business a chance we need to make big business and multinationals pay their fair share of taxes and give their staff decent wages and conditions. They need to treat their suppliers decently, obey the law and not act anti-socially.

Badgers... Time for Evidence-Based Policy Rather Than Policy-Based Evidence

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

This week heralded an all too familiar event in the UK Parliament - a House of Commons debate on the badger cull. With the second year of culling having very recently completed, politicians and animal lovers alike are eagerly awaiting the news of just how many badgers were killed over the last six weeks in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Salon del Gusto - Good, Clean, Fair Food

Danny McCubbin | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

Carlo Petrini's message was clear in his opening speech He said that indigenous races and the delegates at Salone del Gusto are the true intellectuals of the world. His request to all of us and to many more people around the world who were listening in was to protect Bio Diversity.

The Future of Food: Urban Farming

Gareth Barlow | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Gareth Barlow

I am hugely frustrated. Frustrated by a species slow to grasp new concepts, content to doggedly hold on to the status quo, with a terrifyingly strong grasp.

Making Farming Sexy

Harriet Lamb | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

While 500million smallholder farmers work to overcome the odds, a handful of global companies control the transport and distribution of our food supply. Rampant consolidation of food companies has created an 'hourglass economy' with millions of farmers selling to a handful of companies - who in turn sell to millions of consumers.