UK Farming

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

Pilot Badger Culls Are an Important Part of a Wider Strategy to Tackle Bovine TB

Meurig Raymond | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

Bovine TB continues to devastate farming family businesses in large parts of the country. I can assure you that the NFU remains totally committed firstly to stopping the spread and ultimately to eradicating this disease and recognises that this will only be achieved by using every available option.

Will Russian Ire Make Food Cheaper?

Gareth Barlow | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Gareth Barlow

For twelve months many European and American food products will be barred from crossing Russia's borders. It's an interesting twist to the story and one can't help to wonder what the Russian government aims to achieve.

Waistlines: The Only Thing Benefitting From Our Ignorance of Food

Gareth Barlow | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Barlow

A weird situation has developed: globally around one billion people are malnourished and conversely two billion are obese. One might argue that if the weight on the scales was redistributed, some form of equilibrium could be found.

It's Time to Back British Farming to Put More Food on Your Table

Meurig Raymond | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

This year there has been a slide in the proportion of food produced in the UK for British consumers. We're calling on government, the food industry and shoppers to put British farming - and feeding the nation - at the heart of their decision making. We're now just 60% self sufficient - despite British farmers being geared up to produce more, sustainably, for the long term.

The Hidden Cost of Cheap Poultry

Andrew Wasley | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK
Andrew Wasley

Supermarket chicken is making us sick, as the recent scandal over the spread of the potentially-deadly campylobacter bug revealed. But cheap poultry is also linked to poor conditions for some (mainly migrant) workers toiling in Britain's vast slaughterhouses and processing factories.

World War One: The Few That Fed the Many

Meurig Raymond | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

World War One left its mark on most families in Britain and those who worked in farming were no exception. Our family was one of thousands that sent men to war and helped produce food for the nation. My father was in the SW Borderers Regiment fighting on the Macedonia front in 1917.

There's a Reason Why Supermarkets' 'Value' Ranges Are So Cheap - And It's Got Nothing to Do With Value

Clare Finney | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

No more could the aforementioned baker afford to love baking if he were to sell his loaves at the supermarket price of 75p a loaf. "If this was an industrial bakery," he observed tartly, "we'd employ three or four people and it would be automated."

We're Raising Living Standards for the People Who Grow Your Tea

Sarah Roberts | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Sarah Roberts

Tea is enjoyed the world over - it's the most popular drink after water - but as we sip our cuppa how many of us pause to think about the life of those who produce it?

'Small Milk' Farmers Challenge Logic of Mega Dairies

Andrew Wasley | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Andrew Wasley

In contrast to the vast US-style 'mega dairies' appearing in parts of the UK, one Sussex biodynamic dairy farm says small-scale milk production can wo...

From Field to Fork: Todenham Manor Farm

Victoria Ferran | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ferran

We arrive to a rapturous welcome in the beautifully modern kitchen where lunch preparations are in full swing. As some steaks sizzle away enticingly, Irayne tells us that the first time they visited, the 18th century house was fairly rundown but "just needed a little bit of work doing to it".

The Joy of Chicken Keeping

Annabel Burn | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

Our five chickens arrived a couple of months ago, and what a joy they have been. They are such curious little things. They love following the dogs around, and investigating visitors, mirrors, or anything new in their environment.

Farmer David Barton Forced to Shoot Beloved Cattle

Meurig Raymond | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

David invited us to his farm to video the tragic events unfolding. The result is an emotionally charged yet shocking video. We make no apologies for that. This is the distressing reality that farmers like David are having to face as bovine TB continues to devastate farming families across large parts of the country.

To Stun or Not to Stun: That Should Be the Question

Philip Lymbery | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

EU and UK law requires that all animals must be stunned before slaughter. However there is an exemption for religious communities. A loophole that must be closed.

Superbugs: The Hidden Menace of Antibiotics Fed to Farm Animals

Philip Lymbery | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

I am not suggesting that we do not treat sick animals. However, dosing an entire flock of factory farmed chickens or a herd of dairy cattle with antibiotics as a preventative measure is a major contributor to some resistant infections in humans.

HS2 Must Treat Farming Fairly

Meurig Raymond | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

HS2 raises the prospect of an unacceptable treble hit. Firstly, essential farmland is being lost to the line; secondly, larger areas which have been highlighted for habitat creation and tree planting will take valuable food-producing land out of production. And thirdly, far more new habitat is being imposed than is being lost on a questionable 'bigger is better' principle.

Bovine TB Devastates Dorset Dairy Farm

Meurig Raymond | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

More has to be done to stop bovine TB from destroying farming businesses and the livelihoods of the families that run them. And this must include dealing with the disease in badgers as well as in cattle.

Impending Food Shortage: The Latest UN Report Cites Climate Change - But What About Meat Production?

Sue Cross | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK
Sue Cross

THE LATEST REPORT FROM THE UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a 2% drop in the world's agricultural crop yield every 10 years until the end of the century. There are dire warnings of food shortages.

Green Meets Brown: The Many Colours of a Food Revolution

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

The Green Revolution is criticised for promoting excessive use of fertilisers that can run into waterways and even lead to over-salinisation of farmland and loss of biodiversity.

Why Man and Not Mother Nature Is Responsible for the Winter Floods

Simon Thomas | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

It's clear to me, and no doubt the thousands of people whose lives have been destroyed by the winter floods that it's not just nature that is to blame for the now annual flood destruction, farmers and Government must also share in the responsibility. After all, we had been warned. And repeatedly.

Learning Whilst Dining - The New Trend on the London Restaurant Scene

Lucy Self | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Self

Just when you thought that street food pop-ups, build-your-own-tasting-menus and fish cooked with nothing but lime and love was enough, that crazy culinary world has thrown another trend into the pot. The brainy dinner.

Could African Farmers Teach Us How to Stop the UK Floods Returning?

Guy Watson | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Guy Watson

Back in the UK one could blame the farmers but the real culprit is our government and their ideology of scrapping environmental regulations in the absurd belief that a free market will hold back the waters. Whether through corruption, ideological dogma or an obsession with self-serving headlines rather than finding lasting solutions, both governments fail their people.

The Floods Should Convince Ministers to Increase Home-Grown Energy

Tony Juniper | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Juniper

In the aftermath of the floods and the debate about what needs to be done to prevent similar events in future, there has been a focus on the role of farming. A lot of this has been about land use, and how water can be slowed down with trees, better soil management and wetlands...

The Co-op's Demise Has Serious Implications for British Farms

Nash Riggins | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

The Co-op is in trouble again. Just months after its financial arm all but collapsed, the company has been forced to admit it's completely haemorrhaging cash. And facing some £2bn in losses, it only makes sense Co-op bosses have decided it's time to go into shutdown mode.

The UK's Environment Secretary Wants to Reverse the UK's Ban on GM Crops... Why?

Sue Cross | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sue Cross

The concerns about GM biotechnology are, it seems, similar to those engendered by nuclear accidents: after the immediate devastation comes the anxiety about the long term effects. The fallout associated with genetic engineering is involving us in a something which could be even more far reaching than radioactive pollution.