UK Farming

Renewables Could Make Farms Financially Viable

Green Futures | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Green Futures

Clean energy generation offers a tremendous opportunity: "In some cases, additional income from renewables may be the only way for the next generation to make a farm financially viable."

Farming: Big Over Here?

Philip Lymbery | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

For a generation of consumers shielded from the realities of factory farming, brought up on picture-book images of Old Macdonald and his small farmyard idyll, reinforced by advertising and often misleading labels, the truth often comes as a shock. Putting farm animals back on the farm could be a big vote-winner too; many people mistakenly think it's where they are anyway!

Act Now, or Food Shortages Could Become a Problem for Us All

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

It is time that we start asking ourselves important questions for how these challenges to our food supply will be addressed in years to come, and that the solutions are appropriate and equitable...

Could a Young Devon Farmer Hold the Key to Sustainable Agriculture?

Andrew Wasley | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Wasley

Ed explains how Chagfood supplies seasonal fruit and vegetables to a growing number of local households on a weekly basis, with the recipients paying a annual subscription fee of up to £600 to secure their share of produce for the year ahead...

Why Fracking Threatens Farmers and Food Safety

Andrew Wasley | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Wasley

The announcement this week by the gas company Cuadrilla that it wants to drill and frack up to eight new wells in Lancashire has alarmed local people and green campaigners alike; they are worried about the impact of hydraulic fracturing - the controversial technique which involves injecting, at high pressure, a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the earth to release shale gas - on the area's countryside and wider environment.

Changing Lives By Changing Food Production

Gavin Megaw | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Gavin Megaw

The All Black rugby player had been locked in his room for days, shutting out all contact with friends, family and fellow players. It was 4am when he finally picked up the phone to call a helpline. The reply at the other end was simple, "hello friend". It started a process that led to therapy that has been helping to change the life of Brent Pope for many years.

Where Have the Farm Animals Gone?

Philip Lymbery | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
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Philip Lymbery

I so hope that Farmageddon proves to be a success - not because I wrote it or wish to be praised. But because it speaks of the reality of the true cost of 'cheap' meat. If you get a chance to read it, do let me know what you think.

This Epic High-Rise Is The City Of The Future

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Tech

A Belgian architect thinks he's solved the problems of over-crowding and a lack of food in the cities of the future. With this... Meet 'Drag...

D-Day for Coyte Farm: Why Cornwall Needs to Reject this Out-Of-Town Retail Centre and Take Control of its Own Future

Lenny George | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Lenny George

Cornwall Council will make a decision this week which will have a profound effect on the future of Cornwall. If they approve planning permission for the massive out-of-town retail development on 70 acres of green fields at Coyte Farm near St Austell, it will become Cornwall's 3rd largest retail centre.

A Tale of Two Conferences

Colin Tudge | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Colin Tudge

One city (Oxford). Two conferences on opposite sides of the road, both on agriculture - yet with two quite different world views. The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) for the past 60-plus years has presented the Establishment view...

What the Angora Farming Exposé Means for Animal Rights

Maria Chiorando | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Chiorando

Since PETA's much publicised exposé on angora rabbit farming was released, several retailers have decided to stop stocking the product in their stores, which is good news, but it's likely that it's a calculated decision, now that the ugly face of the practice has been revealed to the public.

Why Were Cats First Domesticated?

PA | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK

Chinese farmers may have domesticated cats more than 5,000 years ago to protect their grain stores from rodents, a study suggests. The animals woul...

Foreign Flavours, British Farms: The Future for UK Agribusiness?

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Jemimah Steinfeld

We are taking to heart the old adage if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, and in some instances growing 'em. Grapes are arguably leading the pack here. Only a few decades back wine was seen as something "posh" and foreign. Not any more.

Farmers Spoof Katy Perry's 'Roar'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

Greg, Nathan and Kendal - aka The Peterson Farm Brothers - live in Kansas. Where they a) farm and b) make music parody videos. Such as this latest ...

Canadian Government Swims Into the Hall of Shame

Philip Lymbery | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

The Canadian government has approved the commercial production of GM salmon eggs, making it the first government to do this for any GM food animal. This is not good news, and I think the Canadian government knows it.

A Cage is Still a Cage

Philip Lymbery | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

There has been a flurry of headlines recently claiming that the caged hen lives a happier, less stressed life than her free-range counterpart. Not surprisingly, I beg to differ...

The Pig Idea: Getting Food Waste Back on the Menu for Our Pigs

Thomasina Miers | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Thomasina Miers

As a cook and restaurateur who's keen to do my bit to help the environment, I'm always on the lookout for ways we can help minimise the impact of the food waste that busy restaurant kitchens create. So when Tristram Stuart and I met and started chatting about the idea of trying to reverse the ban on food waste, I felt that we were onto something hugely exciting.

The Cost of a Glass of Milk

Philip Lymbery | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK
Philip Lymbery

What of the cows that we do not see? Those with little or no access to those fields, those who are tethered and those who are pushed to their limits by excessive milk production? This may not be a familiar image to many of us, but it is the stark reality for a shockingly high proportion of dairy cows across Europe.

I Went to Europe and All I Got Was Slaughtered

Philip Lymbery | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Philip Lymbery

Sheep were visibly stressed and were suffering from swollen, sore eyes and coughs. Some were panting in the heat and the ventilation system was faulty. The water system was not fully operational, with some sheep licking drops of moisture off the truck's metal bars. No animal should have to endure such appalling conditions.

Why Those Against the Badger Cull Have Got It Wrong

Adam Quinney | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Adam Quinney

Bovine TB is a hugely complex disease. But the key points about it are quite simple - it's an infectious disease; it's endemic in some areas of the country; it's posing a huge threat to our beef and dairy farmers; and while cattle are slaughtered to stop its spread nothing is being done to control it in wildlife. You'll hear opponents of the cull repeatedly state as fact that there is no scientific basis for a cull and leading scientists don't support the policy. This simply isn't true.

It's Started

Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

The controversial badger cull is underway, farmers have confirmed. The pilot scheme started on Tuesday in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, w...

Vet -"It Felt Like I'd Turned Up and Just Destroyed His Life's Work"

Adam Quinney | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK
Adam Quinney

The emotional impact of bovine TB is not just restricted to the farmers who have to deal with it on a daily basis.

Looking to the Future of Farming

Judith Batchelar | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK
Judith Batchelar

Last month the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills announced the Agricultural Technologies Strategy, a £160million investment that will bring new opportunities to the industry - both for young people and established farmers - and pave the way for much needed innovation and development

Why Young People Should Consider a Career in Farming

Christina Ford | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Christina Ford

You might think that, like me, you have to come from a farming background to succeed in the industry, but that's not the case at all. Young people from all backgrounds can make a success of it, especially those that have an interest in science, business and technology.

C(R)AP Farming Legislation

Louise Wilson | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Louise Wilson

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is being reformed by the European Commission once more. Hotly contested by farmers across Europe it seems that any changes made to the current policy won't actually make a great deal of difference.