UK Farming

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.

Farmageddon, the True Cost Of Cheap Meat

Sue Cross | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Sue Cross

The world's demand for meat is growing and the population is rising. And so the pressure to increase production is escalating at a stupendous rate. The future of farming could go two ways.

Revealed: How Genetically Modified Food Is Finding Its Way Onto Your Dinner Plate

Andrew Wasley | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Wasley

Unknown to many, about 30 million tonnes of GM animal feed is thought to be imported into Europe each year to feed pigs, poultry, dairy and beef cattle, as well as farmed fish. The UK imports an estimated 140,000 tonnes of GM soya and as much as 300,000 tonnes of GM maize annually for use as animal feed.

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 ...