UK Farming

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.

Help Us Take Ducks to Water

Dr Marc Cooper | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK
Dr Marc Cooper

Ducks need access to water. This isn't surprising. After all, they're water birds. So you might think that the duck you buy has come from birds that have had access to open water. However, there are no UK legal requirements to provide ducks with water for anything other than drinking.

The Truth About Veal

John Avizienius | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
John Avizienius

Have you ever eaten veal? If not, you're not alone. Many people don't understand what veal is or think it's cruel because it comes from calves killed at a young age. Surely it's better to ensure they are treated well, and produce higher welfare meat from them, than let them go to waste as a simple by-product?

New RSPCA Chicken Welfare Initiative: Another Reason to Buy Freedom Food

Dr Marc Cooper | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Dr Marc Cooper

Better information about the health and welfare of different chicken breeds can help farmers make informed decisions about the breeds they choose to rear and, just like independent reviews of other products we buy, it could also allow retailers and shoppers to make informed choices about the chicken meat they select.

A New Consortium Takes on the Chai Challenge

Green Futures | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK
Green Futures

A nice cup of tea is the usual prescription for everything from severe shock to a tiring day. But the industry behind the restorative cuppa is facing some challenges of its own, which, if not addressed, could have a dramatic impact on the supply chain behind the world's favourite drink.

End World Hunger: Simple Steps

Rima Amin | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Rima Amin

I dream of the day my child asks: What was starvation? The dream is within reach: we can be the generation to end hunger. But we have to do a few things to get there, simple things...

WATCH: German Farming Ingenuity

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Comedy

On this particular farm in Germany, at least. Yes, just click play to enjoy what is quite possibly our favourite German farming video since... well...

Looking at the Badger Issue with a Fresh Pair of Eyes

Simon Howarth | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Simon Howarth

The vaccination, like all vaccinations, will not cure any badgers that have already been infected. If the percentage of badgers with infection is particularly high in one area, it may already be too late to use the vaccination there. Vaccinating the badgers in these areas will have very little effect on the spread of bTB to cattle, and will cost a vast amount of money.

Fortnum & Mason's Moral Imperative: Stop the Sale of Foie Gras

Michael Mansfield | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Mansfield

The day is near when foie gras will be impossible to obtain in this country, and it can't come soon enough. But until then, stores such as Fortnum & Mason should simply remove it from their shelves - not because the law requires it but because it's the right thing to do.

Growing Your Reputation the Alltech Way

Gavin Megaw | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK
Gavin Megaw

Alltech employ more than 3,000 people in 128 countries and are important players in the agri-food sector, helping farmers feed the world, raise healthy animals, and protect the environment through nutritional innovation.

Leftovers 'Should Be Fed To Pigs'

PA | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK

Leftovers should be put back on the menu for pigs to conserve food supplies, cut waste and farming costs and protect the environment, campaigners are ...

A Badger Cull Will Help Make Our Countryside TB Free

Adam Quinney | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Adam Quinney

It's important to put paid to some of the other myths that have grown up around this issue. The most up to date scientific advice available shows that a programme that tackles TB on all fronts at the same time, including in wildlife, will significantly reduce the problem. What's happened in other countries backs this up.

Badger Cull Is 'Untested And Risky'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK

Rock star Brian May will lead a rally against planned badger culls, due to begin from this weekend in an effort to tackle bovine TB. The Queen guit...

Why the Badger Cull Is Worth Marching Against

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

On 1 June licences will be issued for the culling of badgers across pilot cull zones. We really need to look at this as a 'grave crime'. It's not only a crime against wildlife, it's a crime against science and a crime against public opinion - that which the government is supposed to represent.

British Scientists Create 'Superwheat'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Tech

British scientists say they have created a new type of "superwheat" which could help to solve the problem of feeding the world's ever increasing popul...