Philip Lymbery
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Philip is a long standing opponent of factory farming and the damaging consequences it has for animals, people and our planet.

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Farming: Big Over Here?

(2) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (09:51)

Standing in groves of almond trees in perfectly regimented rows you could hear a pin drop. Not the chirp of a bird or the buzz of a bee. It was eerie. The distant sound of a helicopter broke the silence; an aerial crop-sprayer dousing the carpets of monoculture in every...

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Where Have the Farm Animals Gone?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2014 | (09:33)

Last night was the official launch of my new book, Farmageddon. I was delighted that Compassion in World Farming's longest-standing patron, Joanna Lumley, spoke at the event, held at Daunt Books, in London.

Joanna said: "This is another 'inconvenient truth', it is something we wish we...

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Are Factory Farms Making Us Sick?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2014 | (16:20)

Are factory farms making us sick? This is one of the questions I pose in my new book, Farmageddon, out today. While animal welfare will always be at the heart of what I, and my organisation, Compassion in World Farming, does, there is even more at...

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Animal Welfare Isn't on the Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2013 | (16:16)

The TV programme Dragon's Den sees entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to investors willing to fund them. It makes for tense viewing as prospective entrepreneurs frequently crumble before a tough grilling on all aspects of their business plans. It's apparent that all investors, not just those on TV, are keen...

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Veal: It Doesn't Have to Be a Dirty Word

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (12:55)

Back in 2006 the future looked bleak for male dairy calves. Over 80,000 were killed on farm when they were just a few days old and half a million were being exported live to the continent.

Unfortunately, unlike their female counterparts, male dairy calves were seen as an unwanted...

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Canadian Government Swims Into the Hall of Shame

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2013 | (09:23)

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.

Firsts in many fields are often publicly celebrated by governments, keen to...

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A Cage is Still a Cage

(1) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (09:45)

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.

Don't get me wrong, the conditions in which you would now find a caged laying hen in the EU are a...

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The Cost of a Glass of Milk

(2) Comments | Posted 24 October 2013 | (00:00)

The sight of a dairy herd grazing upon a grassy field is a ubiquitous one in Britain and Europe, appearing on the labels of dairy products that we consume, as well as in the countryside itself. Yet it represents only a part of the European dairy industry.

What of the...

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The Great Food Waste Scandal

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2013 | (00:00)

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has declared today World Food Day and this year is concentrating on the issue of "healthy food systems". This focus comes as governments and international institutions are casting around for solutions to feeding the ever-growing world population.

The fact is, enough food is already...

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I Went to Europe and All I Got Was Slaughtered

(5) Comments | Posted 10 September 2013 | (00:00)

Many of us have enjoyed a holiday in Europe this summer. A chance to catch some sunshine, change pace and unwind. However, it is sobering to think that thousands of British sheep and calves endured a very different kind of trip to Europe.

On UK roads we may occasionally see...

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The World's Most Sustainable Burger

(13) Comments | Posted 4 August 2013 | (18:07)

The food and farming world, as we know it, is about to change. The world's first 'in vitro' burger is being cooked and eaten in the public eye, today. It's an extraordinary moment, and one that I have been waiting for with baited breath.

This may come as a surprise...

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Defra: Please Don't Keep Us in the Dark About the Food We Buy

(1) Comments | Posted 17 July 2013 | (00:00)

Scandals such as the horsemeat debacle and more recently Bovine Tuberculosis-infected cattle sneaking into the food chain, spooked a lot of consumers, and understandably so. The horsemeat scandal alone led to a devastating drop in consumer confidence.

I think the reason for this crisis of confidence was...

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The Importance of the F Word

(2) Comments | Posted 30 May 2013 | (00:00)

FOOD. It's a simple word, but these four letters quite literally mean the world to us. Everywhere you look, food (or the absence of it) is a defining feature of society. Food fuels us, sells products, titillates and amuses, provides social cohesion, stimulates endless foodie conversations and raises the 'celebrity...

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