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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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How Can We Produce More Meat? That's the Wrong Question

(5) Comments | Posted 1 September 2014 | (16:16)

How will we produce more meat to feed the planet's growing population?

A new report suggests that's a silly question. The report from academics at Cambridge and Aberdeen universities, Importance of food-demand management for climate mitigation, addresses an issue all too often ignored in this debate: unsustainable...

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Eerie Lake Erie: Factory Farming Is Causing Big Problems Far Beyond the Farm

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2014 | (15:57)

You may well have picked up the latest news from Toledo in Ohio, USA, where a severe toxic algal bloom - said to be at least in part due to industrial farm pollution - is causing havoc with local water supplies, leaving half a million people without safe drinking water.

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Decent Food for Everyone Forever

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2014 | (20:10)

Food is one of the most important things in life, there's no denying it. So why are we so blinkered when it comes to talking about it?

We're constantly innovative and inventive when it comes to creating new and exciting ways to consume it but when it comes to creating...

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The Power of Viral

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (11:00)

We have all been in those brainstorms where someone shouts out: 'we want this to go VIRAL'. The dreaded sentence. Because, does anyone really know the magic formula of how to 'make' something go viral, or indeed, is there one?

Compassion in World Farming worked with Catsnake Film...

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The Shocking Truth About Non-Stun Slaughter

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2014 | (17:19)

Of all the issues that I deal with as the CEO of a farm animal welfare charity, slaughter is one that never fails to arouse great passions.

Slaughtering animals without first stunning them into unconsciousness seems to be a particularly emotive issue.

In the EU, slaughtering animals without first...

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

(26) Comments | Posted 10 May 2014 | (00:00)

Halal and kosher meat is making front page news, with the question of whether meat in restaurants and supermarkets should be labelled as 'halal'. But in my eyes, the real issue is whether animals are being stunned prior to slaughter or not.

EU and UK law...

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Superbugs: The Hidden Menace of Antibiotics Fed to Farm Animals

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2014 | (00:00)

Antibiotic resistance is an all too real and current issue. A new report, released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday 30 April has stated that it is a major threat to public health and that the 'implications will be devastating'.

In its first global report on antibiotic resistance,...

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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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