Soil isn't really something I ever thought I would be writing about. I've always enjoyed doing a bit of digging or jumping in muddy puddles and squelching through wet fields in my wellies. And I've always had a special love for that smell of rain falling after a period of warm, dry weather.
The internet is rife with pictures of cute baby animals and there is no escaping the more recent increase of piglets and micro-pigs in the mix. But how many of us want to associate that sweet little snuffling snout with our delicious Saturday morning bacon sandwich?
'You should watch this before you eat meat.'
Article contains images and details which some readers may find distressing. Factory farming remains a relatively hidden
Pig Sick - Our New Year-Long Investigation Reports on the State of UK Pig Farms and It's Not Pretty Reading
Nearly all the 4.9million pigs reared in Britain at any one time are kept on intensive units in distressing conditions. From the gigantic to the ramshackle, these factory farms have one thing in common: they thwart all natural instincts of the pig.
In 2010 I saw the documentary 'Food Inc.' at BAFTA - a deeply unflattering look inside America's corporate-controlled food industry and its knock-on effects to the country's farmers and the health of its citizens. The film showed that the Big Food corporations put their vast profits way above a nation's health and that this is happening on a global basis.
On Monday, (26th October) the UN's public health arm - World Health Organisation (WHO), classified processed meats, such
Last week the United Nations launched its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 aims included in a new 15 year plan. This plan aims to end poverty and hunger by 2030 and achieve a host of other truly worthy objectives such as gender equality.
In 1992, Craig went into chicken farming to feed his family and be his own boss. He soon found he was anything but. And, after 22 years of farming, he has done something no one has done before. He gave us, two long-standing animal welfare advocates, unrestricted access to his farm where he raises chickens for US poultry giant Perdue...
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.