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In praise of ... maize | EditorialGuardian Unlimited | 10 Apr 2011
One of the world's most successful food crops, maize could also prevent greenhouse emissions from flatulent cowsIt has a ring to it, but that is the only sound the world will hope to hear from the latest use for one of the world's most successful staple foods. Research at Reading University has found that increasing maize silage in the diet of cattle reduces the flatulence which accompanies their gentle rumination of the cud.
Lambing season begins - in picturesGuardian Unlimited | 03 Apr 2011
Up to 300 ewes are lambing at Barracks Farm in Fetcham, Surrey. The farm is owned by the Conisbee family who supply their own butchers shops in nearby Horsley. The business has been run by generations of the family for more than 250 years.
Farmers accused of cheating on TB slaughter rule by swapping cattle tagsGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Defra plans DNA tests for TB-positive cattle after farmers 'disguised affected cows' identity to avoid sending them to abattoir. Farmers in England face DNA checks on their cattle to prevent illegal swapping of their animals' identities, an action the government says increases the risk of TB...
Diet may reduce farm flatulenceYahoo! News | 29 Mar 2011
A change of diet could help flatulent farm animals reduce their greenhouse gas emissions a study has said.
Lincolnshire's US-style 'mega' dairy farm on hold as plans are withdrawnGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Nocton Dairies says Environment Agency objections derailed proposed 3,770-cow facility but new submission is likely. Controversial plans to build a huge, US-style "mega" dairy farm in Lincolnshire, housing thousands of cows and compared by critics to a battery chicken farm, have been withdrawn. Nocton Dairies, the applicant, blamed objections from the Environment Agency for the decision but hinted that a new plan could be submitted.
'Super-dairy' with 3,770 cows triggers 14,000 planning objectionsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Feb 2011
Protesters say cows should be in fields, but a dairy owner says they rarely are, and his giant project is the only way forward. For a small rural district council in Lincolnshire it has been quite a postbag - more than 14,000 complaints registered for one planning application. Not just from locals worried about traffic and noise, but from animals rights campaigners, environmentalists, MPs and even celebrities. All are furious at the notion of a "super dairy".
Opposition mounts against UK 'mega-dairy'Guardian Unlimited | 11 Jan 2011
Opposition has intensified against plans to build a US-style "mega" dairy farm in Lincolnshire in the run-up to today's crucial deadline for comments on the controversial planning application. Over 72,000 individuals have signed an online petition opposing Nocton Dairies' plans for a 3,770-cow...
UK egg farmers in crisis talks with European CommissionGuardian Unlimited | 09 Jan 2011
Legislation that takes effect next year could make British egg producers less competitive than their Spanish and Polish counterparts. European rules that outlaw the keeping of egg-laying hens in battery pens have prompted farmers to convene a crisis meeting with European commission officials, amid...
Scientists give all-clear for meat and milk from cloned cattleGuardian Unlimited | 26 Nov 2010
Advisory committee's decision increases likelihood of authorities approving sale of foodstuffs from cloned animals. Meat and milk from cloned cattle and their offspring is safe to eat, government advisers have determined. The conclusion by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, an...
How do I know food is suitable for vegetarians?Guardian Unlimited | 22 Nov 2010
What guarantees does a vegetarian have that the food or drink they wish to buy does not contain animal products? I am a practising vegetarian and have been for many years. Choosing beer and wine seems to be an area of contention when it comes to being vegetarian and the research I have conducted...
British dairy industry becoming unsustainable, warns farmers' unionGuardian Unlimited | 21 Nov 2010
Farmers' union leader Peter Kendall has issued a chilling warning that milk and cheese prices could rise and the country could become reliant on imports unless action is taken to create a sustainable British dairy industry. Kendall, president of the National Farmers' Union, complained that the...
Letters: Badger cull needed to fight bovine TBGuardian Unlimited | 19 Nov 2010
George Monbiot's claim that "the National Farmers' Union wants blood" (Control landowners, not badgers - that's the real answer to bovine TB, 16 November) is not true and is grossly insulting to our members, who live with the consequences of bovine TB every day. We want to eradicate TB and not...
Super-dairy plans resubmitted with half the number of cowsGuardian Unlimited | 18 Nov 2010
Original plans for UK's largest c.attle farm had included 8,100 cows and sparked controversy. A planning application for a controversial "super-dairy" is resubmitted today - but with half the number of cows. The original plans for the UK's largest dairy farm, with 8,100 cows on a single site at...
Fowl energy: Chicken poo lights townGuardian Unlimited | 28 Oct 2010
Biogas power station will convert chicken manure from thousands of birds into electricity and heat for 350 homes. Cherie Blair may have been moved to buy a "beware of the hen poo" sign on eBay, but one town in Gloucestershire is embracing chicken manure as a fuel for lighting its homes.Thousands of chickens will next month be contributing their droppings to a biogas power station that will provide enough electricity to light 350 homes.
EU exec proposes ban on animal cloning for foodReuters | 19 Oct 2010
The European Union announced plans on Tuesday to temporarily ban the use of animal cloning for food production, while allowing imports of food derived from the offspring of clones from the United States and elsewhere.
'Less meat' argument doesn't cut the mustardGuardian Unlimited | 19 Oct 2010
Unhelpful, polarised arguments are preventing any sort of sustainable transformation of the farming sector. Shortly before the Copenhagen climate talks last year, the media whipped itself into a frenzy over some "controversial claims" made by Lord Nicholas Stern, author of a government review on...
Should I wear the fur coats I have inherited?Guardian Unlimited | 19 Oct 2010
Is wearing a fur coat always wrong, even if it means getting rid of a garment that could keep you warm in the winter? I am Italian. I know it might sound superfluous as a statement, but, here in England, I feel cold. When my mother passed away last year, I inherited seven of her furs. These furs...
Can I buy wool and be green?Guardian Unlimited | 09 Oct 2010
If you're buying wool, think local...Happy Wool Week. It begins tomorrow. It's too much of a stretch to say that wool is highly sustainable (there's the animal exploitation, for starters, though the industry claims excellent welfare conditions for all its 1bn sheep), but it is compostable and water...
Welsh assembly unveils revised badger cull plansGuardian Unlimited | 20 Sep 2010
Assembly says it can overcome an appeal court verdict that halted the cull by meeting tests that prove 'destruction' of badgers is necessary. Brian May: A senseless badger cull won't save the UK's cows. Wales will attempt to push ahead with revised plans for a badger cull after previously losing a legal battle with wildlife campaigners, the Welsh assembly said today.