Subject: Ethical pork

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Mark Hix’s quest for traditional British farm produce led him to Peter Gott’s stall in Borough Market where he was introduced to pork from Peter’s wild boar who spend their lives rooting and grubbing in mixed woodland above the farmhouse. The taste was a revelation, and Peter has been supplying Mark’s expanding chain of restaurants… continue reading

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Harry Boglione, who supplies his parents’ restaurant Petersham Nurseries with organic meat and vegetables from his farm in Dorset, told us that when he decided to become a farmer his dad thought it was ‘a complete and utter disaster’ but after a couple of years he changed his mind and became a bit envious, wishing… continue reading

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We each approach life with a vastly different set of ideas, beliefs, concerns and expectations which guide our decisions. Respecting such differences in opinion is important in all walks of life, but I think it is particularly important when it comes to nutrition. What is right for one person may be wholly wrong for another. I… continue reading

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13. We are facing a crisis of terrying proportions...

After decades of pumping antibiotics into livestock to compensate for inhumane and disease-inducing conditions, bacteria are now fighting back. A new survey of factory farmed UK pork from supermarkets found that 63% of pork samples were contaminated with antibiotic-resistant E.coli, bacteria that cause life-threatening kidney infections and blood poisoning. Pigs in factory farms are so… continue reading

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Grass Fed beef and lamb are becoming quite common it would seem.  Having 4 stomachs, one in particular called the rumen, helps makes this possible for those animals.  This rumen is something that pigs chickens, turkeys lack.  Its purpose in a cow is to host a mind boggling abundance of beneficial bacteria, which break down… continue reading

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By Tracy Worcester Last Sunday was a big day for me. The Mail on Sunday ran my article about the dreadful conditions in an intensive UK pig farm I investigated. In turn that drew massive public attention to my film showing the horrific conditions the pigs and piglets had to endure (see video below). As… continue reading

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UK pig farm undercover exposé (10min version) UK pig farm undercover exposé (2min short) By Tracy Worcester Late one evening last week, uninvited, I entered into a pig farm in the English countryside to film what I knew to be horrendous conditions for the animals there. We waited till the workers had clocked off and… continue reading

Talking Pigs
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There are infinite sensory differences between a high-welfare pig farm and a factory pig farm. At a factory farm, smell is the most shocking. The pungent smell of biodegrading faeces is hard to appreciate until it actually invades your nostrils. The sight of a factory farm is a more obvious sensory experience, with the light-deprived… continue reading

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The recent spotlight on pigs as potential harvest for organs has got me thinking about the ways in which our curly tailed friends are similar to us. So here are 5 ways that pigs can be compared to humans and, hopefully, altogether reason not to subject them to the kind of maltreatment experienced in factory… continue reading

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I’ve just walked back in from tending our pastured pigs.  The complete process, including rotating them to new pasture, takes about 30 minutes.  During that time I’ve watched purple martins dip and roll through the sky.  Listened to red winged blackbirds and western meadowlarks sing, and  heard woodpeckers tap, tap, tapping their way through the… continue reading