Subject: News digest

News digest 16.03.16

The Shocking Consequences of the World’s Meat Addiction More than 9 billion animals are slaughtered in the U.S. every year for meat with global demand skyrocketing. Animal agriculture is putting an ever-increasing strain on world resources, particularly global water supplies, according to VICE’s two-part episode, Meathooked and End of Water, which premieres March 4 at… continue reading

News digest 03.03.16

Council admits it can’t give a date to debate pig farm Plans for a massive pig farm in Newtownabbey remain in limbo – six months after the project was downsized. Factory farming divestment: what you need to know After the success of campaigns to get investors to divest from fossil fuel companies, factory farming is… continue reading

News digest 12.02.16

Chinese Pork Imports Continue to Rise in 2015 Exports from EU Member States increased substantially over the year, up by 57 per cent compared to 2014, with 580,000 tonnes of pig meat exported, almost three-quarters of the total. This was largely driven by Germany, which almost doubled its level of exports year on year. UK… continue reading

News digest 29.01.16

A fresh start for farm animals The UK government will soon publish a 25-year plan for British food and farming. We know already that its focus is on boosting trade and increasing exports. Take action now and stand up for what’s really important: giving animals a life worth living, protecting the planet, and producing good,… continue reading

News digest 22.01.16

West MEPs divided over efforts to support struggling farmers Britain’s membership of the EU is proving to be a mixed bag for struggling Westcountry farmers, as MEPs clash over efforts to put the industry on a more sustainable footing. Cheap imports force UK pig farmers out of business The great British breakfast is under threat…. continue reading

News digest 07.01.16

Tesco is ‘retreating from British pork’ despite horse-gate pledges, says Pig Association This news comes at a time when farm-gate prices are falling steadily and pig farmers most need the support of Britain’s biggest retailer. Last-Ditch Drug Resistance: An Early Warning And Chance to Act It’s possible that, this time, the realization that agricultural overuse… continue reading

News digest 11.12.15

Bill Gates thinks the 1% should foot the bill for renewable energy, and he’s offering the first $2B He also has some insights into social welfare and the problems with the private sector. Resistance to last-resort antibiotic has now spread across globe The last drug has fallen. Bacteria carrying a gene that allows them to… continue reading

News digest 04.12.15

Meat needs to be on the climate negotiating table Meat consumption has long taken a backseat in discussions about climate change, but the time has come for closer scrutiny of our collective eating habits. If We’re Going To End Factory Farms, We Need To Eat Way Less Meat Meat consumption is down after decades of… continue reading

News digest 27.11.15

Supermarkets: the shops that run our lives Supermarket culture, with its “retailing tricks”, has had a phenomenal effect on how our lives, towns and cities, farms and food systems are organised. The Guardian view on antibiotic resistance: a clear and present danger The spread of intensive farming in the developing world means were are picking… continue reading

News digest 19.11.15

Antibiotic resistant superbugs pose a global threat after breaking through last line of defence, doctors warn Researchers have found a gene that makes bacteria resistant to the last line of antibacterial defence, and it is now being passed down through bacteria — potentially leading to a huge and unstoppable epidemic. The Oxford Real Farming Conference… continue reading