Subject: Food sovereignty

This weekend Farms Not Factories visited the Great British Food Festival in Staffordshire, where visitors signed the Pig Pledge and got clued up on the pig issues surrounding pork from animal factories. With the Shugborough Estate providing a beautiful background, over 100 people signed the Pig Pledge – pledging to eat meat only from real… continue reading

The decision this week to refuse permission for one of Britain’s first industrial-style farms, housing 25,000 pigs, has been welcomed by campaigners. The unit at Foston, Derbyshire, has been the subject of fierce opposition in a four-year-long fight that saw celebrities – including actor Dominic West and River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – stand up… continue reading

The Environment Agency’s (EA) decision to refuse a permit for a 25,000 intensive pig rearing facility near Foston in Derbyshire marks the end of five years of anxiety and falling property prices for the local community who were almost unanimous in their opposition to the project. It also sent a clear signal around the world… continue reading

Until the 1950s most food was produced by small and mid-size family farms in ways that were both environmentally and socially sustainable as well as transparent and traceable. Increasingly however, food production has become the domain of large corporations that use intensive, industrial models to produce food, utilising opaque and complex chains of production that… continue reading

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a ‘free trade’ agreement being negotiated – in secret – between the European Union and the US. Leaked documents suggest that if pushed through, TTIP will be disastrous to food and farming in the UK. It will remove food safety rules, get rid of regulations that protect the… continue reading

If we are to continue being able to feed the world’s rapidly growing population sustainably, innovation and expert knowledge will doubtless be needed. Sadly, all too often progress means forgetting the practices and knowledge of past generations. Real progress looks backwards as well as forwards, as can be seen in the growing number of advocates… continue reading

The new Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture is due to be launched tomorrow and, although some praise the intentions of the alliance, many argue that it could just be used to ‘greenwash’ existing agricultural practices and even undermine sustainable farming. The need for action to be taken to control climate change is clear, as is… continue reading

BBC photo We all know our consumption of meat in the West is unsustainable, yet we rarely question why. Conflicting information and often bitter truths have created a culture of denial. The horsemeat scandal forced us to perk up and pay more attention to labelling, yet, most of us don’t know what the labels really… continue reading