Subject: Rural economies & communities

A public outcry has currently stalled the planning application for a colossal pig factory near Limavady in the picturesque landscape of Lough Foyle. Over 17,500 people objected or petitioned the Council. Local residents object because of the stench that would come from 18,000 pigs living in confined spaces, the antibiotic resistant bacteria, resulting from the… continue reading

90sec Trailer 12min Short Take action We need a ban on the building of pig factories! Take action today. Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland and Farms Not Factories have produced the film Pig Business in Northern Ireland to expose the true costs of pig factories on local peoples’ lives. Should planning permissions continue to… continue reading

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

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

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

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

Many people in Britain have long looked across the Atlantic in horror at the gigantic animal factories that have spread across the U.S. Now these inhumane, dangerous facilities are threatening the UK. Northern Ireland’s agriculture is in crisis. Farmers are being told that they must change – however, this vision for change is based upon the… continue reading