News digest 07.12.16

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Rare superbug found on pig farm — and no one knows how it got there
A “nightmare” superbug has been found on a US pig farm — and researchers haven’t figured out the source of the potentially deadly bacteria.

Using food waste as pig feed
Farm animals consume over a third of global crops but only deliver 12% of the world population’s calories. This is not just an inefficient use of crops but can also carry huge environmental costs when land is cleared and forests are cut down to make way for livestock feed crop production.

Shocking: New Study Finds Public Knows Nothing About Factory Farming
According to U.K.-based paper The Herald, a new study shows most people have no idea where their food comes from or how it’s made.

Planning permission granted for Newtownabbey pig farm
Planning permission has been granted for a major pig farm in Newtownabbey, despite opposition from some residents. The farm is being developed by farmer, Derek Hall, at Rea Hill road and will accommodate 15,000 pigs.

Two thirds of fresh chickens in UK supermarkets ‘contaminated with E. Coli’
Two in three chickens sold in UK supermarkets are infected with E. Coli, a new study has found – and in England, 78 per cent of fresh chicken on sale tested positive for the superbug.

Buying Meat: The Questions to Ask Yourself
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 am, therefore, a strong advocate and supporter of personal choice – and this is especially true when it comes to considering the choice between whether or not you eat meat or other animal products.

Brexit Britain should lead the way by banning mass antibiotic use in agriculture, says top doctors
Britain should use the opportunity afforded by Brexit to lead the world in banning the routine mass use of antibiotics in farming, the country’s top doctors have said.

In conversation with Philip Lymbery on the meat industry and climate change
Although the agricultural sector is said to be responsible for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from the conversion of forest into farmland, the relationship between food and climate is still somewhat marginal in the overall climate debate. What do we need to do to underline this phenomenon, and try and change the current paradigm?