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Environmental Impacts

The food system has become  global, making the process of getting food onto our plates very complex. The combined effects of all of the stages of the food chain make it the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK [1]. The volume of greenhouse gases will rise as farming is further intensified… continue reading

Want to support farmers who are raising pigs ethically? Take the Pig Pledge today and vote with your wallet every time you shop! Check out our High Welfare Directory to source meat directly from a farmer or to find a restaurant near you serving ethically produced meat. Bellair Haye Pork In the 1960’s my grandparents… continue reading

Animal Cruelty

Industrial pig production is a system designed for maximum efficiency, producing as much yield and profit as possible. This model reduces the animal to a unit of production in an equation of inputs and outputs rather than a sentient being with physical and psychological needs[1] . Animal factories are thus inherently at odds with the… continue reading

In order to maximise efficiency and keep costs down, animal factories overcrowd livestock in steel pens, often on bare concrete floors with no bedding. The resulting stress suffered by the animals means they are vulnerable to  illnesses which spread quickly through the densely packed sheds. Because of this, antibiotics are routinely administered in quantities that… continue reading

Want to support farmers who are raising pigs ethically? Take the Pig Pledge today and vote with your wallet every time you shop! Check out our High Welfare Directory to source meat directly from a farmer or to find a restaurant near you serving ethically produced meat.  The Merry Pig Based in the Chiltern Hills in… 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