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Why the organic movement's badger cull stance threatens its image

Dominic Dyer

If the Soil Association joined those opposing the cull it would be able to brand its organic milk and dairy products 'badger friendly'- no doubt leading to a much needed boost in sales, says Dominic Dyer more...

Boycotting organic farms over badger cull is 'counter-productive'

Helen Browning

Buying organic food is an important choice for everyone concerned about animal welfare, wildlife and conservation. It would not make sense for consumers to stop buying organic if they disagree with badger culling, says Helen Browning more...
Cattle ranching

Wildlife in the firing line in global war against bovine TB

18th June, 2013

Sarah Stirk

Where there are cattle, there is the threat of bovine Tuberculosis (TB). The farming methods may differ greatly, but from the dairy farms of Ethiopia to the beef herds of Canada the race is on to find the best way to tackle the disease more...

Badger cull a PR disaster for UK countryside, warn 'dissident' farmers

18th June, 2013

Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk report more...
Bottle of milk

Where will our milk come from: 'battery' farms or free range cows?

Rosie Shute

11th November, 2011

The recent axing of the Nocton 'super-dairy' renewed interest in how our milk and cheese is produced. The Ecologist visited two dairy farms - an indoor, intensive unit and a year-round outdoor operation - to assess their very different approaches more...

Sour Milk – undercover inside the US intensive dairy industry

Jim Wickens

21st September 2010

With planning permission for Britain's biggest dairy at Nocton about to be re-submitted, The Ecologist travels to California to examine intensive milk production - and finds factory farms, conflict, intimidation, pesticides, pollution and small-scale farmers driven out of business... more...
Bottle of milk

Milk: why the white stuff leaves a bad taste in the mouth

Tom Levitt

13th April, 2011

Unlike tea and sugar, the fresh milk we drink with our cuppa is likely to come from farms in the UK. But as Tom Levitt reports, there are still serious environmental and animal welfare problems associated with the UK dairy sector more...
cow

Top 10...alternatives to cows milk

Ruth Styles

13th April, 2011

High in fat and with a carbon footprint to match, cow’s milk is neither the greenest or healthiest milk available. So what are the alternatives? Here are 10 of the best more...

Why the victory over the Nocton super-dairy is only the beginning

Suzi Morris

13th April, 2011

The fight against the controversial super-dairy in Lincolnshire may have been won but there's still much to do in order to keep British dairy farming humane, sustainable and natural, argues Suzi Morris more...
What's really in your cuppa?

What's really in your cuppa?

The Ecologist

13th April, 2011

The British cuppa is an institution. But how many of us have actually wondered what goes into our favourite drink, or where the principal ingredients come from? The Ecologist investigates more...
Cows feeding

What is the environmental footprint of mega-dairy farming?



Tom Levitt

15th November, 2010

Plans for US-style mega-dairy farms in the UK are being heralded for their potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but scaling up may create as many problems as it attempts to solve

 reports Tom Levitt more...

The shocking cost of US 'mega-dairies'

Jim Wickens

21st September 2010

With planning permission for Britain's biggest dairy at Nocton about to be re-submitted, The Ecologist travels to California to examine intensive milk production - and finds factory farms, conflict, intimidation, pesticides, pollution and small-scale farmers driven out of business... more...

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The shocking cost of US 'mega-dairies'

Jim Wickens

21st September 2010

With planning permission for Britain's biggest dairy at Nocton about to be re-submitted, The Ecologist travels to California to examine intensive milk production - and finds factory farms, conflict, intimidation, pesticides, pollution and small-scale farmers driven out of business... more...

Undercover investigation:The shocking cost of US 'mega-dairies'

Jim Wickens

21st September 2010

With planning permission for Britain's biggest dairy at Nocton about to be re-submitted, The Ecologist travels to California to examine intensive milk production - and finds factory farms, conflict, intimidation, pesticides, pollution and small-scale farmers driven out of business... more...

'Super-dairy' may only meet 'minimum' welfare standards

Andrew Wasley

21st September 2010

Advocates of Britain's biggest dairy farm, at Nocton, have sold the concept on the basis of its outstanding animal welfare and environmental credentials. But new evidence suggests this may not be possible without public funding. Andrew Wasley reports more...
Soya milk

Put to the test: a buyer's guide to non-dairy products

Laura Sevier

17th March, 2010

Whether for health, ethical or environmental reasons, a low-dairy or dairy-free diet is becoming more mainstream. Here's how to have your (cheese)cake and eat it too... more...
Cow being milked

Most UK milk already from industrial-sized dairy farms

Ecologist

2nd March, 2010

'Biggest not always best' says dairy industry as new super-dairy is proposed for Lincolnshire more...
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CASE STUDY: making breast-feeding easy

Mike Stones

1st May, 2008

Why does only one in 100 mums follow government advice to feed her baby solely on breast milk for the first six months? Mike Stones meets the woman determined to change that. more...
A cloned calf

EU approves 'stepping stone' legislation for cloned meat

Ecologist

24th June, 2009

European Union ministers have given an initial thumbs-up to the Novel Foods Regulation, a draft proposal that could lead to meat from cloned animals entering the human food chain more...
Breastfeeding

Breastmilk vs 'formula' food

Pat Thomas

1st April 2006

Humans have been breastfeeding for nearly half a million years. It’s only in the last 60 years that we have begun to give babies highly processed convenience food called ‘formula’. Pat Thomas investigates more...
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Raw milk - magic bullet or health hazard?

Laura Sevier

21st January, 2009

Unpasteurised milk can be a divisive subject, says Laura Sevier, but most of what you hear about the white stuff is pure whitewash more...
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Study shows definite health benefits from organic milk

News

9th November, 2007

Drinking organic milk can cut the risk of childhood eczema by a third, a new study has shown. more...
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Milk cartel accused of price fixing

News

21st September, 2007

The Office of Fair Trading has accused the big four supermarkets of colluding with dairies to artificially increase the cost of dairy foods. more...
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Kendall fires shot across supermarkets' bows

News

27th February, 2007

The President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Peter Kendall told supermarkets yesterday that their green "rhetoric" would need to become "a reality". more...
Investigations

Suck On This

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2006

The human species has been breastfeeding for nearly half a million years. It’s only in the last 60 years that we have begun to give babies the highly processed convenience food called ‘formula’. more...

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