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Pig Business

COMMENT: Using film to square up to the horrors of factory farming

Tracy Worcester

18th October, 2012

The campaigner behind the groundbreaking Pig Business documentary is now taking her message global, encouraging people to take action against industrial farming methods which degrade the environment and subject animals to a life of misery
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Tuna catch

Are captive tuna farms a viable alternative to overfishing?

Tom Edathikunnel

22nd August, 2012

The Kindai tuna, bred by scientists at Kinki University, may lead the way for future large-scale tuna farms. Tom Edathikunnel investigates whether the idea really is preferable to overfishing more...
Bacteria

Salmonella study accused of 'exaggeration' in new battle over factory farm antibiotic use

Tom Levitt

31st January, 2012

Debate over role of farm animals in spreading of superbugs intensifies, as scientific study downplaying fears is accused of serious flaws. Tom Levitt reports more...
is vegetarianism the way forward?

Can becoming a vegetarian help save the planet?

Laurie Tuffrey

4th January, 2012

Globally, meat consumption has increased by 20 per cent in the last decade despite concerns about its environmental impact. So, asks Laurie Tuffrey, can going vegetarian really help the earth? more...
A salmon

Warning as infectious salmon disease spreads from Europe's fish farms to Canada

Anna Taylor

15th December, 2011

Discovery of the deadly salmon virus Infectious Salmon Anaemia in Canada is just latest likely example of disease spreading to wild fish stocks from the world's mega fish farms 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...
'Not in my banger' campaign

US-style 'mega' Foston pig farm could still be halted says Soil Association

Ecologist

1st November, 2011

Proposals for a large-scale pig farm in Foston, Derbyshire, could herald new era of US-style factory farming in the UK but face concerns from government health officials more...
Contagion

Viral storm: why factory farming is bad for your health

Matilda Lee

28th October, 2011

As the new 'outbreak' film Contagion, starring Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow is released, The Ecologist reports on the book linking the threat of global disease pandemics and industrial animal farming

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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...
Pigs on a farm

Sick As A pig – the menace of MRSA linked to industrial pig farming

Another strain of MRSA is emerging from the factory farms of Northern Europe, and it is linked to the insatiable demand for cheap meat on our plates. The Ecologist Film Unit investigates more...

Giri Raja: the Forest King – reporting on the “wonder-chicken” hailed as a solution to feeding India’s poor

Andrew Wasley

7th August, 2008

It was bred to aid the rural poor, but one bird is also helping break industrialised farming’s stranglehold on India. Andrew Wasley meets the remarkable Giriraja more...
enriched cages

Battery egg hens still face hell as 'enriched' cages phased in

Justin Kerswell

8th September, 2011

In 2012 battery cages are due to be replaced by 'enriched' cages, designed to improve birds' welfare. But footage from existing 'enriched' cage egg farms reveals intensive production, cruelty and suffering, says Justin Kerswell more...

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Footprint of food chart

Lamb, beef and cheese have largest food footprint

Ecologist

27th July, 2011

US analysis highlights the high greenhouse gas emissions of popular animal products in comparison to alternatives like lentils, rice and tomatoes more...
Chickens

Overuse of drugs in animal farming linked to growing antibiotic-resistance in humans

Tom Levitt

23rd May, 2011

Urgent calls from health experts to reduce antibiotic use on intensive farms are largely resisted by the agribusiness food lobby, who downplay its role in the spread of antibiotic resistance in humans. Tom Levitt reports 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...
A sausage

TAKE ACTION: Not in my banger!

Matilda Lee

23rd March, 2011

The battle against the Nocton super-dairy may have been won, but with plans for giant pig factories currently being considered, the Soil Association has launched a major new campaign to combat the latest blight of industrial farming more...
Cows feeding

Plans for UK's largest dairy farm scrapped over water pollution fears

Tom Levitt

16th February, 2011

Controversial mega-dairy farm in village of Nocton generated heavy opposition from local residents, animal welfare and environmental groups who feared it could lead to wave of US-style mega-dairies. Tom Levitt reports more...

Asian factory farming boom spreading animal diseases like avian influenza

Tom Levitt

11th February, 2011

Increasing density of livestock production and poor biosecurity in Asia is encouraging epidemics, with a new disease emerging every four months, says new International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) report more...
Tracy Worcester

CAMPAIGN HERO: Tracy Worcester, producer of Pig Business film

Matilda Lee

1st February, 2011

Her shocking film alerted unsuspecting consumers to the hidden costs of factory farmed pork. She talks to the Ecologist ahead of a special screening of Pig Business at the European Parliament more...

Scientists warn of future restrictions on factory-farmed pig and poultry

Tom Levitt

24th January, 2011

Politicians of the future may need to start taxing and controlling the consumption and production of grain-fed chicken and pork, says government funded report more...
Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer: environmentalists who eat meat have a blind-spot

Tom Levitt

24th January, 2011

Factory farming depends on our ignorance but the world needs to move away from eating meat, US author Jonathan Safran Foer tells Tom Levitt more...

Egypt's factory farming boom threatens stability of a hungry country

Joseph Mayton

23rd November, 2010

Increasing demand for meat in the land of the Pyramids is leading to more intensive farming, with serious consequences for food prices, the environment and animal welfare, reports Joseph Mayton in Cairo more...
Joyce D'Silva

Joyce D'Silva: 'Meat should carry a health warning'

Eifion Rees

30th September, 2010

Eifion Rees talks to the Compassion in World Farming veteran and co-editor of The Meat Crisis - a shocking new book that exposes the range of environmental and health threats facing us if we don't kick our addiction to meat 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...

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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