Tag Archives: meat

Chicken feed without antibiotics or growth hormones

Robert Carter farms chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) in California. He’s not impressed by feed additives which make the birds grow fast. This is no way to produce meat that’s healthy for people to eat, says Mr Carter. So he invented … Continue reading

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The biggest free trade deal in history

The biggest free trade deal in history is being negotiated now. There are plenty of catchy little acronyms when you talk about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America … Continue reading

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Trade deal across the Pond: risky or promising?

The European Union (EU) and the United States (US) are negotiating a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). A lot of acronyms because this is politics! When blogging about the TTIP my focus is on the land and sea but … Continue reading

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McDonald’s will shift (very slowly) to sustainable beef

argylesock says… A tiny, slow step but a step in the right direction. Perhaps.

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Negotiating a Transatlantic Agricultural Market

Here’s an American article about the Promises and Perils of the TTIP. That’s the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. As I write this in January 2014, the TTIP is being negotiated. The article I’ve just linked to is from October … Continue reading

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Opinions on trade across the Pond

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a big deal. It’s a big deal for everybody who relies on the land and sea on either side of the Pond. In this connected world, that means the TTIP is a … Continue reading

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Why not feed insects to other livestock?

Here in Britain, our Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) coordinates PROteINSECT. This is about farming insects (entomoculture) as a source of protein for animal feed. FERA is part of our Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). I’m … Continue reading

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Is the existing bovine TB eradication policy really working?

One of my favourite sources of information about bovine tuberculosis (bTB, caused by Mycobacterium bovis) is bovinetb.co.uk. Its unnamed author is ‘looking for the reform of a costly and misguided system.’ When I talk to farmers, I often hear support … Continue reading

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Cattle which resist a devastating disease

People in tropical countries fear diseases called sleeping sickness, and other names, caused by tiny parasites called trypanosomes (Trypanosoma spp.) also known as tryps. Now there’s new science suggesting a way to reduce Animal African Trypanosomiasis in cattle (Bos primigenius) … Continue reading

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The cost of slaughtering cows infected with bovine tuberculosis

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You might choose to follow the ‘tuberculosis’ tag on my blog. Last month, here in Britain our Department for Agriculture Food and Rural … Continue reading

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