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Can BIG be beautiful too?

Three leading figures from science and farming consider the role large-scale farming can play in British agriculture.

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Feeding vegetable oils to farmed salmon

Many fish farmers in temperate climates raise Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Salmon are carnivores, fed pellets made from (among other things) wild fish. Wild fish are getting scarcer so a team of scientists, led by Erling-Olaf Koppang at the Norwegian … Continue reading

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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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Antibiotics to make livestock grow

Many farmers in the United States feed their herds and flocks antibiotics. Not just when the animals are ill. It’s done routinely to make healthy animals grow faster. Fewer antibiotics are fed here in Europe. But when the Transatlantic Trade … 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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Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition

EFSA is the European Food Safety Authority. EFSA tells us that today, World Food Day 2013, the theme is Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. Food security, not just a simple belief that all food gets eaten. Nutrition, … Continue reading

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Bovine TB in New Zealand compared to Britain and Ireland

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You could follow my ‘tuberculosis’ tag. This disease is zoonotic. That is, M. bovis can infect us as well as cattle. Not very … Continue reading

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