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A Christmas Tail

Marianne Landzettel: Baby animals are cute. Kittens lead on YouTube searches, loo rolls sell better if a puppy stars in the commercial, and who could possibly resist lambs, calves, foals and fawns? But to me the cutest of the lot are piglets; they are playful, inquisitive, friendly, intelligent, and they’ve got the looks. I say this as someone who is partial to a pork chop – but under one condition: the hog whose bacon I fry must have had a good life. The same goes for dairy cows, chicken and sheep – any animal that contributes to the food I cook and eat. How do you know an animal has or had a good life? For me one of the many reasons to go organic is the high animal welfare standards that come with certified organic production.

01 December 2015 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 9

Organic and me - why I swapped suit for soil

Thomas Bourne: I used to be a lawyer. One morning, I woke up (so the standard line goes) and decided I wanted to run a top-notch mail order organic meat company. Or something like that. Of course, the true story is a bit more complex. Before I joined the Well Hung Meat Company, I spent seven years studying and practicing commercial employment law in a national firm. This gave me a fascinating daily insight into business of every shape, size and purpose; from the UK’s largest employer to small-scale specialist manufacturers. That was great, but I didn’t find dipping in and out of other people’s business completely fulfilling. I wanted to learn more, to get closer, to get my hands dirty and find out what life was like in the hot seat.

08 June 2015 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Do you know where your chicken comes from?

Anna Louise Batchelor: Just in time for the weekend roast, the BBC have published an in-depth article questioning "Do you know where your chicken comes from?". Against the backdrop of a visit to an intensive chicken farm, the journalist set out to question how much we know about the rearing of chickens and to challenge how much we are prepared to pay to eat one.

13 November 2014 | 6 Comments | Recommended by 13

Help Shaun the Sheep design a henhouse

Kathie Auton: In case you haven’t clocked it yet there’s a very cool competition running at the moment and it’s all about designing a henhouse. You need to get the kids to enter this competition. You must. It's open to anyone up to the age of 16 and that's the only downside, because I'd quite like to enter myself. Obviously, you'll need to tempt the kids in with the prize, which is a totally awesome Aardman model making session. Aardman of Shaun the sheep, Wallace and Gromit fame. A chance to do actual model making with Aardman - brilliant.

17 April 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 21

What rhymes with chicken?

Kathie Auton: My last post was about talking to children about where their veg comes from. About trying to persuade them that eating the greenstuff is a joy, not something to be endured, and about allowing kids to learn about food from a very early age. My city kids, never more than ½ mile from the nearest coffee shop, have a very different life to my own, slightly muddy upbringing in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

15 June 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 16

The cat's meow

Anna Louise Batchelor: I’m a crazy cat lady. There I’ve admitted it and got that one out of the way. All of my life I have shared my home with pets; from three-legged dogs to ‘stray’ ducks, but it’s having a cat around the house that I enjoy the most. It was second nature for me to have all kinds of waifs and strays around the place because my gran had been a volunteer for the RSPCA and often bought her work home with her. Growing up with a menagerie of pets and a gran who railed against animal cruelty gave me an utmost respect for animals. However whilst my care for these pets was foremost in my mind, it wasn’t until recently that I thought about the cruelty behind the meat that goes into the pet food I fed them.

02 May 2012 | 4 Comments | Recommended by 22

Happier animals

Tim Young: It was great to see John Craven take a look at labelling of food and what labels actually mean for animal welfare on last night's Countryfile. Obviously I'm biased (as I work here), but I thought on balance it was pretty clear that if you want the best animal welfare then seeking out the Soil Association label is definitely worthwhile.

07 March 2012 | 54 Comments | Recommended by 14

Homeopathy and the Soil Association

Guest blogger: We’ve seen lots of activity on Twitter around homeopathy recently but 140 characters doesn’t really do justice to this interesting issue so I thought I would use our new blogging platform to go into a bit more detail and explain how homeopathy and other complementary therapies fit into our organic standards.

06 April 2011 | 37 Comments | Recommended by 18

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