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 14 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 20 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 13 Elisabeth Winkler:
I don’t eat much meat but when I do, I want to know the animal led a decent life. High animal welfare standards is one of the reasons I choose organic. Last week, rainy Tuesday: I visit Sheepdrove Organic Farm for Organic September. At the farm gate, signposts announce a GMO-free zone. The 2,000 acre farm is a patchwork of small fields on the Berkshire Downs, how farms used to look before monoculture took over.
17 September 2011 | 7 Comments
| Recommended by 1 Nik Darlington:
The well-heeled woman in front of me at the checkout assembled her basket of goods in precise formation. A soldiery of foodstuffs: the hardwearing infantry of bottles and boxes in advance, the rear brought up by more powerful but more vulnerable cheeses and tropical fruits.
14 September 2011 | 2 Comments
| Recommended by 2 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 | 36 Comments
| Recommended by 3 Phil Stocker:
Transparency, openness, and raising public awareness of how our food is produced: these are all things I fully support and they are implicit within the principles of organic food and farming. So it’s difficult to oppose the recent video clips released by Animal Aid of abattoir malpractices, even though the approach of secret filming may be unethical to some.
14 May 2010 | 2 Comments
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