Bottom Feeders

“The bottom line is that we need a market outlet for these calves: if it’s not economic to rear them, farmers won’t. … Ultimately the answer lies with consumers in the purchasing decisions they make.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/10/farming-groups-take-steps-to-stop-slaughter-of-male-dairy-calves

Farming ethics based on consumer demand and economics have never been so well encapsulated in male calves’ rear outlets.

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Insect Asides

“The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) assessment [of neonicotinoid pesticides] includes bumblebees and solitary bees for the first time.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/28/total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides-likely-after-major-new-eu-analysis

Solitary bees were previously reluctant to take part.

“A spokesman for Syngenta, a neonicotinoid manufacturer, said: “Efsa sadly continues to rely on a [bee risk guidance] document that is overly conservative, extremely impractical and would lead to a ban of most if not all insecticides, including organic products.””

If organic produce is now classified as an insecticide, then chemical pesticides are no more effective than hurling rotten fruit at insects.

Antiantibiotic

“Antibiotic resistance is among the greatest threats to human health. … The US government hopes to use trade treaties to break down the resistance of other nations to its farming practices. And the UK is at the top of its list.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/14/us-trade-deal-government-farming-practices-livestock-antibiotics

Resistance is national.

Wasted

“The world’s most widely used insecticide may cause migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer drastic weight loss, according to new research.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/29/common-pesticide-can-make-migrating-birds-lose-their-way-research-shows

Scientists are close to linking this effect to recent behaviour in the UK government cabinet.

Farm Fiction

“70% of adults objected to using fictitious farm brands and only wanted genuine places and farm names on packaging.” https://www.soilassociation.org/news/2017/august/morrisons-moves-away-from-fake-farm-labels/

Fake food within the packaging is apparently totally acceptable.

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Eggsessive

“The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) says the highest amount of fipronil measured was 1.2mg per kg of egg. It calculates that an adult weighing 65kg (143lb) would be able to eat up to seven eggs within 24 hours and still be within the safe range.
A child weighing 16.15kg (35.6lb) should not eat more than 1.7 contaminated eggs within 24 hours, it said.” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/aug/10/700000-eggs-linked-to-eu-scare-exported-to-britain-watchdog-says

Great way for 16.15kg children to learn decimal fractions and geometry.

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Macabre Manifesto

“The Conservative manifesto features commitments to make CCTV mandatory in slaughterhouses, reform pet vending rules and to address live exports alongside their pledge to hold a vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act.” http://www.onekind.scot/onekindblog/article/how_is_animal_welfare_treated_in_in_the_ge2017_manifestos

When Conservatives address crowds of live exports, what will they speak about? Voting for Christmas?

Tough on crime: no more vending the rules. If you pay for an animal, you’re entitled to watch its death being dispensed.