Farming

Fretting over ‘land inequality’ is a waste of time

18 April 2019 12:08

As if the nation is not already mired in enough scandal, now comes the revelation that half the land in…

Does Michael Gove really have farmers’ best interests at heart?

11 January 2018 17:00

The farming community was hoping, until a few days ago, that Michael Gove might be moved to pastures new in…

Would you really want to be a farmer in 2017?

8 August 2017 8:00

What does being ‘a farmer’ mean to you? For those that have experienced it, the job – or lifestyle, really…

How can we put an end to all these dog attacks on sheep?

27 July 2017 15:57

This spring I wrote in the magazine about how sheep attacks were on the rise, as wayward dogs were becoming an…

Michael Gove, ‘Green Brexit’, and what it all means for Britain’s farmers

21 July 2017 17:59

Michael Gove’s speech this morning on his plan for a ‘Green Brexit’ is one of the first signs of what…

British food and drink exporters defy the doom-mongers

21 February 2017 15:12

Many farmers, asserted the Earl of Sandwich in a Lords debate last July, were now experiencing ‘regrexit’ – having voted…

What the papers say: The Lords’ Brexit debate is an unwelcome sideshow

21 February 2017 8:43

Peers can continue their Brexit debate in relative peace today without the watchful glare of the Prime Minister gazing over…

No, we don’t need to be in the EU to tackle environmental issues

2 June 2016 17:19

David Cameron has been banging the anti-Brexit drum again, this time making the environmental case for staying in Europe. He has joined…

If you want to save the British dairy industry, vote with your wallet

11 August 2015 18:38

So Morrisons have announced that – after long discussions with farmers’ unions over the price of milk – they will…

We need to remember that lynx aren’t simply the big pussycats that they appear to be

25 March 2015 19:14

As our Barometer column reminded us this week, a campaign is underway  to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx – which became extinct…

Reindeer roasting on an open fire

16 December 2014 12:59

What’s wrong with eating reindeer? Well, if you normally eat meat, then I’d argue, absolutely nothing. But not everyone agrees…

British farming cannot turn its back on the EU

30 July 2014 11:22

Much has been made of the political debate at the 2014 CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace. The attendance of…

Liz Truss

Liz Truss is no friend of Mr Badger

17 July 2014 9:11

What some people seem to forget is that Owen Paterson wasn’t (and Liz Truss isn’t) just Environment Secretary. As well…

Badgers are cute? Try telling that to a hedgehog – or a dairy farmer

8 July 2014 11:20

Badgers really are having their moment in the spotlight, aren’t they? Ever since the government decided that the bovine TB…

What has prosecuting farmers got to do with animal welfare?

12 May 2014 18:45

If you were concerned about animal welfare, would you choose to spend money on prosecuting farmers whose welfare is below…

Today in #middleclassproblems: worrying how your lamb was killed

8 May 2014 16:06

It doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t. At least not very much. The notion, apparently scandalous, that the Great British food…

If this picture puts your toddler off his lunch, he should consider vegetarianism

28 February 2014 14:40

How can we encourage children to be closer to nature, when 80% of Britons live in urban areas? This is…

Taxpayers fund farmers to wreck their landscape and flood their homes

18 February 2014 12:04

Go to Google Maps and type in Lechlade – the Cotswold town at the start of the navigable Thames. Instead…

The mutant meat industry

7 February 2014 14:11

When it emerged that there was horsemeat in cheap burgers, some people thought it might spark a revolution in the…

Will Britain ever see George Monbiot’s sheep-free fantasy?

28 January 2014 11:50

Would England be the same without the sight of sheep grazing on its ‘green and pleasant land’? Most likely not;…