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‘Buy British to boost economy’ says Environment Secretary

‘CONSUMERS SHOULD buy British-grown fruit and vegetables to help boost the economy’. That is the message from the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, who spoke at the Oxford Farming Conference this week.   Paterson went on to highlight the fact that 24% of food imported into the UK could have been produced on British farms, including…
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TB infected meat being sold in the UK

THE DEPARTMENT OF Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been found to be selling beef from cows that have tested positive for bovine tuberculosis (bTB), netting the Government around £10m a year.   An investigation into the sale of the meat was carried out by The Sunday Times, which found that the raw meat…
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Badgers beware

TOMORROW WILL mark the start of badger culling trials as the government attempts to control the spread of bovine TB.   The controversial trials were originally planned to start last year, but were delayed at the last minute because of “higher than expected” badger numbers in the two trial areas.   The environment department, DEFRA,…
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Vaccinate badgers, says new study

NEW GOVERNMENT-BACKED research has revealed that vaccinating badgers can reduce the level of TB within an infected colony by 54%.      The results, from a four-year study by the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) and university departments, shows that culling badgers is not the only way to stop the disease, said campaigners.  …
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TB debate announced

PARLIAMENT WILL debate the Government’s TB eradication programme, including planned badger culling.    The debate, which has been triggered by a public e-petition asking for further discussions on the controversial government policy to eradicate bovine TB, will take place on October 25th 2012.   NFU president Peter Kendall said the parliamentary debate offers a fresh…
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RSPCA accused of bullying

FARMERS HAVE accused the RSPCA of hypocrisy after they were warned they could lose their valued Freedom Foods status if they supported or allowed badger controls on their land.    In a letter to scheme members, Freedom Food, a wholly owned subsidiary of the RSPCA, claims that, “based on the current science, welfare concerns and…
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