Compassionate World Blog Round Up – July 23
For all the animal, farming, food and environment news from June and July, please use this great update
From the farming of insects to animal welfare in world religion, and from lab grown chicken to chalk streams, plus a whole lot more…
- Will England allow its iconic and rare chalk stream habitats to be trashed by pollution?Like the Scottish uplands, England’s chalk streams have become an iconic destination for many countryside lovers
- Insect Farming Isn’t Going to Save the PlanetRaising animals intensively for food is the biggest source of animal cruelty on the planet. It also happens to be a major emitter of greenhouse gases, responsible for up to 37 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
- Gardens can become sanctuaries for wildlife and help reverse the decline of naturePesticides and the ripping up of hedgerows and flower meadows has turned much of our countryside into a wildlife desert in recent decades
- US approval of ‘lab-grown chicken’ could be game-changer for efforts to halt decline of natureMeat grown from stem cells promises to emit fewer greenhouse gases than traditional agriculture
- The deep joy of getting up early and watching the natural world unfoldGetting up early is full of rewards as the natural world activates and clear thoughts are unlocked
- Live animal exports: UK Government just dropped its planned ban on practices that belong in the Dark AgesThe Conservatives had promised in their manifesto to stop the barbaric practice of sending young calves and other animals on horrific, over-long journeys abroad
- OCEANIC DEAD ZONES AND NITROGEN POLLUTIONOn a boat 15 miles off the coast of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico was blisteringly hot. All around were oil rigs. Some were huge tangles of scaffolding and metal beams; others resembled small cities.
- US-style Mega-Farm Invasion Enough to Make Old MacDonald WeepOld MacDonald has a lot to answer for. Many generations have started out listening to that tale of a farmer and his various animals in perhaps the world’s most recognisable nursery rhyme. That early childhood imagery has been one that marketeers have been keen to perpetuate
- Be Kind to AnimalsHave you ever experienced the love of an animal? Felt that extraordinary connection between two species that needs no words?
- ‘Farmageddon’ 10 years on & you won’t believe what’s happenedEmergency approval for a bee-harming pesticide by the UK Government has once again sent shock waves through the countryside
- It’s important to ban animal exports, not just stop themSo, how are your New Year’s resolutions going? For many of us, resolutions revolve around doing more exercise, saving money, or eating better.
- This year, let’s put kindness at the centre of societyLooking back on the last year has taught me how far we’ve come as a movement and how much further we need to go, and fast
- Could Royal Banquets Soon Feature Lab-grown Meat?In the run up to the festive break, I found myself in Windsor Castle surrounded by a gathering of minds focused on gamechangers.
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