Posts made in November, 2016


How much grain does it take to produce a KG of Meat? So you are ready to tuck into your utterly delicious looking bacon and eggs and your friend – possibly feeling resentful about the lack of mouth-watering aroma wafting from their cold crisp salad – drops this comment into the conversation: ‘Did you know that agriculture is responsible for 51% greenhouse gas emissions’ and ‘it takes 1 billion litres of water to produce a KG of beef?’...

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Ecological Economy

Ecological Economy


Posted By on Nov 23, 2016

As I’ve listened to the rhetoric of the US  and UK elections it’s clear that increasing the growth of the economy is a desirable and sensible policy for any credible party to adopt.  The ‘real’ cost of this growth on our ecological economy isn’t given a mention. This is like the builder you hired to rescue your damp and rotting home suggesting you should put in a nice bathroom and and new heating system...

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Did you know In 2007 almost 1.4 billion hectares of land were used to produce food not consumed? This represents a surface larger than Canada and India together. One-third of all the food we produce globally goes to waste when 870 million people go hungry every day. 28% percent of the world’s agricultural area – is used annually to produce food that is lost or wasted.1 Running an ethical meat business is REALLY hard and is why many...

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I recently saw a video shared on Facebook of a hyena disembowelling a wildebeest. The shocking part was that the wildebeest was fully conscious and sitting upright, it was simply immobilised due to injury or exhaustion. I was totally horrified and it made me angry at the hyena for a ‘silly’ second. I wanted the hyena to have compassion for the poor beast, or at least put it out of its misery before he started tucking in! This started...

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The term ‘rewilding’ is a new one, only really being used widely in the last five years. Rewilding has two seemingly different meanings, but surprisingly they’ve got a lot in common. Where I used to farm, we were asked to graze an area of woodland with our Belted Galloway cattle at particular times of the year. The cattle grazed as a management tool for trampling the ground which encouraged a species of plant called...

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Are you the one telling everyone that it’s refined grains and processed carbohydrates that are the real cause of heart disease – not saturated fats? Do they listen? If enough of us make the change to grain-free pastured meats and organic foods, then more farmers will be needed to supply us; more farmers will convert from chemical and grain farming to a more sustainable approach. Brainwashing runs deep, and we can bang our proverbial...

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Nibthwaite Grange Farm

Nibthwaite Grange Farm


Posted By on Nov 10, 2016

Nibthwaite Grange Farm is an upland hill farm in the Lake District National Park. The farm is run by John Atkinson and Maria Benjamin with help from John’s family. The Atkinson’s have farmed Nibthwaite Grange for six generations. Their herd comprises of approximately 30 Suckler Cows, including the breeds Luings, Galloways, Highland and Blue Greys with calves kept as replacements or sold through various outlets including a small...

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