Food and Farming


Country of origin labelling needs to be extended

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance is delighted that Environment Secretary Liz Truss believes the future is bright for British food and farming. In a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday (7 January) Ms Truss announced that Defra analysis shows “the economy of rural Britain, powered by food and farming, could be as productive as towns within…

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Barney explains why working to change the law on fly grazing is so important

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Many of you will be well aware of the burgeoning fly grazing problem in the countryside. World Horse Welfare estimates that around 7,000 horses have been abandoned, a clear animal welfare concern as well as a headache for the farmers and landowners left with the abandoned animals. The Countryside…

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Bunnies, potatoes and food education

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: A humble bunny hit the headlines this week when bestselling author Jeanette Winterson posted a photo on social media (pictured left) of a dead rabbit with the caption “Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit.” The tweet saw plenty of support for Ms Winterson’s actions, and…

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Meurig Raymond named new President of NFU

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The National Farmers Union (NFU) held its conference in Birmingham this week, at which Meurig Raymond was named the newly elected President. We wish outgoing President Peter Kendall every success in the future and thank him for his high profile promotion and defence of our farming sector.  New NFU President Meurig Raymond farms 3,400 acres in…

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Appointment of Liz Truss as environment secretary

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Commenting on the announcement of Liz Truss as Secretary of State for the Environment, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Barney White-Spunner, said: “Owen Paterson has worked extremely hard as Secretary of State and has always had the interests of the countryside and rural communities clearly at heart, but the Alliance remains concerned that no…

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Secretary of State honours CAA Champions at Parliament

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The 10th annual Countryside Alliance Awards, aka The Rural Oscars, were held at Parliament on Wednesday 4th February, with Champion of Champions plaques being presented by the Environment Secretary Liz Truss MP to businesses in Suffolk, Shropshire, Dorset, Co Kildare and Berwickshire.  The Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have celebrated their tenth anniversary…

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Working in coalition to combat fly grazing

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance has joined forces with several other major rural and animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA, the NFU and World Horse Welfare, to launch a landmark report into the horrors of fly-grazing ahead of a parliamentary committee discussion on the issue.  The six major charities and country’s largest rural organisations have released the report on…

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