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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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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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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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Alliance welcomes Elliott Review recommendations

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Elliott Review, commissioned after the horsemeat scandal, which will institute a Food Crime Unit to increase consumer confidence in food. We are interested to see how the recommendations work in practice and are using our own Rural Manifesto, to be launched before…

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The future’s bright

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance’s Autumn magazine features a look at some of the young entrepreneurs who have proved a hit in our own Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars). Click here to meet the energetic businessmen and women behind such diverse outfits as Eat Wild, Spuds & Berries, nomnom chocolate, Young & Country, Colstoun Cookery…

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The Pig Pledge

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Pig Pledge campaign is a call to collective action whose purpose is twofold: to raise awareness about the impact of animal factories and to make people aware that they can vote for real farming over factory farming every time they buy a pork product.Take the “Pig Pledge” today, opting either to go meat free…

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David Reynolds honoured with OBE

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Congratulations to Camgrain director and Countryside Alliance Board Member David Reynolds who has received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours ‘for services to agriculture and the community in the East Midlands.’ On receiving the honour, David Reynolds said “I can’t believe it; I am amazed and very flattered. To have been able to contribute…

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Congratulations to Sir Peter Kendall

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Congratulations to Peter Kendall, former President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), on receiving a Knighthood in the New Years Honours for services to agriculture in England and Wales. Read on for the NFU’s press release. The NFU’s press release reads: Former NFU President Peter Kendall has received a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours…

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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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