Author Archives: Stuart Meikle

BEEF’S FUTURE LIES WITH SMALL-SCALE PRODUCERS

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 17th August 2017 Stephen Carr wrote an interesting article in the Farmers’ Weekly concerning the future of beef in the UK. Those involved in beef farming policy making in Ireland should … Continue reading

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WHERE TO NEXT FOR OUR MUCH-VAUNTED QUALITY ASSURANCE?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 14th August 2017 I have been around long enough to remember the passing of the UK’s Food Safety Act in 1990, it was when I first came across the Defence of … Continue reading

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INEXPLICABLE MILK PRICES THAT DEFY LOGIC

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 11th August 2017 In a press release this week the ICMSA expressed their disappointment that the Irish milk prices is only 14th in the EU milk price league. They said that … Continue reading

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WE NEED THE REAL FOODS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO FAKE

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 9th August 2017 So, Lidl provided That’s Farming with a positive response to recent queries about the origins of some pork found upon its shelves. To quote; “We have investigated your … Continue reading

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THERE ARE MORE THAN 550 DEAD-ZONES ACROSS THE WORLD TODAY

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 7th August 2017 And “the great majority due to agricultural and industrial pollution. Meat consumption is growing fast, encouraged by low prices that do not reflect the true costs… if the … Continue reading

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ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER FOOD SCANDAL

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 4th August 2017 So, this week it is Dutch and Belgian eggs, allegedly contaminated by farmers using veterinary products created by mixing one insecticide with an illegal other. From the Guardian’s … Continue reading

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GHG EMISSIONS – ONE OF MANY REASONS FOR CHANGE

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 1st August 2017 Last week an Irish environment lobbyist had the audacity to ‘call out’ Ireland on the country’s Green House Gas reduction performance. Of course, as Ireland’s economy is so … Continue reading

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BREXIT AND THE EQUIVALENCE OF STANDARDS

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 3rd July 2017 One can hear the first post-election murmurings about British farming policy after Brexit and one can see that it is going to be about appealing to the highly … Continue reading

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IT IS TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE ISSUES FACING FARMING

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 20th June 2017 So, parts of the Irish farming community have now decided to join the climate change debate. Whether you are a believer of a denier, it was, nonetheless, obvious … Continue reading

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WILL BREXIT NEED ITS SACRIFICIAL LAMBS?

In these are extraordinary political times, we should ask how British farmers will fare. To begin at the beginning, why was the election called? Was it to strengthen the hand of the British PM in Brussels? Or was the election … Continue reading

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