‘We’ve bred them to their limit’: death rates surge for female pigs in the US

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With sows producing 23 piglets a year on average, intensive farming is called into question over rise in animals suffering prolapse Death rates for female pigs in the US are rising fast, sending alarm bells ringing throughout the farming industry. The mortality rate rose from as many as 25%-50% of sow deaths. The American Association […]

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Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

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In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and […]

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Vast animal-feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying planet

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WWF report finds 60% of global biodiversity loss is down to meat-based diets which put huge strain on Earths resources The ongoing global appetite for meat is having a devastating impact on the environment driven by the production of crop-based feed for animals, a new report has warned. The vast scale of growing crops such […]

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Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows

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The worlds largest ever field trial demonstrates widely used insecticides harm both honeybees and wild bees, increasing calls for a ban Widely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the worlds largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees. The farm-based research, along with a second […]

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Wild Amazon faces destruction as Brazils farmers and loggers target national park

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The Sierra Ricardo Franco park was meant to be a conservation area protecting rare wildlife To understand why the Brazilian government is deliberately losing the battle against deforestation, you need only retrace the bootmarks of the Edwardian explorer Percy Fawcett along the Amazonian border with Bolivia. During a failed attempt to cross a spectacular tabletop […]

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