Spread of ‘free-range’ farming may raise risk of animal-borne pandemics – study | Farming

The industrial farming of animals such as pigs, poultry and cattle to provide meat for hundreds of millions of people may reduce the risk of pandemics and the emergence of dangerous diseases including Sars, BSE, bird flu and Covid-19 compared with less-intensive farming , a major study by vets and ecologists has found. Despite reports … Read more

UK chickens can be ‘free-range’ despite never going outside, thanks to loophole | Environment

A loophole in government regulations means that chickens can still be called free-range even though they are no longer allowed outside due to the outbreak of avian flu. The UK was hit by what government officials described as the “largest ever outbreak of avian flu” over the winter, with almost 100 reported highly pathogenic outbreaks … Read more