Call for supermarkets to stop ‘poison poultry’

Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

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The Soil Association has today (Monday, April 25) launched a petition calling on UK supermarkets to remove harmful pesticides from their soya supply chains.

According to the charity, the pesticides sprayed on poultry-feed crops in Latin America kill bees, endanger wildlife and pose risk to the health of farmworkers and their families.

Many of the pesticides applied to soya cops in Brazil for example, are illegal to use in the UK – or the EU – it said. Industrially farmed British chickens are then fed this soya from Brazil, it added.

The Association is now calling on UK supermarkets to end this cycle and has launched an online petition asking for voices to be added to this call.

The Stop Poison Poultry campaign calls on the following supermarkets in particular: Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.

Soil Association campaigns advisor Cathy Cliff said:

“British shoppers should be able to walk into a supermarket and buy food that isn’t harming children, killing bees, or threatening rare and treasured wildlife thousands of miles away.

“The average British chicken casts a toxic shadow and comes with a poisonous price tag – and vulnerable animals and communities are paying that price with their health.”

Brazil is one of the biggest pesticide-using countries in the world and has an estimated 70,000 pesticide poisonings every year.

“The scale of highly hazardous pesticide use in Brazil is terrifying, as is our chicken industry’s reliance on these soya crops,” Cliff added.

“It is a hidden scandal that both British shoppers and farmers are largely blind to, and it must not continue – we must stop the poisoning associated with UK poultry farming.”

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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