No more chickens in cages!

In the news today – battery farming of chickens to end in the UK in four years (by 2012). This means no more chickens in cages! They will still use the crowded barn system, which is not as good as free range where the chickens get to go outside and have more room, but it is better than stacks of cages full of chickens (battery farming).

From the BBC news: Currently 63% of UK egg industry is battery farming, 32% is free range, the remaining 5% must be the barn system. This will cost consumers. Today six eggs from battery farming costs 73p while free ranges costs £1.28.

Read more in The Times – Stores to ban ‘cruel’ eggs from battery hens.

Other news – the Glastonbury Festival

The Glastonbury Festival, an outdoors music event that has been held yearly since 1970, takes place from June 27 to 29 this year. Tickets go on sale April 6, but there is online pre-registration now. Read more about it in the Guardian: ‘Pre-registration’ returns for Glastonbury. “Current objects of speculation include Radiohead, Muse, Kylie Minogue and Led Zeppelin.” Glastonbury is in Somerset, a 50 minute drive south-west of Bath. More information on the Glastonbury Festival site.

Other news – Stroud Parkour

The cottage we rented is in Windsoredge, a village on the edge of the larger village of Nailsworth, five miles south of Stroud. Stroud is our nearest “big” town – the big smoke. See the rooftops of Stroud on this video by a local “parkour” guy –
Stroud Parkour (YouTube video of Hunter Hubbard). There was an article about him today in the local paper, Stroud News and Journal.

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.

3 thoughts on “No more chickens in cages!”

  1. Hi Pauline,
    Sounds like you must be feeling a little settled in. What kind of food are you eating? I am going to England for the first time next weekend but to North Yorkshire.
    Angie

  2. Hi Angie! There might be snow on Friday in northern England, but Saturday is supposed to be clear. I think the food in England is good. We have been doing our own cooking mostly with wonderful winter vegetables straight from the farm (the owners of our cottage run an organic farm and sell at the Saturday Stroud market).

    You can get good meals in the tea rooms (breakfast and lunch); many pubs serve good food; most towns have Indian restaurants; and there are small independently owned restaurants. Vegetarian food (lacto-vegetarian, with dairy) is very easy to find. Vegan (vegetarian, no dairy) is more difficult. Most places serve fish (that is what Steve gets when we go out).

    Have a great trip!

  3. Hi Angie! There might be snow on Friday in northern England, but Saturday is supposed to be clear. I think the food in England is good. We have been doing our own cooking mostly with wonderful winter vegetables straight from the farm (the owners of our cottage run an organic farm and sell at the Saturday Stroud market).

    You can get good meals in the tea rooms (breakfast and lunch); many pubs serve good food; most towns have Indian restaurants; and there are small independently owned restaurants. Vegetarian food (lacto-vegetarian, with dairy) is very easy to find. Vegan (vegetarian, no dairy) is more difficult. Most places serve fish (that is what Steve gets when we go out).

    Have a great trip!

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