The majority of the 950 million chickens farmed each year in the UK for food are bred to grow so fast millions of them are dangerously heavy for their age, struggle to walk properly and can suffer from heart defects, according to the RSPCA.

The issue – which will be highlighted by Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty on Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (Channel 4, 27 January, 8pm) – is considered the most serious welfare problem facing chickens today … Continue reading…


A YouGov survey for Freedom Food, has revealed 19 per cent of parents never bake with their children. A third also admit they never talk to their kids about how the animals that help produce our food are looked after and cared for.

In response, Freedom Food is urging children to take part in its annual Compassionate Cook competition.

Backed by celebrities – Katy Ashworth, presenter of Cbeebies’ ‘I Can Cook,’ Linda Barker, TV presenter and Celebrity MasterChef contestant, … Continue reading…


Our Freedom Food – the only UK assurance and food labelling scheme dedicated solely to improving farm animal welfare – is calling for the help of all young Easter egg hunters (or those still young-at-heart).

Freedom Food’s favourite hen, Hettie, has been so busy laying eggs on her free range farm that she’s simply forgotten where she has left them all.

A stylishly inviting online game invites young visitors to search the virtual farm to find three missing eggs … Continue reading…


Our Freedom Food higher animal welfare labelling scheme has today sensationally revealed a new egg phenomenon.

On one higher welfare farm in the UK, a recent discovery could change forever the way eggs are packed, distributed and eaten in future.

Egg farmer Ian Hatchett was the first to make the remarkable discovery at his Flair Loop farm in Suffolk.

“I’ve farmed free range eggs for over ten years, and I’ve seen all sorts of eggs, different sizes, colours, double

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A new survey by our Freedom Food scheme today reveals some people don’t even know the basics when it comes to food and farming – even which farm animals fly and which ones walk.

When given a list of food delicacies – including two spoof ones – and asked to indicate which they had tried, one in 10 people astonishingly said they had tasted ‘chicken trotters’. In addition, eight per cent of the respondents said they had tried … Continue reading…