Articles in ‘Farming’

A Spanish Shepherd by Richard Ansdell

December 1st, 2016

Winemaking and climate change

April 26th, 2011 From El País in English
Spain will be one of the areas most affected by climate change,” he said, adding that a one-degree temperature change pushes the boundaries of winemaking as much as 100 kilometers north – the fact that Britain now has 1,000 hectares of winemaking land would have been unthinkable just 150 years ago. Spain, by comparison, has 2.9 million acres of land planted with wine-producing vines.

Vultures on the roads

April 5th, 2011

Vultures and climate change

October 18th, 2010

A flock of sheep in Castilla

May 29th, 2010

Teruel truffles

May 19th, 2010

Free range eggs in Spain

February 9th, 2010 It is easier than it used to be to buy free-range eggs in urban areas in Spain. But beware of misleading bucolic pictures on egg cartons. Free-range eggs are often called huevos de granja (huevos de pagés in Catalonia) but if you don’t trust the seller, the best way is to check the first number of the codes on the eggs themselves: 0-hens raised outdoors ecologically 1-hens raised outdoors 2-barn-raised hens 3-battery-farmed hens

Traditional agriculture in León

February 1st, 2010

EU may change dead livestock law

December 10th, 2009 The Guardian reports here on a study by scientists that vultures should be allowed to return to their old jobs as nature’s waste managers. They say the birds are suffering as they increasingly depend on being fed by people. The law was changed in 2002 because of mad cow disease and outlawed the leaving of carcasses of dead cows, as well as sheep, goats and other livestock, in the open. The upcoming decision by the EU on whether to change the law affecting dead livestock will have important repercusions for Spanish wildlife. The Spanish government has called on the European Union to alter the rules on the animal corpses and allow farmers to leave them where they fall.

Andalusian fields from space

October 2nd, 2009