Piglet killers fired and charged with animal cruelty

A video of two pig farm workers from Húercal-Overa killing 72 piglets by jumping on them has made the town notorious across the world, being reproduced in media across Europe. Two workers of Pienso Garla, 19 and 22 years of age, filmed themselves squashing the piglets to death and then sent the video to friends via the Whatsapp mobile phone application. They were supposed to be herding them to a new pen when one of Continue reading Piglet killers fired and charged with animal cruelty

Aloe Vera everywhere

There has been a boom in the cultivation of Aloe Vera plants in Almería, and it’s estimated that about 100,000 of the plants are currently under cultivation. The largest farm is run by a company called Cosensa just 15km outside of Almería, which has 10 ha under cultivation. Consensa, by the way, was founded by General Luis Rosón Pérez, whose brother Juan José was the first democratic Minister of the Interior (that might have helped Continue reading Aloe Vera everywhere

30,000 ha of Almería covered by greenhouses

A satellite survey of the province reveals that 29,596 ha of land is now covered by greenhouses. By way of comparison, that’s about 115 square miles, the same size as the Maldives or slightly smaller than the island of Malta – or 3,4% of the province. Since the last study in 2010, it’s grown 10%. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of greenhouses remains static, fluctuating between 26,000 and 27,000 ha, but the drop in Continue reading 30,000 ha of Almería covered by greenhouses

Sexists farmers ads gets the wind up in Almeria

Farmers! Fancy something better than just a powder? Ask for Isperss! roar the billboards (sporting a winking beauty) selling insecticide to farmers around Almeria and El Ejido. The controversy is only apparent when you realise that polvo doesn’t just mean a powder, but is also slang for a quick one round the back of the bike sheds.

Almeria has more farm workers than ever before

Some 50,000 people are employed in the agricultural sector in the province. This is a record, we’ve never had that many before. Two ways of looking at this, muses me… a) The “Official One”: José Manuel Ortiz, territorial delegate of the Andalucian Ministry for Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Ambiente, congratulates the farmers of the province for struggling against the economic crisis, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy; b) The DJ one: We’re all going Continue reading Almeria has more farm workers than ever before

IU-Andalucia wants to expropriate land not used for 2 years and give it to the poor

The IU, the communist coalition partners of the PSOE in the Andalucian government, have proposed a new law that will allow for the expropriation of any “productive land which has not been used for its assigned social function” during the last two years. Such land, explains the proposed law, would be that should be dedicated to productive uses such as forestry, farm or ranching land. Or, indeed, my back garden. As a cited example by the IU, they Continue reading IU-Andalucia wants to expropriate land not used for 2 years and give it to the poor

Why Should Spain Call for Moratorium of EC chicken Rules?

This week the Spanish farmers issued a plea to their ministry of agriculture to intercede on their behalf to gain time with the European Commission over the introduction of enriched cages for laying hens. The farmers want a two year moratorium on the EC changes banning battery cages for laying hens and demanding the installation of new larger cages giving hens more room. They also want the Spanish government to give them soft loans to Continue reading Why Should Spain Call for Moratorium of EC chicken Rules?

Further rumblings from the establishment over The Guardians expose of slavery in province

Further to yesterday’s editorial denouncing the “lies, manipulation and stupidity of The Guardian” by our local Pravda, La Voz de Almería, the newspaper continues with this theme today, dedicating most of the front page, and pages 2-6 to the issue. The Guardian, in a piece written by Felicity Lawrence (view it here), claimed that “Charities working with illegal workers during this year’s harvest claim the abuses meet the UN’s official definition of modern-day slavery across Continue reading Further rumblings from the establishment over The Guardians expose of slavery in province

The Guardian inflames province by accusing it of “modern day slavery” in the greenhouses

The Guardian has run an inflammatory piece claiming that the produce in Almería’s greenhouses are produced by Africans working in “conditions of 16th century slavery”. Spain’s salad growers are modern-day slaves, say charities (The Guardian.co.uk). Charities working with illegal workers during this year’s harvest claim the abuses meet the UN’s official definition of modern-day slavery claims the article. Frankly, the article seems to be about spot on. This was picked up and run in Spain Continue reading The Guardian inflames province by accusing it of “modern day slavery” in the greenhouses