Three farmers charged with animal abuse

The economic crime unit of Norway’s national police (Økokrim) has charged three Norwegian farmers raising pork with violations of animal welfare laws. All the farmers are among those featured in a shocking documentary on state broadcaster NRK’s Brennpunkt program last summer. The documentary showed Norwegian farmers badly mistreating pigs who also were being kept under […]

Climate protesters target Yara

Another large Norwegian company has become the target of protesters who blame it for furthering climate change. Oslo-based fertilizer firm Yara had to call in police to fend off around 500 demonstrators keen to shut down the company’s office near Hamburg. The group known as “Free the Soil” is angry with Yara over its role […]

‘Food production must be changed’

Norwegians must join the rest of the world in eating less meat, and stop developing untouched natural areas, declared Norway’s government minister in charge of climate and environmental issue on Thursday. Ola Elvestuen was reacting to the UN Climate Panel’s report that calls for radical changes in how food is produced. The report stresses that […]

Farmers demand more subisidies

Norway’s powerful farm lobby presented record-high subsidy demands of NOK 1.92 billion on Monday. They’re encouraged that they’ll be dealing with a new agriculture minister from the Christian Democrats party this year, who’s viewed as much more farmer-friendly than her recent predecessors from the Progress Party. Agriculture Minister Olaug Bollestad, who also serves as a […]

Thousands of farmers apply for compensation

More than 14,000 farmers are seeking state taxpayer-funded compensation for crop losses following last summer’s drought. The number compares to 890 last year, reports newspaper Nationen. Most of the farmers seeking financial aid over and above the subsidy and tariff protection they also receive are located in the counties of Oppland, Østfold and Akershus, according […]

State offers half of farmers’ demands

Lobbyists for Norwegian farmers were fuming on Friday after the government responded to their demand for another NOK 1.8 billion in state subsidy and protection with an offer equal to around NOK 1 billion. While farmers complained the government wasn’t taking them seriously, state officials noted their offer was much higher than last year’s, and […]

Farmers demand more subsidies

Their most supportive political party (Senterpartiet, Sp) is mired in national shame and scandal but that hasn’t stopped Norway’s powerful farmers’ lobby from demanding NOK 1.8 billion in additional taxpayer funding for next year. The support would once again come in the form of subsidies and tariff protection from imported agricultural products. The farmers formally turned […]

Farmers face far more inspections

Filth and animal neglect found at a series of farms in Rogaland, southwestern Norway, were branded as “completely unacceptable” by Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale after a meeting with farmers’ representatives. They admitted to “attitude problems” within the industry and now face far more frequent inspections nationwide. Lars Petter Bartnes, leader of the powerful national […]

Pigs suffering at Norwegian farms

Agricuture Minister Jon Georg Dale has called the pork industry and its representatives in on the proverbial carpet, after terrible conditions have been revealed at pig farms in southwestern Norway. Another case of poor animal welfare was reported just last week, the latest in a string of embarrassing incidents for farmers who survive on public […]

Dairy coop Tine churns up lower sales

Tine, the dairy cooperative that regulates and still dominates the Norwegian market, reported weaker sales and profits in the second quarter of this year. Tine blamed increased competition both nationally and internationally. Norway still has the most expensive milk in the world, because of Tine’s role as market regulator that sets prices for dairy products […]