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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

Exclusive: The end of the good life

Government paves way for sale of country's 300,000 allotments as plot-holders revolt over plan to scrap historic right to council land

Hugh's recipes turn sour as battery rabbit farms return

Battery farming of rabbits is set to return to Britain for the first time in more than a 15 years to satisfying a growing hunger for their meat.

Leading article: Poultry sum

That a south London butcher is selling chickens at £30 apiece will shock, and even appal, many people. The foodie tendency gone mad, they will say. An offence to anyone outside of the super-rich.

Last Night's TV: Jamie's Dream School/Channel 4<br />Attenborough and the Giant Egg/BBC2

It's the great and the good versus the bored and the badly behaved," said Jamie Oliver, giving us the elevator pitch for Jamie's Dream School, another of Channel 4's attempts to turn a social policy paper into primetime entertainment. They've had their successes, most notably Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's recent publicising of the folly of fish discards. But after Heston Blumenthal's silly and insulting attempt to tackle the problem of hospital catering last week, you can't help wondering whether the marriage of celebrity and social activism isn't beginning to get a bit out of hand. What next? Dick and Dom challenged to run a rural bus service in order to tackle economic exclusion? Nicky Haslam presenting a four-parter in which he restyles a Midland sink estate to improve community spirit? There is always a faint odour of the quick fix about such affairs, a suspicion that the gleaming new facade will start to crumble and fall apart about 10 seconds after television has declared a victory and headed off back to London. Having said which, Jamie can fairly claim to have made a real difference with the genre before – in his series on school food – so perhaps we should approach with an open mind.

EU casts weight behind bid to end fish discards

Discarding fish is no longer ethically justifiable and must be banned before the balance of life in the seas is destroyed, the European fisheries commissioner has warned.

Wild and wonderful: Isn't it time to stop being squeamish and tuck into rabbit?

Rabbits are cheap to buy, and so plentiful it seems a crime not to eat them. Clare Hargreaves goes out hunting for her supper

North Sea fisheries madness

Outcry grows at 'ridiculous' waste of fishing catch

Campaigners condemn store selling squirrel meat

A grocery store is committing "wildlife massacre" by selling squirrel meat, campaigners claimed today.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (06/06/10)

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Shoppers opt for 'freedom food' chickens

Consumers are turning away from standard chickens in favour of birds raised under higher welfare standards, according to figures released today.

Co-op takes top prize in animal welfare awards

The Co-operative Group has won an animal welfare award sponsored by The Independent for improving the lives of 20 million chickens.

Co-op wins animal welfare award

The Co-operative Group has won an animal welfare award sponsored by The Independent for improving the lives of 20 million chickens.

New kid on the block: Serious foodies should enrol in a butchery class

How much do you know about the meat on your plate? Tim Walker sharpens his knife &ndash; and his appetite

Katy Guest: I know junk when I eat it. And hear it

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