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Growing demand for milk in Africa and China has led the producer of the Cravendale to almost double the number of British famers who are stakeholders in the business, it was announced today.

Drink your milk: waste is equal to gas emissions from 20,000 cars

Waste milk creates a carbon footprint equivalent to thousands of car exhausts, according to a study that highlights the environmental costs of inefficient farming and the aggressive marketing of supermarket food.

Class acts: Emilien Néron and Sophie Nélisse star in ‘Monsieur Lazhar’

Monsieur Lazhar (12A)

Philippe Falardeau, 95mins. Starring: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse

One in six children think blueberry muffin counts as part of 'five a day'

Around one in six youngsters believe a blueberry muffin counts as part of their “five a day”, a poll has found.

Mariam Yasir, six, with her mother in Fallujah - she suffers from a birth defect

A saddening example of birth defects in Fallujah

Some say the use of phosphorus shells by the US has caused such tragedies. By Robert Fisk

Mariam Yasir, six, with her mother in Fallujah - she suffers from a birth defect

Robert Fisk: The Children of Fallujah - Sayef's story

Special Report day one: The phosphorus shells that devastated this city were fired in 2004. But are the victims of America's dirty war still being born?

Nestlé pays top price for Pfizer baby meals arm

Nestlé has secured its place as the biggest player in the worldwide baby food market with a $11.9bn (£7.4bn) deal to buy the drug maker Pfizer's infant-nutrition business.

Dairy Crest closures threaten 500 jobs

Nearly 500 jobs were under threat today after supermarket milk supplier Dairy Crest announced plans to close two dairies.

Leading article: Better to maintain the mystery of Springfield

And so the mystery is solved. After 20-plus years and more than 500 episodes, the creator of The Simpsons has finally cracked and admitted that it was Springfield, Oregon, all along. Since the very beginning, fans have speculated as to which of the 34 US towns that bear the name – not to mention the one in Essex – could claim to be "the real Springfield", home of the world's most famous yellow family. Now they know.

Andy McSmith: Importance of proper meals has been known for a century

It was the Boer War which provided the real impetus for making sure school children were properly fed. A Parliamentary Commission set up to find out how farmers were able to humiliate the British army noted that the soldiers were in poor health because they had been undernourished in childhood.

Struggling Dairy Crest set for shake-up

Fewer people getting milk delivered and cut-price competition from supermarkets are forcing Dairy Crest Group to consider restructuring its dairies subsidiary.

Animal virus detected on 74 farms

A new animal disease that causes birth defects and miscarriages in livestock has now been found on 74 farms in England.

Farms warned as virus kills lambs

A virus causing stillbirths and deformities in livestock has hit scores of British farms. Experts say cases of Schmallenberg virus, first identified in England last December, have spread to more than 70 farms from Kent to Cornwall and from the Isle of Wight to Gloucestershire.

Hardly cut-price: Private equity look at 99p Stores for £60m

The family behind 99p Stores is considering a sale of the single-price retailer to a private equity firm for up to £60m.

Wiseman leaps on takeover talk

Robert Wiseman has admitted it is in takeover talks with the German yogurt group Theo Müller after its shares jumped 8 per cent in early trade yesterday.

John Rentoul: A missed chance to tell the truth about Mrs T

Meryl Streep's new film could have nailed some of the more persistent myths about how Thatcherism changed Britain
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...