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  • For The Recycling Consortium (TRC), which is based in Bristol, in the South West of the UK, the 3R’s are the only way to deal with the waste we produce. TRC promotes ways to reduce, re-use, recycle and compost. By advancing sustainable ways to deal with our waste, TRC believe that we all benefit - as do our planet and our environment.
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If your children have milk at school, ask if they can have skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, or fruit juice (not squash) instead. Ask for skimmed or semi-skimmed milk in cafes and canteens.

If you suffer from asthma or hay fever, try cutting dairy products out of your diet for a week and see if it helps. KNOWING ABOUT MILK - WHO BENEFITS? You: Cutting down on dairy products, and thereby your fat intake, will improve your circulation and help you lose weight. It may also alleviate allergic reactions for which there is no obvious cause.

Other people Children drink more milk on average than adults, so providing them with low-fat and non-dairy alternatives will improve their health. Balance the milk decrease with an increase in bread, fruit and vegetables to ensure a good range of nutrients and sufficient calories. The environment: Lower consumption of dairy produce, and therefore fewer dairy herds, will decrease pressure on the land, pollution from intensively reared cattle and the stress put on cattle by modern methods of agriculture.

EGGS FROM HAPPY HENS - THE FACTS: Although egg consumption has fallen by nearly 40 per cent in the last 20 years, largely as a result of worries about cholesterol, we still eat more than 200 eggs a year each, laid by the country's 50 million laying hens. Eaten in moderation, healthy eggs are a very good - though not essential - food. As well as a high proportion of usable protein, they contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals.

They are also relatively cheap, and have binding and foaming qualities which are useful in cooking. On the other hand, 90 per cent of the eggs we eat in The UK come from hens kept in battery cages, often five birds to an 18 x 20 inch (45 x 50cm) wire cage. The suffering of battery hens is unspeakable: they are unable to turn round, and lose feathers from rubbing and pecking; their beaks are trimmed and they become infected by bacteria. A very high proportion of battery hens - probably in excess of 90 per cent - carry salmonella bacteria, and a growing number of egg-related food poisoning cases are being reported.

Around 8 per cent of the eggs produced in The UK are now technically free range, and are becoming more widely available, though the relative costs of production do not justify the higher prices. Most 'free range' eggs still come from large flocks which many people consider to be kept at too high a density: free range flocks average 2,000 to 3,000 birds at 1,000 to the acre.

The standard of the Free Range Egg Association is much more stringent: 3 square feet (0.9 sq m) of henhouse each, free access to open runs, and no debeaking or routine medication. For all the investment in equipment, food and drugs, a battery hen lays only 35 more eggs each year, 15 per cent more - than a free range hen. WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: The battery farming of hens should be replaced by the widespread integration of small free range flocks into mixed farms as soon as possible, and small flocks ought to be encouraged with government financial incentives.

The aim should be to do away with battery farming altogether. Egg retailers need to insist on strict guidelines for their free range eggs, and should not be allowed to charge unfair high prices for them.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Try not to eat more than two to....

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Try not to eat more than two to three eggs a week. (This will keep your cholesterol intake to a safe level.) Al... read more

Pesticide pollution of groundwater is also on the increase. At least 16....

Pesticide pollution of groundwater is also on the increase. At least 16 toxic pesticides are commonly found in drinking water and widespread t... read more

Then write a strong email to your local Member of Parliament and....

Then write a strong email to your local Member of Parliament and to your water authority. INSISTING ON SWEET WATER - WHO BENEFITS? You: Pollution in our tap water is one of the hardest ... read more