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Agriculture

Unicorn Escaped Slaughter

Farmer Erla Þórey Ólafsdóttir has one sheep who stands out from the crowd. He Has one double-thick horn coming from the middle of his head—just like a unicorn. He does not have the body of a horse, however.

Cows

Fewer Farmers Producing Lots More Milk

The number of dairy farmers in Iceland has gone down by around 200 in the last 13 years—at the same time as milk production has hit an all-time high. 40 dairy farmers quit the trade last year alone.

Eggs

Egg Farm is Example of Greenwashing

The Kastljós news analysis program which aired Monday night and revealed deplorable conditions at egg farms owned Brúnegg, has sparked discussion in Iceland about whether consumers can trust marketing labels.

Vigdís Hauksdóttir

Attack on Icelandic Agriculture?

Last night’s revelations about deplorable conditions at an egg farm owned by Brúnegg have caused outrage among Icelandic consumers, but former Progressive Party MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir is angry for other reasons.

Skyr

Ruling on Dairy Company Reversed

A competition appeal committee has ruled to revoke the decision of the Icelandic Competition Authority to fine MS Iceland Dairies for violating anti-trust law.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Animal Abusers to Keep Government Grants

MPs from the Progressive and Independence parties voted against an amendment yesterday that would have given permission to cancel government grants to those who have gravely or repeatedly violated animal protection laws.

Cows

Sour Consumers Boycott Milk Producer

After it came to light that Iceland Dairies (Mjólkursamsalan) had been fined ISK 480 million (USD 3.9 million, EUR 3.5 million) on Friday for a serious violation of anti-trust law, and its CEO had announced that prices would have to be increased to cover the cost of the fine, consumers have...

Cows

Does Agricultural Agreement Ensure Monopoly?

The director of the Icelandic Federation of Trade, Ólafur Stephensen, finds it unacceptable for Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, to approve a new agricultural agreement which he claims will secure the monopoly of Iceland Dairies.

Iceland's Only Rabbit Farmer

Birgit Kositzke is a woman who definitely knows what she wants. In 2007 she moved from Germany to Iceland with the idea of carving out her fortune in agriculture. However, it was neither horses nor cows that caught her interest, but rabbits for their meat.

Cows in Aðaldalur, Northeast Iceland.

No Vet Now for Cow

A cow’s life is in danger because of budget cuts by The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST).

A farm in Northeast Iceland.

Ísafjörður Mayor Rejects Liability for Dioxin Pollution

Mayor of Ísafjörður Gísli Halldór Halldórsson has said that the town will not accept liability relating to the dioxin pollution in Engidalur valley near Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, from the incinerator Funi despite the fact that the municipality will participate in compensating farmers in the...