The debate over meat… and ethical farming in Sidbury

Last night the BBC had a long look at intensive meat production:

Meat: A Threat to Our Planet? – BBC One

 

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There’s been quite a reaction in today’s media:

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Story image for bbc meat and climate change from FG Insight

Farmers have hit back at ‘sensationalist’ and ‘alarmist’ reporting which they say singles out agriculture for deforestation and climate change.
Strong industry reaction to BBC documentary Meat: A Threat … Meat Management (press release)9 hours ago

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Perhaps more interesting a programme was today’s Costing the Earth on Radio 4:

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Vegan World

What would the British countryside look like if we all adopted the vegan diet recommended by many environmental campaigners? Tom Heap hosts a discussion with panellists from the National Farmers Union and the Vegan Society. We also hear from expert witnesses from Oxford University, Aberystwyth University, Harvard Law School and Rothamsted Research.

Costing the Earth

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Closer to home, the Herald interviews a local farmer:

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Sidbury farmer still ‘living the dream’ with passion for ethical farming

Ben Upchurch, who owns Partridge Hill Farm in the Roncombe Valley near Sidbury, has made it his mission to rear animals and give them the best quality of life…

The 40-year-old studied agriculture at university. The course required he visit every type of farming system in the UK, which at times left him shocked.

Mr Upchurch, who is assisted by his dog Brock, said: “I decided I am going to rear animals so I know the province, what it eats, how much medical attention it’s needed, what its lifestyle is, because you cannot get that information from butchers and supermarkets.”

Visit http://partridgehill.co.uk/ to find out more…

Sidbury farmer still ‘living the dream’ with passion for ethical farming

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