Episode from the podcastFarming Today

Red Tractor Assurance, Farming Diversity, Chickens in Wales

Released Friday, 28th August 2020
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Red Tractor says their reputation has been damaged by secret filming at a pig farm. The footage - filmed by vegan campaign group, Viva at Flat House Farm, in Leicestershire - appeared to show animals being mistreated and sick and dying pigs lying on the floor. The farm had been part of the Red Tractor scheme which is meant to guarantee welfare standards. But it lost accreditation when concerns were raised about the condition of pigs a month ago. The farm told us they wouldn’t be commenting on the footage.

Anna Jones visits Rise and Root Farm in New York State, where four women are growing fruit, veg and edible flowers... while trying to bring about positive change when it comes to diversity in farming. We hear from Lorrie Clevenger how she’s casting off the shadow of slavery and reclaiming African-American farming.

Powys has been dubbed - ‘chicken capital of Wales’ - with a recent explosion in the number of poultry farms there. We bring together a farmer with a campaigner concerned about the impact of so many birds on river pollution in the Severn and Wye catchment areas.

Presenter by Sybil Ruscoe
Produced by Heather Simons for BBC Audio in Bristol

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