19/11/2019 Rural services, Intensive beef production
As part of our election coverage, this morning we focus on rural services and especially on health care. Charlotte Smith visits a GP surgery in the Surrey Hills to hear from Dr Emma Watts and patients about what they're hoping to hear from politicians in the election manifestos.
This week we are comparing the environmental impact of different production methods of beef. Today we visit Ian Willison's 200 acre farm in Nottinghamshire.
To help us through this period of electioneering, we've set up an expert panel to consider all the arguments and promises made by the parties, relating to farming, the environment, fishing and rural services. Today we introduce our rural services expert, Professor Mark Shucksmith.
Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Beatrice Fenton.
18/11/19: The environmental impact of beef, Orkney ferries and livestock transport, Worms and plastic
The beef industry is under pressure. Prices are low for British farmers and beef is facing a back-lash from environmental campaigners. To begin Farming Today's week about beef Sybil speaks to Professor Don Broome from the University of Cambridge who says that the environmental impact of beef comes down to how it's produced and why the effects of methane have been slightly over-stated.
Laura French who farms on the island of Rousay in the Orkneys tells Sybil that some her lambs may starve after a height restriction placed on lorries boarding their local ferry has prevented her getting her lambs to market.
Richard Westcott reports from the Anglia Ruskin University where new research shows that tiny bits of plastic in the soil can stunt the growth of worms.
Presenter: Sybil Ruscoe
Producer: Toby Field
Farming Today This Week: Fish Farming
Aquaculture has grown enormously in the UK since the first fish farms were established nearly fifty years ago. So is farming the sea a sensible way to feed a growing population, or do concerns over sustainability cast too much doubt over its environmental viability? In this programme, Sybil Ruscoe talks to a panel of experts, including a fish vet from one of the UK's biggest salmon producers, a spokesman from the Scottish Wildlife Trust, and a professor of aquaculture.
Producer: Emma Campbell
15/11/19: Fishing policy and the General Election, Seaweed farming, Policing Dartmoor
Dr Bryce Stewart from University of York tells Caz Graham why the environment may take priority over the fishing industry in the upcoming General Election.
For the final installment of Farming Today's 'farming the seas' week Rachel Lovell has been to a trial seaweed farm that's been set up off the coast of Cornwall.
Fiona Clampin has been out with the police and representatives from Dartmoor National Park who have joined forces to curb illegal activity in the Park.
Presenter: Caz Graham
Producer: Toby Field
14/11/19 Flooding, mussels, election special from a livestock market
As communities across South Yorkshire, the East Midlands and Lincolnshire deal with widespread floods, one farmer says more could have been done to prevent them. Henry Ward's arable farm has been under water since the River Varlings Eau in Lincolnshire burst its banks last weekend. He believes dredging rivers would have made a big difference. However hydrologist Professor Hannah Cloke from the University of Reading says dredging's not always the answer. She says storing water on farmland, then compensating farmers whose land is affected, would be one of the most effective ways of controlling flooding.
We go out to sea to visit the offshore mussel farm that's set to be the biggest in Europe. Father and son George and John Holmyard from Offshore Shellfish grow mussels off the south coast.
In another election special, Caz Graham goes to a lifestock market to find out what "Workington Man" wants. She speaks to sheep and cattle farmers about what will influence their vote.