Resistance resisted

New Scientist
Comment

This year marks a decade since a committee under Professor Sir Michael Swann advised the British government to curb the then wholesale, indiscriminate use of antibiotics in agriculture. The committee was established because of amply evidenced claims that the inclusion of potent antimicrobial drugs in feedstuffs for pigs, poultry and other livestock had encouraged the emergence of bacteria resistant to

How the Union got down to Brass Tacks

NFU Insight

DAVID LEE, the NFU assistant press officer at Agriculture House, Knightsbridge, was giving the new issue of Radio Times a quick once-over on the afternoon of April 26. Looking across at Roger Turff, the press officer, he said: ‘I’m about to spoil your day’. Radio Times and the Brass Tacks programme on BBC 2 was to spoil quite a number of days for both NFU members and staff

The BBC lets agriculture down

Livestock Farming

THE British Broadcasting Corporation has flipped its lid. After weeks of scrupulous impartiality throughout the general election campaign – extending to even fiction programmes – it has seemingly sought to let off steam through the medium of a new programme called Brass Tacks. This programme – billed in the Radio Times as ‘a new concept in broadcasting – is an insult to the public intelligence and professional journalism. If the hitherto much-respected BBC has any sensitivity left it will review the senior staff appointments on Brass Tacks