A major row flared this week between leaders of the livestock and meat industries and the BBC. The cause is a Radio Times front cover colour picture of a pig drawing attention to a BBC2 television programme on the use of growth promoting drugs in farming. The programme, to be screened next Tuesday, is the first in a new series of discussion programmes entitled “Brass Tacks“. It will deal with the use and misuse of drugs in farming
Farmers and butchers are preparing to bombard the switchboards of BBC local and regional radio stations after next Tuesday’s Brass Tacks programme on BBC2 about modern practices in livestock farming and meat production. If the protesters have their way the TV panel scheduled to discuss the programme will be heavily loaded with industry spokesmen. The National Farmers’ Union,is preparing what a spokesman calls “hot missiles” to be sent speeding to the BBC’s director-general, the chairman of the corporation’s board of governors and Mr Geoffrey Cannon, editor of Radio Times.
by Patrick O’Neill
A BLACK market operation providing drugs for factory farms could be a danger to health. This is just one of the claims to be made in a controversial TV documentary next week. It traces links between the use of antibiotics in farm animals and the increase in food poisoning among humans. The first is a new series of the BBC’s Brass Tacks programme investigates the increase in factory farming in Britain and links it with major public health dangers in the future. The programme deals with controls over Britain’s animal drug industry
By DAVID BROWN
The National Farmers’ Union is preparing to send a strongly-worded letter of protest to Mr Ian Threthowan, director general of the BBC, about a forthcoming television programme which will claim that people may be harmed by eating meat from cattle, pigs and poultry which have been treated by veterinary drugs. The union, which represents 140,000 farmers in England and Wales, together with the British Veterinary Association and the National Federation of Meat Traders, are angry that they were not consulted about the contents of the programme