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Farming Today This Week

27 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 28 May 2011

A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation claims a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally - that's 1.3bn tonnes a year. But while householders and retailers have been confronted with the amount they throw away the amount wasted on farms has not yet been measured.

Charlotte Smith looks at how produce destined for our plates is lost and whether farmers should do more. She visits a livestock farm in Herefordshire to see how many animals die before they reach the abattoir and what happens to them. Richard Jones, the butcher in the farm shop also explains how much of the animals which do go to slaughter can be used for food and what people are simply too fussy to eat.

Presented by Charlotte Smith. Produced by Anne-Marie Bullock.


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