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08/12/2011

Charlotte Smith hears in a new report that there is a future for public owned forests in England.
Remember the campaign Save Our Forests? At the start of the year there was public outcry when plans were announced to sell off one fifth of English woodland which is publicly owned and run by the Forestry Commission. After protests around the country, the government dropped plans for a sell off. Instead, they commissioned a panel to consult and investigate on the future for English woodlands. Today, the panel publishes its interim report.
The chairman of the panel, the Bishop of the Right Reverend James Jones, tells Farming Today that the forests earmarked for sell-off should remain in public hands.
And the Shadow Secretary of State for the environment Mary Creagh responds to the findings and says it's time the government officially cancelled any plans to sell off any English woods.

'Chickening out'. Charlotte investigates accusations that the British government is not banning illegal eggs from next year. From the first of January battery cages will be banned across Europe, but 13 countries admit they won't be ready to introduce the new enriched caged system in time.
The British Egg Industry Council says the government could and should simply ban illegally produced eggs from being imported here. And Charlotte asks the Food and Drink Federation how easy it is for food manufacturers to trace an egg back to find out whether it is a battery egg or not.

Presented by Charlotte Smith. Produced by Clare Freeman in Birmingham.

15 minutes

Last on

Thu 8 Dec 2011 05:45
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