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Duration: 29 minutes

Mary Rhodes meets the Irish workers who have left their own country in search of better prospects in the Midlands, there's controversy over plans to build Britain's biggest pig farm in the region, and Phil Upton visits the roundabout that led to a mass protest in the town of Leek.

  • Video feature: Controversy over 'mega' pig farm

    Video feature: Controversy over 'mega' pig farm

    A controversial application to build a farm with more than 25,000 pigs in Foston, Derbyshire has angered both local residents and animal rights campaigners.

    The plan by Midland Pig Producers (MPP) has led to a series of angry demonstrations against the growth of intensive farming.

    BBC Inside Out spoke to actor Dominic West and chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who oppose the project, as well as the farmer behind the application.

    MPP said the proposed farm will protect welfare standards and, thanks to sophisticated filtration systems, neighbours will not be affected by smells or pollution.

    Watch a video feature on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Controversy continues over 'mega' pig farm at Foston


Mary Rhodes


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