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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 16 August 2005


NATURE

Green is good, nature is noble.

We can't, it seems, get enough of things natural. Supermarkets and cosmetics firms have long realised that the label "natural" on a product will almost guarantee its sale.

But it's gone further than that.

Camping is now cool and townspeople, in their masses, are buying chicken coops. The RSPB reckons that 3 million people are now occasional or regular birdwatchers and companies selling birdfeed and nesting boxes are doing a brisk trade.

Many numbers of businesses now sell their products by telling us how much they care about the landscape and wildlife. New subsidy rules for farmers point to a future in which they really can be seen as stewards of the countryside, as much as producers of food.

Is this just a phase we're all going through, or is it something more permanent? Are we seeking to do our bit for a planet threatened by man's excesses?

And is this anything new or are we following in the footsteps of our nature-loving Victorian ancestors?

Guests:

William Nelson
The Future Foundation

David Bullockvhead of nature conservation - The National Trust

Graham Evans
founder - Jacobi Jayne & Company

Cindy Pellett
founder - Forsham Cottage Arks

Linda Luxton
founder - British Wildflower Plants

Bill Jordan
founder - Jordans Cereals

Gyles Morris
director - The Magdalen Project

Presenter - Heather Payton

Reporter - Paul O'Keeffe

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