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What’s the real cost of our salad?

An army of modern-day “slaves” are being used to grow the salad and winter vegetables that fill Britain’s supermarket shelves, a major new investigation by Ecostorm / Ecologist Film Unit and Channel 4 News has revealed. The allegations are made by politicians and workers interviewed in Spain who say migrants employed to pick salad for […]

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Two awards for Bruce Lee, King of the Sewers film

The major 2014 news film produced by the EFU’s Jim Wickens for Channel 4 News –  Bruce Lee, King of the Sewers – has won two major media awards – an Amnesty media prize in the TV news category and a Foreign Press Association award for TV news story of the year. Read the original […]

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UK food watchdog admits chicken factory breached hygiene laws

Food Standards Agency says it was wrong to clear Scunthorpe plant of any failings, as more workers make dirty poultry claims. Felicity Lawrence and Andrew Wasley report The government’s food watchdog has been forced to admit that an initial inquiry which cleared one of the UK’s largest poultry processing plants of hygiene failings was misleading. Instances […]

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Chicken factories inspected by FSA following hygiene claims

Sources reveal measures being taken to clean up production, but company denies allegations of food safety failings. Felicity Lawrence and Andrew Wasley report The chicken factories at the centre of revelations over food poisoning contamination were checked by Food Standards Agency inspectors on Friday, as sources reported that Tesco auditors had found failings during a […]

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Revealed: poultry industry’s dirty secret

By Felicity Lawrence, Andrew Wasley and Radu Ciorniciuc Three of the UK’s leading supermarkets have launched emergency investigations into their chicken supplies after a Guardian investigation uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings in the poultry industry. Undercover footage, photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers has revealed how strict industry hygiene standards to prevent the […]

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Beneath the streets of Romania’s capital, a living hell

Jim Wickens reports for Channel 4 News We are in the heart of Bucharest in the pouring rain, staring down at a man hole on the pavement and a rickety ladder bolted into the shadows within. It seems like yesterday that the world woke to the shocking scenes of neglect and cruelty inside Romania’s orphanages […]

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Fear, football and torture – undercover in Transnistria

It sounds like a distant planet in a dystopian sci-fi movie, and the place itself does not disappoint. For the second of our special reports with Channel 4 News the Ecologist’s Jim Wickens & Channel 4’s Paul Mason went undercover inside the next potential flashpoint between Russia and the west Welcome to Transnistria, a tiny strip […]

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Peasants’ revolt – Romania at war with itself over fracking

Fracking has sparked protests in Britain, but these look subdued compared with a campaign in Romania by peasant farmers, who are fighting their own government. In the first of our new collaborations with Channel 4 News Jim Wickens and Paraic O’Brien report They are the unlikeliest of eco-protesters, a lifetime of hardship engraved on their faces. […]

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Special report: India’s coal inferno

India’s planned power expansion depends overwhelmingly on coal, with over a hundred huge new generation units planned by 2030. Sarah Stirk reports on the nightmare the dash for coal is bringing to once peaceful rural communities. Main photo: Sarah Stirk/EFU  Champa’s eyes are surrounded by dark circles and her face is thin and drawn. It […]

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Revealed: controversial herbicide found in bread and cereal bars

Jordans cereal bars and Warburtons bread have been found to contain traces of glyphosate – a weedkiller that campaigners say poses a potential risk to human health. Andrew Wasley reports  They are the proud sponsors of Channel 4’s River Cottage series and widely recognised for their commitment to the environment, promoting ‘conservation grade’ farming where growers must […]

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