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NSA RESPONDS TO MISLEADING BBC DOCUMENTARY: Following the BBC’s airing of ‘Meat: A threat to our planet’ on Monday, NSA along with many other farming organisations and farmers, joined in criticism of the BBC. NSA produced a video for social media explaining the core differences between extensive sheep farming here in the UK, and the intensive systems shown on the programme. NSA has also been running a series of meetings around the UK to help provide support for farmers by arming them with the facts – there are three meetings still to go at Froome, Somerset (Thursday 6th December), Malvern, Worcestershire (Thursday 12th December), Alton, Hampshire (Thursday 9th January). NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says: "Given that we recently wrote to the BBC to complain about the biased and incomplete coverage they were presenting regarding global warming and red meat production the NSA is extremely disappointed that the BBC again chose to shine a light on red meat production on a global scale, choosing not to show the differences between the way much red meat is produced globally and how its produced here in the UK.  Our predominantly grass-fed beef and lamb production is nothing like the feedlot systems seen elsewhere, where our use of cereals and protein crops is minimal in comparison, our grazed grassland helps combat greenhouse gas levels, and most of our nutrient deposition from manures and urine is dispersed in a positive way that assists soil fertility rather than causing diffuse pollution.  What was most disappointing was that the presenter Liz Bonnin, who is qualified in biochemistry, should choose to show the scenes she showed with intensive beef and white meat production, and then announce that she was going to stop eating red meat per se.  If this isn’t part of a wider coordinated campaign against livestock farming then I don’t know what is.  The BBC will have rightly been inundated with complaints and I would encourage as many people as possible to add to their mailbag.”

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