Pig Business - 6:30 AM on Channel 191
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EGP: Tracy Worcester's groundbreaking film Pig Business is a shocking expose of industrial pig farming practices.
Three years ago seasoned campaigner and mother of three children, Tracy Worcester, decided to find out what was in the cheap processed pork products for sale in Britain’s supermarkets.
Her journey led her to America and Poland where she found huge, industrial scale, pig farms which supply British supermarkets.
The film reveals that that these huge meat factories overcrowd and mistreat the animals, put small farmers out of business and pollute the water and air endangering the health of local residents.
The owner of 20 of these giant pig factories in Poland is an American company called Smithfield Foods, the biggest hog producer and processor in the world, whose production methods have been heavily criticized not least by lawyer, Robert Kennedy Jnr,, president of the Waterkeepers Alliance, who has won numerous court cases against Smithfield Foods for violating pollution laws.
Attending a government committee he explains how the arrival of factory farms will destroy Polish rural culture and livelihoods, “Smithfield controls 85% of hog production in the state, and every factory that is built gets rid of 10 traditional family farmers and replaces those jobs with 2 or 3 minimum waged jobs to workers who work in the plants.
European subsides are given to the giants in the name of helping Poland become more competitive within the EU. Tom Garrett, from Animal Welfare Institute in America, says that Smithfield Foods of America, the largest pork producer in the world with an $11 billion annual turnover, came to Poland funded by taxpayers’ money and “benefited from a $100 million loan facilitated by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).”
For more information on this film go to: www.pigbusiness.co.uk