A Heap of Muck – Tom Heap the Scare Mongerer
The Radical –
Merely having a rural affair with farming
And using the BBC as his front to promote his real aim
That of a Countryphile
He is no friend of farming,
but claims his environmental lobby invented the Countryside
Along with John Craven he has no hands on farming experience.
He gets his rewards from the BBC, that biased broadcaster
that has never understood what keeps farmers farming
inspite of the critcism he piles on it.
Yet most food comes from farms.
TOM HEAP the scare mongerer
Britain’s Food & Farming: The Brexit Effect
Brexit marks a seismic shift for the UK’s food and farming industry,
but what will it mean for the consumer?
The EU affects the whole food chain from field to fork.
It dictates what farmers are allowed to grow, sets animal welfare standards and offers a large supply of cheap labour to work in the fields and processing plants.
Panorama’s Tom Heap talks to insiders who claim Brexit will mean higher prices, lower quality and less choice on the shelves.
Others claim it is a fantastic opportunity to address inefficiency and design a new mode of food production for the next generation.
The programme also travels to the USA, where farming is run on an industrial scale.
Will UK consumers back British farmers or switch to potentially cheaper imports of hormone-filled meat from abroad?”
Farmers need markets –
To create a market their must be buyers as well as sellers.
And that is farming and food in a nutshell.
That is buyers for the consumer of produce that must be marketted when “finished”
At present the market is a lottery for farmers and consumers.
Because there are those who want a cut – the middle man.
The market does depend on supply and demand
but that is unsafe for both farmer and consumer
Therefore Britain needs an Agricultural Policy for Britain –
Not a Common Market ( Single Market Policy)
Farming needs better guaranteed prices more cooperatives and
Countryfile and Costing the Earth Presenter
Tom Heap presents the investigations on Countryfile,
revealing the hidden depths of current rural and environment stories.
Tom is also the principal voice of ‘Costing the Earth’ on Radio 4,
the nation’s only dedicated environment series.
He is also a regular Panorama reporter covering food, farming, energy and wildlife.
He was the presenter of the long running BBC 1 Daytime
series Animal 24:7 which remains popular with regular repeats.
Tom Heap started his career at Sky News as a sound man and worked his way up through the
BBC News Trainee scheme to BBC News Correspondent specialising in Rural Affairs,
Science and the Environment.