Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 38: Modern slavery, Brexit and film sets

Human trafficking and modern slavery are major problems for UK agriculture, with up to 13,000 workers exploited annually in the food and farming sector.

A clampdown on worker welfare means farmers will soon have to show they are abiding by modern slavery rules under plans for the Red Tractor scheme. Is it sensible move? Or will it mean yet more red tape for growers and livestock producers?

See also: Red Tractor proposals to crack down on modern slavery

As Brexit talks go down to the wire, we look at the likely impact of no-deal on trade in beef and other products between the UK and Ireland.

Discover how you can make money by turning your farm into a film set. And a new survey shows that farmers are the most trusted part of the food chain – but will a bumper year for farm shops continue into Christmas?

This episode is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom with FW editor designate Andrew Meredith.


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