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Sunday, 1 April, 2001, 13:43 GMT 14:43 UK
Crisis management or effective action ?
Alex Kirby on agriculture and environment
BSE, Foot-and-Mouth and swine fever, all diseases causing great upheaval within the farming community. BBC News Online's environment correspondent Alex Kirby looks at the future for the UK's farmers.

Countryside in crisis

The agricultural community has been hit hard in recent years by a number of catastrophes. They continue to struggle to survive following BSE, swine fever and the latest scourge, foot-and-mouth disease. These tough times have raised many questions about the future of British farming. Do we need so many animals on our farms? Should we be moving towards less intensive farming methods? Should we be willing to pay more for our food?

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Climate change

The debate rages on about whether or not global warming is a reality and what should be done to combat it. The problem is pollution from homes, industry and transport and the dilemma for politicians is whether we can cut pollution without cutting wealth. Does a cleaner world have to be a poorer one?

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Food issues

In recent years we've become much more particular about what we eat. Genetically modified foods have come under scrutiny, but can we do away with GM foods and still meet demands? Many people in this country still can't afford to eat enough or eat well enough. Why does food poverty still condemn millions in the UK to poor health?

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