- agriculture - environment - Fishing - France - Indonesia - New Zealand - pollution
The dark side of farming
This week we head to Brittany, the heartland of French pig farming and an agricultural powerhouse. But are the region's farmers responsible for the toxic green algae mounting along the coast?
We start with a report on the use of nitrogen fertilisers in the region. Ecologists blame excess nitrates from these fertilisers on the proliferation of the ‘green tides’ that recently killed dozens of wild boars and continue to deter tourists from visiting the beaches.
Next we head to New Zealand, where the government has lifted a ban on aquaculture. The decision has spurred criticism from locals who believe waste from new fish farms will spoil an idyllic paradise.
And finally, we look at Indonesia’s efforts to reverse the effects of blast fishing. The destructive practice has been destroying coral reefs, prompting a grassroots effort to build artificial ones made from concrete.