SEIZED IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT
On November 3rd, 2011 in the middle of the night, a number of machines were seized from Slievenamon Agri Services. Darragh McCullough investigates the events that happened that night and asks: "where do farmers and contractors stand when it comes to repossession of machinery?"
OVERFED BUT STILL MALNOURISHED
Despite the much publicised statistics on obesity, over 15% of people in Ireland still suffer from food deprivation and poor nutrition. A processed pizza costing ¤2 may seem like a cheap and easy way to feed your family but in the long term it could be a false economy costing thousands to the economy in health fees. Ella McSweeney travels to Limerick to see how the communities of Southhill and Moyross are fighting back against food poverty. Organising community gardens and cafes, cookery classes and fresh vegetable supplies, the Limerick Food Partnership is having a real impact on people's health and diet.
MONEY COULD BE GROWING ON TREES
Over the past twenty years, we have invested hundreds of millions of euro in Irish forests, but now a lot of that money could be wasted, if those thousands of farm forests are not managed properly. Dairy farmer Jim Carroll is one of many thousands of farmers who have planted trees. Helen Carroll reports on the challenges of thinning trees and the money that could be made from timber. She talks to forester Paddy Bruton and visits a sawmill to see where the finished product ends up.
Ear to the Ground is produced by Independent Pictures for RTÉ