Tracy has worked in the environmental movement for many years. Between 1996-1998 she had a market garden selling organic vegetables via farmers markets, local stalls and vegetable boxes delivered to local homes. She is a writer, film maker, public speaker and fundraiser and is associated with the Gaia Foundation, the Soil Association, Transport 2000, the Good Gardener’s Association, the International Forum on Globalisation and is Associate Director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture.
A film, Pig Business, was made and screened by Tracy to expose the hidden costs behind the mass-produced pork on our supermarket shelves, hoping that viewers/consumers will use their buying power to help create a more compassionate world. See her Pig Business website which exposes the use of chemicals in intensive pork farming. From the director’s statement:
“The film shows the pork industry as just one example of the corporate take over that affects every sector of our economy. Factory farmed pork is only cheap because the corporate producer has externalised the true costs onto the broader community. Locals suffer from the polluted water and air but we are all affected when the power wielded by big business destroys democracy and crushes free speech by intimidation. By avoiding pork from corporations and investing that money in human scale production, we are revitalising small farms and their farm shops, farmers markets and local butchers. If shopping in the supermarket we must seek out labels that indicate British and outside bred and reared or free range on straw bedding”. Tracy’s advice: buy British, where welfare standards are higher.
In 2014-15, she joined the opposition to Midland Pig Producers’ application for planning permission to build a 25,000 pig factory farm 150 metres upwind from a women’s prison near Foston in Derbyshire. Jim Davies from the Foston and Scropton Action Group said, “Midland Pig Producers have not properly addressed concerns that harmful bio-aerosols, endotoxins and antibiotic resistant bacteria will affect the health of local residents.” Read on at http://www.pigbusiness.co.uk/. Tracy said she hoped the sheer number of objections would lead to the plans being thrown out – and they were.
A new concern is that the American-style feedlot system has come to rural Lincolnshire – with plans to expand Working on intelligence provided by a concerned local resident, RAW investigators recently went undercover to examine the truth behind claims that an American-style feedlot is operating in Louth, Lincolnshire. What they found was disturbing: animals kept in high-stocking densities; a lack of shelter from extreme weather; no obvious dry ground on which the cows can rest.RAW believes that an urgent assessment is needed to fully understand the potential dangers associated with the existing operation and the proposed expansion plans. This US-style feedlot is a backwards step for farming and sets a dangerous precedent.
She set up Farms Not Factories, which informs and campaigns on one important aspect of a global food system gone wrong: factory pig farming. But this is not a standalone issue. Intensive pig farming operates within a global web of power, financing and trading that links it to many different struggles for the control of food and an ecologically sound future. Read more here.