Cater's Choice

Nick Cater surveys this week's top sector-related offerings.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater




There's plenty for everyone in Channel 4's Big Food Fight season, given the animal and environmental focus of so many charities and pressure groups.

The ubiquitous and undervalued chicken is at the centre of several programmes covering food production, animal welfare and healthy eating. Celebrity chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver fight the cause for their feathered friends and urge a shift away from battery farming. This is manna from heaven for everyone, from the RSPCA - which recently launched adverts demanding supermarket action on factory farms - to the Soil Association and Diabetes UK.

Programmes worth a look to consider their impact on your cause include Fearnley-Whittingstall's Hugh's Chicken Run, which is on tonight, Dispatches: The Truth About Food, presented by Jane Moore on 10 January, and Jamie's Fowl Dinners on 11 January.




Out soon are three publications examining religion and philanthropy: Charity in Islam: A Comprehensive Guide to Zakat, by Omer Faruk Senturk; Jewish Philanthropy, by SM Dobbs; and Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism, by Arthur Brooks. The latter promises to be the most intriguing because it suggests charity represents a cultural faultline in the US, with Christian conservatives far more compassionate and generous than their more secular liberal rivals.




Proving their own case, if they can sell enough places at £199 plus VAT per delegate, will be the organisers of How to Run More Profitable Events. It promises a dozen expert speakers with advice on how to minimise costs and maximise revenue "without sacrificing quality". It's at the Royal College of Physicians in London on 11 January. Contact pneale@ for details.




Two dramas illustrate the realities of complex issues this week, with Juba FM on BBC Radio 4 on 11 January, about the return from exile of a young Sudanese journalist whose idealism and ambition get him into trouble, and Donation on BBC Radio 3 on 13 January, about the medical and spiritual implications of organ transplants.

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