LIVE AND KICKING - First the supermarkets rang the death knell for small, family-run businesses, then foreign opposition threatened to cut off meat exports. But far from dying, butchers around the country are beginning to fight back, returning to traditional methods and embracing the fashion for all things free-range and organic. Dominic Prince reports.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the UK meat industry has been reduced to a sorry carcass by the European food fight, as blockades and threatened trade wars have kept the focus on exports and the plight of perpetually hard-pressed farmers. But is the industry really in crisis or is it, like so many others in 1990s Britain, an industry that is redefining itself?