Investigating agribusiness


US environmental group Mighty Earth recently announced that it had named Minnesota-based Cargill as the “Worst Company in the World” due to its alleged unscrupulous business practices, links to environmental destruction, and repeated incidents of standing in the way of global progress on sustainability. The group’s new report – which draws on a series of major Ecostorm

Beef wars


Soy is an important base ingredient of the world’s meat. Approximately three quarters of the world’s soy goes into animal feed. But this soy production has left an enormous scar on the Earth’s surface. More than one million square kilometers of the planet – equivalent to the total combined area of France, Germany, Belgium and

How green is green energy?

Ecostorm produced and directed a major Dispatches investigation into ‘green energy’.  We worked with reporter Antony Barnett to investigate a subsidised renewable energy industry that turns trees into fuel, and asked whether burning wood instead of coal is really an environmentally friendly answer to climate change. In the Channel 4 programme, we travelled to the

Ocean warriors

Ocean warriors is a new six-hour television series that takes viewers to the front lines of the battle to save the world’s oceans. From the vast tuna fisheries of the Western Pacific to the Antarctic’s remote Southern Ocean and the coral reefs of Tanzania, audiences watch as a global network of activists, journalists – including Ecostorm’s co-founder

Sick chicken

In a groundbreaking investigation, Ecostorm and the Guardian went undercover to expose conditions inside the British chicken factories that supply some of the biggest supermarket and fast-food chains in the business, including KFC, Tesco, Aldi, Asda, Marks & Spencer and Nando’s. Undercover footage, photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers revealed how strict industry hygiene standards

Salad slavery

An army of modern-day “slaves” are being used to grow the salad and winter vegetables that fill Britain’s supermarket shelves, a major new investigation by Ecostorm and Channel 4 News has revealed. The allegations are made by politicians and workers interviewed in Spain who say migrants employed to pick salad for companies whose produce ends

The real cost of supermarket fruit

In our latest joint investigation with Channel 4 News we’ve been undercover investigating conditions for some those picking and packing supermarket fruit at a major packhouse facility in Kent. What we found was shocking and has provoked an immediate outcry. Our undercover reporter experienced first hand the highly-pressured environment at the Mansfields packhouse at Chartham,

Bruce Lee – king of the sewers

Deep under the streets of Bucharest – in Europe, in the 21st century – there is a network of tunnels and sewers that is home to hundreds of men, women and children stricken by drug abuse HIV and TB. But this underworld is also home to a controversial figure known only as Bruce Lee… In

Superbugs in our pork

The discovery on UK shelves of pork contaminated with a livestock strain of MRSA prompts calls to curb misuse of antibiotics in intensive farming A special investigation by Fiona Harvey, Mary Carson, Maggie O’Kane and Andrew Wasley Pork sold by several leading British supermarkets has been found to be contaminated with a strain of the

The rise of the megafarm

Ecostorm footage and research was used to show nearly every county in England now has at least one industrial-scale livestock farm, with close to 800 US-style mega farms operating across the UK. The increase in mega farms – which critics describe as “cruel and unnecessary” – is part of a 26% rise in intensive factory

Fracking goes global

US domestic gas production is on the rise because of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock by pumping millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals underground at high pressure. Environmentalists say this gas boom threatens water supplies and pollutes air. Now, as fracking expands

Liquid ivory


Demand for palm oil, a substance found in hundreds of our food and household products, is threatening some of the world’s most endangered species, a dramatic film by Ecostorm and ITV news revealed. The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in Indonesia has already led to the clearance of millions of hectares of rainforests, driving

Food slaves

Ecostorm investigations into the exploitation and abuse of migrant workers during southern Italy’s annual orange and tomato harvests generated widespread revulsion and much international interest in these under-reported issues when they first published. The first of our hard-hitting reports documented the plight of African migrants scratching a living in Basilicata’s tomato fields, revealing how farmers

Dolphin slaughter


In a major investigation released today undercover reporters from Ecostorm and The Ecologist Film Unit expose the brutal hunting and killing of dolphins for use as shark bait off Peru’s Pacific coast. Experts interviewed as part of the investigation claim it is the first time that the Peruvian dolphin hunt – by far the biggest such hunt in the