Can Britain ever again be fit for farming?

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  1. (Writing from Canada.)

    How distressing!

    I’ve just finished re-reading your ‘Famine Business’, something I seem to do every decade or so, and I must say it holds up beautifully. I had it in mind to write and ask for your opinion on what Brexit might mean for your aims, but came to ‘Colin’s Corner’ first and found that you have already posted your opinions, and this article.

    I wish I had words of comfort, but at present things seem to be going in exactly the wrong direction. I’m living in an area of so-called ‘redevelopment’, which translated means that a rather sweet 1950’s suburban subdivision of large lots with small, sound little houses surrounded by gardens packed with fruit, flowers and vegetables (and the occasional still-illegal chicken, and the very occasional very-illegal lamb being raised for Easter), is now being torn apart and replaced with fence-to-fence McMansions. Speculative money certainly does rule, and our town fathers are impervious to our protests; their response? “But your own property values are being enhanced by this development.” Confusion here, between price, which they understand, and value, which they probably do, but choose not to acknowledge.

    A philosopher on US public radio was recently asked “Are you a pessimist?”, to which he replied “Only on a good day”.

    But I’m an optimist. Our young people are emphatically not being seduced and sidetracked, as some of us Boomers were, by a relatively easy job market and a true living wage. They have a good deal less to lose than we had, and are living (perforce) quite differently and more co-operatively, and seeming not to mind material modesty so much. A young friend of mine is just back from Cuba, which a bag full of notes on farming; urban, organic, mixed, practical, and definitely designed for the feeding of people.

    And, be assured, the fact that you (plural) continue to write, practise and fly the flag is thoroughly encouraging to the rest of us still struggling, not to keep the faith exactly, but to keep trying to spread it.

    No surrender!

    With all best wishes


  2. Hello Ruth and Colin: for what it is worth, & just for the record ~ I was rather surprised to see this…not ideal, but certainly a well-packaged nod to empirical reason; certainly a tentative fox-trot away from the exasperating, ramped-up corporate driven, ideological PR insanity…or actually, maybe a best example of it! nevertheless & notwithstanding, what do you think?

    BBC Radio 4 (Tom Heap) evidently picked up on this subsequently, in a very interesting episode of Costing the Earth that you have doubtless already heard

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