We know that most of what happen in the countryside stems from what farmers produce, and how we do it.
Whilst feeding the nation we are largely responsible for the staggering beauty of countryside. But most of the time we are ignored and certainly without doubt taken for granted. However, as soon as supermarket shelves look empty, prices rise, David Handley gets out his soap box, environmentalists block highways and minorities demand we all become vegan, the focus of attention turns to us.
Farmers are some of the sanest, hardworking, practical, and sensible key workers. However, we do not appreciate being taken for granted, told what the ‘industry’ will pay for our produce, or how our land should be managed, particularly by those who clearly haven’t got a clue.
As we cannon towards an ill-thought-out policy of ‘public money for public good’, we can see a grim road crash approaching. Just as with tree planting, one cap does not fit all. The right tree or ‘policy’ needs to be positioned in the right place. This blanket approach to ‘access to the countryside’, certainly should not be imposed upon us all
There are days when one wants to say, “stop the world I want to get off”. They come round increasingly frequently, triggered, that seems to be the ‘in’ word, by an alarming escalation of inappropriate demands, comments and headlines voiced by the politicised ‘wokery’, brigade.
I nearly crashed my car on Sunday as I listened to the Food & Farming Awards repeat on Radio 4. To my utter disbelief, the presenter when introducing one of the categories stated, “Meat is a controversial subject”. Really? Says who? Should BBC presenters be telling us what to think?
Last week the farming press confirmed my fears that politics is driving the agricultural and countryside agenda. Farm groups have identified an employee of the Environment Agency, Tim Bailey, currently working on Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs), who distributed pro-vegan posts on social media, and spoke at an Animal Rebellion march. He has also written a book, Livestock’s Longer Shadow, and recently encouraged people to fund a vegan buy-out of dairy grazing pastureland, for the purpose of rewilding and creating a ‘community veganic orchard’! Should such people be employed by the public funded EA?
Misinformation is also alive and well, as social media ‘influencer’ Sophie Church promotes Tesco’s Plant Chef range to her 22,000 followers.
Kriss Woodhead, known as Super Serious Farmer on Instagram, brought to her attention that the ingredients used for Tesco vegan burgers include – palm oil and reconstructed grain proteins – which are no better for the planet or people’s health. He said “Someone needs to call Tesco out as grass fed British lamb is far better for the planet, and the benefits of shopping locally and seasonally are unquestionable. Ms Church has since deleted her blog/advert but probably not before some gullible shoppers bought the stuff.
Should we be harangued each morning by Republican, Russian stooge, anti-conservative Amol Rajan? The BBC really is scraping the barrel and bringing up debris.
Despite all the gloom, I shall certainly stick around a while longer as GB’s economy is fighting back. University heads are standing up to those intent on cancelling history, and some female MPS are upholding ‘biological Women’s’ rights and protecting standards in the House of Commons.
Boris is artfully batting away the spiteful brick bats from green eyed Dominic Cummings, the left leaning media, ‘Red Wall’ MPs and No 11. Those who consider Rishi Sunak to be PM material are well off the mark as he totally lacks leadership qualities or charisma, although his ambition is clear.