No doubt the ultra-feminists amongst WSG readers will consider this outburst of male chauvinism to be an outrage, so I had better keep the identity and whereabouts of this ‘rogue bird’ under wraps.
However, his early morning high spirited utterings certainly puts a spring in my step, and although he hardly compares to the burly builders who in the past would utter similar hearty wolf whistles from building sites, he unquestionably does a good job lifting ones spirits!
As I watch the cattle contentedly lying in the shade of the oak trees on sunny mornings contentedly chewing their cud, it has occurred to me that if humans could be more like cattle, with similar digestive systems, perhaps that would solve the increasingly costly obesity problem, amongst a large proportion of the population.
If instead of constantly stuffing unsuitable and excessive amounts of food into our bodies; with a re-designed digestive system like bovines, we could regurgitate our food and contentedly ‘chew the cud’.
This would remove the obsessive need to introduce more food into our system quite so often, and reduce our intake of food by half, which I suspect is what the majority of the western world, including children, are over eating by.
This project could be a challenge for the scientists and medical boffins to remodel the human metabolism system. Now that the average person takes 75% less exercise than our bodies were designed for, but on average consumes at least 50% more food than required, it is surely time to return to basics and through genetically engineering and designing a new model of human being, which can cope with a world where technology and laziness is wreaking havoc on the current existing model.
I am all for prevention rather than cure, so before the human race is wiped out by greed and overindulgence, a bit of modern day creativity is perhaps worth considering?
The BBC’s Food and Farming Awards now in its 18th year, has nominated a selection of Sussex food and drink producers which have been successful finalists and winners.
Many congratulations to the winner of the Best Drinks Producer, Burning Sky, based on the File Estate, near Lewes since 2013. Burning Sky Artisan Brewers and Blenders, is owned and run by Mark Tranter. A very successful and relatively new start up microbrewery, which in 2017 received top honour at the Society of Independent Brewers National Independent Beer Awards.
Another finalist under the Best Shop or Market category, is The Sussex Peasant, Brighton. This is a mobile farm shop, started by Ed Johnstone working closely with a community of enterprising Sussex farmers that supports the mobile shop and pop up restaurant, which sells the finest local produce directly to customers.
The farm shop sources fine food and drink, including Sussex produced beef, pork, lamb, chicken, game and fish. Also, locally grown fruit and vegetables, home baked bread and cakes, and much more besides.
They believe ‘farming and consuming locally is a social and cultural glue, and understanding this is key to underpinning key values of society and life’. At its heart The Sussex Peasant wants to ‘change lifestyles and create a food and drinks concept with longevity’.
Perhaps this is one stop Michael Gove and his DEFRA team should visit to help their understanding about food production and marketing on a locale scale.
The arable crops are ripening rapidly. It will not be long before the combines will be rolling and harvesting winter barley and OSR. In the meantime we are concentrating on hay making, and hoping the weather keeps dry.