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May 04, 2007

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Mhairi

I read the last comment with interest - Country Living magazine have raised the issue of British Farmers and supporting them - Fair Trade so to speak. I try and buy local whenever possible, and don't believe in "cheap meat".
Found this lovely blog via Krawuggl blog.

Sew Recycled!

Yes I did see it whilst sewing madly. I too came away with mixed feelings about it all. Sometimes feeling sorry for folk and then feeling very mad (did'nt want to use a rude word!. We try to buy seosonally with an organic box from a local farm. some of these veg boxes come from silly places. We buy meat rarely and only from local butcher and try to grow on our allotment. I do feel that the farmers really do get a raw deal generally and wish there were more people who realised this. We need more power cuts to wake a few people up!!!!!!!

Richard Leader

Sadly I missed the programme - will have to see if I can download it or something.
I was in my local the other evening eavesdropping on a conversation - a local farmer had just been refused planning permission to build a farm shop - without it he feared he would go under, but the council refused as it was a change of land use. Not as big a change as the place going to ruin if you ask me...

Interestingly, I was in my local butchers at the weekend and asked him where he got his pork from - he gave me a long speil about where all of his meat comes from - with the exception of his duck (from France), all of it comes from a 30 mile radius. But there's no signs in the shop to say any of this - I guess he just feels that what he's doing is obvious. Compare that with a trip round Sainsburys yesterday where they were selling Peruvian asparagus right next to the English...

Cat

I saw most of the programme and I found it very interesting, it's good to see the issue of British food being brought forward and striking a chord with so many people. I agree that the majority of the British public do not know enough or care enough about where their food comes from and I think this is what needs to change the most; consumers have a lot of power over even the largest chain supermarkets if they collectively demand change. Unfortunately I do not think this change is realistic for a lot of people who have time and money pressures making it difficult for them to buy locally. And sadly there will always be people who don't care that they are eating Brazilian beef while our farmers go under, however much the rest of us scream and shout about it.

One issue I felt was not covered fairly by the documentary was environmental policy. This was only briefly mentioned in a very one-sided way as it was implied that subsidies to protect wildlife instead of livestock were wrong. While I agree that the primary purpose of a farm is to produce food for human consumption I do not believe this should be at the expense of our native wildlife. If we kept livestock in fields with hedges for centuries why can we not maintain those hedges now? In fact, if the solution is more small scale local farms and farm shops to give alternatives to supermarkets then small farms surrounded by hedges seem a more attractive option in my opinion. And they are better for our environment. I think it can be dangerous to separate ourselves too much from "nature", to think we are apart from it. We are not. We are completely connected to it and even dependent on it, as other issues such as climate change demonstrate.

Sorry for writing so much! I'm writing this as an ecology student and it's just nice to know that other people care about this issue too :)

writershand

Saw a bit of it just as one of the farmers was describing how all of his neighbours had gone under and how he himself would soon have to find other ways to make a living. IT'S NOT FAIR. That's my response. Now if I was in charge...... I'd stop the school runs by painting double yellow lines around every school in Britain and make people walk a few hundred yards. I know this is changing the subject slightly but you can see where I'm going can't you Cherry?

Scott at Real Epicurean

Unfortunately I didn't miss it - I am terrible for knowing when things are on TV.

It looks like a great progam with high morals - right where they need to be. I'll go and check if it's going to be repeated now.

Tash

Hi Cherry - thanks for your feedback. I got very mixed-messages from the programme itself, however one thing I was very sure about was my feelings about farming.

I'm glad you'll be raising this point again - my blog has always been based on "green" issues, and along with the use of 'secret' chemicals in household products, farming is on the top of my agenda. I am hopefully going to start working closely with a local farm to see what I can get going.

Tash

Lisa

Hi Cherry, you should have a read of Tashs' post today over at Vintage Pretty, there's a link to her blog on mine - all about the above programme.
I didn't manage to watch it - I'll need to see if I can.
L x

Amanda at Little Foodies

Hi Cherry, Just saw your post on the UKFB Site. I didn't see the programme but it's something I could discuss all day. Like Molly Dineen I too am a hypocrite but in a modern day age it's an unfortunate state of affairs that we have to frequent supermarkets. If everybody just did their bit of buying locally it would help. I have links to Farmers Markets and Farmers through my mum and know only too well the hardships they suffer. There has to be an answer but what is I don't know. Maybe co-operatives are the answer - that get a fairer price for Farmers. Amanda

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