Land of Plenty A Journey through the Fields & Foods of Modern Britain
It’s sometimes hard to imagine that Britain was once a predominantly agricultural nation, that only a few hundred years ago around half the population were actively involved in farming, with the total rural population being around 75% of the total population. In the modern age we are to a greater extent removed from the rearing of crops and livestock. To the now, for the most part, urban UK population food is plastic sealed, refrigerated, boxed, sanitised and on the supermarket shelf. A great many people have lost touch with world where their food comes from. In Land of Plenty, Charlie Pye-smith takes us on a journey around the UK, reminding of possibly the most important aspect of our national heritage, that being farming. It is an eye opening journey that covers dairy farming in Somerset and Gloucestershire, beef in the Scottish Borders, sheep in South Yorkshire, pigs and poultry in East Anglia and Hampshire, as well as fruit in the West Country and Essex and vegetables in Norfolk. An interesting insight into an industry which has something of an uncertain future.