Land of Plenty A Jour­ney through the Fields & Foods of Mod­ern Bri­tain

Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD BOOKS - by Char­lie Pye–smith www.eandt­ £20

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.

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