Pamela Barnard - 23/08/2020 14:21:11
Having lived on cattle farms (dairy then beef) for many years due to my husband's work, I come at this subject from various angles.
I believe that it makes sense to produce as much of our food, animal feed and animal bedding as we can. At its best, you can't beat it.
Politically it makes sense to be less reliant on other nations for our essentials and ecologically we desperately need to reduce the distance food travels- which would suggest the seasonal fruit and vegetables of the pre 1960s diet. People need to be helped to understand that cheap food means that someone or some animal has suffered to make that possible. (In 1961-64, when I was training to be a home economics teacher, most average families expected to spend one third of the household income on food, not including alcohol or eating out). Pressure to produce food cheaply has been responsible for the inhumane and totally unacceptable practices such as beef feed lots, cramped pig farming and battery hens.
Animal welfare must become top priority, but also the welfare of farming families, who must get a truly fair return for their investment, their knowledge and their hard work. And doing it well is hard work. I can assure you.
So, let's make British farming the best, the most respected, the most animal friendly and the most ecologically balanced in the world.
Uninvolved people need to be taught how important all these things are for all of us. And if the price of food has to go up and people have to raise their children without Disney World and expensive holidays in far flung places, so be it. Its a question of priorities, ethics and the future of the planet. I could say more but say more but I expect you have glazed over by now.
Please, please do promote British farming and high quality, good animal welfare food. Let's show the rest of the world how it's done.
May I recommend that you Google: The Ethical Dairy.