A new campaign, Feed the Nation, is recruiting Brits onto farms to fill the gap left after the usual European pickers were unable to travel due to coronavirus. But out of thousands of applicants, only 19 per cent are accepting an interview. What do British workers really think of farm work? And will European labour always be needed to help pick our produce? Wicked Leeks hears from workers, farm managers and recruiters to find out more.
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One of the UK’s first commercial lentil growers tells Nina Pullman why scaling up unusual plant protein crops isn’t a quick fix for sustainable farming.
By Nina Pullman - 19th October 2020
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'Shop green to help sustainable farmers'
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Valuing food and a race to the bottom
My point is this: farm gate prices in the UK are so low already that reducing them further, such as through a raft of new trade deals, would give no significant benefit to society.
By Guy Singh-Watson - 15th October 2020