A very incisive and hard-hitting documentary about the way in which life for farmers and other people who depend on the countryside for their livelihood is changing for the worse as a result of the decline in home-grown food and the banning of fox-hunting. Farmers are having to kill calves which it is uneconomical to keep, paying token amounts to the local fox-hunt as unofficial knackers to dispose of the carcases for feeding to the fox-hounds. Why should society seem to care so much about the fate of hunted foxes and yet apparently so little about what happens to unwanted cattle which are cross-breed or the wrong sex? There is great resentment (as typified by the Countryside Alliance marches in London) to changes that are being imposed by a government that people in the country feel is neglecting their wishes in preference to those of the city-dwellers. Written by
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[talking about DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which is responsible for paying farmers
Molly Dineen - Interviewer
The "Single Farm Payment Scheme" rewrites the rule-book for farmers. Payments now have nothing to do with producing food.
DEFRA couldn't give a toss what happens in the countryside, but they like other people to think that they do.
They have said that food security they don't consider is an issue, haven't they. In other words, they don't seem to care whether food is ...