Good article on which to base a debate in yesterday's Telegraph, concerning an issue that has always mattered a lot to me, and which causes so much disconnection between those who live in 'urban' Britain and 'rural' Britain. Its what makes it almost impossible to have a rational discussion between the diverging halves of our nation about issues like foxhunting, pheasant shooting or culling badgers - which was also in yesterday's news.
The article included 10 ways in which parents can help their children enjoy the countryside. I would choose differently. I do think children should know more about where food comes from. I'm not suggesting they should be taken to the actual slaughter area, but a visit to an abattoir would be a sensible idea. As would visits to a Bernard Mathews turkey factory, both battery and free range laying flocks, a lambing shed (which they would all love) and a large dairy farm at milking time.
The 10 suggestions being put forward by Country Life magazine are.
1 - Give children more freedom
2 - Label food by county of origin
3 - Eat a rare breed
4 - Reduce Britain's deer population by 30%
5 - Drink 'English' champagne
6 - Clean up our verges
7 - Learn to love GM crops
8 - Eat only ethically produced chicken
9 - Save protected rural areas from flight paths
10 - Plant a tree.
I don't agree with all of these and if you can stir yourselves to comment, I would be interested in other opinions.