Posted: 26/11/2014 at 14:06
The fact that we can feed 2/3rds of our 64million population from our relatively crowded and small landmass, when much of those imports ( bananas for example) can't be grown here anyway, is a fantastic achievement, by the tiny percentage of our population who work in the agricultural sector. It's all down to intensive farming by increasingly large agribusinesses, backed by science.
The bucolic image of the farmer leaning on the gate, straw in mouth, has been replaced by satnav guided combines working at night. (Even my neighbour with a few sheep has them scanned to decide how to feed them when in lamb)
The result, cheap food for all.
P.s. Is the 2/3rds. figure an absolute amount or should we add the agricultural exports we sell oversees too?