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What is in the meaning of a word? I ask because if you look at the meaning of ‘sustainable’ in the Collins English Dictionary it states it is something ‘which conserves an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources’.
If we want to preserve the future desirability of British food, then, according to the results of a British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ (BGAJ) survey, we need to mobilise an army of Brexit voting women over the age of 55 to take charge of the nation’s shopping.
While for the most part agriculture has avoided the worst effects of Covid-19, minds are certainly starting to focus on the breadth of change heading the industry’s way in 2021, namely Brexit and the shifting sands of farm support.
There has never a better time to let farmers support your mental and physical health and for all of us to support a green recovery from Covid-19, according to Caroline Millar,Agritourism Monitor Farm programme co-ordinator.
Increased production and commercial innovation prevented flour shortages during the first lockdown – so there’s no need to panic this time, says National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim) director Alex Waugh.
Consumers, it would appear, have rediscovered their love of local produce in lockdown. Whether it is the commitment to buy more local food, or the resurgence of the humble milkman and doorstep delivery, there certainly seems to have been a sea change since March of this year.