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There's plenty of folksy stuff, like old wives' tales about poisonous mushrooms, and how to make tea and soup from nettles. But there's also much to think about in his chapters on the future of the countryside. In the two decades he's been presenting Countryfile, he says, thousands of farms have disappeared every year.
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There were about , farmers in Britain when he was born in , but today almost two-thirds have vanished. Farmers are getting on. The age of the average farmer is about 60 now, and over the years I've been round hundreds of farms and always asked farmers if their children are going to be taking over. All too often the answer is, no, they're not interested.
Because at the moment we produce about 40 per cent of the food we eat, and another 20 per cent or so comes from within the EU and the rest is imported. As overseas countries undergo population growth, they may need the food for themselves, and we in Britain will have to think about producing far more home-grown food.
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Craven talks about how change has come to the countryside since his childhood in Leeds. He grew up in suburban Headingley and West Park,. The view across Wharfedale to Almscliffe Crag, he says, is still one of his favourites, even after seeing every corner of the British Isles as Countryfile presenter. Farmers used to cut the grass quite late and have haystacks to feed the animals in winter.
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Then along came the silage technique, which used fertiliser and killed off the wildflowers. Headlines and Hedgerows. Author John Craven. Books All Fiction Fiction Drama. World Collections. Fiction Fiction Drama.
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