Smallholders hold key to rural revival'

PUBLISHED: 15:21 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:29 28 March 2014

Britain’s smallholders could be the key to a rural revival that will help the nation weather the difficult times to come.

This is the claim of a hard-hitting new book from award-winning environmental writer Graham Harvey. In The Carbon Fields he charts the steady run-down of the nation’s own natural resources as food production has been shifted ‘off-shore’. In place of a secure food supply, Britain now depends for its survival on globally-traded grains, he says. “We have handed over responsibility for this basic essential to commodity speculators.”
In his book Harvey makes an urgent plea for the renewal of Britain’s grasslands.

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