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Pastures new: the future of farming
The pandemic has shown that we need to think carefully about how we feed the nation – and thrown light on how much we ask of the countryside. Our landscapes are caught between a rustic ideal and industrial reality, between what we say we want and what we will actually pay for. Nature is at breaking point, and so is our farming industry. Writer and photojournalist Bella Bathurst (Field Work) and fell farmer and author of The Shepherd’s Life James Rebanks (English Pastoral) explore how we got into this mess, and what we need to do about it. Chaired by John Tucker of The Woodland Trust.