Divide: The relationship crisis between town and country (Hardcover)

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Divide: The relationship crisis between town and country (Hardcover)


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A ground-breaking book that uncovers the most overlooked cultural division in modern society – the rift between urban and rural communities

This book is a call to action. It warns that unless we learn to accept and respect our social, cultural and political differences as town and country people, we are never going to solve the chronic problems in our food system and environment.  

As we stare down the barrel of climate change, only farmers – who manage two thirds of the UK’s landscape – working together with conservation groups can create a healthier food system and bring back nature in diverse abundance. But this fledgling progress is hindered and hamstrung by simplistic debates that still stoke conflict between conservative rural communities and the liberal green movement.

Each chapter, from Family and Politics to Animal Welfare and the Environment, explores a different aspect of the urban/rural disconnect, weaving case studies and research with Anna’s personal stories of growing up on a small, upland farm. There is a simple theme and a strong message running throughout the book – a plea to respect our differences, recognize each other’s strengths and work together to heal the land.
Anna Jones is a well-known journalist, broadcaster, blogger and Nuffield Farming Scholar. She is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today, On Your Farm, Costing the Earth, Food Programme and BBC World Service, and a freelance producer/director on BBC One’s Countryfile. She writes for the Guardian and farming trade press. Growing up on the Welsh Borders, from at least five generations of farmers on her father’s side and a long line of butchers and farm labourers on her mother’s,  Anna’s heritage is deeply rooted in working class, conservative, rural values. 
Product Details ISBN: 9780857839725
ISBN-10: 0857839721
Publisher: Kyle Books
Publication Date: May 10th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English