Chicken & egg situation
The number of enquires that we receive at Responsible Travel about farmstay vacations in the UK and, in particular, organic farmstays go up year on year. It makes sense. We are more aware of food provenance than ever. Post world recession we know that, economically, it is fundamental to support the people who sustain us. And it has been well documented that our children, surrounded more and more by digital technology, need to escape urban environments and get back to nature.
Supply responded to demand in a natural organic way, at the same time as farmers showed signs of needing to subsidise their incomes. It was, if you like, a chicken and egg situation. Consumers were losing touch with food sources and realistic prices to pay for good food, while farmers were losing income. Get consumers back on the farms by offering good tourism products, let the next generation start to see where our food comes from, how complex farming actually is, from organics to biodynamics, and how important it is to source food ethically and sustainably, and hopefully we can create an agricultural sea change. Because UK farmstays aren’t about replacing agriculture. They are about whole heartedly supplementing it and supporting it.