Farming and food roadshow calls into Cumbria

Farming and food roadshow calls into Cumbria

Academics from the University of Cumbria have contributed to a nationwide survey conducted by bike to consider how food and farming will change after Brexit.

The Food Farming and Countryside Commission, part of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, has commissioned the project. A researcher is cycling between locations to canvas opinions in high streets, supermarkets, farmers markets, workplaces and pubs. 

On Tuesday (June 26) Robert Reed called into the university’s Ambleside campus to interview principal lecturer in upland resource management Dr Lois Mansfield and IFLAS associate lecturer and Food Ethics Council member Dr Kate Rawles.

Dr Mansfield has written widely about the challenges faced by upland farmers while Dr Rawles has just returned from cycling the length of South America on a bike made of bamboo grown at the Eden project.     

The commission’s team use cameras, iPads and audio recording equipment to document the thoughts of interviewees in a project which will conclude later this year.