Rural residents should stop sneering at key workers and welcome new arrivals to Yorkshire’s countryside – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Michael Clarke, Market Place, Kirkbymoorside.

SARAH Todd’s essay expressed the views of many who live in the Dales (The Yorkshire Post, March 19).

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Farmers could produce enough of the country’s foodstuffs without the need for imports, creating a self-sustainable economy.

The future of farming and the Yorkshire Dales is in the spotlight.

Together with the Yorkshire Dales board members, they 
could create all the ambience 
of 19th century England
keeping the landscape and economy in a permanent state of atrophy.

Some of those “Londoners, townies and tourists” to 
which she sneers at could possibly be the health workers within inner cities, van drivers who delivered the essentials during and since lockdown delivering goods made by factory workers in “towns”.

She refers to shortages at supermarkets as somehow 
being solved by limiting food imports which rather emphasises her reluctance to accept that it is mainly due to 
the shortage of lorry drivers, 
and the support of Brexit 
by the NFU, which restricted those foreign workers 
being available to collect the crops.

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The future of farming and the Yorkshire Dales is in the spotlight.