The Farmers' Guardian is one of the farmer's favourite papers and he reads it avidly each Friday. I read some of the articles and find them fascinating. His other vital reading matter is the Yorkshire Post, which he reads every evening from cover to cover. On Saturdays there is a Country Week supplement and this week it has in it a surprising article, which I thought I would share with you.
I am often quite suspicious of 'National Surveys'. I don't know who did this one and I don't know where it was done - I would presume it was probably done with city children (although I wouldn't bank on it). But the results are shocking.
One in three children had never heard a cow 'moo' or a sheep 'baa'.
One in five didn't know which animal bacon came from; one in twenty thought cheese was sourced from pigs; over a quarter didn't know that carrots grew underground - in fact nine percent thought they probably grew 'under bushes'.
In once read of someone standing in a check-out queue at the Supermarket behind a mother and child. The mother told the child she had forgotten the potatoes and sent him to get some - he came back with a large frozen chips, which she accepted and carried on going through the check-out.
I suppose that in this modern technological age this shouldn't be all that surprising, when children are so much more interested in their various 'gadgets' and many have no longer any contact with the countryside at all. But it does seem a shame - does it matter?