Farm to Fork

The Challenge of Sustainable Farming in 21st Century Britain

Joe Stanley



ISBN: 9781846893544

PUBLICATION DATE: September 14, 2021

CATEGORY: Biographies, Country Matters, Environmentalism and Farming

BINDING: Hardback

EXTENT: 192 pages

Also available as: Ebook


Food is our most intimate and vital commodity, yet too many of us have lost touch with the reality of where it comes from and how it is produced.

Providing a seasonal tour of a traditional farming year, passionate beef farmer Joe Stanley seeks to bridge this knowledge gap and inform the reader about the journey their food takes before it gets to the plate, revealing the realities of modern agricultural life for a British lowland farmer.

Drawing on a lifetime of experience, he strips observations of the countryside and agricultural practices down to the core of his day-to-day, illustrating how our food is produced and why our farmed landscape looks the way it does. Along the way, he offers insight into his daily routine, such as how crops are planted, why livestock is brought in for winter, and what happens at harvest, while addressing the bigger issues surrounding food standards, sustainability, the environment, rural heritage, trade and the future of agricultural policy outside the EU.

Often undermined as an antiquated pastime, agriculture is actually the core of a £122bn food and farming sector (the UK’s largest manufacturing industry), and Farm to Fork: The Challenge of Sustainable Farming in 21st Century Britain stands as a testament to British farming and the heart that goes into the food our farmers produce, the environmental stewardship they deliver and the landscape they maintain, whether through the assurance of food quality, animal welfare or environmental sustainability.

This is a wonderfully-detailed and candid account of the life of a British farmer — of the highs and lows and lessons learned from a lifetime on the land.


Meet the author Joe Stanley

Joe Stanley is a farmer, conservationist and writer and a passionate ambassador for sustainability and high standards in food and farming. Joe is often to be seen in the farming and national press advocating for positive change in our food system and explaining the realities of modern agriculture to wider society. He holds an honours degree in history from Durham University and a Graduate Diploma in Agriculture from the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. In 2020, he was honoured with the National Farmers Union’s Meurig Raymond Award for farming advocacy. Joe is rarely to be found more than ten feet away from his trusty Jack Russell terriers, Ted & Toby (to whom he owes any small success).